For Those About to (Record) Rock

I find myself often answering the same sort of questions from musicians about the recording process so I thought it would make sense to jot down an overview of some things as a reference that I can direct people to… The Process So you’ve written some songs that you’d like to record and release, but […]

How to Keep Your Sound Editor Happy

Jeff Hinton has written a post on the Frame.io blog about “How to Keep Your Sound Editor Happy”. Written from a Sound Editors perspective, it is a useful reference for video editorial staff and film-makers covering best practises for handing over audio to the sound editorial team. How to Keep Your Sound Editor Happy (According […]

Richard Fidler interviews Chris Watson

Richard Fidler recently interviewed field recordist Chris Watson as part of his Conversations series on ABC Radio. It is a great interview, likely to be of interest to many people. Check it out at: http://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/conversations/conversations-chris-watson/9036566 Fortunately I will be getting a chance to see Chris Watson perform at the Wired Lab Open Day this weekend, […]

Atmosphere and Speed of Sound Calculator

University of Sydney have an online standard atmosphere calculator that can be useful for calculating the speed of sound at different altitudes. Check it out at: http://s6.aeromech.usyd.edu.au/aerodynamics/atmosphere7.php

Being Hear Short Film

There is a short film featuring Gordon Hempton discussing the importance of quiet and listening. Silence, as he puts it, “is the think tank of the soul.” Check out the video below: Being Hear from Spruce Tone Films on Vimeo.

Another Foley Movie

Foley is one of those aspects of film and television sound that really captures people’s imagination. Here is yet another short video about Foley to add to the various ones I have linked to on this site already:  

Murch Mix Cue Sheets

There are a couple of “sound cue sheets (not in their original color, alas) for the mix of Apocalypse Now, drawn by Walter Murch; from the excellent new book by Michael Ondaatje, The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film (New York 2002)” reproduced at the following link, along with a couple of […]

Mix Tips and Tricks

Film-Mixing.com has some interesting little organisational tips for Pro Tools on their website at: https://film-mixing.com/2015/09/22/interesting-sound-design-mix-tips-and-tricks/ The EuControl macro looks like an interesting one that I might try out.

Sounds of Nature

I have been fortunate to be involved with recording quite a bit of Foley for nature documentaries over the last little while. There are a couple of great articles from about 10 years ago that I often refer to in sound design classes that discuss the sound of nature documentaries. I won’t spoil the story, […]

The Same Song Sung in 15 Places

I recently came across a video of a person going by the name wikisinger singing in different places to show the effect of the acoustics and associated reverberation. The video is similar in style to another I had previously seen of a drummer playing in various places, and you can check them both out along […]