Emma Butt – Guest Lecture – Feb 22nd, 5pm

Sound Design at Greenwich is delighted to invite Emma Butt (Freelance Dubbing Mixer, Sound Editor/ Designer and ADR recordist) to present a talk on her varied career with insights into various Sound Design practices.
This talk is open to all but is especially relevant for students of Sound Design, Film or Music with an interest in developing their own career in the creative industries.

BOOK A PLACE HERE: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/emma-butt-guest-lecture-tickets-54418693778


With over 10 years experience in post-production sound on a variety of projects from mixing documentaries and entertainment shows, short form commercials, short films and animations to ADR recording for dramas and feature films and sound editing experience on a wide variety of projects.

Her career began at Screen Scene Post Production in Ireland where she spent 9 years. working as an ADR recordist on Game of Thrones, Vikings, Ripper Street and Frank with Lenny Abrahamson to name a few. Twice nominated for an Irish Film and Television Academy award – once for animated series ‘Punky’ and again for the documentary ‘My Fathers War’ – she also received a certificate of merit from the Emmys for her ADR work on Series 5 of Game of Thrones.

In the last 3 years Emma has been working at some well-known London post houses, before deciding to step into the world of freelancing.

A council member of the Association of Motion Picture Sound Engineers and a mentor with the Media Trust on both of their schemes to help young kids get work in the creative industries. She is also a new contributor to the online blog, Pro Tools Expert, which is a well known resource for anyone working in audio across music, post and live sound.

Emma’s ADR credits include:

Dr Who
Game of Thrones
Ripper Street

Mixing and Sound editing credits include:

Swipe Right for Murder
World War 2 Treasure Hunters
MPS: Behind Closed Doors
Britain at War: The imperial War Museum

Electroacoustic Music in Great Britain – call for pieces and papers

Call for contributions: Electroacoustic Music in Great Britain: Past/Present/Future (26th / 27th January 2019)

Marking the 40th anniversary of the founding of EMAS (The Electroacoustic Music Association of Great Britain) Electroacoustic Music in Great Britain: Past/Present/Future seeks to explore the varied history, and vibrant present, of electroacoustic music practice in the UK.

In celebration of this significant anniversary, the British ElectroAcoustic Network, in association with the School of Design, University of Greenwich, invite you to contribute to a weekend of talks, concerts and discussions celebrating the achievements of Electroacoustic music in the UK and to project forwards toward new futures.

For more information about the event, and details of the call for pieces and papers, please visit the British ElectroAcoustic Network website: https://britishelectroacousticnetwork.com/emas-40th-anniversary/

Beginning of the Academic Year 2018/19

Dear Sound Designers,

It’s almost time to begin another year and I am very much looking forward to welcoming you back to Greenwich. Geoff and the technicians have been busy over the summer with upgrades to the studios and we look forward to receiving some new equipment over the next few weeks which will begin to find its way into your hands via the studios.

Academics have been working on research projects and preparing events and activities for the next year. On the 4th October Ian will host a launch event for his new record label project Sonus Localia, presenting surround sound recordings and compositions. I have been finalising plans for this year’s Loudspeaker Orchestra concert series, which will welcome many international guests to share their works and their ideas with you in public concerts across the whole year. And as ever, all of our research activities are feeding directly into our teaching as we bring the ideas and approaches that we have explored directly into modules and classes on the programme.

This coming year will be the first time that we have students across all three years and I am really looking forward to the benefits that this will bring in increased community. I hope that you’ll be keen to join in with the many events that we are organising, and that you’ll be inspired and empowered to arrange your own events and performances.

See you in Welcome Week, with our first concert taking place on Friday 21st September – Ben Ramsay: Loudspeaker Orchestra.

Richard Addis – HALO Post Production – Guest Lecture

Richard Addis (Senior Operations Manager at HALO Post Production) visited students providing an insight into the world of Post Production with examples of current recent projects.

HALO Post Production is one of the leading studios for post-production sound. Based in London’s Soho, halo provides television and film producers with the full range of post production services.



The Sound/Image colloquium explores the relationships between sounds and images, and the images which sounds can construct by themselves.

Through a series of complementary strands – talks, screenings, loudspeaker orchestra concerts – we will bring together artists and experts to investigate sound and sound-image phenomena.

This year we are delighted to invite Yves Daoust, Holly Rogers and Bret Battey as special guests for this third instalment of SOUND/IMAGE.


Full Details:



On Friday 3rd November, the Science Museum hosts an interdisciplinary workshop on ‘language describing sound / sound emulating language’

Info and registration: bit.ly/SoundTalking

Sound Talking is a one-day event at the London Science Museum that seeks to explore the complex relationships between language and sound, both historically and in the present day. It aims to identify the perspectives and methodologies of current research in the ever-widening field of sound studies, and to locate productive interactions between disciplines.

Bringing together audio engineers, psychiatrists, linguists, musicologists, and historians of literature and medicine, we will be asking questions about sound as a point of linguistic engagement. We will consider the terminology used to discuss sound, the invention of words that capture sonic experience, and the use and manipulation of sound to emulate linguistic descriptions. Talks will address singing voice research, the history of onomatopoeias, new music production tools, auditory neuroscience, sounds in literature, and the sounds of the insane asylum.


– Ian Rawes (London Sound Survey)

– Melissa Dickson (University of Oxford)

– Jonathan Andrews (Newcastle University)

– Maria Chait (UCL Ear Institute)

– David Howard (Royal Holloway University of London)

– Brecht De Man (Queen Mary University of London)

– Mandy Parnell (Black Saloon Studios)

– Trevor Cox (Salford University)

For more information, visit bit.ly/SoundTalking or contact the workshop chairs:

Melissa Dickson <melissa.dickson@ell.ox.ac.uk>

Brecht De Man <b.deman@qmul.ac.uk

“Have we reached peak Hans Zimmer?”

Hot on the tails of our recent post about the BRAAM, comes an announcement of a one day workshop exploring the influence of the work of Hans Zimmer. The workshop looks to be an interesting day of talks taking place at City University.

“Have we reached peak Hans Zimmer?”

Wednesday 25/10, 4-6 pm
City, University of London
Music Department
College Building, room AG08
280 St John St, London EC1V 4PB

Jordan Hoffman’s recent article in The Guardian asks what many media composers are inwardly thinking: have we reached peak Hans Zimmer? The film composer has, along with his numerous acolytes, inadvertently altered what every blockbuster is supposed to sound like these days with propulsive, repetitive themes, timbral motifs, and increasing use of ‘shepard tones’. Nicholas Reyland likens the rapid spread of Zimmer’s particular style and aesthetics to ‘a McDonalds or a Starbucks colonising the world’s high streets and displacing local variety with generic conformity and a profitably limited product range developed, through hyper-efficient processes, from a few highly standardised ingredients’ (Reyland, 2015: 122). With Zimmer’s company, Remote Control, having provided many of today’s top screen composers their big break in the industry, many perpetuating their mentor’s scoring tropes, Hoffman questions, ‘maybe it’s OK to let someone else have a turn from time to time?’ (Hoffman: 2017).

The two articles that will be discussed are:
(1) https://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2017/sep/18/hans-zimmer-blade-runner-2049-film-composer
(2) REYLAND, Nicholas. Corporate Classicism and the Metaphysical Style, in: MSMI 9/2 (2015), pp. 115-130.

Royal Television Society (RTS) Awards & Sound Masterclasses

The RTS has announced its call for works for this years Student Awards with a specific “Undergraduate Sound” category.

Deadline for submission is October 20th.
Follow the link for more details: https://rts.org.uk/award/rts-student-television-awards-2018

They have also released details of their masterclass programmes which will take place on November 15th. : https://rts.org.uk/event/student-craft-skills-masterclasses

A video of the 2016 Sound Masterclass with Emma Penny and Louise Willcox is available below:

K-Music Festival: 15th September / 25th October

The K-Music Festival is a part of the 2017-18 Korea/UK season, they have commissioned some exciting new collaborations with international artists from across the musical spectrum.

The festival begins on Fri 15 Sept. and runs until Weds 25 Oct. across London.

We open with Black String & Kathryn Tickell at the Union Chapel on the 15th. At the Vortex, daegeum player (bamboo flute), Hyelim Kim, performs with exciting rising star, Alice Zawadzki and composer/ musician, Woojae Park, is joined by Japanese drummer Shogo Yoshii and British Indian composer Soumik Datta for a special one-off concert at Rich Mix, and six more amazing concerts follow until 25 October.

For tickets: serious.org.uk/events/series/k-music

2017 K-Music Festival brochure: https://www.dropbox.com/s/8nc0sawvtpgdjnv/0713_KMusic_2017_REVISED_v2_14072017.pdf?dl=0

For more information: www.kccuk.org.uk

Sound Design students are invited to attend the opening concert, Black String & Kathryn Tickell, at Union Chapel on 15th Sept. Email your tutor for details.