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Posted by on Apr 1, 2015 | 0 comments

April Fools!

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While we remain firmly committed to our stance of not playing any pranks on this most hallowed of comedic days, that doesn’t mean we can’t honor the spirit behind it. Sound for comedy is a fickle thing. It’s completely predicated on the context and timing of a scene, and there are a million ways to support a gag. From going completely overt and over the top, to ignoring it entirely, the choices made have to reflect the driving vision behind the piece…and every choice provides a different perspective on the gag. So, while we won’t be playing any pranks today, we will be turning our attention to Comedy for the rest of this month.

Feel free to post your favorite sound jokes below. ;)

Just another friendly reminder that we’re always open to hosting guest contributions on the site, both on topic and off. If you have something you’d like to share on this month’s topic, next month’s (which will be “Destruction”) or an idea you’ve come up with yourself, please reach out to us via the contact form or [shaun {at} this website].

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Posted by on Mar 24, 2015 | 0 comments

SoundGirls.Org

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Guest Contribution by Karrie Keyes

SoundGirls.Org was formed in 2013 by veteran live sound engineers: Karrie Keyes and Michelle Sabolchick Pettinato. In 2012, Karrie and Michelle participated in the “Women of Professional Concert Sound” panel at the AES Conference in San Francisco. The panel was hosted by the Women’s Audio Mission (WAM) and moderated by WAM founder Terri Winston. [ed: We’ve interviewed Terri about WAM in the past.] Terri brought together five women working in live and broadcast audio. The groundbreaking panel which also included Jeri Palumbo, Claudia Engelhart and Deanne Franklin, provided young women and men a glimpse into life on the road, tips and advice, and a Q & A with the panelists.

More importantly though, was how incredibly powerful the experience was for the panelists. We had all been in the business for 20 years or more, yet most of us had never met before that day and within minutes we bonded like long lost sisters. We were struck by how similar our experiences, work ethics, and passions were and wondered why our paths had never crossed and how our careers would have been different had we been there to support each other through the years. Each of us are strong on our own, but together we were even stronger and a powerful force. We were empowered. Each of us had been asked hundreds of times in our careers: Are there other women doing sound? How did you get into sound? How would a young woman go about getting into sound?

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Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 | 28 comments

Women in Audio: Yes, We Exist!

Image by The Presler Project, used under a Creative Commons license. CLick image to view source.

Image by The Presler Project, used under a Creative Commons license. CLick image to view source.

Guest Contribution by April Tucker

Last year, I got one of the weirdest compliments I’ve ever heard: “You’re a real unicorn!” I was working with a mixer who I had recently met (but was an established mixer), and he looked at me in amazement as I asked questions about his workflow. “I’ve heard of Lora Hirschberg and Anna Behlmer, but I’ve never met a female mixer. I’m sorry I’m so taken aback, but I really didn’t think someone like you existed,” he said.

When I heard that the Designing Sound guys were stepping aside this month for women contributors, I thought it was a great chance to say, “Hey look! There’s actually a lot of real unicorns!” Except… it’s been pretty silent. I asked a few women who I thought might be interested, and one woman (who I highly respect) said, “I would rather not address our industry when my invitation is based on my gender. I look forward to writing based on the knowledge and expertise that I can offer as an equal member of the industry.”

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Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 | 0 comments

Community Meetup – This Sunday in San Francisco

Thirsty Bear Brewing Company, 661 Howard St.

Thirsty Bear Brewing Company, 661 Howard St.

If you’re coming to San Francisco for GDC, or just happen to be in the area regardless, a few of us from the website are heading to Thirsty Bear Brewing Company (661 Howard St.) at 6:30PM this Sunday (3/1/14). If you’re in town early, and are looking for something to do in the evening, you’re welcome to join us!

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Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 | 0 comments

Designing Sound Discussion Group – Scouts Honor

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UPDATE: We’re going to have to reschedule the talk due to some last minute scheduling conflicts. Date still to be determined, but we’ll keep you posted.

We had originally intended to schedule this talk back in November; during our focus on documentaries. Circumstances conspired against us, but a good idea is a good idea. So I’m happy to get this on our schedule this now. This coming Sunday (Feb 22nd), at 4PM U.S. Eastern time (1PM Pacific)Sometime soon, we’ll be hosting our next Designing Sound Discussion Group to talk about Scouts Honor: Inside a Marching Brotherhood. We’ll be speaking with one of the film’s directors, Mac Smith, and one of its co-producers, John “JT” Torrijos. Scouts Honor is a unique documentary in a couple of ways. First off, it’s follows the Madison Scouts, a drum and bugle corps out of Madison, Wisconsin, on their 2012 tour. The other thing that makes it unique is that this is the first film for both Smith and Torrijos in these roles…who both have day jobs at Skywalker Sound. We’ll be talking with Smith and Torrijos about the film, their experiences taking on a different role in film-making, and the methods used to sonically capture some spectacular recordings of live performances. [ed. I've heard them...in theater...and they are IMPRESSIVE!]

As usual, this will be hosted via Google Hangouts and will have time for Q&A at the end of the discussion. Come here this Sunday to watch the live-stream and to find the direct link to the Google Hangout so you can join the conversation. See you all on Sunday!

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