I’ve recently uploaded a batch of new mixes and masters to my Sound page. The page has also undergone some formatting changes so now it should be a little nicer to look at. It’s been a long time since I’ve put anything new up but I’m slowly and surely building up a more presentable body of work. There are some other goodies in the pipeline that I’ll also be uploading to the same page, so keep an eye out for those in the near future.
I’ve recently teamed up with a group of friends who have been recording short action videos, adding some After Effects magic and uploading them to YouTube. My primary role in all of this is that of sound engineer, or more specifically: composer. They’ve wanted to include backing tracks for their videos for some time now but, short of using royalty free music, have been unable to because of music licensing laws and such. The obvious way around this is to use original music and fortunately they were happy enough with the track that I provided to bring me on board. In addition to this I also provided a full audio mix for the video, including speech and sound effects, as would be done on any film or TV programme.
I have never done bespoke compositions, or sound mixing for video before, but I’ve enjoyed the work I’ve done thus far and am looking forward to finding out what kind of things will be thrown at me in the future.
Check out the video here: Only Effects – Cheat
It’s been awhile… Not because I haven’t been doing anything but because I’ve been too lazy to write any of it down.
During the last month I have been to see John Henderson twice and have assisted him with a variety of audio and video related tasks. Mostly it consisted of audio restoration for a couple of interviews shot many years ago, where the interviewee was recorded without a lapel mic. This left the speech lacking in presence and depth and well as the whole recording being plagued by camera hum. Mr Henderson was pleased with the results I provided but after my second visit it became apparent that our styles of working did not coexist happily and it was decided that I would not be returning for a third time. I wish him all the best with his work.
In freelance news, the LSO have not forgotten about me! I received an email a few days ago asking if I would be available for some camera work on the 4th November. Naturally I said yes. Additionally further work on top of this was hinted at, but nothing has been set in stone as of yet.
In other news, a friend of mine presented me with the opportunity to work as a receptionist for a local hospital on a kind of on-call basis. The work would not be consistent in anyway so I could be called upon anytime, from a few times a week to only once a month. Fortunately I rather enjoy this kind of broken work and it will provide a slightly more sure-fire cash injection when compared to the kind of luck I’ve been having with freelance work thus far. That meaning it’s mostly been unpaid work.
And finally, I have an interview to work as a part time sales assistant at Game! Nothing massively exciting but, assuming I get the position, it will play out much like the receptionist job and will provide yet another source of money to help pay for things. What more could you want?
Over the past couple of weeks I have been conversing with a chap named John Henderson. Now apparently those in the know will be aware of this man’s pseudo celebrity status because of his and his grandfather’s legacy and contribution to the film industry. Over the years he has built up a huge library of interview and documentary footage with seemingly everybody ever involved in film. It would also seem that he is interested in offering me a job editing these various documentaries.
This Sunday I shall be heading to Mr. Henderson’s place of residence to find out all the details and hopefully get what could be described as my first proper job. I didn’t see this one coming at all.
It’s been a remarkably uneventful month, that meaning I haven’t reported on much because some things did actually happen. I did a couple days work at the LSO again. This included helping out on a top secret project in relation to the opening ceremony for the Olympics (I’m allowed to tell you this now as it’s already happened. And no it wasn’t the Mr Bean thing). I’ve started taking tablets for my throat so hopefully I’ll get my voice back soon. But perhaps most importantly I have finished work on Red Kite’s Beat in Time video. In actual fact I finished the video a good week or so ago, but release dates and all that prevented me from advertising it until the official unveiling.
Check it out: Portfolio-Sight
And don’t forget to check out the band’s official website: Red Kites
Surprisingly, despite the fact I base a lot of this site around music production, today is the first day I’ve actually uploaded some music.
After having finally put all the pieces of my modest home studio together last week, I have been working furiously on various mixes and masters found scattered across the internet to present to the world. Take a look in my Sound section if you’re curious.
I will be working on new recordings over the coming weeks and uploading those as and when they’re finished. So hopefully in the not to distant future I will have a reasonable body of work to flaunt at whomever wants to take notice.
My home studio is finally completed!
After waiting patiently for everything to arrive I’m now ready to unleash my music related fury. In the end I went for KRK VXT4 monitors and even managed to get Toontrack’s Superior Drummer 2.0 with my left over change. Both of which sound incredible! I now expect everything I do to be nothing less than awesome (despite my lack of extensive experience). All I really need now is some tracks to work on…