Roll up! Roll up! Get your fix of sound, music & voice over hot topics for the week!
I was going to write an intro about the cold weather in London and how great it is when you get to work in a warm studio, but then I got overwhelmed with my own stereotypical (adopted) Britishness and had to stop.
I think I'll just leave you with this week's roundup instead. I've even written one of them myself. Spoilt!
SOUND DESIGN & MIXING
10 common mixing mistakes to avoid
Unusually for a web article, the comments below are worth reading as much as the entries for 10 films that can teach you everything you need to know about sound design. The title's misleading, which is why you should read the comments for more suggestions.
The Music Tech Bluffer's Guides series isreally useful for explaining basic sound concepts like compression and EQ using easy-to-understand language - great for beginners and pros who want a brush-up alike. Here's their guide to reverb
WOMEN IN SOUND
I've become a regular blogger for Soundgirls.org. My first post is about why you should take the hard jobs.
Sound women - they do exist!
Why DJ Tatiana Alvarez felt she had to drag up to get ahead
MUSIC & PERFORMANCE
Session musicians in the spotlight! The little-known musicians behind music's greatest moments
This is lovely: the stories behind Disney's classic songs
I've just started watching the Sky series Fortitude and I'm loving the experimental, often-dissonant soundtrack, and how it's used in the sound design (I think I said "bold choice!" every few minutes in the first episode). Here's an interesting interview (and excerpt from the soundtrack) with the Australian-born, Iceland-based composer Ben Frost
The myth of conversational voice over
"You’re a part of a production team and you’re not the greatest thing to hit this industry" Wise words and straight talkin' from voice actor Roger Craig Smith (the voice of Sonic, among many others)
7 reasons why you're not landing any voice over jobs
INSPIRATION & OTHER CREATIVE STUFF
Mute button at the ready, here's some of the worst uses of sound in branding
Behind the scenes of 25 Bond films
See you soon for the next Sunday Sound....