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I was delighted to hear that Gerard Barrett's new Feature Film, GLASSLAND, will have it's international premiere at this year's Galway Film Fleadh. The film will screen on Friday 11th July at 8pm in the Town Hall Theatre. We completed full sound post on the film in Screenscene a few week's ago and are very excited for people to see (and hear) it! If you haven't seen Gerard's debut feature, Pilgrim Hill, seek it out.

What is Silence?

Designing Sound is currently looking at 'Silence' as it's topic of discussion this month; Is 'Silence the Sound of Listening'? Lovely piece of writing...

The sound of 'How to Train Your Dragon 2'

Soundworks Collection has an inspiring profile on the sound of 'How To Train Your Dragon 2'.

Immersive Sound

The Editors Guild has an indepth article about the use of immersive sound in this summer's big blockbuster films. (via @HDSurround)

Clint Mansell

Here's a great video of a Clint Mansell masterclass from the BFI. (via @lydrummet)

YouTube's new music service

There's been some interesting discussion about YouTube's new music service over the last few weeks. Here's an article from Motherboard that gives some of the background. Here's another from The Guardian. Impala has filed a complaint with the European Commission over the proposed contract YouTube is offering independent labels. You can read the entire leaked contract over on Digital Music News. Here's a good take on the whole thing from the New York Times.

Festival Pay

With summer music festival season in full swing, there's a good piece written by Aoife Barry on The Journal about the various ways performers are paid/not paid for their participation at these events.

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Missing green

Anne Maree Barry's beautiful short, Missing Green, returns to its filming location at The Coombe with several screenings and a series of events at Pallas Projects/Studios, in association with Common Ground.  Here's the information. We completed full sound post on the film at Ardmore Sound last year.

House Of Cards

Song Exploder has an interesting piece with composer Jeff Beal on creating the title music for House Of Cards:

Randy Thom

NPR has a nice interview with Sound Designer, Randy Thom, about creating the sound for How to Train Your Dragon 2. I love how he always emphasizes the importance of Sound Design being part of the pre-production and early phase of a film's development!


Here's a cool documentary about the creation of Auro-3D; looking forward to seeing/hearing a film in this new format.

The Art of Comedy Editing

Great Read on the Art of Comedy Editing (via@areamandublin)

Björk and Jonny Greenwood in the Guardian

The Guardian has two great recent music-related articles; an indepth interview with Björk - and an piece written by Jonny Greenwood.

Mike Patton

Staying with music, here's an indepth interview with Mike Patton from The Believer

Donnacha Costello

Irish electronic music producer Donnacha Costello has an indiegogo campaign to fund a new and really interesting sounding project, Love From Dust. Looking forward to hearing it!

Stephen O'Malley

Sunn O)))'s Stephen O'Malley has done an amazing three hour mix for Fact Mix

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Ghost Train

Lee Cronin's beautiful, terrifying horror short, Ghost Train, continues it's festival run making it's North American debut at the prestigious Palm Springs Shortfest in California. We had an absolute blast working on full sound post for the film at Ardmore Sound this time last year.

Bryan Jerden

Really insightful interview with Film Trailer Sound Designer, Bryan Jerden (via @asoundeffect)

Europeana Sounds

This site looks very promising for soundies as it aims to publish over a million recordings from the British Library and beyond by 2017. (via @lacosapreziosa  )

Noise Action Week

There's an interesting blog post over on Noise Action Week's website by David Hendy on noise pollution and the need for good noise regulation.

We need to talk about Timecode

Great post by composer Dave Chick on the importance of Timecode in the post production process.


Here are two great articles I came across this week thanks to twitter:

Oscar Winner William Monahan on How to Write Unforgettable Dialogue (via @lydrummet  )

Sinead Gleeson has a brilliant piece in the Irish Times Character Building (via @sineadgleeson)

Sound Tourism

Here's a nice article inspired by Trevor Cox's Sound Tourism website. I like the idea traveling somewhere to hear a place, rather than just to see it!

Werner Hedgehog

This may be my favourite piece of internet, I give you Werner Hedgehog

 Birds on the Wires

This is quite lovely:

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Missing green

Following on from screening at the Cork Film Festival, Paris at Gaité Lyrique and Palais de Tokyo, Anne Maree Barry’s Missing Green will be shown at Haus der Kulteren der Welt, Berlin as part of Les Rencontres Internationales, which takes place in Berlin from June 3rd to 8th. The programme focuses on contemporary moving image practices. Missing Green (2013) is a poetic journey through Cork Street, Dublin. Narrated via interviews with Councillor John Gallagher, architect Gerry Cahill, author and journalist Frank McDonald and sociologist Aileen O’Gorman, the viewer discovers an area in Dublin that has gradually but dramatically transformed in the last 80 years. (

We had the pleasure of working on the sound edit, sound design and final mix of the film at Ardmore Sound last year. Here's an excerpt:

The Pervert's Guide to Ideology

I was delighted to read that Sophie Fiennes' The Pervert's Guide To Ideology (produced by Blinder Films) is screening as part of Encounters South African International Documentary Festival this June. We worked on the full sound post production for the film at Screenscene and Ardmore Sound. Here's the Trailer:


If you are looking for a film to see in the cinema in Ireland or the UK this week, you really should go see Frank. Don't take my word for it, though, I am clearly biased... Here's Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo's review:

Here's the beautiful 'I Love You All' (performed by Michael Fassbender, Carla Azar and Stephen Rennicks), from the film:

Dublin Editors

I just want to say a huge thank you to Dublin Editors (Derek, John, Eoin) and everyone that attended our 'In Conversation With...' event last week. It was a real pleasure to talk about the work we did on 'What Richard Did' and 'Frank' with my colleagues Nathan Nugent and Niall Brady. If you are at all interested in fimmaking, keep an eye on Dublin Editors Facebook group for their upcoming events.

David Hendy

I recently read David Hendy's 'Noise: a Human History', which I can't recommend enough to anyone with an interest in sound. From the book, I discovered his twitter account, which is well worth a follow for the sound inclined. Here are two really interesting articles he's posted recently:

The New York Review of Books - Under The Skin Review

On silence as property, commodity and instrument of opression

Alan Splet

Here's a lovely editorial piece about the career and influence of the work of one of my all time sound favourites, Alan Splet from the Paris Review. There's also a nice youtube clip of David Lynch discussing their work together.

The Sound of Godzilla

Soundworks Collection has a really nice interview with sound designers of Godzilla on creating the creature language in the film. They also shared a video about re-creating that iconic roar. The original roar created for the 1954 film had an interesting origin, too!

Matthew Herbert

If you're looking for something interesting to listen to, here's Matthew Herbert raiding the British Library's Sound Archive for a session for The Boiler Room.

Bullet Time Pictures of NYC

If you're looking for something to look at here is a beautiful video of some bullet time photos of New York.  


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Dublin Editors - In Conversation With

My colleague (and award-winning editor) Nathan Nugent (What Richard Did, Frank, Kelly + Victor, ROG) and I have been invited to take part in an event presented by Dublin Editors next Wednesday May 14th in Brooks' Private Cinema in Dublin. We are going to discuss some of our work on What Richard Did (which I was re-recording mixer on; Niall Brady was sound designer) and Frank (with I was sound designer and re-recording mixer on, with Niall Brady as supervising sound editor and Ken Galvin as re-recording mixer), as well as a few other bits and pieces, if time permits. Here's the Facebook event for it.


Frank hits Irish and UK cinemas this weekend. I can't tell you how lucky I feel to have gotten to work on this film with my colleagues at Screenscene and Ardmore Sound; it's a real gem. You must go see it! Here's a few new clips that have surfaced over the last few days to whet your appetite:

Kelly + Victor

Screen Daily has a really nice article about 'Kelly + Victor' Producer Janine Marmot, who we're looking forward to working with again on her new feature 'Brand New-U'.

Steve Albini

There's a nice follow up to Steve Albini's excellent 'The problem with music' essay from 20 years ago here.


Have just recently started watching the boxset for the final season of Treme, so thought I'd post these excellent articles about the sound process on the show: Mix Online,

Isolated Bass Parts

Here's a nice collection of isolated bass guitar parts from some amazing songs. It's particularly lovely to hear Kim Gordan's playing on 'Teenage Riot'.


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The Pervert's Guide to Ideology

Sophie Fiennes' wonderful second cinematic collaboration with philosopher and cultural theorist Slavoj Žižek has its Irish and UK television premiere this week on FILM4 on Tuesday at 11.30pm. We had a blast working on the sound edit, sound design and mix of this film at Ardmore Sound and Screenscene. Here's the trailer:

The Sea

The Sea continues its run in Irish and UK cinemas this week. We had the pleasure of mixing this film at Ardmore Sound last year. Here's the trailer:

Jimmy Murakami: Non-Alien

People in Ireland, you can now watch Sé Merry Doyle's gorgeous documentary about the late, great Jimmy Murakami on the RTE Player. We had the pleasure of working on the sound edit and mix for it a few years ago at Ardmore Sound.


Ahead of its theatrical release on 9th May, Lenny Abrahamson's new film, Frank, had it's Irish and UK premieres this week. Here's a nice interview with Lenny from tn2 and Jon Ronson's article in the Guardian about the motivation behind writing the script for the film.

Ghost Train

Following on from recent screenings at festivals in Amsterdam, Estonia and France, Lee Cronin's wonderful horror short GHOST TRAIN has just been announced as part of the Twisted Celluloid Film Festival which runs at the Triskel in Cork from the 15th -18th of May. It screens alongside the opening film Love Eternal (Director Brendan Muldowney and Producer Conor Barry) on Thursday 15th. The short's producer, John Keville, was announced as Ireland's Producer on the Move at the Cannes Film Festival this year. There's a nice interview with him about it here.

Ciarán Foy

Huge congratulations to Ciarán Foy on the announcement that he is to direct Sinister 2 this summer. Here's what Scott Derrickson said about why he decided on Foy to direct the film:

"I remember reading the strong reactions people had to Citadel when it played at SXSW, so in January I watched it on VOD. I was struck by Ciarán’s confidence as a genre director, and how he sustained tension but also had a distinctively European cinema style and sensibility. That’s precisely what I was looking for in a director for Sinister 2 - somebody who could sustain tension but also had a classic sense of cinema style and control. He is also clearly very good with actors - including child actors - and that was also a requirement for the director of this film. And then when I met him, I was impressed by his intelligence and his unusual blend of humility and creative confidence. We could not have gotten a better director for Sinister 2."

I couldn't agree more. Can't wait to see what he does with it. In the meantime, here's the Trailer for CITADEL (now available on DVD, Blu Ray, and VOD including Netflix), which we had the pleasure of doing the sound post work on at Ardmore Sound and Screenscene.

Songs For Amy

Konrad Begg's debut feature, Songs For Amy, gets its Irish theatrical release this week on 1st May at all IMC Cinemas around the country. We worked on the foley and sound edit for the film at Ardmore Sound. Here's the trailer:

Two Great Reads

Patrick Freyne wrote a lovely piece in the Irish Times about his time in a band (a more appropriate title might have been 'How to make music and influence lots of people in lots of different ways'). Also in the Irish Times this week, there is a wonderful piece from Donal Dineen as he was about to present his last Radio show for 2XM.


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Here's the official poster for 'FRANK', which lands in Irish and UK cinemas next month:

The Last Day On Mars

Ruairi Robinson’s  The Last Days On Mars opens in cinemas across Ireland and the UK this weekend. I've posted the trailer a few times, so here's something different; these are the VFX breakdowns from my colleagues at Screenscene VFX:

Full picture and sound post on the film was completed at Screenscene and Ardmore Sound.

Ghost Train

Lee Cronin's beautiful Horror Short 'Ghost Train' continues its healthy festival run this week with screenings at the Imagine Film Festival in Amsterdam. We had a blast working on the sound design, foley and final mix for the film at Ardmore Sound. Check out their Facebook page for updates and future screenings.

Jimmy Murakami: Non Alien

Sé Merry Doyle's gorgeous documentary about the late, great Jimmy Murakami has a special one-off screening tonight at the Lighthouse Cinema, Dublin. We had the pleasure of working on the sound edit and mix for it a few years ago at Ardmore Sound. Here's the trailer:

Michael Semanick Interview

Here's a nice interview with one of my favourite Re-Recording Mixers, Michael Semanick. (via @HDSurround)

Coll Anderson

Here's a nice article, interview and podcast about sound designer Coll Anderson. I'm a big fan of his work, especially for Sean Durkin's 'Martha Marcy May Marlene'. As with all of my favourite sound design, his work is very sub-conscious and something you 'feel' as a viewer rather than get hit over the head by; it works to compliment and enhance the story/drama/performance unfolding on screen.

Isolated Vocals

Faster Louder has an article with links to 20 vocal tracks from a whole array of songs. It's amazing hearing these performances in such a raw way.

Larry Crane

There's a good video interview with Tape Op founder and music producer Larry Crane over on


Here's an interesting article and video looking at modern music mastering and what 'loud' means in the streaming/download age. Bob Katz discusses something similar in his 'Mastering' book from a number of years back with regard to commercial radio. Louder does not equal better! Who knew?!



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Ahead of it's May 2nd release date, Lenny Abrahamson's 'Frank' will have it's UK premiere on April 25th at Sundance London.

The Sea

Directed by Stephen Brown and based on John Banville's Man Booker Prize winning novel, 'The Sea' will be released in Irish cinemas on April 18th. We mixed the film at Ardmore Sound last year. Here's the Trailer:


My talented colleagues Screenscene VFX have put together a new showreel of their impressive work:

Darklight Programme

After a successful Fundit campaign, Dublin's Darklight festival has just launched its exciting programme for 2014.

Toward An Open-Standard Surround-Sound Format

The Motion Picture Editor's Guild has a detailed article about the Digital Cinema Initiative's proposal for an open-standard surround-sound format for cinema (via @HDSurround). I'm interested to see where Atmos and Auro 3D will take cinema; would love to see/hear a non-blockbuster mixed in either of these formats...

Under The Skin

Screen Daily has a great article about the long gestation of Jonathan Glazer's 'Under The Skin'. You can stream Mica Levi's beautiful score for the film on Pitchfork Advance.


The Hollywood Reporter has an insightful interview with Darren Aronofsky about the difficult process (particularly in post production) of bringing his epic 'Noah' to audiences. There is also a good piece about the film's sound design and mix. Looking forward to seeing and hearing it!


Sound Designer Peter Albrechtsen (@lydrummet) has written an article for dox about the sound of 'Zidane, A 21st Century Portrait'. In it, he talks to Sound Re-recording Mixer, Tom Johnson, who mixed the film at Ardmore Sound. It's an incredible sounding film, not quite like any other; it's filmed so uniquely and takes you on a really unusual journey, definitely worth your time! Here's the trailer:

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Ian Whitty & the Exchange

Here's the video for the new Ian Whitty & the Exchange single, 'Birds Carry Souls, which I had the pleasure of mixing:

Here's their facebook page and you can follow them on Twitter.

Adam and Paul is 10

It's hard to believe that Lenny Abrahamson's debut feature, Adam and Paul, is 10 this year. To mark this Dublin's Project Arts Centre is running a series of events presented by THEATREclub and Depaul Ireland. There's more information here. Here's the trailer for the film:


Dublin's Darklight festival will launch it's 2014 programme this Thursday, 27th March at Block T. There's more information here. The festival also has a fundit campaign, which has almost reached it's target with just a few days to go; check it out here and consider supporting!

Jimmy Murakami - Non Alien

This beautiful documentary about the late, great Jimmy Murakami and his incredible life story (that I was lucky enough to have worked on a few years ago) is heading to Cannes this year. Here's the information and the trailer:

Hearsay Festival 2014

The Hearsay Festival is Ireland's first Audio Arts Festival and takes place from 21st-23rd November in the mountain village of Kilfinane, Co Limerick. They have just launched their website and an initial list of contributors and guests. I'm very much looking forward to attending and taking part!

Wes Anderson // Centred

This is a pretty incredible video showing the symmetry of Wes Anderson:

American Graffiti

The Dissolve has a great article (via @lydrummet) about 'American Graffiti', George Lucas' second feature and one of my favourite sound films of all time. Here's a great piece where Walter Murch discusses some of the sound ideas used to create the film's rich soundtrack.

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Frank played at SXSW this week and has been receiving glowing reviews: The Guardian, IndiewireFilm School Rejects, We Got This Covered, Geeks of Doom. Here's an Indiewire interview with director Lenny Abrahamson.

Lenny also made an appearance on RTE Radio One's The Book Show this week to talk abouthis adaptation of Emma Donoghue's 'Room'. AUDIO.

Ghost Train

Lee Cronin's excellent horror short, 'Ghost Train' continues it's festival run. The film is playing as part of the Dingle International Film Festival in a special section of Irish Film Board Shorts at 1:30pm today. It also has a screening this weekend at the Moscow Irish Film Festival. It will have its Dutch Premiere at the 30th Imagine: Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival in April.

Under The Skin

Dazed has a great article (via @lacosapreziosa) on the sound and music of 'Under The Skin'. It's nice to hear of a film where sound design was made part of the process so early in the film's development. It's a truly incredible sounding film.


This week Neil Young revealed his 'ultra-high resolution' Pono music player at SXSW. The Quietus has a really interesting take on it. While I welcome any and all listening/distribution alternatives to usual suspects, the high resolution argument seems to be a strange thing to base a service/player on. Here's a good article (via @sq_analogheart) about blind testing different resolution formats and the results. If you want to go deeper into the world of sample rates here's an in depth article by Dan Lavry of Lavry Engineering.

Particle Fever

There's an interesting interview with editor/sound designer Walter Murch about 'Particle Fever' on Indiewire.


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Frank Trailer

Here's the wonderful trailer for 'FRANK':

Wes Anderson

Rolling Stone has a lovely interview with Wes Anderson about his long-term working relationship with Bill Murray. For any Anderson fans, there is an exhibition of some of Annie Atkins' beautiful work for 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' at the Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin.

Randy Thom

Randy Thom has written a great article for designing sound on the idea of involving sound as early as possible in the filmmaking process (music to my ears!).

Leslie Shatz

Leslie Shatz is one of my favourite Sound Designers and Sound Re-recording Mixers. His recent credits include '12 Years A Slave', 'Killing Then Softly' and 'True Detective'. He won the Technical Grand Prize at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival for his sound design on Gus Van Sant's 'Last Days', this is a nice interview with him from that time.

The Moth/Sounds Out Loud

Any Dublin-based The Moth podcast fans might be interested in this upcoming Sounds Out Loud event.

The Sound of Lone Survivor

Soundworks Collection has a really nice behind-the-scenes of the sound post process for the Peter Berg film, 'Lone Survivor'. It was recently nominated for both Best Sound Oscars. It's an incredibly immersive and physical sounding film.

The Art of the Loop

There's a nice clip on the BBC website of Matthew Herbert on 'The Art of the Loop'.

Nine Inch Nails/Coil

The Quietus has an in-depth interview with Trent Reznor about his love of and relationship with 'Coil'. I'm a big Coil fan and their remix work for Nine Inch Nails was my introduction to them, so it's nice to read the background to their relationship...

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Delighted that we have been nominated for an IFTA for our sound work on Ruairi Robinson's 'The Last Days On Mars'. Congratulations to Ruairi, who is also deservedly nominated for Best Director. The film gets its Irish and UK release on 11th April. Full picture, VFX and sound post on the film were carried out at Screenscne and Ardmore Sound. Here's the trailer:

Congratulations to all of my colleagues, who also received nominations across multiple catagories for their excellent work. The Screenscene website has a great rundown of all of their work here.

To Sleep to Dream

Ear Films' award-winning debut production, 'To Sleep To Dream', has its Australian premiere from 7th-11th at Melbourne Recital Centre. We worked on the sound edit, sound design and foley for the show at Ardmore Sound. This is a really unique production, where the audience sits blind-folded in the middle of a 19 speaker ambisonic surround sound system, for an immersive storytelling experience. Here's a clip explaining what an Ear Film is:

Kelly + Victor

Following on from his BAFTA win, here's an indepth interview with 'Kelly+Victor' writer/director Kieran Evans.


Following on from its world premiere, US distribution deal and huge critical acclaim last month at the Sundance Film Festival, Lenny Abrahamson's FRANK is now Austin-bound to play at SXSW festival which runs from 7th-15th March, where it has several screenings. The film is released in Ireland in May. Full picture, VFX and sound post were carried out at Screenscne and Ardmore Sound, we had an absolute blast working on it. Here's the teaser:

Ghost Train

Lee Cronin's wonderful horror short, Ghost Train, continues it's festival run with a screening as part of a special selection of Irish Film Board shorts at the 14th Dingle International Film Festival on Sunday 16th March. We did full sound post on the film at Ardmore Sound.

Walter Murch Masterclass

Here's a great masterclass from last year's Sheffield Documentary Festival from picture editor and sound designer Walter Murch.

The Wes Anderson Collection

If, like me, you are excited about the release of 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' next week, here's part one of a collection of videos from writer Matt Zoller Seitz about Wes Anderson's career to date. He's also put together a beautiful book called 'The Wes Anderson Collection', which looks at each of Anderson's films, with essays, indepth interviews and lots of incredible behind-the-scenes detail. Highly recommended!

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Here are the remianing two tracks from the Small Group Primate album, 'Inner Worlds':

A Beginning

Scratching Beneath the Surface

You can now stream/download the full album:

Missing Green

Missing Green is a beautiful short from Irish director Anne Maree Barry. It premiered at last year's IFI 'Stranger Than Fiction' Festival as well as screening at the Cork Film Festival; this Friday it is playing at RENCONTRES INTERNATIONALES Paris/Berlin. Complete sound post on the film was carried out at Ardmore Sound, I worked on it as Sound Designer and Re-recording Mixer. Here's the trailer:


Now in it's 15th year, Darklight is gearing up for another exciting festival. The theme of this year's event is 'ReBoot'. The festival provides a unique platform for Irish and International filmmakers and artists, and has always been run on a not-for profit basis; this year the organisers have launched a fundit campaign to help with the running costs.

Clint Mansell

So, last week I post that really great interview with composer Clint Mansell and now he's playing a gig at the National Concert Hall in Dublin in October (I'm sure the two are unrelated!). Here's the information. Can't wait!

Sonic Wonders of the World

I've been reading a really great book on acoustics and the character sounds/spaces called 'Sonic Wonders of the World'. It's written by the acoustician, Trevor Cox . He was recently interviewed by NPR about it. Well worth your time, if you any interest in sound... He's on Twitter and has a fascinating blog.

MPSE Golden Reels

Soundworks Collection has two great clips from last weekend's Golden Reel awards. The first is a tribute to the late Ray Dolby by Walter Murch. The second is of Randy Thom receiving his Career Achievement Award from George Lucas. Here's the tribute reel of Randy's work they played at the event:

20 Years of the Irish Film Board

Here's a lovely trailer celebrating 20 Years of the Irish Film Board that's been playing at JDIFF:

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I've uploaded another two new Small Group Primate tracks:


Two film's we worked on at Ardmore Sound and Screenscene have upcoming festival screenings:


Frank has been selected to play as part of the Festival Favorites strand of SXSW. Here's the details. Frank will be on general release in Ireland in May and in North America and beyond this summer.

The Last Days On Mars

The Last Days On Mars plays at JDIFF on Monday, ahead of it's Irish release in April.

Ear Films

Last year I got to work on the sound design for a really interesting project called 'To Sleep, To Dream', which is being made by an innovative UK sound collective called Ear Films. It is a really unique project, based around an ambisonic sound system of 19 discrete speakers. You can find out more about the show and Ear Films on their site. 'To Sleep, To Dream' premiered at the Brighton Festival last year, where it won a Brighton Argus Angel and is moving to Melbourne next month for a run at The Melbourne Recital Centre.


Randy Thom

Randy Thom is the Director of Sound Design at Skywalker Sound and is about to be honoured with a career achievement award at this year's MPSE Golden Reel Awards. Check out his amazing credits on IMDB. Here's a lovely interview with him about his career as a sound editor, designer and re-recording mixer. Here's the essay he mentions in the interview about Designing for Sound.

Jad Abumrad

Wired has a nice piece about Radiolab's Jad Abumrad and his home sound setup. His sound design for the show is always really impressive.

Clint Mansell

Here's a great, indepth audio interview with film composer Clint Mansell from Mixcloud.

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I've uploaded another two Small Group Primate tracks from the album, 'Inner Worlds':


Ahead of it's cinema release in May, Frank will have a special showing at the Jon Ronson curated 'From Page To Screen' at Bridsport Film Festival this April. The Film's Director, Lenny Abrahamson, and its two screenwriters, Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan, will be in conversation after screening. Here's a link to it on the festival's site. Full post on the film was carried out at Screenscne and Ardmore Sound.

Ghost Train

Following on from screening at Clermont-Ferrand this week, Ghost Train will be having it's Finnish Premiere in competition at the Tampere Film Festival in March. We did full sound post production on the film at Ardmore Sound. Here's the trailer:

The Last Days On Mars - IFTA Screening

As part of the IFTA Viewing Season The Last Days on Mars, is screening on Tuesday, February 11th at 7.00pm in The Odeon Point Village, Dublin. The film has been put forward in the following catagories: Feature Film, Director (Ruairí Robinson), Cinematographer (Robbie Ryan) and Sound (Jon Stevenson, Garret Farrell, Steve Fanagan). Full post on the film was carried out at Screenscne and Ardmore Sound. This screening is for IFTA members only, but the Film is on general release in Ireland in April and is available on VOD in North America... Here's the trailer:

Emily Lazar Interview

NPR has a really insightful interview with one of my all-time favourite mastering engineers, Emily Lazar. Here's a link to her studio, The Lodge.

Jamey Scott Interview

Here's a great interview with Sound Designer, Editor and Re-recording Mixer, Jamey Scott from Audible Worlds.

Flight Lines

Here's a beautiful film about bird flight patterns:

Team Panti

In case you missed it, here's @PantiBliss incredible speech at The Abbey last weekend #TeamPanti:

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Here's the next two tracks from the Small Group Primate album, 'Inner Worlds', I'm releasing over the next few weeks:



Following its premiere at Sundance, Frank has just penned a distribution deal for North America with Magnolia, who are to release the film this summer. It will be released by Element Distribution in Ireland in May.

Here's two more 'Best of' Sundance lists that Frank Topped this past week: Indiewire, The Daily Beast and an interview with Lenny Abrahamson in Paste. The film has a lovely website, too.


Ghost Train

Lee Cronin's wonderful new short, Ghost Train, has its international premiere this week at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. Ahead of this, Lee gave a lovely interview to Film Ireland. We had a blast working on full sound post for the film at Ardmore Sound last year. Here's the Trailer:


Randy Coppinger Interview

In case you missed it, there's a great, insightful  interview over on Designing Sound with Randy Coppinger, who is Dialogue Production Supervisor at Disney Publishing Worldwide.


Garret Farrell Interview

IFTN has a really good interview with my talented colleague and re-recording mixer Garret Farrell.


5 Tiny Items That Will Make or Break Your (Field) Recording Session

I've been guilty of some of these over the years; there's a great list over on the Sound Reflections blog.


The Driftwood Manor

My pals and sometimes musical collaborators 'The Driftwood Manor' have a beautiful new album available now through Private Press Music. You can preview it on their bandcamp.


Movies In Colour

This is a pretty amazing site for any film nerd; it shows stills from films and their corresponding color palettes. (via DonalOMahony).


The 33 Most beautiful abandoned places in the world

I saw these pictures during the week and they blew my mind!


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New Music

I haven't put out any music since 2008. It feels like an long time ago... I have been working on new material all through this time, though, so have decided to start making some of it available. There is a full album of stuff, which started out as a new Northstation album a few years back, but, over time, became something else. I'm releasing it under the new name 'Small Group Primate'. Over the next five weeks I'm going to put two new tracks a week from it onto the site. You can stream and download the first pair here:


Also, I've made everything I've released over the last 14 years available for streaming and download over on my music page.



Following on from it's Sundance premiere last Friday, Frank made number 1 on Spin's 10 Best Films We Saw at Sundance list; Proper Order!

Wired has a really insightful interview with Lenny Abrahamson about the use of Twitter and social media in the film.

And, In case you missed the clip from it last week:


The Pervert's Guide to Ideology

THE PERVERT'S GUIDE TO IDEOLOGY (a film we did the sound edit, design and mix on at Ardmore Sound and Screenscene) will be released on DVD and Digital in the USA and Canada on February 18, via Zeitgeist Films. You can pre-order it from their webstore at 25% off:  They are running a funny competition to win copies of the film here.



There's a lovely interview with 'Kelly+Victor' writer/director Kieran Evans on page 44 of January's Vérité


The Last Days On Mars - JDIFF 2014

The Dublin Film Festival launch its programme this week filled with excellent Irish and International premieres and screenings. Amongst them is Ruairí Robinson's 'The Last Days On Mars', which is on in Cineworld on 17th of February at 9pm. Full picture and sound post on the film was carried out at Ardmore Sound and Screenscene. Myself and my colleague Garret Farrell were re-recording mixers for it. Here's the trailer:



Someone posted a link to this on my facebook timeline this week. Director Sam Mendes and Director of Photography Conrad L. Hall talk about the storyboards to picture for 'American Beauty':


Bill Callahan

Bill Callahan has released a dub version of last year's 'Dream River' album (he plays the Olympia in Dublin Feb 2nd). Here's the beautiful reworking of 'Javelin Landing':


Tim Hecker

Here's a lovely mix from Tim Hecker for WQXR:


The Longest Ever Echo

This was knocking around a few days ago, but here it is again in case you missed it.


Free Tape-Op

Tape-Op, my favourite sound nerd magazine, is now offering a free digital subscribtion straight to you inbox.


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Frank had it's world premiere at Sundance on Friday night and has been deservedly receiving some incredible reviews: Indiewire, Variety, Screencrush, Hitflix.

Here's a clip from the film: Learn the safe word

And, finally, here's a lovely interview with director Lenny Abrahamson

I can't tell you how excited for this film to be out there in the world, it was an absolute joy to work on. Full post production was carried out at Screenscene and Ardmore Sound.


Kelly+Victor is released on DVD and Blu Ray this week; there's a lovely review from the Guardian. Kieran Evans who worte the screen play and directed the film was recently nominated for a BAFTA for the film.


The Oscar nominations came out this week. Sound Works Collection has a really good round up of the sound catagories.


There is a new version of Soundminer on the way (v4.5). They are offering an 'Early Adopters' discount on the upgrade at present, while they iron out the finished product. I've just begun using it and am excited about what it has to offer. Am really liking the Multi-channel Waveform Overview.


Earlier this week, I was reminded of this songwriting advice from the late, great Jason Molina (Songs: Ohia, Magnolia Electric Co) (via Thumped). Also, there is a nice interview with Steve Albini on The Quietus about working with Jason.


Congratulations to my colleagues in the ScreenSceen VFX department on being nominated for a Visual Effects Society (VES) Award for their work on Sky One miniseries, Moonfleet. You can view some VFX breakdowns from the show here.

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- Here's a great interview with editor-in-chief Jack Menhorn:

- In advance of the world premiere of Lenny Abrahamson's new film 'Frank' (which I was sound designer and sound re-recording mixer on) this week at Sundance, Jon Ronson (who wrote the screenplay) had this excerpt from his forthcoming book about Frank Sidebottom in The Guardian over the weekend:

- Kelly + Victor, a feature I was Sound Designer on, is released on DVD today:

- Chris Watson is coming to Dublin this month:

- Liars have a new album on the way:

- Here's a nice article on the making of '12 Years a Slave'; there's some good information about the sound in there; the cicada sound design in the film blew me away:

Kelly + Victor

I was delighted to see that writer/director Kieran Evans (@kierboyo)   has been nominated for the @BAFTA for 'Outstanding Debut' for his first feature 'Kelly + Victor' (@KellyandVictor), much deserved! Here's the trailer:

It was a real pleasure to work with him on the sound post for the film at Screenscene; our sound crew was as follows:

Supervising Sound Editor: Michelle Fingleton

Sound Designer/Music Editor: Steve Fanagan

Foley Artist: Caoimhe Doyle

Foley Mixer: Jean McGrath

Sound Re-recording Mixer: Garret Farrell

Here's an Interview with Kieran where he talks about some of the processes we went through, while working on the sound and music editing.

Fingers-crossed for Kieran at the awards!