November 2017 i

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Last week, I mixed the new short film, Distance by Sharon Whooley of Harvest Films. It was a visually and sonically arresting piece of work, so I look forward to seeing it again in the coming months.

Another event I engineered was this years Sounds Alive Hallowe'en event, 'The Demon Tree'. Taking it's name from the Dark Fantasy radio drama production, it featured a fantastic stage design, and musical interludes by the immeasurably talented Laura Sheeran, to heighten the tension of the original radio drama. 

This week I got my LOM 'Elektrouši' coil mics. Handy because they are a stereo pair that plug directly into my PCM-D100. These mics allow you to pick up electromagnetic interference from devices, to hear all the hidden buzzes, tones and click our surroundings are making. A touch of reverb and you start getting some fun stuff:


The ever brilliant SoundWorks Collection have a great interview with the sound team and composers who worked on Blade Runner 2049. The CS-80 stuff with Hans at 07:40 highlighted for me the importance of the other acoustic elements that Vangelis incorporated in his soundtrack to the original. It isn't just the sweeping synth stuff that makes it magic, it's the orchestral elements that anchor the emotional thread of the music, the timpani hits and harp arpeggios that really make it dig into you.