Creating Sound Worlds with A.Fruit

13:15 & 21:15 Casablanca (UTC)

Challenge | 2 hours

Sound effects are all around us, so embedded in our media landscape that they can be easy to miss. Though they're subtle, sound effects are powerful – they can affect how we react to movies, video games, and the world at large. Although many sound effects are made using techniques like synthesis and sample manipulation, they also often rely on foley, the practice of recording real-life everyday sounds, which lend a sense of space to what we’re seeing.

Anna Fruit has found a lot of creative potential in the spatial depth that sound effects can provide when we apply them to music-making. Streaming from St. Petersburg studio Galernaya 20, Anna will show us how she brings visual scenes to life through creative sound design. Using synthesis, found sound and foley techniques, she’ll use Ableton Live to create new sounds to go along with the scenes. If you’re registered for Loop Create, you can download the videos and try out the challenge for yourself, or follow Anna’s example to get some ideas.

For working with the videos, you’ll need to use Ableton Live – you can download the free trial version if you usually make music in another DAW. Craig Schuftan will be on hand to moderate; facilitating the discussion and ensuring you get the answers you need from Anna to give it a try.

A.Fruit

A.Fruit is Anna Fruit – a Russian DJ, producer, audio engineer and game industry sound designer from Moscow, currently based in St. Petersburg.

Anna’s music is a modern take on drum & bass, footwork, and jungle. Beside her own music, she creates sound effects and music of other genres for PC games, as well as providing digital mastering services from her home studio.

A dual career as both a music producer and sound designer has given Anna a specially attuned ear for the sounds of our environment, and the ability to translate her experience of the world into sound effects, both for games and in her own music. She’s taking a game-on approach to her session at Loop Create, with a live, on-the-spot demonstration of her working process.

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Craig Schuftan

Craig Schuftan is an author, broadcaster and teacher from Sydney, Australia. He’s created hundreds of music documentaries, programs, sketches and sounds for Australia’s national youth broadcaster, triple j, and won an Australian Recording Industry Award (ARIA) for his production work on the 2010 album The Blow Parade.

Craig has taught cultural history and theories of communication at the Hochschule Macromedia (Berlin and Hamburg), The Node Center for Curatorial Studies (Berlin), FH Kufstein, the University of Groningen (NL), The Academy for Pop Culture (NL), and presented the popular course How to Have Better Conversations at The School of Life Berlin, 2016–2018. Craig currently leads the Loop Curation Team at Ableton and makes oddball disco music with his band, Ducks!.

For Loop Create, Craig will open and moderate the discussion with A.Fruit during the challenge.

Working with Video

At the beginning of the session, you'll be able to download a pack of silent videos to work with, and you can choose to work with as many or as few as you like. Anna will be working from the same material, and you can learn from her techniques and try them out later, or work on your own and submit your results as you go.

If you’ve not imported video files into Live before, it might be helpful to check out the Using Video section of the Ableton Knowledge Base to make sure you’re ready to get started on the day. If you run into any problems, there’s a troubleshooting guide that might help.

If your preferred DAW doesn’t support video, or if you usually work in an older version of Live, you can download the free trial version of Live 11 from the Ableton website.