Fable of the Sparrows
Music and sound effects for this subtly terrifying animation based on a metaphor at the beginning of Nick Bostrom's recent book about artificial superintelligence
The Unfinished Fable of the Sparrows
This was just awesome to work on. I started with music, composing a couple of fluid movements that rely on a mix of organic (accordion, cello, piano, percussion) and inorganic (some crazy synthesizers) sounds. Being a musician at heart, my favorite moments in sound design happen when the line between "timed sound effect" and "music" gets blurred, and this video is full of those moments where the music catches a motion or a hit so that an added sound effect doesn't really have to.
After the music was pretty set, I went through and added foley and abstract effects to emphasize the slow mood change from pastoral to terrifying that happens over the course of the video.
Credits: music composition and performance, sound design and foley, final mix