Inspiring collaboration is what gets me out of bed in the morning. The amazingly talented and creative people I’ve been lucky enough to work alongside have helped me to continually raise my standards to design a wide variety of work that I am seriously proud of.
I love my job and that shows in what I create. My belief is that what you give out in life comes back in many different forms, guises and experiences. Rewards of all kinds have arrived from such unlikely sources, from just going the extra mile in every project and collaboration I take on. I like to think this philosophy has moulded an individual who is acutely aware of his own capabilities and limits yet still manages to exceed them, fun to collaborate alongside and marginally unconventional.
My career started off as a touring musician in an alt rock band, recording a couple of John Peel BBC sessions then moving onto a distinction-grade MSc in Sound Design at Edinburgh University in 2010. During this 9 year period I gathered a solid understanding of sound and its effects on us as listening beings.
Since leaving in 2010 I’ve been freelance, working on many varied projects from designing assistive technologies for disabled musicians to abstract sound art installation, music production and live performance theatre. However, my main focus has been on feature film sound FX where I’ve been lucky enough to work alongside some of the top audio professionals in the industry, consistently learning new skills and developing my sonic storytelling techniques from a multitude of highly experienced sources. My previous work has ranged from subtle design on real-life dramas to Vietnam War films, horror, sci-fi and abstract, surrealist work for experimental films which really stretch your lateral thinking, and I have found extremely rewarding.
More recently I’ve been working in spatial 3D audio in and around virtual and augmented reality. Its really exciting times and the possibilities are literally infinite. My dissertation back in 2010 focused on this very area and now I feel the theoretical work I was developing back then is now becoming realistically possible.
In my spare time I’m usually playing guitar in my band or hanging out with my VW Campervan J.G Ballard, either on holidays or sound recording trips to the far corners of the country. The regular mechanical niggles are fun to solve and is a welcome break away from the studio.