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HISS and a ROAR releases Vegetable Violence

HISS and a ROAR Vegetable Violence

HISS and a ROAR has released Vegetable Violence, a royalty-free sample library created by award winning film sound designer Tim Prebble.

Vegetable Violence™ is an organic sound effects library for creating your own orchestrated sonic mayhem. Recorded & mastered at 96kHz for stomach churning realism, this component library is available for download in three royalty-free forms.

Vegetable Violence features

  • Available in three editions:
    • Lite — 16 bit 44.1kHz, 250 sounds, 30MB download
    • Mid — 24bit 48kHz, 980 sounds, 215MB download
    • Pro — 24bit 96kHz, 2500 sounds, 1.05GB download
  • Provided as a collection of stereo .WAV files.
  • Carefully labelled & tagged with Metadata compatible with the ProTools workspace, SoundMiner, Basehead, Snapper and AudioFinder sound library software.

Vegetable Violence is available to purchase priced at $9 (Lite) / $29 (Mid) / $49 (Pro) USD.

More information: HISS and a ROAR / Vegetable Violence

Short links for January 9th, 2008

Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on January 9th, 2008:

  • Transmission – Audio software bundle and OS for the Trinity portable studio. Transmission is a professional multitrack solution with added features such as a mixer, sampler, analog keyboards, and drum machine/step recorder.
Hydrongen, an advanced drum machine.
Included in Transmission: Hydrogen, an advanced drum machine.

Recommended read: The Little Food Book – You Are What You Eat

I spent the last 2 weeks on a beach resort in beautiful Tunisia, doing pretty much nothing, just like I had planned.

Taking it easy on the beach in Tunisia
Taking it easy on the beach in Tunisia

Tunisia is a perfect place to relax, as long as you stay away from the Medina‘s where people will try anything to get you into their store to buy their overpriced junk. Souvenir shopping in Tunisia involves lots of bargaining so don’t be afraid to counter their offer with like a 10th of their original “special price for you my friend” offer. (Some shops have fixed prices, which is a good indication of what the “right price” would be).

Most days involved breakfast, a game of tennis, beach, lunch, more beach, dinner, entertainment. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Suffice to say I got plenty of rest and time to read some books. One particular little book I would like to share about is The Little Food Book: You Are What You Eat by Craig Sams.

The Little Food Book

Here’s a short description of what this book is about:

30,000 Americans a year die of obesity, more than the total annual toll of motor accidents, firearms, drugs and alcohol combined. The World Health Organization estimates there are 500,000 pesticide-related poisonings a year. Who controls what we eat? What happens to it before it gets to us? The Little Food Book will help you understand how by tackling the issues that affect the way we eat. Craig Sams writes with authority in this collection of mini-essays, explaining the mechanics of food production and related subjects such as organics, nutrition, hormones, pesticides and GMOs.

Do you ever really think about the food you buy in the supermarket? Where it comes from, how it was made, what’s in it?

When you get fresh vegetables and cook up a healthy veggie dish, do you know how much pesticide residue you’re eating? How about the antibiotics and hormones used to keep sick animals from dying so they can become profitable enough to be slaughtered to end up on your plate?

It seems this is one of those “people don’t know about this” issues… Then again: Obesity (not just from eating fast food, but chemical and hormone induced imbalance of our bodies), cancers, animal diseases like BSE, foot and mouth disease and avian flu. When you think about it, you just know that there is a problem with our food.

We’re messing with the food, in a way it isn’t meant to be messed with.

Just to name a few concerns:

  • Food additives: E numbers, artificial flavors (even when they call it natural flavor it’s chemical), etc. How safe are they really?
  • Intensive farming: destruction of soil for short term profit, unhealthy for both environment and consumer.
  • Genetic modification: do we even know what we’re doing here?

Unfortunately, food is big business, and when there’s money involved things tend to get messy. Organisations like the FDA are supposed to look out for consumer health interests, but it is politically outgunned because corporate campaign contributions and powerful lobbyists speak louder voice than even clearly documented science (link).

So what can we do?

Well, I’m trying to buy fresh or processed Organic foods (also called biological food in Europe).

Organic food
Organic food (and no, it’s not just vegetables)

I’m already seeing a steady increase of organic foods in my local supermarket, and I’m happy to buy it to voice my opinion (you know how loyalty cards work right?), even though it’s more expensive for most products (up to 50% even).

In my opinion governments should subsidize organic food (instead of subsidizing burgers, a burger without subsidies would cost about 3 times the price you pay now…). Healthy people benefit a country immensely, if only for the gigantic reduction in health costs.

Anyway, don’t take my word for it. Investigate! Check the labels on your food and look up what’s in it. It’s important to know vegetable fat is not the same as vegetable oil, and a bio chicken is not just a chicken with more space to run around.

Salad, Alien made out of vegetables

Till Nowak’s Salad is a digital rendition of Alien made out of vegetables. (currently Till’s site won’t load…)

It was shown at the Emerging Technologies of Siggraph 2007.

Salad by Till Nowak
Salad by Till Nowak (click for larger image)

From Laughing Squid:

Till Nowak modeled twelve digital vegetables in 3ds Max using classical polygon modeling techniques. Photographs of fresh vegetables were used for the texturing process. Most of the vegetables started with a cylinder primitive and needed around 30 minutes of work. The modeling was easy – it was much more difficult to find the right places and orientations to build a monster with it.

This piece of digital art is Till’s tribute to Giuseppe Arcimboldo and H.R. Giger, but done in 3D Studio Max instead of using paint and brushes.

Link via Boing Boing