Who

 

mattheadI’m a musician, composer, and sound artist living in Vancouver, BC.  My musical background is a perfect compliment to my aims as a film composer and sound designer. Studying at Cap and UBC, I earned a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance and have performed as a soloist with ensembles like the Vancouver Opera Company, Vancouver Bach Choir, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, West Coast Symphony, Laudate Singers, and for most of the colleges and universities in the Lower Mainland. At this time, I am both an instructor and technician in Emily Carr University of Art + Design’s Film/Video program, where I give audio workshops, technical consultation, and post-production lectures.

While I’m liking the advances of modern sample libraries to do scoring, I also integrate my recordings of actual players in actual spaces. This approach gives the music a much more human feel and treats the samples as more of a supportive device. I have recorded everything from a solo instrument or voice, to a mass choir and full orchestra with hundreds on stage. Of course, the usual fair of punk, rock, and jazz bands kept me busy early on, so I’m no stranger to those genres either! Being a musician first, I am very sensitive to the needs of the performers and artistic directors with whom I work, and have an ear for nuance, while keeping the main goal of the day in mind.

The challenge, when working with sound, is to stay out of the way; both as a technician, and as a final product. I strive to keep my location setups clean, safe and unobtrusive, using only what’s required for a given production. Likewise, when creating a soundtrack for a moving image, staying out of the way is also important; in order to maintain and support the intent of a scene, the sound and music must go almost unnoticed — yet the sound is half of what a film or animation is!

I also maintain a home studio, where I mix and record music, voice overs, sound effects, Foley for animations, short films, docs, and commercial spots. See my What page for a list of gear included in my package.

Please send me a message in my Contact page to discuss your  next project.