Sound Design For Fun & Learning

I never tire of learning, trying new things and taking on new adventures.  In the learning department, I've been taking a number of classes...most recently at College Of San Mateo and City College Of SF.  Both schools have great Digital Media and Music programs where I've enjoyed their offerings in Sound for Games & Interactive Media and Sound For Picture.

Last week as CSM we wrapped up the semester with an Electronic Music Concert that put on display student works in the sound and visual arts.  I participated by recording the concert and presenting a sound design piece that I did for the MUS293 class Audio For Visual Media. Click below to watch and listen.

Mastering The Mix- 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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The San Jose Sharks and SJ Sharks Productions are known for the high production values in their In Arena video packages and their offering for this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs raised the bar just a bit higher.  The 2018 version included an interactive LED bracelets on all the fan's wrists, projections on the ice surface and a heart pumping video presentation on the center scoreboard.

SJ Sharks Productions came to me with the soundtrack for the show and asked for it to be mastered/ sweetened with the goal being making the audio every bit as dynamic and moving as the visuals.  Knowing the bowl of SAP Center quite well, I sculpted and crafted the 3 movements of the show to be big, wide and deep.  As an added bonus, I was in attendance for the world premier of the show and go to experience the overwhelming reception by the sell out crowd.

The Sharks swept Anaheim in the 1st round and eventually got ousted by Las Vegas in the 2nd round, but in the meantime hockey fans got to experience one of the best NHL Pre-Game Spectaculars around.

March Madness With Capital One

It's always a joy to record sound with talent who is easy to work with and has a great voice.  This was the case a couple of weeks ago when I provided location sound for DDB Chicago & MWAC on a shoot for a series of Capital One spots. Our subject was legendary sportscaster Jim Nantz, who brings some humor to the NCAA Final Four tournament along with his cohorts Charles Barkley, Spike Lee and Samuel L. Jackson. Enjoy one of the completed pieces here and watch some others over on the Gallery Page.

Sound Design For Animation

In December, Hands on Sound had the pleasure and fun to once again work with the San Jose Sharks on their annual Holiday Video.  For this year, SJ Sharks Productions decided to do an animated cartoon featuring some of the team's favorites.

To capture the player's lines, I put together a portable version of "The Cone Of Silence" recording booth for a morning at the Shark's practice facility and cycled the players thru, as their schedules permitted.  From the session, cleaned up/ production ready files were delivered along with a bin of SFX, ambiences etc to spot to picture.

Once picture was locked, the project came back to me for mix and a quick turnaround to meet the holiday driven deadline.  Later after the piece had been up for a few days, SJS Productions put out to social media our usual outtake/behind the scene clip that the fans always love. 

Enjoy!

The Town Kitchen- Entrepreneur/Staples

The San Francisco/Oakland/ Silicon Valley is known for innovation and it's entrepreneurial spirit.  Hands on Sound had the opportunity to be part of this piece created for Entrepreuneur.com and Staples recently.  Watch and learn how some young ex-Google employees joined together to make a unique and thriving food delivery company in Oakland. In the audio department, it was a fun challenge to capture and deliver clean sound in this busy and noisy commercial kitchen environment.