I'm working on the sound design for an abstract 3D animation, and I'm trying to go for the same style as this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TG3Y-eCste4
I love the blend between organic and electronic sounds, but I'm having a hard time achieving it. When I use recordings/foley, the sounds are too "realistic", and when I mess around with a synthesizer, the sounds are too electronic and harsh. Even when I mix the electronic sound effects with the recordings, they still contrast too much, and it's clear what was recorded and what was synthesized.
Any ideas or tips? Suggestions for tools and techniques that could be useful? I'm not a romantic about necessarily doing everything myself, from scratch - so recommendations for sound libraries would be appreciated as well.
Also I'm relatively new to sound design, so don't hesitate to come with suggestions that might sound obvious :-)
Edit: Bonus question - how do I embed youtube videos?