Suzanne Ciani - Women of Pinball

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Suzanne Ciani - Women of Pinball

Postby Chris Silver » Mon Mar 30, 2015 5:25 pm

Suzanne Ciani was not only the voice behind Xenon, but also produced the sound effects (only the weird few die hard pinballologists would know such a fact). She was also an awesome musician - on the mellow side. I could totally chill to this tune she wrote back in 1982 called The Fifth Wave - Water Lullaby. I've had her playlist playing in the background while I threw this thread together. Its peaceful.





Here is a link to her website with a lot of fantastic information and an ancient interview she had with Bill Baverstock from an old TV show I can't remember the name of but hosted by Peter Ustinov. Towards the end they mention big dreams regarding the future of microchips. You have to watch this. She has also provided some Xenon sound effect downloads for Mac and PC:


http://sevwave.com/early_ciani/ciani_xenon.html


I couldn't begin to rifle off the awards she has earned over her career and all the little sound effects that you have heard without even knowing. Wikipedia has a great write up of her life accomplishments:


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suzanne_Ciani

This is just a quick hats off to Suzanne for all her contibutions to our lives and a bow of respect towards women's accomplishments.
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Re: Suzanne Ciani - Women of Pinball

Postby Chris Silver » Mon Mar 30, 2015 5:27 pm

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Re: Suzanne Ciani - Women of Pinball

Postby Steph » Mon Mar 30, 2015 5:45 pm

I had seen that video before.
Pretty cool...


I love the part where they say
"... a sound chip, only the size of a domino, holds 48 THOUSAND bits or information "

... ah, those were the days !

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Re: Suzanne Ciani - Women of Pinball

Postby Chris Silver » Mon Mar 30, 2015 5:58 pm

If you're old like me, check out these sound effects and step back in time:

http://sevwave.com/themes.html
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Re: Suzanne Ciani - Women of Pinball

Postby HPR Pinball » Mon Mar 30, 2015 6:01 pm

Back in that time, digitalizing only one word cost about 1000$

In that era, pinballs and vids were the most sophisticated pieces of technology available to the public.
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Re: Suzanne Ciani - Women of Pinball

Postby cait001 » Mon Mar 30, 2015 7:09 pm

Her pianissimo albums are great, too.
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Re: Suzanne Ciani - Women of Pinball

Postby SquidVicious » Tue Mar 31, 2015 10:48 am

Two years ago at EXPO they highlighted XENON and had the whole development team in for a seminar ... Suzanne was definitely the focal point of the discussion and gave some great background to the processes she used to create the sound on the machine. Very cool seminar.
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Re: Suzanne Ciani - Women of Pinball

Postby Chris Silver » Mon Sep 19, 2016 7:14 pm

Suzanne is still going strong. Check out the documentary on the link provided.

http://www.factmag.com/2016/09/17/suzanne-ciani-kaitlyn-aurelia-smith-sunergy/
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Re: Suzanne Ciani - Women of Pinball

Postby cait001 » Mon Sep 19, 2016 9:28 pm

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Re: Suzanne Ciani - Women of Pinball

Postby tinyrodent » Thu Dec 14, 2017 2:41 pm

There's another recent documentary I didn't see mentioned in this thread A Life in Waves. Some archival material, some new, pretty good.
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