Jingle Jingle...4th Of July

Hands on Sound and Big League Ideas collaborated again recently to put together some jingles for the Bay Area auto dealer group DGDG.  In the ever effective, humorous and catchy "Big League Bob Kilburg" style, the result were some 30 second spots to air on Pandora radio over the Summer.  The commanding and easily recognizable voice of Dick Ervasti delivers the tags.

Here's the DGDG 4th Of July Sale jingle....surf's up!



It's Gonna Get Loud!-NASCAR

Hands on Sound received an assignment to go to Sonoma Raceway on June 23rd, for a shoot with Forza Motorsports.  Little did we know that it was a NASCAR weekend at the track, with the Toyota/ SaveMart 350 in full swing.

Arriving at Sonoma, our crew was treated to a golf cart ride thru the parking lots and crowd...taking us and our pile of gear right down into the thick of it, next to the Main Grandstand and into Victory Lane.  As the cameras got set up to do our bit with drivers Erik Jones and Chase Elliot, I turned on my rig and immediately got blasted with slammin' levels on my mics.  It was LOUD...like really loud....like my mic pres were turned down and still I was getting overs.  Next to us, the cars were exiting their garages and entering the track, where their competitors were already speeding by on practice laps.  Did I mention it was really loud?

I fretted for a moment, but then with a bit of creative mic placement on my part, coupled with past experience of recording around cars we ended up capturing some great results on the dialog and supporting tracks.  Later...back at the studio, I cleaned up the recordings to once again deliver Production Ready files to our client.  Cue the Checked Flag....


Emmy Award

Congratulations to the San Jose Sharks, SJ Sharks Productions and Division Of Labor for taking home an Emmy Award for their 2016-17 commercial campaign.  We have worked with the Sharks for a number of years now on these TV spots, contributing both production and post-production audio.  If you scroll thru the blog here, you'll find several posts highlighting the fun we've had with, both the new team and previously with Shark's long time Creative Director Bob Kilburg of Big League Ideas.  

Hands on Sound has now been part of projects who have gotten the nod for Grammy and Emmy wins.  We don't work for hardware, but a bit of recognition and appreciation always feels good and keeps us striving for excellence.

CyberWar Games at Symantec

Hands on Sound recently got the call to provide location sound recording services  for the Symantec 2017 CyberWar Games event at their Mountain View campus.  There, for 3 days, ten teams of Symantec employees from around the world competed in the world's largest civilian cyberwar game.  These elite teams earned the right to compete in the finals by besting more than 1,500 other Symantec employees from 33 countries.

This year's games focused on the global supply chain and in particular agricultural technology security,  The teams had to perform a series of cybercrime and hacking challenges to earn points and move up the Leader Board. More details on the games can be found here

Working under the direction of Fade To Black Pictures, we documented the 3 day event, capturing content for internal and social/ web video pieces.  Below is one of these, produced and edited by FTB's Tommy Jordan.

Watersaw- Mastering "The Sunset Sessions"

I had the pleasure of mastering the latest release from the Bay Area group Watersaw this past week.  This album, The Sunset Sessions, was composed to accompany LIzz Roman & Dancers at some upcoming innovative and unique performances in San Francisco.   For this particular song cycle, I chose to work in the pre-dawn hours when all was quiet and I could focus on the music with no distractions from the waking world and all that it brings.  The results were pleasing to my client's vision and also bought me to some new spaces.

From the web:

For three weekends this June LR&D will premiere their latest architectural romp, "SUNSET DANCES". LR&D's newest work will take the performers and audience on a site-specific journey through an Ocean Beach home located on the western edge of the city in the outer Sunset neighborhood of SF. Roman and her dancers will be joined by a team of award winning collaborators, featuring the band " WATERSAW " performing an original live score, while welcoming back Clyde Sheets, lighting designer and long time LR&D collaborator and introducing our newest collaborator filmmaker Pete Litwinowicz.

To learn more and purchase tickets for the performances- https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sunset-dances-tickets-3239528316