It's the keep-you-going-till-after-New-Year's Sunday Sound, and the last one for 2014! Hope your holiday break has been, or is continuing to be, suitably festive and you're slowly coming round to the idea that we'll be heading into 2015 in a few days.
I've made this Sunday Sound a bit of a bumper edition that you can savour as you digest those remnants of holiday feasting, or dip in and out if you're back at work already (but still trying to hold onto that holiday feeling).
Thanks for being a reader of these round ups, I hope you've found some stuff you like, some stuff you've shared and some stuff that you've never seen before. I'll be posting a Sounds Wilde roundup early next week if you'd care to join me then, and I'll be back bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for the start of 2015. Catch you then, and Happy New Year!
SOUND DESIGN & MIXING
Sonic Scoop has rounded up their best new gear of the year for 2014. Tasty stuff.
What's it like to record orcs, hobbits, dwarves and wizards for a year? The Hobbit: A Production Sound perspective
The insecurities and procrastinations of Hollywood's top composers (and why the sound mix for Interstellar sounds the way it does): take a seat with Danny Elfman, Trent Reznor, Hans Zimmer and others
9 things that shouldn't derail your record
WOMEN IN SOUND
The story of setting up SoundGirls.org
Paula Fairfield has one of the best sound jobs around: she's the sound designer for Game of Thrones
Modular synthesis is making a big comeback and the modern versions are lightweight, portable and powerful, like the ones made by Kelly Kelbel and Tony Rolando at Make Noise
MUSIC & PERFORMANCE
Bored stiff by Christmas TV? Try these great studio & music documentaries
Listen to 2014 in a different way: try an album for every moment of the year
NPR has rounded up the year in music for 2014
Just chillin', listening to some ancient Babylonian tunes:
This is why studios don't want to relinquish their ISDN
Appropriate for the new year: 6 steps for reinventing yourself as a voice actor
New year, new gear? Rob Bee has some good advice for voice over artists looking to choose a mic
INSPIRATION & OTHER CREATIVE STUFF
Because the holidays are for fun: the top 10 must-play games of 2014
And while you're there, check out the 10 weirdest origins of classic sci fi sound effects
The new Pixar film Inside Out looks awesome
Next up! The first Sunday Sound of 2015! Coming soon...