Food For Thought From Eno

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Brian Eno is always worth listening to. He is a very engaging speaker and his thoughts about art and music are extremely thought provoking and inspiring for me.
He speaks about many things in his Red Bull 2013 lecture, but two in particular caught my attention.

In the first he discusses the creative problems in music composition that come with an abundance of options in the modern DAW. Listen to the clip here

In the second he discusses his approach to film scoring and how he avoids the cliches of many Hollywood style film scores. Listen to the clip here

Both these clips should be of interest to Audio Production students who specialise in music composition.

PS. Look out for Kieran Hebden (Four Tet) in the Q&A at the end.

Guest Lecture – Grant Bridgeman 2013

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Grant Bridgeman is a familiar face around the university these days. He comes in to deliver workshops, masterclasses and lectures for our level 1 and 2 students.

In these sessions Grant draws on his experience and expertise to cover many aspects of working with audio for film and TV. This covers location sound recording, sound design, foley and sound effects capture, workflow and expert Pro Tools tuition in all aspects of audio post-production (track laying, dialogue editing, dialogue replacement and mixing etc.).

However, at level 3, Grant’s lecture covers the many aspects of his job other than the sound bit. In his Everything But The Sound lecture, Grant explains the day to day activities of the freelance audio professional. From filling in tax returns, to invoicing clients, to repairing kit, to archiving and accounting, to maintaining contacts and CV information. All the stuff that a student about to leave university needs to know, including some of the more difficult aspects such as no sick pay, no annual leave and sometimes wondering where the next job might come from.

Despite all this, it’s obvious that Grant loves his job and he’s a very enthusiastic lecturer. In fact, once he gets going, he’s very difficult to stop! We could definitely have done with an extra hour for this session. 🙂

Grant’s last job was as the sound recordist on ITV’s Mr Selfridge. For an interview with Grant about his experiences on this job please click here.

the Sound of Skyfall

The sound of Skyfall

The SoundWorks Collection dives into the latest installment in the long-running saga based on Ian Fleming’s James Bond character.

Director Sam Mendes (American Beauty and Jarhead) brings the audience an entirely new storyline to the Bond character in “Skyfall”.

Exploring the sound and music of the film we talk with Scott Millan (Sound Re-recording Mixer), Greg Russell (Sound Re-recording Mixer),
Karen Baker Landers (Supervising Sound Editor), and Per Hallberg (Supervising Sound Editor).

see also

http://soundworkscollection.com/skyfall

Skywalker Sound Legend to visit Nottingham 27th June 2012

The Institute for Screen Industries Research at the University of Nottingham is pleased to announce a presentation and Q&A with two-time Oscar winning sound designer Randy Thom. Randy is Director of Sound Design at Skywalker Sound and has been responsible for the sound design on dozens of Hollywood blockbusters including Star Wars Episode VIHarry Potter and the Goblet of FireForrest GumpThe Right Stuff and The Incredibles.

Event details:

Wednesday  27th June at 3pm – Presentation and Q&A (with Gianluca Sergi, Director of the Institute for Screen Industries Research)

Clive Granger A48,

University Park Campus

University of Nottingham

NG7 2RD

The event is free and open to all but please register by contacting Elizabeth.evans@nottingham.ac.uk

 

Mr FOLEY – short film


A darkly funny but nightmarish scenario, a man wakes up in hospital with a group of sound artists soundtracking his life. Mr Foley is an award winning short film directed by Dublin directing duo Mike Ahern & Enda Loughman aka D.A.D.D.Y. The film has been on the festival circuit for a while but has just premiered online for all to see, YAY!

link to VIMEO
Written & Directed by D.A.D.D.Y.
Short film
Duration: 4.50 m

The Lincoln Sound Theatre is open

[imagebrowser id=6] The Lincoln Sound Theatre

Officially opened on 6th APRIL by TREVOR DANN – new Visiting Professor.
This new facility is now ready to welcome students.

The brand new Dubbing Theatre comprises a large Control room with projected High Definition pictures and 5.1 sound system, a Foley room (Sound Effects and footsteps), a Commentary/ADR room and a computer room. We are running Pro Tools  with the Digidesign 003 control surface, with pictures front projected onto a suspended screen. The work started in September 2010 and we have tried hard to make it as professional, creative and practical as possible. It has kept myself and many others in the faculty, occupied for most of Semester A.

A big thank you to Matthew Croft, VC Mary Stuart, Sarah Barrow, and to Dean of Faculty David Sleight – this new build had their full backing and support, and I would like to extend a big thank you to them for that.
[Chris Hainstock]

Also hank you to :
Craig Bratley, Mark Aldridge, Andrew Armstong, Steve Kirby, David McSherry, Bryan Rudd, Geoff Thompson, Ronnie Fowler, Sarah Barrow, Quadrant, & Apple!


The bespoke desk built by Paul Dalton, houses the mic pre-amps, and headphone amps, along with Mac screens and PC screens. Audio Visual installation was by Quadrant, and employs HDMI and Fibre Channel cabling to connect the computers, tv screens  and the control systems.

This theatre will provide for the first time full sound mixing to picture to broadcast standards, and is a real statement of the ambitions of the Lincoln School of Media and University of Lincoln.