music label for web-native sounds

make drone music with windows

Formal Research

typeface

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Shamir Sound Space

NEW!

Cultura Karaoke

NEW!

3ina: Art Freedom

NEW!

Tone.Editor

Ballard WoodworksWIP

About

Soft Object

Soft Object is a music label for artists making real-time, web-native work. designweb development2016

Soft Object serves as a breeding ground for new visual and sonic form on the web. The label's output explores interactivity, dynamic musical structures, chance operations, sampling, collage, and more.

The label's artists challenge the centuries-old format of linearly reproducible music and embrace the possibilities of the internet. Despite recent progress in music-related web technologies, web-based music remains stagnant. Will Urmston founded Soft Object in 2015 in order to push the medium forward.

visit sitesoftobject.info

Desktop Ensemble

Use desktop interactions to make drone music in a peaceful, browser-based environment. designweb development2016

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Hoverstates

Desktop Ensemble uses familiar window management interactions like dragging, resizing, and closing, and explores their functions in a sonic context.

Manipulate the miniature windows to affect the loop duration, pitch, pan, and volume of each voice. Click anywhere on the background to add a new voice.

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Formal Research

Technological and formal techniques that could come in handy in the future.

Raster Shadow: A function that creates a shadow of an image at a lower resolution behind it. In this example, the shadow's resolution is animated over time.

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Animated Mask: Use shapes and text in an SVG mask and animate the individual layers to reveal elements underneath. This technique could be suited for one or more layers of video or text.

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Milo

A clean, slab-serif text face. type design2016

A high level of readbility and slightly narrow forms make Milo comfortable and economical for longer reads. With its subtle character, derived from its clean slab serifs, Milo is a good fit for contemporary writing.

Cultura Karaoke

An interactive karaoke video for Cultura's track No Tengo Mas. web development2017

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Hallo Internet

Under the direction of DVTK, I developed a music/fashion feature for the web magazine OKgrl. The site features an exclusive track by Cultura, paired with a rich parallax landscape and karaoke-inspired, synchronized text.

visit siteokgrl.com/cultura

Hi by IFTTT

A new way to chat with your friends using data from your life. A personal project created with Andrew Udell at an IFTTT company hackathon. design2015

IFTTT is a product that connects all your online services and lets you build simple apps by combining them.

Services like Facebook and Google Maps keep mountains of your personal data, yet give you very little access to it. Hi takes advantage of IFTTT's connections to these services and lets you swap your data with friends. It's like trading baseball cards, but with quantified personal data.

Share your camera roll with a friend for 3 days at a music festival. Flirt with your crush by asking for their heart rate. Share data from the near past or give a friend access for the next few days.

Asking for data or denying a friend's request can become an expressive statement or a funny joke. Hi gives you complete control.

Because IFTTT can cross-reference many services, Hi can perform analysis, teaching you things about yourself and your friends that you never knew. Combine Apple Health and Spotify, and you can ask your buddy Karen what music has raised her heart rate the most.

Learn about yourself, learn about your friends, and take control of your data.

Shamir Sound Space

Mix and match loops to make your own Shamir track. designdevelopment2017

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Hallo Internet

I designed and developed a music/fashion feature for the web magazine OKgrl, using loops from the Shamir song Fantasie #9. The site was a collaboration with Shamir, Nick Silvester (music production), Hannah Diamond (photography), DVTK (digital direction), Louby McLoughlin (styling), and others.

visit siteokgrl.com/shamir

3ina: Art Freedom

Promo site for 3ina's new Art Freedom makeup collection. web development2017

Promo site for 3ina's new Art Freedom makeup collection. Web design and digital direction by DVTK. The site features product brushes that let the user draw with the products as they interact with the page.

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Tone.Editor

The missing GUI for Tone.js. developmentUI/UXtools2017

Tone.Editor is the missing GUI for Tone.js, a popular framework for web music. Use it during design and development, then throw it out when you're done.

Tone.js is a fun, flexible and hi-performance web music framework, but because it's text-based, the process of being creative with it can be slow. A GUI layer solves this problem, allowing you fiddle with parameters of all your Tone objects in real time, then copy the changes into your code.

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Ballard WoodworksWIP

Responsive website for a community woodworking shop in Seattle. web designdevelopmentUI/UX2017

Ballard Woodworks needed a simple website to display their current classes and shop information.

The shop caters to both experienced woodworkers and newcomers, and the site is designed to be welcoming to both. As much of their web traffic is from mobile devices, the design is fully responsive.

Using Kirby CMS, the administrators can update the classes, instructor bios, and photos. The class sign-up system is integrated with the Square E-Commerce API so users can sign up and pay online.

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Will Urmston

Design, sound, & code for the web.

Will graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Graphic Design in 2016. He has previously worked at London digital studio DVTK, Facebook, and IFTTT.

Contact him at wurmston@alumni.risd.edu, or on Twitter at @willurmston.

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