Sound design is the process of using sound to enhance or alter the reality of an experience, such as manipulating sound in the cinema or on television, creating sounds to match a 3D projection display, or enhancing the audio experience of a live show.
A sound designer has the job of deciding which sounds to use and where, acquiring or generating the necessary sounds, and applying the audio.
Good sound design involves careful thinking about every kind of sound, from voices to music to sound effects and 'atmos', which is the sound of silence. It's a role that combines creativity and technology to create a mood through sound.
Sounds & Motion have been providing sound design since 2004, and we specialise in mixing, producing and reproducing the best possible quality audio solutions for a range of entertainment situations. Our clients are many and varied. They include film and television companies, major events organisations and international corporations.
Here we take a look back at some of Des O'Neill's earlier sound design work:
Sounds & Motion created an immersive soundscape for the launch of the new HTC One phone at the Carriageworks in April 2012. The event was packed with hundreds of people eager to try out the latest devices. A giant screen was erected to display commercials and video footage aimed at the audience.
The services of Sounds & Motion were engaged to design sound for the event and to help bring the video material to life on the massive screen. This involved using complex surround sound to truly bring out a 3D effect. The screen was so wide that columns of speakers had to be dotted along the sides and back of the screen to give proper audio coverage.
The design meant the audience was able to stand in front of the screen and be immersed in a truly surround sound experience as they watched the commercials play on the screen. A key moment was the shot of a skier coming down a snowy slope. This was enhanced with an audio effect of snow and wind creating the illusion that the skier was in fact going to emerge from the screen. This really wowed the audience!
The project was immensely successful and at the forefront of audio technology. Delight was seen and expressed by the audience throughout.