Music and Sound Design are probably the two most fundamental elements of all sound for picture.
Whilst we love composing and producing music, we’ve become quite expert at the art of sound design through the TVC and Film work we’ve done.
One great advantage of this is that we feel we’ve developed a very healthy respect for the place of each element and have no qualms about giving way to either – or developing each to complement the other perfectly. Something that is a lot more problematic for ‘experts’ working in teams and who don’t necessarily speak both ‘languages’.
Apart from the enormous library of pre-recorded effects at our disposal, we love nothing more than getting in the booth and creating foley for that one-off unusual sound.
First, is a series of promos for TVNZ we did that required 100% pure sound effects replacement (Director: Ken Lambert / Sheepish Lion)
…. and here’s an example where we developed the music in tandem with the sound design (Ink Project, Sydney)
“The Anatomy of an Agency”, by Canadian agency Grip Limited, is so helpful to composers like myself and Dave. When we do ‘go sees’ with our reel we need to know which draw to replenish with a steady supply of booze and our very own GQ Honeycomb.
Nintendo’s Light Telephone was released in 1971 and used visible light to transport sound. The sound picked up by the microphone of the Light Telephone is coded into the transmitted light, decoded again by the receiving party’s Light Telephone using a solar cell, and played over the headphones. This creates a two-way walkie talkie without using radio waves. Walkie-talkies based on radio waves can be used night and day, through walls and around corners, the Light Telephone required the two people communicating to be directly facing each other. Probably within speaking distance!
Nintendo must have been pretty desperate to release this, as it’s really an adult toy … as the cost was ¥9,800 at the time!