“Croaks, squelches, waterfalls”: The Guardian features Swedish Forest Textures

A very nice article by Harley Brown talking about environmentalism, ecology, the pandemic and the healing factors of nature sounds. It was lovely to talk to Harley and I’m happy beyond words to have been featured! Featuring also: Lucrecia Dalt, Aaron Dilloway, Carina Pesch, Bernie Krause and Gordon Hempton. Read the article here.

3 Film Directors That Place Importance on Sound

What follows is an article I wrote for the SFX website SoundSnap. I discuss some examples of films of Terrence Malick, Gus Van Sant and Hayao Miyazaki (whose sound design’s film The Wind Rises has been dissected on previous articles) and mention very interesting interviews with their sound designers. These director have gotten my attention […]

The Wind Rises – Sound Design Analysis III – challenging and supporting the notions of vococentrism

For the purpose of this review, principles and notions from Chion are going to be referenced and hopefully challenged at times. Chion’s notion of the central role of voice in cinema as a means of the conveyance of psychological and emotional information that is expressed trough its spacial, material and sensory inputs – vococentrism. In his book […]

The Wind Rises sound design analysis II – elements of nature / the earthquake

The earthquake In September 1923, Tokyo became a hell on earth. In less than three days, a magnitude approximate 7.9 earthquake and subsequent conflagrations reduced nearly half of Japan’s capital to a blackened, rubble-filled, corpse-strewn wasteland of desolation. The human tragedy of over 120,000 killed and 2 million left homeless was matched in severity by […]

The Wind Rises – sound design analysis I – the oneiric realm of Jiro (part 2)

Part 1 of this analysis can be read here. 6/ [00:54:54] / A world with pyramids After his stay in Germany, Jiro proceeded west, sent by his company “to see the world”. He is travelling in the train by himself when a man sits next to him. Jiro looks happy and surprised when he understands the […]

The Wind Rises sound design analysis I – the oneiric realm of Jiro (part 1)

The oneiric realm in this analysis concerns the dreams that Jiro experiences when he is sleeping and the visions that predict the outcome of a new aircraft construction or of relevant events in the narrative. These visions (while lacking a better term for the intensive and complex world of Miyazaki) emerge on circumstance, many times illustrating the genius aircraft […]

A Sound Technician in a bullfighting arena (distress warning)

I came across this while scrolling down through facebook and after some thought I decided to translate it and share it (I apologise in advance for my unprofessional translation skills). I will try to open a small discussion in the end in the comments section.      Every time I worked on the sound part of […]