Thursday, 1 December 2011

Your Best Sound of 2011.

I've opened up my annual "Your Best Sound Of..." thread on Social Sound Design. You can view it here: http://socialsounddesign.com/questions/11651/your-best-sound-of-2011.

You can submit any sounds you have recorded, synthesised or composed. Sound Effects, Music, Speech or Synth is welcome.

I'm looking forward to seeing what submissions we receive this year. Since last year was a great success!

I'll make a point of including a blog entry of my favorite submissions.

Monday, 12 September 2011

Forest Bird Chorus

As the morning sun is creeping through the trees, you can hear a variety of different species of English birds.



You can purchase an MP3 version of this track for £1.50.

During 2010 I got up early one morning and headed to a nearby Woodland to capture the dawn chorus.



I used this recording to gather information during some research I am continuing to do. For more information on leaving feedback please click here.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Sounds For Earth

I have just compiled a small collection of ambience and nature recordings that I have made over the past couple of years and made them available to buy for listening to.

The first release of sounds cost just £1.50 each.

The Sound Recordings currently available can be found below:



Please note: These Sound Recordings DO NOT come with a Creative Commons license or a license for editing, changing, copying, performance or synchronization with any other media. They are solely for listening purposes only. If you would like to purchase any other license along with high quality .WAV files, please feel free to contact me.

Monday, 5 September 2011

Yacht passing by the boat yard

During summer 2010, I was collecting sounds and ambiences from around Rye, East Sussex, UK.

Because Rye is a Cinque Port town and famous for its fishing community,  I spent a large portion of this time at Rye Harbor.

Here is a sample of one of my favourite recordings from the project.

Listen to the cables rattling against the masts in the boatyard, the people looking forward to enjoying their day on the passing yacht, the calling of sea birds and the waves of the wake splashing against the shore.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Choccy - July 2011

During July I did some more work on series 2 of the Ob-Doc television show Choccy Woccy Doo Dah.

It's a great show to work on. All the characters are great fun to work with and the rest of the crew are hard working and professional.

During the month I we got to meet some great people, but I'm not going to spoil anything for you though.

The 2nd series is due to go out in October on the UKTV Good Food channel in October.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Looking In - Dr Voice

Back at the end of January I joined the LookingIn.co.uk Team to produce a series of location interviews. I worked on this project as location sound recordist.

There are still a few post-production tweaks to be made to both video and audio. But I have been given permission to give you guys a sneak preview of our first interview.

Presenting - Dr Voice:

Wow, I've been busy.

Update

I've had a very busy past couple of months.

I began work on series 2 of Choccy Woccy Doo Dah, and Ob-Doc TV show around a Chocolate shop in Brighton. Unfortunately production has been suspended on the series. So lets hope it gets going again soon.

This week I have been working on a project with People Who Share on a Pilot episode for of a documentary show. We even got the opportunity to meet the Prime Minister earlier in the week. Muchly exciting.

Hoping to see alot more work over the summer. So I will keep you posted.


Regarding my podcast

Just a note to say that my Podcasts may be receiving some down time over the next couple of months. This is due to something out of my control.

I'll keep you up to date when they are up and running again.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Noisy Work Men

I had to get up early this morning. Some maintenance work men coming to fix the door to my flat. At first they were making one hell of a racket, but then I remembered one of my first posts on this blog:"Goddamn Builders Making Noise at This Time of the Morning".

This inspired me to grab my microphone and capture the sound of them working. They were quite happy to co-operate in return for a cup of tea :)

Here is an sample from the recordings.

Friday, 18 February 2011

Forest Bird Song

Recorded in the early morning in the country woodlands of East Sussex on England.

When you listen to this recording can you do me a favor? Can you turn away from your computer screen or stand up and walk to the other side of the room, maybe lay down for a couple of minutes. You can think about a loved one, imagine you are in the track or try and clear your head.

This is only a short track, but if you could take the time to leave me some of your thoughts and emotions whilst listening to this recording.

Can you picture yourself in the forest? Are you feeling relaxed? If there is something in the sound that is stopping you from relaxing please feel free to comment aswell, all feedback is welcome.

If you can leave your comments in the box below I would be most grateful. All comments are kept confidential.

Thank you.




Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Looking In - On Location Interviews

I have recently started working with Ryan Mathie of Lookingin.co.uk.

Ryan has assembled a team to help him to produce a series of web videos for his website Looking In. Each video interviews an expert in the field of finding true happiness within yourself. A really inspiring and worthwhile project that has been great fun so far.

The first interview took place on 28th January 2011. The interviewee was Dr Voice who discussed how the use of breathing, voice, language, beliefs and physical activity can be used to raise your level of happiness.

Click here to find out more about Looking In and visit the website

The session began with a sit down interview between Ryan Mathie and the Doc. For this I used a couple of Lapel Microphones. We did consider using wireless lapels, however because the subjects remained static throughout the interview (and to keep to budget) we opted to have them hardwired into my FR2-LE.

We ended the session by heading outside into the street and picking a random member of public to interview and do some exercises with. For this section I opted for a single Sennheiser MKH 416 shotgun mic on the end of Boom pole. This was enough to move around all the speakers, whilst cutting out the noise of the city in the background.

For a first session with a new film crew who hadn't worked together before this project was a great success. I think I can say that everybody enjoyed it.

The video is currently in post production and will be available soon.

Monday, 10 January 2011

South Bank Skate Park

I've been planning a new recording project recently. Whilst scouting some locations, I came across the Skate Park at South Bank on the Thames (near the London Eye (the big Ferris Wheel)).

Whilst going through my teenage years, I knew a lot of Skate Boarders and BMXers in my home town of Hastings. In fact, I still know a lot of them. I knew that this would be a good place to start recording.

It was a busy Sunday afternoon, and there must have been about twenty 16-25 year olds with their boards and BMXs, grinding the ramps and pulling ollies. Many individuals and families of all ages and backgrounds stopping to watch. It just shows that the sport can be enjoyed by everyone.

The sample is of the skateboarders rolling past in either direction, in the section with the concrete grind ramps.



Note to self: Bring your SLR camera with you in Future instead of the iPhone :)

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

The Gloomy Church Yard Bell

Whilst looking for a late night recording session in early January, I remembered hearing the Church Bell of my local village going off late at night.



You can buy this sound recording for £1.50. You can use the sound in your films, videos or compositions. Just send me an e-mail with a copy of your receipt and I'll send you the license and a .wav copy of the file.

I parked up nearby and set up my equipment just outside the Grave Yard.

There were a few houses nearby, so I didn't want to make too much noise and raise suspicion that I was grave robbing or something equally as stupid.

Being around a grave yard at midnight can be a scary thing. At one point I turned around and saw two White Glowing things which appeared to be above ground level. Ghosts? That was my first thought aswell. No, they were infact Balloons left over from somebodies party.

Anyway, since I enjoyed making the Fog Horn video from last week, I thought I'd treat you to another Church Bell one.




I took the photo in the video on Christmas day whilst visiting some Christmas House Lights.