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. 


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 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.

Looking Back- The Bridge School Benefit Concerts

October is traditionally the time when the Bridge School Benefit concerts are held at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mt View, CA.  This annual star studded acoustic concert series raises money for the The Bridge School, an innovative organization educating children with severe speech and physical impairments.  2017 marks the first time after a run of 30 years of shows that the concert is not being held.

In that void, music fans and supporters of the school can still enjoy past performances (and raise funds for the school) by purchasing Music Collections that are available on iTunes, and on CD and DVD sets.

Two of these collections, the 2 CD set and 3 DVD set of the Bridge School 25th Anniversary Edition are very near and dear to me.  I co-produced both and was involved in recording many of the tracks and documentary portions.  The CD set and DVD have different songs and performances on get 'em both!

Please do the the time to check out these fantastic packages of concert memories and search on iTunes for The Bridge School Collection to find another 5 collections of acoustic performances from throughout the 30 year history of the event. 

A portion of  the proceeds from the sales of all of the above go to the Bridge School.

Making The Prius Challenge

Working on projects in The Bay Area's Silicon Valley brings me into an increasing number of projects involving robotics, autonomous vehicles, AI and other advanced tech.  

One such booking was at the Toyota Research Institute, where their mission is "To use artificial intelligence to improve the quality of human life. We are dedicated to making automobiles safer, more affordable, and more accessible to everyone, regardless of age or ability, and to expanding the benefit of mobility technology beyond automobiles."

Hands on Sound provided location sound recording for a piece that MKTG was doing on the Prius Challenge, a team-based, tech-centric driving competition that was hosted at Sonoma Raceway. The competition made use of proprietary data, strategy development, and simulation tools to assist participants in achieving the highest MPG over 9 laps in 42 minutes.

Mayday! Mayday! A US Coast Guard Rescue Story

Recently Hands on Sound got the call to provide location sound for an interview segment on a piece for Al Roker Entertainment and The Coast Guard Foundation, as part of the 2017 Pacific Northwest Awards. Teamed with John McConaghy from Advance Creative , I went to a local Bay Area marina and spent the afternoon with a seasoned mariner who recounted his harrowing adventure in a fierce storm off the Northwest coast and the bravery of the USCG, who came to his rescue.