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I edited/compiled this radio advert from a script proposed by the advertising agency, BBH.  I was supplied with party conference speeches from the three main heads of uk government parties, Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg.  I then began the arduous task of picking through these hour long recordings looking for random words to make up the script… but even with all this material, some of the words had to be built from individual syllables in the edit to make the audio work.  Have a listen, I think the end result was a success, it got recognised with a monthly Aerial award too, which is nice…

This film is one of a series of animations for Mini.  They were projected on a huge scale on the sides of buildings, and the sound could be heard through PA systems at viewpoints where the public could interact with the films and choose what played next.

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As the cars were all animated, we had a Mini Cooper recorded with a multiple mic setup as it was put through its paces by a test driver, who performed donuts and skids until the engine blew out.  It was from these multitrack recordings that I pieced together all the car movements in the sound edit.  In this particular film (Lasers) I created a bunch of laser sounds using sound effects combined with synth blasts made on a Novation Supernova 2, along with a bunch of rock and explosion sfx from the sound library.

I did the sound design for this short animation many moons ago for Olly Courtney (when he was at MTV).

I seem to remember we had less than two hours to make the soundtrack, so I grabbed a few rough tunes that I was writing at the time, sped them up beyond musical recognition, chopped them in, added a load of scrunching sweet wrappers for foley, a few sound effects of apples crunching and vines growing, stuck Olly’s voice through a Roland vp9000, et voila!  Sometimes having no time to think and chew on things can produce great stuff.  It can also mean you end up with a load of crap, just very quickly… anyway you be the judge:

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Chris Cairns from Partizan and I worked on the music and sound design for this commercial together from the storyboard stage through to the final mix.

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We started by grouping sporting activities with corresponding musical sounds.  Having built samplers within Logic using library sound effects, I wrote the track based around the storyboards, and with a bit of to’ing and fro’ing we ended up with something close to the final tune.  On the shoot, elements of the track were used as playback in order to sync the action, and I attended the set too in order to pick up some foley from the people on set.  Back in the studio in post production, I replaced a lot of the original libary sounds within the track with the foley I recorded on set, and that was about it… anyways, have look – it’s a complex idea to execute and it isn’t without its flaws but I learned a lot from the process and the end result was pretty cool.

I did the sound design on this, with awesome music by Biggi Hilmarsson through Leland music.  When this advert came into the studio at Marmalade where I used to work, the sound from the shoot was mostly unusable, I think I ended up replacing all of it with my own foley and sound effects from our libaries.  Check it out:

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I did this short film back in 2006 and it’s still my favourite short I have worked on.  Directed by Barney Clay with music by MPM London, it was recognised with awards in Europe and America including the Brooklyn International Film Festival, Fantasporto and Fantasia.  Here’s a clip:

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You can find more info on the film on its myspace page.

Luc Janin from Annex films directed this amazing piece of stop frame poster magic.  It was a trailer for a series of concerts run at the Roundhouse in London called the ‘BBC Electric Proms’.

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One of the concepts behind the Electric Proms series was that bands, choirs and orchestras that didn’t usually perform together were being amalgamated for the concerts.  I tried to replicate this by mashing the music together within the sound design to create mixes that were out of the ordinary, but still worked… you be the judge!

The sound design on this advert needed lots of crunch and so I employed a range of different distortion effects to various flame burst and burning sound effects, to help the tearing effect you see in the visuals:

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To try and avoid using predictable whoosh sound effects I used vocals and burning noises to compliment the camera moves, and altered the pitch to certain elements to create a kind of doppler as the camera passes at certain points.

This was directed by Saam Farahmand, big props.

I wrote the music and edited and mixed the sound effects too for this gorgeous animation directed by Claire Norowzian and Jonny Mazur.  It was one of three animations created by Nandita Jain for Nick Junior to form part of their environment awareness campaign.

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I love the texture of this film, I think the animator used lots of textiles in it… anyway for my part I tried to pitch lots of the sound effects to be harmonious with my music – see if you can hear the tuneful squawking just before the monkeys in the trees!

I did the sound design and mix on this great short film directed by China Moo-Young.  It was based around a poem by novelist and poet Lucy English. It has been awarded at the NPA shorts and screened at Cannes, Hamburg and Raindance amongst others.  Here’s a section from the film:

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