Sound Design open workshop for Complicité

I ran a two day workshop on sound design for Complicité, for a group of directors, writers, performers, musicians, dancers, curators and sound designers, from all over the world.

Land Rover's The Discovery Adventures

I recorded, edited and mixed this 7-part podcast family drama for Cecilia and Mindshare, working closely with them and Land Rover to create an innovative podcast recorded in binaural audio, on location across the UK with a host of actors, presenters, explorers and sports personalities.

Wings at the Young Vic Theatre

Wings opened tonight at the Young Vic Theatre. This piece is super interesting, looking at the experience of having a stroke from the victim's perspective, starring Juliet Stevenson and directed by Natalie Abrahami.

Photos by Johan Perrson

Hear Their There Here iOS/Android app

iPhone/Android app-based sound-walk around Brooklyn Bridge Park for St Ann's Warehouse.

We recorded lots and lots of interviews (using a Sennheiser Ambeo ambisonic microphone) in Brooklyn Bridge Park, which were then edited into over 1100 files and 18 hours of material. The app will determine your location within the park and choose segments of interviews for you to hear, such that you'll never have the same experience twice.

Director: Geoff Sobelle

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Road - Royal Court Theatre

Road opened tonight at the Royal Court Theatre, 30 years after it's original production at the Royal Court. Directed by John Tiffany (my 7th show working with John), 

Photos by Johann Perrson

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, directed by Benedict Andrew, starring Sienna Miller, Jack O'Connell and Colm Meaney

Helpmann Award for The Encounter

Pete Malkin and I won Australia's Helpmann Award for best sound design for The Encounter. This has been an amazing year for us for our work on The Encounter, winning an Evening Standard Award, a Drama Desk Award, a Tony Award and now a Helpmann.

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Perfume exhibition at Somerset House

Collaborating with curators Claire Catterall, Lizzie Ostrom and podcast producer Jo Barratt, I worked on creating a soundtrack for each of the ten perfumes that feature in this exhibition.

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Tony Award for The Encounter

Pete and I are super proud to have been awarded a special Tony Award for the sound design of The Encounter. This is particularly special because the Tony Awards axed the annual sound design awards back in 2014, saying they would only award one for sound in exceptional circumstances. Alongside our award the Tony Awards announced that they would be resuming awarding regular awards for sound design from next year, which is super news.

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Barbershop Chronicles opens at the National Theatre

I'm super proud to be involved with this production, which opens today at the National Theatre. It doesn't use (or need) lots of sound, but it's an awesome play by Inua Ellams, performed by a brilliant ensemble and directed superbly by Bijan Sheibani.

UPDATE: Barbershop will be returning to the National Theatre this Christmas, before embarking on a world tour.

Woyzeck at the Old Vic Theatre

Tonight we opened Woyzeck, in a new adaptation by Jack Thorne, at the Old Vic Theatre. It stars John Boyega (Star Wars), with music by Isobel Waller-Bridger and is directed by Joe Murphy.

"Murphy's production follows Woyzeck's descent into drug-addled madness, unravelling from normality into chaos, with a claustrophobic set of sliding padded panels by Tom Scutt, an explosive sound-scape by Gareth Fry and a resonant score from Isobel Waller-Bridge." The Stage

"The staging is quite beautiful, a series of insulated walls – one even has meat seeping out – float in from above and glide in and out of the wings, while patches of light illuminate areas of the stage in regimented order. At times the cast seem to appear out of nowhere and this is even before we admire Ben Hart’s subtle illusion. The walls move in waves with a pulsating rhythm, matching Gareth Fry’s impressively oppressive sound design" Theatre Weekly

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Draw Me Close VR

I’ve been working with Ollie Lindsey/All Seeing Eye again, this time at the NT Immersive Storytelling Studio, to create the sound design for Draw Me Close: a scene from a new play by Jordan Tannahill, looking at the relationship between a mother and her son in the wake of her terminal-cancer diagnosis. This is a super interesting VR and live theatre project, involving a mix of cutting edge HTC Vive tracker technologies, some really cool animation and actress Tamsin Griffin.  

2017 Olivier Award for Best Sound Design for Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

Another great night out. I was very fortunate to be awarded a third Olivier Award, for Best Sound Design on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

VR/AR/360 sound workshop for NT Immersive Storytelling Studio

Today I've been running a sound workshop looking at some of the tools we can use to tell stories in the VR/AR/360 film platforms, along with Ollie Lindsey/All Seeing Eye at the NT Immersive Storytelling Studio

Comparing binaural and ambisonic sound

Comparing binaural and ambisonic sound

 

 

Cla’am short film

I’ve just finished making this short film with writer/director Nathaniel Martello-White, produced by Air Street Films, Creative England and the BBC. 

The film stars Joel Fry (W1A. Game of Thrones, Trollied) and takes a dark look at gentrification. 

Goldcrest very kindly provided their facilities so we could ADR and mix the film there, with Jamie Roden doing a lovely job of the mix. 

Cla’am will premiere at the SXSW film festival  

UPDATE: Cla’am won the Best Short Film award at the Raindance Festival

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Evening Standard Best Design Award for The Encounter

Last night I was very honoured to receive the Evening Standard Best Design award for the sound design of Complicite's The Encounter.  

We only had 45 seconds to thank everyone, but Pete Malkin and I have spent many years developing this show alongside some incredible people. It would be impossible to name all of the people who have contributed to the show but I'm going to try... So much credit is due to Simon McBurney with whom I've been working since 1999, whose ideas and inspirations have formed the heart of this show. So much of this show has come out of his work with co-director Kirsty Housley and associate director Jemima James. Traditional theatre job descriptions and titles fail to recognise the collaborative process that devised shows often are. This show was made by all of us being in a room contributing and playing with ideas. We've had an amazing sound team: Helen Skiera and Ella Wahlstrom who have mixed the show for the last 18 months through workshops, rehearsals and performances, expertly responding to Simon's nuances and improvisations, Guy Coletta and David Gregory who have marshalled the show into an efficient, reliable touring entity, Ben Grant and Amir Sherhan who have taken up the reins as operators for Broadway, Andrew Kirkby and Joshua Robbins who marshalled the headphones into life in the early inceptions of the show, and many more who've helped make, install or reset hundreds of pairs of headphones every day, in Edinburgh, in London, in New York and across Europe! Caroline and Jo, and now Adam, the Stage Management team who've dealt with the chaos and craziness of running a show where there is no script. Then there is Judith Dimant, Poppy Keeling and the amazing team at Complicite who expertly nurtured an experimental idea into the success it has become. Production manager Niall Black who made so much of it actually happen. Sennheiser who gave us a lot of headphones! Christer Lundahl and Martina Seitl who introduced us to, and lent us their binaural head for the early workshops. AMS Acoustics who lent us their binaural head for another of the workshops. The Mayoruna who guided us through the Amazon Rainforest for several days as we recorded sounds, with the expert guidance of Paul Heritage and logistical coordination of Chloe Courtney. Synergy Aviation and Fairoaks Airport who flew me around in a Cessna and let me sit on their runway and record planes flying overhead! The London School and Hospital of Tropical Medicine who let me record their mosquito colonies. The twenty odd volunteers who came to Epping Forest to run around, dance and get bitten by mosquitos. Christina Cunningham who helped me develop seat belts to attach headphones to seats and got together a team to make 800 of them! There were many other Complicite regulars who fed in ideas and thoughts, and many contributors who we interviewed, whose taste and thoughts wove into the show. Almost last but not least, Pete Malkin who has been an exceptional associate on many shows over the last 6 years, but whose input to this show, both creatively and as a collaborator rose above and beyond and who is an exceptional talent.

None of this would've been possible without the support of my wife Laura, who juggled two small children as I went into the unknowns of the Amazon Rainforest, and provided support and love for the unknowns of all the other times. 

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Here are some photos from the past 6 years