Kall of Kukay

Contest Brief

We need 3 notification sounds for a mobile application we are about to release named Kukay (firefly). The visual identity of the app is a firefly and the general concept is a social app that utilizes the simplicity of firefly communication and gives the user a more sophisticated version of that utility to meet other users in their immediate surroundings. So the sound should evoke the feeling of an electronic or biomechanical firefly. Inspirations should be modern electronic music (although the sounds should be very short and simple), sci-fi, insects or electronic insects (the friendly kind, not the intimidating kind), and maybe a bit of the 16 bit video game sound, which has found its way into modern electronic music so perhaps that's redundant, but you get the idea. These sounds should obviously be mastered for optimal sound on mobile devices. The quality, simplicity and ease of listenability (as these are notification sounds, they can't get annoying after hearing 100 times in one evening) should be as good as something Apple would use for a stock sound. They have done an excellent job with their notification sounds and we want to emulate that success.

Sound 1 will signify the firefly lighting up or turning on/becoming active, flashing, or sending its signal out into the digital space around it. Again, very simple and ear friendly, but interesting and evoking the appropriate image.

Sound 2 will signify receiving the signal, a connection made with another user. So it should be similar, but it should feel subtly exciting, sort of a "success!" feeling but again, not overpowering.

Sound 3 should be an extremely short sound to signify a received message. It should feel cohesive with the other 2 sounds and have the same basic elements, but even shorter, simpler and easier to hear multiple times.

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  • vampyfree
    vampyfree
    • 4 years ago

    soo who all got message? Or who did not? Who won... I am buzzed #heartattackinfewhours

    • 4 years ago
  • cstrand
    Contest Holder
    • 4 years ago

    There have been a number of entries that we would be proud to use, and it's a tough decision. Thank you all for participating and sharing some great ideas, we have whittled it down to two people. We have PM'd the finalists so, if you didn't get a message like that, we're really sorry but again, there were a number of entries good enough for us to use, so we hated to have to pass on those, but that's the game. Thank you all again and good luck to you!

    • 4 years ago
  • Horobi
    Horobi
    • 4 years ago

    Thanks for all your input and comments, just thought I squeeze some last minute updates in. Many thanks

    Paul

    • 4 years ago
    1. cstrand
      Contest Holder
      • 4 years ago

      feedback added

      • 4 years ago
  • MIstahYebba
    MIstahYebba
    • 4 years ago

    Added a message on my submission! Tell me watcha think!

    • 4 years ago
    1. cstrand
      Contest Holder
      • 4 years ago

      got them, very sorry for getting back to you so late. Many entries were added on the last day, and unfortunately I have another job so it was a challenge to review them all.

      • 4 years ago
    2. MIstahYebba
      MIstahYebba
      • 4 years ago

      What did you think of the new ones? Time will be tight to make another batch.. do I have a chance?

      • 4 years ago
  • EFrad
    EFrad
    • 4 years ago

    It is #45 :)

    • 4 years ago
    1. cstrand
      Contest Holder
      • 4 years ago

      Feedback provided, thank you for entering EFrad!

      • 4 years ago
  • PlasmaState
    PlasmaState
    • 4 years ago

    Hello,
    I may be a little late to the contest (just 2 hours before the deadline) but please don't forget my entry.
    All the best to fellow contestants.
    Regards,
    Awais Khan

    • 4 years ago
    1. cstrand
      Contest Holder
      • 4 years ago

      I managed to review your entry, I think it is a bit late unfortunately, but it seems like you have the talent.

      • 4 years ago
    2. PlasmaState
      PlasmaState
      • 4 years ago

      Thank you for your feedback. Would love to know who the winner is. Its always good to learn from others.
      Good luck for your app.

      • 4 years ago
  • vampyfree
    vampyfree
    • 4 years ago

    new sounds added....

    • 4 years ago
  • EFrad
    EFrad
    • 4 years ago

    Hello!
    I just uploaded my sounds for You :)
    Hope You like it!
    Link is in private message
    Best regards
    EFrad

    • 4 years ago
  • LeonidasM
    LeonidasM
    • 4 years ago

    I've added a public set with my sounds in my soundcloud page.Here http://tinyurl.com/l86tapd Also,drop a line if you find the time. :)

    • 4 years ago
  • AnotherEnigma
    AnotherEnigma
    • 4 years ago

    I have submitted new entries that are all on my soundcloud page

    • 4 years ago
  • JessBMcCoy
    JessBMcCoy
    • 4 years ago

    Updated from the last version, and also included all previous versions in the zip file. Sent you the link in a comment on my submission. :)

    • 4 years ago
  • cstrand
    Contest Holder
    • 4 years ago

    I really enjoy hearing all of your sound ideas guys, but can you do me a favor and each artist put every sound that they have uploaded, including previous entries for reference purposes, into one set on soundcloud, or one zip file on dropbox. This would help me greatly in critiquing and giving direction. If you use another site, please either make them available on one page, or in one file. Thank you so much for your entries and for making this such a cool contest!

    • 4 years ago
    1. vampyfree
      vampyfree
      • 4 years ago

      done :)

      • 4 years ago
  • bombfactory
    bombfactory
    • 4 years ago

    I've sent you the sounds via wetransfer, just in case you don't see the message. Cheers!

    • 4 years ago
    1. cstrand
      Contest Holder
      • 4 years ago

      I am reviewing them now.

      • 4 years ago
    2. bombfactory
      bombfactory
      • 4 years ago

      revised version has been sent.

      • 4 years ago
  • Vlzmusic
    Vlzmusic
    • 4 years ago

    First entry submitted.

    • 4 years ago
  • theogoodman
    theogoodman
    • 4 years ago

    I left a new link that works, did you get it?

    • 4 years ago
    1. theogoodman
      theogoodman
      • 4 years ago

      ok should work now. Thanks

      • 4 years ago
    2. cstrand
      Contest Holder
      • 4 years ago

      Theo, unfortunately it looks like just dead links. Can you check again?

      • 4 years ago
  • Brandingdon
    Brandingdon
    • 4 years ago

    Did you check my new version?

    • 4 years ago
  • MIstahYebba
    MIstahYebba
    • 4 years ago

    Hiya! Posted my entry.. Hope ya like it!

    • 4 years ago
  • JessBMcCoy
    JessBMcCoy
    • 4 years ago

    Left a message on my entry with the updated version. Looking forward to your feedback, and good luck with your app!

    • 4 years ago
    1. cstrand
      Contest Holder
      • 4 years ago

      I'm critiquing it right now, it's much closer!

      • 4 years ago
    2. JessBMcCoy
      JessBMcCoy
      • 4 years ago

      Glad to hear it! :) Message me with details of anything you'd like me to fix/tweak, and I'll get right on it.

      • 4 years ago
  • cstrand
    Contest Holder
    • 4 years ago

    To give people a more accurate starting point, the "Light Up" sound should have the following elements: A swelling synth (probably a chord) that gives the feeling of a flood of light from an advanced energy source, an artificial or mechanical insect sound, and should swell or pitch bend or flange in some way that makes it sound like its powering up from a powered off state. It should be a second long or shorter. It should be exciting, but not overpowering -- easy to listen to.

    The connection sound should convey the feeling of success, or getting a "yes!" but again, not overpowering.

    The Message received should be some brief, synthy sound that has a soft percussive quality, with an insect noise blended into it. It should be in the .2 second range.

    • 4 years ago
    1. JessBMcCoy
      JessBMcCoy
      • 4 years ago

      This description really helped! :o

      • 4 years ago
    2. cstrand
      Contest Holder
      • 4 years ago

      My first instinct is not to box the artist in too much. I want to see if they come up with something better than what I am vaguely imagining. But then they don't have a good starting point. It's a tough thing to balance. Thank you for competing!

      • 4 years ago
  • joshuakopecek
    joshuakopecek
    • 4 years ago

    In case you miss the notification, I've posted two new versions of each sound to my soundcloud set. Hope you're not completely overwhelmed by links!

    • 4 years ago
    1. cstrand
      Contest Holder
      • 4 years ago

      Thank you! I'm looking now.

      • 4 years ago
  • federicoucha
    federicoucha
    • 4 years ago

    Check my sound!

    • 4 years ago
    1. federicoucha
      federicoucha
      • 4 years ago

      I sent the sounds!!

      • 4 years ago
    2. cstrand
      Contest Holder
      • 4 years ago

      reviewing them now

      • 4 years ago
  • Brandingdon
    Brandingdon
    • 4 years ago

    New version posted. Please check my submission messages to check in soundcloud. Thank you.

    • 4 years ago
  • LeonidasM
    LeonidasM
    • 4 years ago

    Links are in the description of my submission entry.I hope you find what you looking for.

    • 4 years ago
  • JessBMcCoy
    JessBMcCoy
    • 4 years ago

    For anybody who needs to link their sounds easier and doesn't want to use their Soundcloud, consider using Dropbox. :)

    • 4 years ago
  • artflaw
    artflaw
    • 4 years ago

    Hello. I put a new link in our PM convo. Hope you dig. Thanks!

    • 4 years ago
  • Horobi
    Horobi
    • 4 years ago

    I'm in! Hopefully short and sweet enough?! Thanks....

    • 4 years ago
  • vampyfree
    vampyfree
    • 4 years ago

    check check #19 :?

    • 4 years ago
  • multithinker60
    multithinker60
    • 4 years ago

    Dear cstrand



    I have submitted two sound files for demonstration and I will also submit the sound 3 if you like my work :). I have used some futuristic imagination to develop the sounds like some space connection between civilizations is established. The sounds can still be more demanding according to the needs but they demonstrate the original idea. Post production may still be applied if accepted and to me the prize doesn't matter, particiaption in Kukey for even more sounds is important to me.



    Regards.

    • 4 years ago
  • multithinker60
    multithinker60
    • 4 years ago

    Dear cstrand

    I have submitted two sound files for demonstration and I will also submit the sound 3 if you like my work :). I have used some futuristic imagination to develop the sounds like some space connection between civilizations is established. The sounds can still be more demanding according to the needs but they demonstrate the original idea. Post production may still be applied if accepted and to me the prize doesn't matter, particiaption in Kukey for even more sounds is important to me.

    Regards.

    • 4 years ago
  • cstrand
    Contest Holder
    • 4 years ago

    One thing that is a consistent challenge is length. Most of these entries are way too long. Think about notification sounds that you use on your own phone, most of you probably use very short ones or no sound at all. I know it is a challenge as an artist to be expressive in such a small window, but that is the challenge at hand, do your best!

    • 4 years ago
    1. multithinker60
      multithinker60
      • 4 years ago

      Hi cstrand,

      That really seems a challenging task. I am on board. Also, may you kindly tell me how I can send you the sample files. Regards

      • 4 years ago
    2. cstrand
      Contest Holder
      • 4 years ago

      An equally challenging task unfortunately, but what I'm suggesting is to upload them to a soundcloud account (you can make them private if you wish) and submit an entry with some image file, and post a link to a soundcloud set in the entry description. It sucks, but that's the best I can do right now. Thanks for your interest.

      • 4 years ago

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