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World’s Fastest Indian

Back in 2005 we did sound design for a NZ film called World’s Fastest Indian and its a film that people still comment about today, primarily because its one hell of a true story based on the life of a…

Fastest Indian in Japan

That Burt Munro sure gets around! Worlds Fastest Indian is currently screening in Japan official japanese site

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  ▶ Such interesting times in the analog world: vinyl outsells digital for music in the UK for the first time, combines with the irony of seeing ads on local TV for vinyl ‘hear your favourite albums like never before……

film: The Revenant

Warning: spoilers below – see the film before reading this!!! And some advice: see this film in a cinema with great projection and sound   I repeat: do not read on unless you have already seen the film! For an…

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DJ shredding = too funny! the drop is pretty funny, but i laughed more at the 8bit beeps   > Buddy the talking starling!?!   > h265? wow! ProRes 4444 quality for 1% of the file size!!     >…

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City sounds from Erick Flores Garnelo on Vimeo.   > Make the city sound better? “The Sound Taxi is equipped with a microphone that record its surrounding noise: the rumbling traffic, screeching brakes, sirens, construction work all are a part…

2011

I remember over a decade ago thinking holy sh+t! it’s almost 2001! We’re living in Kubrics future!! And now? 2011 is grinding to a hault, and there’s still no sign of that obelix… But I have to say 2011 has…

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  > At last – a solution to make 3D films watchable!     > a LEGO Moog?     > Conversation Piece – an unvarnished chat with Bernard Herrmann   > Oomagamma are an indian company producing mics, alternatives…

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> The Generative Song & Sound Pattern Matrixes of the Shipibo Indians   > Snow monsters of Japan   Daniel Fabrycky visualizing Kepler data – more info here   > First music then books: devalued ownership   > A bicycle…

Shifter Kart FX Recording

Exactly a week ago today, I had that nervous sense of anticipation when you have a major record session happening that day. And at times like that I remember the words of some forgotten performer who explained that those butterflies…

Reality teaches the best lessons

Do you remember the last time you skinned a knee? Or an elbow? Second to last time for me was when I was like 10 years old or something… But the last time was last friday, push starting a shifter…

Film as Cultural Identity

Not wanting to get political but one aspect of film making which I believe is important is the idea of film as cultural identity. When I look at the list of films made in New Zealand there are some that…

Best 100 Posts #sounddesign #music #film

A comment from 2021: please note the date on each post. While sound design blogs are common now, very few existed a decade or more ago. Due to having moved web hosting three times, some links are broken and/or dead,…

Intern Applications – Mute FX Clip

One of the interns asked me about my response to question 30 in the application, which was: Watch the (silent) video below and briefly explain how you would approach creating the sound effects for this shot. What elements would you…

Virtual Intern(s) Update: 4 Chosen

Ok, the hard decisions have been made, the emails have been sent & the interns have confirmed. And yes there is more than one, in fact there are four! It took me 3 weeks to narrow 19 down to 4…

Five Favourite Films for Sound

Wall-E – Votes:18 (IMDB + trailer) Star Wars IV – Votes:14 (IMDB + trailer) Apocalypse Now – Votes:11 (IMDB + trailer) The Matrix – Votes:10 (IMDB + trailer) Eraserhead – Votes:9 (IMDB + trailer) No Country For Old Men –…

A sense of place…

Project management is a term that makes me shudder – I imagine ‘suits’ (or ‘salarymen’ as they are known in Japan) sweating & then feeling like they have done their days work after juggling a few assignments & shouting at…

SlumDog Millionaire Production Audio

There is a very interesting article here about the production sound recordist for the hit movie SlumDog Millionaire by Danny Boyle. Heres a little excerpt – I am (nearly) always very impressed with the great work production sound people do;…

School of Sound

Every year I receive an email notifying me of the next School of Sound (held annually in London) and I wistfully think one day I’ll get there, but for some reason the April dates never fall between films, and flying…

Buying (& Selling) Sound Effects

Presuming you work in post have you ever bought sound effects? If so, where did you buy them? I’m primarily talking about sound effects as opposed to music samples or libraries, although these have some aspects in common… And even…

Sparse & moody?

God bless MetaFilter – whoever ignited that flame deserves reward! And every time I ask google for some random, weirdly specific search term sure enough MeFi turns up in the first few results pages… as per ““Recommend me some sparse…

New ProTools Blog!

A new blog well worth a regular visit; ProTools for Audio Pros is the creation of Brent Heber, a very experienced ProTools user who also works for Digidesign in Austraila. Accordingly he gets to gain valuable insight into how different…

a word to the wise

“My feeling is that if somebody has got the imagination, they’ll figure a way to do something no matter what the limitations are. As I was saying before, when David (Lynch) and I worked on The Grandmother, we had nothing…

BLACK SHEEP FX Recording 3

Ever since doing Worlds Fastest Indian I really enjoy recording vehicle sound effects and Black Sheep had two main vehicles we needed to augment – a good old Landrover and a classic Morris 1300… Luckily we got access to them…

Sound so fast you can feel it!

I did a lot of research on land speed racers when working on The World’s Fastest Indian, but nothing quite this fast – check out the sonic boom from this ‘car’ doing 1126km/h! Of course planes can pass the sound…