SOUND DESIGN

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FIGURES, £IGUR€$, GO FIGURE?!

Sound Design for artist Libby Heaney

FIGURES, £igur€$, go figure? is a video essay centred around the forthcoming artwork Figures in Limbo, a partially playable 3D animation, exploring representations of the body in computer vision and datasets and parallels in (mostly western) art history.   

The piece investigates how cultural and historical biases are now being translated into code and what this means. The artwork’s narrative is initially composed by an AI weaving together descriptions of so-called canonical artworks such as Leonardo’s Vitruvian Man with text from academic papers on AI pose estimation, highlighting the continued search for the ideal body. The AI-composed narrative is then playfully deconstructed by Heaney to open up space for other possibilities, as alternative bodies emerge, boundaryless and formless, evading the gaze of computer vision.

Barney has been developing a process to make sound with quantum data as part of the greater piece.

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PLASTIFIED: AN ODE

Sound Design for Alice Aires

Plastified: An Ode takes us on a deep sea dive through a partially speculative ecology, revealing strange and hidden life forms from Earth. Sonorous pulls and pushes, and ecopoetic ebbs and flows crystallize places where cameras can’t see. Bioluminescent creatures are drawn from the scientific depths, and digitally memorialized by the cause of their extinction - human plastic.

Barney Kass- Sound design
Felix Weyss- Additional Animation Assets
Ines Guedes- Scientific Consulting

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COSMIC CAPSULE

Sound/Installation design
at Design Museum

I collaborated with the Design Museum Residents in late 2019 for the London Design Festival. My role was to help design the installation and compose a soundscape alongside the visual artists moving image works.

The Cosmic capsule invites you to delve into the connections of the cosmos. This unique film installation and soundscape will take visitors on a journey through the stars to explore the miracle of childbirth, the possibilities of our food systems, the creation of wonder materials and the otherworldly landscape of Chile’s Atacama Desert.

This display is part of the London Design Festival 2019.

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MY DAD’S NAME WAS HUW. HE WAS AN ALCOHOLIC POET.

Sound Design

An intimate and insightful documentary short unravelling the state of mind of my late alcoholic father through the poems he left behind.

RCA Graduate Film 2019

BAFTA Shortlisted 2020
Winner of Passion Animation Prize 2019
Winner of LIAF Audience Award Animated Documentaries 2019

Directed and animated by Freddie Griffiths
Poems by Huw Griffiths
Voice by Owen Teale
Sound Design by Barney Kass
Assistance by Alicia Wengler, Corey McAllen, Rafael Hara, Joumana Issmaiel, Yitong Wang

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TEXTURE OF LIGHT

Sound Art and Interaction Design

Texture Of Light is a sentient surface, the sound of the visitors in the space control the light. This feedback system creates a collaboration between people and space. 

Collaborators - 
Mále Uribe
Thibaut Everard

Shown in Hockney Gallery South Kensigton SG1