TED-Ed: Heart Attacks

In a heartbeat

Ted-Ed is an educational YouTube channel and youth education program from TED, the organization behind the popular TED Talks.

TED and Chadwick approached me for an episode about heart attacks. They needed a new underscore. Furthermore, we needed to enrich the animation with sound effects. Animator Chadwick Whitehead is responsible for the hand-drawn animation of the montage.

Chadwick had worked with another composer before me, but the unfinished soundtrack did not satisfy him. Chadwick wanted me to step in and create a new underscore from scratch.

The sound effects were sourced so that they would not sound synthetic or “hyper real”. Instead, I wanted it to be very organic and fluid in some sections. Especially in moments of morphing shapes.

The source material used were sounds of rice grains, slicing vegetables as well as paper and other organic materials. With focus on noises that wouldn’t feel too harsh or lifeless.

I am very grateful to Chadwick and TED for approaching me. This project was a very enjoyable and creative experience.

  • Client: TED-Ed
  • Task: Composing, Sound Design
  • Website: ed.ted.com

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