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So, I've gotten to know quite a few of you at this point, and I know where a good few of you work from. Luckily I've been able to meet up with a few people for lunches and all. Every time I'm glad I met the person.

So, in order to continue building this network, I propose we map out where everyone is from and what you do. Sort of like our own little sound professional directory.

I'm a sound recordist and sound editor, and I live in Orlando, Florida.

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Do I sense a Google Earth .kml coming up? – Jay Jennings Jul 21 '10 at 22:13
    
How did you meet with and have lunch with Gary Rizzo? Was he in Orlando or were you in L.A.? – Utopia Jul 21 '10 at 22:34
    
Colin, it was found on another topic I originally created that it makes more sense to ask these community questions on behalf of the community wiki as it is after all a common subject we are all equally interested in, as opposed to more targeted questions we regularly post on this board. No biggie, just spreading the word ;) – Justin Huss Jul 21 '10 at 22:52
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Jay - as nerdy as that might sound, that might be a really cool resource :-) – Colin Hart Jul 21 '10 at 23:10
    
Ryan - Gary was here doing a seminar on Re-Recording and education for the Apple Distinguished Educators workshop here in town. I happened to be working the event, so I made sure to get to know him a bit. Really, really nice guy! – Colin Hart Jul 21 '10 at 23:10

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Beginning sound designer/editor/student in Burbank, CA.

The question title also reminded me of this. Sorry....

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzukGfdgPCM

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haha, nice! :-) – Colin Hart Jul 22 '10 at 1:29
    
haha, brilliant! – Andrew Spitz Jul 22 '10 at 7:22
    
I thought there was something familiar about his wording. Thanks for that! – Miles B. Oct 20 '10 at 7:08
    
I immediately thought of "Who is your daddy and what does he do". lol – Syndicate Synthetique Jul 4 '11 at 5:04
    
Haha me too! First line that popped into my head. – Stavrosound Aug 28 '11 at 19:31

Cool concept, Colin -- thanks for initiating!

I'm a sound designer for films and video games, and live in Burbank, CA.

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and a damn good one. – Utopia Jul 21 '10 at 22:25
    
@Jay - The wife and I will be out your way mid-October. If you've got the time, we'd love to meet up with you. – Steve Urban Sep 7 '10 at 17:45
    
@Steve - would love to meet up. Let's be in touch via Facebook or LinkedIn. – Jay Jennings Sep 7 '10 at 18:41

I live & work in Wellington, New Zealand

Film Sound Designer, Supervising Sound Editor http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0695670/

FX Recordist & Sound FX Library Publisher http://hissandaroar.com

Blogger http://www.musicofsound.co.nz/blog

Occasional musician http://dub45.com

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I live in Falls Church, VA (DC metro area), and work at an independent production/distribution company.

My job is kind of cool in that I get to be a jack of all trades as far as audio goes: location and acquisition, and everything associated with post of course. Lately it's been a lot of short stuff for corporate clients and fixing other peoples' programs which aren't in any sort of broadcast spec. But we're gearing up for a new non-fiction series which I'm just itching to start.

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@Shaun Farley - we should get together for happy hour / lunch sometime! – Steve Urban Jul 22 '10 at 2:20
    
@Steve Urban - I'm in. I see you're at Post-Op media. I'll drop you a line sometime there. – Shaun Farley Jul 22 '10 at 11:50

I'm from France, but I left when I was 17. Lived in a bunch of countries and at the moment I'm based in South Africa. I'm aiming to get to NYC where my girlfriend lives.

Most of my paid work is for recording and editing sound effects for features and commercials. I also do some sound design, mixing, location recording, programming and lecturing... basically I do a bit of everything. If someone phones me up and I can do the job and I have time, then I do it. I really do enjoy all aspects of sound!

What would be awesome is if I could create interactive media all the time! I would love to do more of is create art installations, and use Max/MSP and Arduinos and general physical computing. I really enjoy programming and geeking out. This is the kind of stuff I really enjoy! I'm thinking to do a Ph.D so I can delve deep into all this.

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Hurrah! I've met so few sound people who are also closet academics like me. Tried to do a PhD a few times but money never permits me. – ianjpalmer Jul 22 '10 at 8:24
    
Hey Andrew, do you ever come back to the country? :) – Justin Huss Jul 22 '10 at 9:04
    
@ianjpalmer haha! It's weird, cause I usually hate academia, but I love being in an environment where I can research my own interests and develop my own specialties independently from the pressure of earning money. It's an awesome space to experiment and be encouraged to do so. However, I'm much more interested in the technology side of all this then concepts and theories... I'm looking for a place where the projects have more value than the thesis. And where grammar is less important than the outcome! – Andrew Spitz Jul 22 '10 at 9:07
    
@Justin which country? France? My family is there so I do visit every now and then. Depends how far I am. When I was doing my Masters in Edinburgh, I would visit quite often. I see you spent 3 years in Edinburgh, was that at the University of Edinburgh? – Andrew Spitz Jul 22 '10 at 9:10
    
@Andrew I have to say I love both worlds. However, the MA I did had a particular ethos that I really like. Theory imforms practice and practice informs theory. The two are in a symbiotic relationship and shouldn't be treated otherwise. – ianjpalmer Jul 22 '10 at 14:29

Great idea, Colin.

I'm a recording engineer/composer/sound designer in Chicago. At my day job I record and mix radio and TV commercials, and at my "second job" as a freelancer I am a sound designer and composer for theatre and independent films.

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I'm a boom operator and location sound man, from Cape Town,South Africa, now living in Zurich. Starting off my career as a sound designer by doing short films, animation and motion graphics.

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Resident ADR Mixer, Sound Designer and Re-Recording Mixer in Los Angeles.

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Hey @Ryan, I'm heading out to LA in mid-October. If you've got time I'd love to meet up with you. – Steve Urban Sep 7 '10 at 17:43
    
@Steve It's mid October. – Utopia Oct 13 '10 at 17:25

I'm a recording engineer/sound designer/composer in Auckland, NZ. I'm in-house at an ad agency, so mainly work on commercials for TV/radio/online. I work on short films too, when time permits.

I haven't been too prolific in posting here yet, but still learn a lot from everyone's fantastic contributions.

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If my E3 change of status is approved; sound editor and recording engineer in NYC. Mainly foreign language dubs for obscure tv shows, plus whatever indie shorts and features i can get my hands on.

If not; freelance sound assistant/editor and audio assistant in Sydney, which would involve chasing the big boys for some work and probably calling up my friends at Channel 9 and asking for some shifts.

Great thread, good to hear what everyone does!

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Cool Thread!

Right now i'm in Barcelona doing all sound gigs at a small production studio, but i'll be very soon moving to new york to be an assistant at harvestworks media arts centre. They're a school/studio/research lab. Can't wait!

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Nice one! Drop me a message if you want some sound people to hang out with in NYC, if i'm still here that is! – Roger Middenway Jul 21 '10 at 23:17
    
@Filipe That's what I wanted to do! I was there last year doing a ton of their courses... awesome place! I should be back in NYC this fall, so will give you a shout then. – Andrew Spitz Jul 22 '10 at 7:21
    
@Sound I will for sure, thanks! @Andrew That's actually very reasurring! Please Do give me a shout! – Filipe Chagas Jul 22 '10 at 8:41

Hi, great idea ! I'm a sound designer, sound editor. I work for video games and films. And live in Lille, France.

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Hi @emarque, may I ask where you work? Is it in a studio or are you a freelancer? I have the opportunity to go to Lille next week, I thought we could try to catch up. – Justin Huss Sep 7 '10 at 9:40

Hey! I'm Alan Senderowitsch, sound designer and composer from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

I do freelance work for film & tv and I have a band of electroacoustic music focused on real-time improvisation.

myspace.com/alansende

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I am just starting a job as the resident sound designer at Pioneer Theater Company in Salt Lake City, UT as well as an Adjunct Professorship at University of Utah teaching sound design.

Up 'til now I have been freelancing in Portland, OR in sound design and editing for corporate video, indie films and theatre.

Be sure to look me up if you're in SLC!

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I AM in SLC! Coffee? – Dave Matney Aug 23 '10 at 19:49

I'm a Sound Designer and Dubbing Mixer. Originally from deepest, darkest Wiltshire in the sound of England but now working Galway, Ireland. Trying to move back to the UK though (London, Manchester, Cardiff in case anyone knows of any work going).

Ian

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+1. Scottish and Irish roots here. – Utopia Jul 22 '10 at 20:42

Sound designer and voice actor, Live in Norway but my work is all over the world.

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@Glenn X. Govan I like this "...my work is all over the world." – Cvrgoje Nov 17 '10 at 9:31

I'm a budding Effects Editor/Sound Designer from Limoges, France.

I spent 3+ years in Edinburgh, Scotland, where I attended uni for a Digital Media course but ended up specializing in film sound with an academic-year-long project, among others. I'm a bit lost as to where I should start looking for work but it's ok :)

EDIT: this is a brief update to signal that I am now living in Paris, working at a dubbing company encoding videos for On Demand diffusion.

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+1 for Edinburgh, Scotland. Went there when I was 10. Thankin' ya now. – Utopia Jul 21 '10 at 22:46
    
I'd love to work in the sound post crew on french films. From the films i've seen, the soundscapes are so textured (even though i hate using that word) and detailed. But my french c'est pas bien... – Roger Middenway Jul 21 '10 at 22:47
    
Ha ha, I just went to the cinema 5 hours ago to see a French movie. It was also the first time I went alone, and I paid so much more attention to the details than when I'm accompanied... But then I hate it that I only get to see silly French overdubs of 98% of the movies on Earth... – Justin Huss Jul 21 '10 at 22:56
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Ahhh yes. One of the french voice artists i work with told me that they record their dubs in a strange way: the words come up on screen and are stretched to represent how fast/slow they're delivered, and you have to hit them when the moving line hits them... a lot like karaoke. Which is just crazy, because then the actor is too worried about hitting the words at the right time to deliver a good performance! – Roger Middenway Jul 21 '10 at 23:41
    
See, I saw that on TV a while ago, I didn't even imagine it would be the French standard way of working... well, at least we're left with some good French movies when they do get made! – Justin Huss Jul 22 '10 at 8:49

I'm in Arlingon, VA and work as a sound editor / mixer / designer for TV and radio (with the occasional indie flick)

:EDIT:

I'm no longer in VA. I recently celebrated my first full month in LA, and I can still pay all my bills doing sound! Let's hope this trend continues...

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Steve, I reckon this post should be yours and not the community's, after all it's your work, if people like it then it makes you more popular. Again, no rule, I'm just trying to make the best use of the site's features ;) – Justin Huss Jul 22 '10 at 8:46
    
Eh, perhaps. But it seems what's been done can't be undone: if I go into edit there's no wiki box to un-check. Besides, I'd rather earn reputation from my big brain with it's various pockets of knowledge, sarcasm, and ignorance than from where I landed and built up a career. It's a different kind of reference point as to where my knowledge comes from, and due to that I'll make it community knowledge. Like that? I just made it up on the fly... – Steve Urban Jul 22 '10 at 13:09
    
We're not computers after all, and interpret things our own way. That makes for a colored community, let's keep it that way :) – Justin Huss Jul 23 '10 at 7:36

I'm an aspiring sound designer for films and games going to school in Milledgeville, GA. I'm still just reading the books and learning all I can about the discipline. I also want to get more into computer stuff.

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@Mercy Ah. Are you in the GCSU digital media program? Milledgeville has some beautiful old assylums, btw :) – VCProd Jul 22 '10 at 14:40
    
No, but I'll look at it. – Mercy Jul 23 '10 at 14:58

I am also a Colin (yay for Scottish roots). I had lived in Atlanta, Georgia for most of my life, but just relocated to Portland, Maine.

My day job is as an A/V technology specialist - I deal with corporate and live A/V systems with a focus on video conferencing/streaming technology and control interface programming. I do a some video and audio editing for the corporations that employ me. I also freelance as a FOH or M1 mixer in local venues when I get the chance.

During the nights, weekends, and every spare moment I do work as a dialog editor and sound designer for primarily independent films. My wife and I also team up to work as production sound recordists with me at the controls and her on the boom. We also write and produce when we have time in between sound-related work.

I am relatively new to film sound and it's been an awesome learning process. Thanks to resources like these, I'm constantly expanding my understanding... thanks, you guys and gals!

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+1 for Portland, Maine! My brother and his family live nearby in Scarborough, and I'm originally from a little town just outside of Bangor. – Jay Jennings Jul 22 '10 at 16:27
    
M1 mixer means Monitor mixer? That's one of the most dangerous jobs out there. – Utopia Jul 22 '10 at 20:40
    
Cool! I'm going to Bangor for the first time later this month for the film festival. @Ryan Yes, M1 is monitor mixer. I love it. You get to manage lots of mixes instead of just one :) And have musicians yell at you... – VCProd Jul 22 '10 at 22:35
    
@VCProd Yeah - and watch out for feedback :) – Utopia Jul 22 '10 at 22:36

Having grown up in Maine (like @birdhousesound and others here!), I'm the design director and co-founder of an interaction design and development studio in San Francisco. As such, I produce interaction, visual, motion, and sound design for software.

I've had a long history in the video and post-production industries, and as such have been using ProTools on and off to 20 years. Yikes...

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Yay for New Englanders! – Colin Hart Jul 22 '10 at 19:28
    
I second that!! – Jay Jennings Jul 22 '10 at 19:34
    
I'm from Northern Cali! – Utopia Jul 22 '10 at 20:39
    
I'm from New England but now live in Northern Cali, best of all worlds! :-p – NoiseJockey Jul 22 '10 at 22:26
    
@Noise I was born in Corte Madera. Then moved to Sac. Now in LA. :-} – Utopia Jul 22 '10 at 22:38

I've been working as Sound Designer / Editor / Mixer for over 16 years, first in Buenos Aires, Argentina, then in Mexico City and now settled in Toronto, Canada. Here I share my passion for everything audio with picture and Visual effects editing. If you need something from the north... gimme a holler :)

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I'm a composer and sound designer, in Salt Lake City, UT.

To pay the bills, I program medical simulators for a nursing school.

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Nice one Colin! Very different from the usual questions but so interesting to find out where all of you are in the world and what you are doing exactly.

So, I'm English but living in France. I'm currently in the south but soon moving to Paris where work is more abundant. I edit and design sound mostly for media agencies (adverts, online videos, virals etc) and I am getting more and more addicted to field recording!!!

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@Colin Hunter whereabout in the south of France? :) – Justin Huss Jul 23 '10 at 7:43
    
@Justin...I'm currently in Avignon for the summer. Been looking for work around Marseille but so far to no avail. Hence the move to Paris (where I have more contacts)...where do u come from? – Colin Hunter Jul 23 '10 at 13:39

I am a lecturer in sound theory, production and design at Edinburgh Napier University. I started out as a live sound engineer, FOH and M1, and moved into theatre sound design. After that I started teaching and doing whatever sound work comes my way, currently it is mostly research.

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I am everything about sound. From recording to mix.. from sound design to music... this is typical in Taiwan. My company is specialized in making animation in 90 minutes. SO we people here are pushing the limit in every seconds. TOUGH!

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Are you familiar with 30 second bunny theater? Not the best example of sound design, but it popped into mind when reading your response. – Joel Jan 30 '11 at 16:13

Hi there,

Lots of interesting people out there. What a great community and Andrew, thanks for this site!!!

I am a foley artist originally from Canada who now lives and works in South Africa. I also do field recording and sound editing. I have done a few stints in dialogue recording and editing but it is definitely not my specialty. I love all areas of sound for film, TV, radio and games. I think we are all lucky to be working in something we are passionate about.

Thanks for this site!

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I am an alien from outer space and I moved to San Francisco to go to audio engineering school at SAE Institute where I discovered Sound Design.

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Nice to meet you all. I'm a sound design, filmmaker, teacher and author of "Sound Design: The expressive power of music voice and sound effects in cinema." Currently living in Los Angeles area, giving webinars on sounddesignforpros.com, more stuff on SonicStrategies.com. Come visit, and I look forward to more interaction with everyone. Thanks Andrew and Colin for getting us together like this.

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Hey there! Great to see you here! Can't wait for the seminar next week! How did the one today go? – Colin Hart Aug 25 '10 at 3:33
    
It went well for me, very deep information. – Chris Aug 25 '10 at 5:27
    
Everyone here should buy David's book. It is an excellent and informative read. – Iain McGregor Jan 31 '11 at 15:52
    
THE David Sonnenschein??? Oh my god, I´m a big fan of yours! I did thesis about audio sound design in commercials and used your book as a backbone to the whole thesis! Absolutely love your book, it really definitely changed the way I think about sound design and helped me eventually to get a job in sound design field. I cannot recommend more highly the book David has written. There´s no other book like it! – Ville Sorsa Feb 1 '12 at 7:14

Hello - I'm from the Netherlands, living/working in the south of England (Brighton). I mainly do sound effects design for video games (usually iPhone, PSN/Xbox Live kind of games, so fairly small scale stuff so far). I'm freelance, working from home - I love that! Occasionally I also produce music + sound effects for promo videos. Most likely I'll be working on my first feature film this winter (doing sound design), so that's an exciting prospect.

Because of all the great blogs and sites like this, I've over the last few months become extremely interested and enthusiastic about location recording, so I'm doing more and more of that these days, trying to integrate it with my daily work routine.

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