Sound Design Book List

Here are the best books that I own & reccomend on the subject of film sound design!


The Practical Art of Motion Picture Sound by David Lewis Yewdall – if you only buy one book, I would buy this one. It is very practical & talks through every department & element of the soundtrack. The only caveat would be that it suffers slightly from the ‘bigger is better’ syndrome, but that comes down to aesthetics & taste which I wont debate here…


Audio-Vision by Michel Chion – this is the best book on film sound theory I have read – it is very thought provoking with a great foreword by Walter Murch.


Soundscape by Larry Sider – this is actually a copy of various lectures given at the School of Sound, a week long course held every two years in London. This book features lectures by Walter Murch, David Lynch, Randy Thom, Michel Chion, Carter Burwell and Mani Kaul amongst others….


Sound-On-Film: Interviews with Creators of Film Sound by Vincent LoBrutto – this book contains some very interesting interviews including Walter Murch, Ben Burtt, Skip Lievesay, Gary Rydstrom, Mark Mangini and many others..


The Foley Grail by Vanessa Theme Ament – great insight into the world of the foley artist!


Dialogue editing for Motion Pictures by John Purcell – a very thorough, if a little dry, explanation of dialogue & ADR editing


The Sound Effects Bible by Ric Viers – a handy guide to recording sound effects


The Reel World: Scoring for Pictures by Jeff Rona – I don’t write music/score for film, but on every project I get to collaborate with film composers so I figure the more I know about film scoring the better!

Finally, its not a book but its the best online resource for sound design: filmsound.org

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  5. tim says:

    true, thats a great book!

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  7. A&R Unlimited says:

    I had been seeking out blogs based on music and I stumbled on your blog. I will add it to my top picks and sign up to your Feed.

  8. Mercy says:

    what about “The Complete Guide to Game Audio” by Aaron Marks? I hear nothing but good things about it. Plus, it focuses on mostly the practical side.

  9. max says:

    For those who read German: “Sound Design: Die virtuelle Klangwelt des Films” by Barbara Flückinger is a very interesting book on film sound as well.

    http://www.amazon.de/Sound-Design-virtuelle-Klangwelt-Films/dp/3894725060/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1293706767&sr=8-1

  10. Stephen Saldanha says:

    Isn’t David Sonnenschine’s “Sound Design: Expressive Power of Music and Sound” good? well I heard its good I’m waiting for the 2nd edition

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