Sound Designs by Gareth Fry - 2016

Let The Right One In

CJ Towol Theatre, Seoul, Korea. Director: John Tiffany. National Theatre of Scotland. 
Production also played the Dundee Rep and Royal Court Theatre in 2013, Apollo Theatre, London in 2014, St Ann's Warehouse, New York in 2015

"its world pulses with otherworldly undercurrents, beautifully sustained by Gareth Fry’s sound design" Ben Brantley, New York Times

"Gareth Fry did the sensational sound design." Ben Brantley, New York Times

"Gareth Fry's soundscape sends a menacing pulse through the action that resolves into the thump of a frightened heart." Susannah Clapp, Observer

"Accompanied by Gareth Fry’s evocative sound design, the production constantly teeters on an anticipatory edge, toying with the film’s horror origins but converting it to a more fitting level of suspense for the stage" Ian Foster, The Public Review

"t's as unexpected, and as unusual, as anything on Shaftesbury Avenue in recent years, with ... a soundscape by Gareth Fry that sets new standards in atmospheric scariness." Michael Coveney, WhatsOnStage

"There’s an air of wistfulness, longing and loneliness to John Tiffany’s appealing, occasionally ethereal production, which is underscored by a thrillingly haunting soundscape from Gareth Fry." Fiona Montford, Evening Standard


Almeida Theatre. Directed by Sacha Wares.

Composition and sound design. I also made the sound and music for the web trailer below.

"Gareth Fry’s haunting soundtrack of the city is underpinned by a rhythm like the beating of a heart"  Jane Shilling, The Telegraph

"Gareth Fry’s pulsing soundscape adds a rhythm to the city like an underlying heartbeat that really heightens your awareness of our own existence." The Bardette

The Encounter - Barbican

"... a complex aural mix of live and recorded sounds ... Shut your eyes at any point and you feel, thanks to McBurney' impressive range and the ingenuity of the sound design by Gareth Fry and Pete Malkin, that you are in the Amazonian Jungle." The Guardian

"... it's the richly layered sound design by Gareth Fry that impresses mot... the sensation of three dimensional sound" The Evening Standard

"the brilliance of the creativity of Gareth Fry and Pete Malkin's soundscape as we move through it" Londonist

"stunning sound design" Official London Theatre

The sound design for The Encounter was awarded The Evening Standard's Best Design Award 2016

Pete Malkin and Gareth Fry

Volvo Sound Affects campaign

Binaural recording and mixing for Volvo advertising campaign

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Palace Theatre. Directed by John Tiffany.

Film4 Summer Screen cinema

Somerset House

Glastonbury Land and Legend exhibition - V&A museum

The Encounter - Broadway

Golden Theatre. Complicite. Directed by Simon McBurney

New York Times - Ben Brantley [Full review]

"Mr. McBurney and his ace sound designers, Gareth Fry and Pete Malkin, have created an aural labyrinth of many layers. You’ll be watching Mr. McBurney’s lips moving in sync with what you’re hearing, only to discover that it’s just a recorded voice you’ve been listening to.

Did I say “just a recorded voice”? It’s a mistake to give undue value to what’s “real” over what’s a simulacrum of reality. With your earphones on, there’s no distinguishing between the live and the prerecorded, a blurring that allows Mr. McBurney to conduct very immediate-feeling conversations with his past selves."

Hollywood Reporter - David Rooney [Full review]

"the production's most astonishing artistry is the infinitely layered enveloping world conjured by sound designers Gareth Fry and Pete Malkin. Close your eyes and you might find yourself reaching for bug spray."

Variety - Matt Trueman [Full Review]

"Gareth Fry’s design piles up layers of sounds — recorded interviews, foley effects, a soundscape of McBurney’s home study. The effect is a soundcloud of a process, in which fact and fiction, past and present, research and production intermingle, spinning a story out of the air."

Talkin' Broadway - Matthew Murray [Full Review]

"the astonishing sound design by Gareth Fry and Pete Malkin ... play games with time, space, and thought you probably never thought possible. Echoes repeat and sustain themselves into infinity. Seemingly random noises layer into gorgeous but chilling tapestries outlining entire ecosystems. The British McBurney, simply by angling his head, can conjure an electronic American voice that rings utterly natural. Words transform into memory, which in turn become a wholly different reality, which is itself then subject to McBurney's tiniest whims. And if he wants you to become hot, cold, or despairing, or to escort you to the brink of death, he'll stand in exactly the right place and unleash his utterance in just the right way to ensure you're helpless in his hands. It really is all this precise. Perhaps the most arresting facet of this towering accomplishment is that it all feels as though it's been created just for you. Delivered as it is through a headset you're provided upon taking your seat, the soundscape is intensely intimate, which only makes the shivers cut deeper."

Time Out - David Cote [Full Review]

"Part mystic thriller, part tricksy aural illusion, The Encounter offers a meeting of ear, mind and soul you will never forget."

The Guardian - Alexis Soloski [Full Review]

"a triumph of binaural recording"

Exeunt - Nicole Serratore [Full Review]

" the show is heavily reliant on binaural sound to create a sonically immersive environment (the incredibly complex sound design by Gareth Fry and Peter Malkin is a great reason to resuscitate the now-defunct Sound Design Tony award). With the headphones, we have no distance from the events because the show is happening inside our heads. With the intimate power of sound, we give over entirely to what we hear, even if we know it is not real. We’ve been told that’s not an actual recording of a buzzing mosquito and when we hear it later as part of the artificial cacophony of jungle sounds we do not stop and question it."

The Village Voice - Miriam Felton-Dansky [Full Review]

"With sound designers Gareth Fry and Pete Malkin, McBurney transforms our own relationship to reality, space, and perception through the constantly shifting sounds in our headphones. "

Epoch Times - Judd Hollander [Full Review]

"The other star of the performance is the sound design. McBurney himself acknowledges the considerable efforts of his sound design team, led by Gareth Fry and Pete Malkin—all of whom deserve the praise they have received."

Theatre is Easy - Ran Xia [Full Review]

" McBurney, with the help of sound designers Gareth Fry and Pete Malkin, has turned the performance into a synesthesia-inducing, orgasmic auditory experience, "

The Encounter Broadway - press

Interview with Vanity Fair

Interview with TDF Stages

The Encounter press night - Sound operators Ben Grant, Ella Wahlstrom, Amir Sherhan, Helen Skiera, with Gareth Fry

The Encounter press night - Sound operators Ben Grant, Ella Wahlstrom, Amir Sherhan, Helen Skiera, with Gareth Fry

Binaural Sound and Recording Workshop

Ann Arbor District Library Downtown Secret Lab

Birkbeck directors course

Sound design workshop

Sound design and Storytelling workshop 

For SDUK directors

Bose F1 project

I recorded and produced sound for this Synergy Sponsorship project for Bose, working with Unit9. The project involved recording the Mercedes F1 garage over the weekend of the British Grand Prix, utilising multiple ambisonic microphones and spot mics, to generate a virtual reality version of the garage a user could explore.

Spot the microphones...

Spot the microphones...

CBeebies The Nutcracker

Directed by John Spooner. Featuring a nine piece mobile band, this musical was broadcast on CBeebies over Christmas and on BBC1 on Christmas Day

Somerset House Ice Rink


Peter and the Starcatcher

Royal Theatre, Northampton. Director: Luke Sheppard
Featuring a two piece band and live foley.

Foley workshop with the cast

Foley workshop with the cast

Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama


Nature & Scientific American Podcasts 

Workshop on sound design