Examples of dimensions. Homer 3D


We all are used to watch The Simpsons with a certain sound style, and when it changes (even when they decide to add a musical) we audience, fans, leave it as a “special”

Well, going back to sound I just wanted to point out that I enjoyed watching and being able to critically hear this episode and appreciate the sound design in it, who would have said?


The plain flat world… no reverb, dry sound, clear

Transition …Reverb in voice , gets louder as it goes

3D black hole, windy, reverb max, large space, sfxs

Real world TV sound like space





Another interesting idea on the remix side is that in most cultural fields we have a clear separation between libraries  designed to be sampled: photos, videos, graphic backgrounds, typos, music, software libraries with the possibility to be reworked and remix by everyone.

The possibility of taking a sample, manipulate it and use it with personal, commercial or any other aims and embrace it as own or as part of us is amazing. Everyone has their own remixed pieces, music playlist? collection of images of dogs? new picture for background? A typography transformed for your DJ logo?

Time and narrative forms

The narrative techniques and styles evolve through time, and I could that the velocity on how we obtain information in the present (like google search) is training our brains to acquire information, fast, and our capabilities to make a whole out of parts allow us to retrieve information without mattering the historical or time order of it.

Also, it has become a style, and for some stories, it creates more drama, anxiety and attention.

I used to do some VJing back in Mexico, and unlike some VJs who just “mix” the actual official videos of songs, or just put flashes and girls dancing, I like to tell stories in it… history of pyramids, traditions, metaphysics, nature phenomena are just a few examples of what I like to show, and the possibility of the mind of absorbing information in non structured way and “fast” has being letting me share it with audience, or at least that is what I think.

Is nice to see and experience through the time more and more nice use of this kind of storytelling in movies and art pieces, it is like jumping into someone else mind and decode it or showing your mind as it flows in your head, (sometimes we think so fast and have already made connections for information that we don’t need to organize it in order to access to it.

Rhythm, bpm

by Susana Alarcon



Rhythm affects the flow of a composition, it can help us to modify time, but on another hand is a tool to manipulate brains and heart beats, and maybe everything in the world.

In the last years I have been very interested in how our world is made of vibrating particles moving at a certain frequency and time.  We humans, same, function in certain rhythms and frequencies and the exposition of our body and brain to rhythms and frequencies modifies the way they work. Is it like a synching connection?

Music rhythm can affect heart beat and in funky and recent studies it has prove to modify cells, water, particles of objects… but until there is not more studies, information available and regulations on the topic (I’m sure they will some day) sound designers can keep playing with the manipulation by rhythm and also frequency.



Is innate in humans the creation and colouring of the reality with music. If we do it in the reality (example parties, trips, special moments, just “fill the ambience”, to remember …) it is obvious its use in movies when the aim is to create a reality. But as seen, and thinking and analyzing more deeply… the use of music in created realities, movies, games, apps, … is larger and richer in those worlds.

in the reality you have place with specific sounds, in the created one it is possible to set places, periods, dimensions, styles, time flow, emotions, sensations…I am not saying we don’t do it in reality, but the variables in use of music in movies specially,  are more defined.


by Susana Alarcon


I just loved the topic! It is so natural to recognize a leitmotif once you hear a piece critically and it is so impressive that they become such a powerful tool to make a point, bring emotions or characters and situations to scene, with nothing more than sound!

Better: the sound doesn’t stay in the movie teather, or in the DVD, or the .mov file, if it is strong enough it stays with the audience forever. It can become a “meaning” in the real world, in the real tradition.

Something to remember that I took out of Wikipedia basic Leitmotif definition and that I think gives a complete picture of it and how it works and lives in a movie, song, even literature:

The Leitmotif is a recurring figure,  “the smallest structural unit possessing thematic identity.”and it can be”clearly identified so as to retain its identity if modified on subsequent appearances, whether such modification be in terms of rhythm, harmony, orchestration or accompaniment.

Silence the music

by Susana Alarcon


I know that kind of half of my posts have been about the use of silence and imagination, but here I go again pointing out it.

“It is not good to decorate images with too much music when the images themselves have sufficient content to awake audience’s imaginations intensively. ”

Toru Takemitsu.

Even in silly fashion, interiors, products,… designer stuff, we know sometimes less is MORE.

I guess the difficult part in it would be to learn when to say “that’s too much” and to appreciate the focus on the other media (visuals) in the play. A powerful image, lightly or even lacking of sound (either sfxs, music, or both) can trigger audience’s mind and boost the story.