Here are new sound effects I used for the latest episode. These were made available by different contributors through freesound.org. It occurs to me that I should try not to give out spoilers here.
- “Heartbeats” by fuzzpapi – Used for a near-death experience of one character.
- “Welder 4″ by SpeedY – Used for… I can’t say.
- “Pants Zipper Zipped and Unzipped” by daboy291 – Used for Sean unzipping his pants.
- “Fireworks 3 bursts sizzle” by atomrath – Fireworks for Sean’s arrival to Robosexlandia. This one was particularly good for being recognizable as fireworks.
- “Tintamare” by Laurent – This is a fantastic sound to use for a rowdy parade background.
Here’s the parade song I made for the last episode. You can use it for a ringtone. A workplace-inappropriate ringtone.
Sean arrives at a festival for sexy robots and buddies up with Philip, who shows him the ropes. Erik attempts to bring improvisational comedy with Spogey. Flotilla evaluates her own work performance. Can glory be found in a hole? Jimmy Stewart’s ghost wants to make it very clear he had nothing to do with this show.
Here’s some new sounds I used on the latest episode. Much thanks to the authors!
- “Sara di Paolo” by Scuola Rocca di Botte – For some hand-clapping. It does make me wonder, is there any sound for robot hand clapping that would actually by recognizable as robot hand clapping?
- “Puff” by dobroide – For the new sound of Sean Shankley’s Actualization Zone door opening and closing. Dobroide requested the sound be attributed to “Freesound,” which doesn’t make that much sense to me in the context of Creative Commons licensing. Anyhow, I think the spirit of that request was that people know about Freesound.org’s contribution. This is a great site for CC-licensed audio files, and I do have a lot of appreciation for it.
What would you make with your replicator? Another replicator? Sean leaves abruptly on vacation, yet still remains annoyingly present. Erik threatens to make Machine Court more like This American Life. Flotilla takes us to a co-housing facility in Denmark where one member is being very selfish. Wolf Blitzer is brought up one too many times. Plastic guns–what to do with them? Sean and Erik compete to see who is better at giving speeches.
Some new sounds that popped up in Machine Court 2.1 (season 2, episode 1), and attribution to the cool people that shared them.
- “Paper Handling 2″ by matucha used for fumbling with a freshly printed piece of artwork.
- “Printer 1″ by toiletrolltube used for the sound of a printer.
- “DSLR Camera Click” by akonze for the sound of a digital camera being clicked.
- “Forest” by ArcLegend05 for the general background ambiance of the Inokashira Park.
- “Oimachi Excelsior Cafe” by markystar combined with Forest (above) to add people to the park. Thankfully the indoor noises of the cafe weren’t too loud, and probably it made a passable park crowd.
- “Papers rustling” by DJ Burnham for the sound of Erik shuffling through his notes.
Our first episode of a new season. Real questions asked of real people on the topic of (hyper)productivity. Ironic hipsters are attacked for being unreliable and useless. Sean reveals the secret reason for loss of American and Japanese workplace mojo. Literal bathroom humor mixed with Tim Ferris and Thomas Friedman straw man arguments. Is it clever satire or just a lot of poopy self-indulgence? Action Joe demonstrates a the logical extreme of outsourcing. Time to install Google in your brain? How tough is Viggo Mortensen really? Courteous inquiries made into Papabot’s influence.
I do this for legal reasons, yes. But I do it also because some humans are cool in nice little ways, and it’s worth a minor celebration like this blog post. For episode #14, Papabot, the following sounds were licensed from their generous authors.
- “Scrabble” by Sagetyrtle used for all of the great Scrabble noises. Tiles mixing in the box, wooden racks set on the tabletop, tiles being placed on the board. There was only one sample for Scrabble on freesound, but it had everything I could ask for.
- Several metal smashing samples by Joel Azzopardi used for somebody beating up a robot.
- “Sleigh bells twisted” by Dave in Camas used for the sound of a group of nanites getting into people’s brains.
- “Cloud Factory” by Ezra C. Fike combined with the above sample for same purpose.
- Light crate smashing by Srehpog combined with some guitar fumbling and the sample below to create the sound of a smashing guitar.
- “Wood destruction” by Keith W. Blackwell used as part of the smashing guitar noise.
- “Juich 2″ by Fons which is a crowd cheering noise for the phone call to Iceland.
- “Audience Cheering” by unchaz used for the same crowd cheering a second time. (Can’t just use the exact same cheer sound again!)
- “In a bar” by Andriala used for ambient bar noise.
No more build-up–Papabot finally arrives! Flotilla gets drunk in Iceland. Nobody is quite sure how to pronounce “Reykjavik”. There is an awkward jam session complete with drums, guitar, singing, and not very much talent. The crew sit down for the most bizarre game of Scrabble ever played. Also, overambitious group hugs happen.
Oh, my. So many sound effects for this one. So many.
- “Desk Thud” by J.W. Mulahy used for the sound of Erik falling on his ass.
- “Slow Pull” by Neonaeon used for the sound of a curtains pulling away from a revealed secret.
- “Barn 2″ by Slumbermonkey used for the sound of a pulley system.
- “Slimy Pasta Stir” by Bryan Becker used for the sound of disgusting thing being stirred together.
- “Flys-I” by Galeku used for flies buzzing around disgusting things.
- “Cows in a Barn” by Peter Kyster used for cows in a barn.
- “Hell’s barn door” by CosmicD used for the door of Steve Shart’s laboratory. This sound was almost TOO good to use. Bit of a scene-stealer, actually.
- “Splatt” by SlykMrByches used for an iPad falling into cow shit.
- “bc8philter22″ by John Hanes – Another great bloopy noise from John used for Spogey scanning through some material. I really like this series of synthesized sounds from John.
- “Footsteps mud/grass/grit/wet” by Andreas Usenbenz of Klang Manufactur – A wonderful recording of outdoor footsteps used for Steve Shart’s piggybacking outdoors.
- “Close impact rain/storm/thunder” by Stichting Klankschap used for the outdoor weather ambiance.
- “Door close 2″ by THE_bizness used for the exterior door of Shart’s house closing.
- “Opening a creaky door” by Leady used for opening the exterior door.
- “Running up the stairs” by Rutger Muller used for running DOWN the stairs. Running down sounds same as running up…. who knew?
- “Descending wooden stairs” by lucaslara used for Steve Shart’s heavy piggyback-walking on wooden floors.
And there were a few sounds I made myself, but I’m embarrassed to upload them to freesound, because they are just gross-sounding mouth noises.