What's the Story?

I am a sound recordist / editor / mixer based in the West Midlands.  I trained in Film and TV technical operations at Ravensbourne in the early 70's and started in studios when four track analogue was all there was. I have worked as a sound engineer in broadcast radio for most of my long career, working for Radio Luxembourg (London), Beacon Radio in Wolverhampton, BRMB Radio in Birmingham, and the Capital Radio Group. My roles included producing commercials, recording and editing all genres of music, documentaries, quiz programs and live event broadcasts. For the aurally curious you can sample some of my early work on my Soundcloud.

In the mid 90's my career diverted into IT, rising to Head of Infrastructure for the Capital Radio Group I was based in Birmingham but covering the whole UK. In 2005 I left to form my own IT business. My love for recording sound never left me though and, in 2016, after working on a couple of short films, I used the location sound recording course at the NFTS to adapt my skills to recording sound for film, and so a new chapter began.  Since then I have worked as sound recordist and sound designer on independent short and feature films, corporate, live broadcast and documentary.

If you need an experienced set of ears, an easy going but professional attitude, with good technical skills and some great kit on your next project I'd love to talk. Interested in recording drama, documentary, reality and corporate.         

Credits

Documentary / Factual

It was a pleasure to be involved as sound recordist on this mini doc​umentary from Format Factory for CBBC, recording sequences shot in locations around Birmingham. Hopefully I'll have more documentary projects to list here soon!

Ian Edwards Film sound documentary

My Life: Leading the Dance (2019) Format Factory for CBBC

Watch on iplayer here

sound recording documentary Top Gear Gaming Show Weston Park Staffordshire, West Midlands

Top Gear Gaming Show Ep4 (2021)
for BBC online

Watch on facebook here

The Top Gear Gaming Show contrasts video games with real life experiences. I was sound recordist for the location audio in  this episode featuring drone racing filmed at Weston Park in Staffordshire.

sound recording documentary Top Gear Gaming Show Weston Park Staffordshire, West Midlands

Jay Blades: Learning to read as an adult (2021)
for BBC One

I recorded the master interviews for a documentary looking at Jay Blade's struggle to read as an adult. Recorded at his workshop in Telford, Shropshire. Due to be broadcast early 2022.

Corporate

A few of the corporate jobs I have worked as sound recordist on which at the time of posting are available to view online.
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Sound recordist Birmingham iCase awards

BAe Systems: iCase Awards (2021)

I recorded Jithin Kannanthara from  the University of Birmingham explaining his entry into  the BAe Systems iCase Awards.

Sound recordist Stoke-on-Trent campaign video

Labour Party: Ready for Life (2021)

Labour Party campaign film. I was sound recordist for interviews and a group discussion between students from Stoke-on-Trent and Labour leader Keir Starmer.

Sound recordist Oxfordshire Golf Marathon Cotswolds

Big Property Services Golf Marathon (2021)

A dawn to dusk golf marathon raising money for prostate cancer. Location sound was recorded "on the run" at the Cotswolds Golf Club in Oxfordshire.

Sound recordist Coventry Windston's Wish

Winston's Wish: Liam's Story (2019)

A touching story made by Azara Media for Winston's Wish, a charity that supports children bereaved by suicide. Filmed at a school near Coventry.

Sound recordist Edinburgh Nova Innovations

Nova Innovation: Investment Opportunities (2019)

A promotional film for Nova Innovation based in Edinburgh aimed at potential investors. The sequences I recorded  are intercut with archive material, you can hear the difference ( hint: my audio is better ).

Sound recordist Stourbridge West Midlands

Crafting Futures: Jahday Ford (2019)

Part of the "Why I Make" film series for the British Council. Made by DGS Media profiling glass blower Jahday Ford, recorded at The Red House Glass Cone in Stourbridge, West Midlands.

Sound recordist Birmingham NEC

Neolith at KBB (2018)

Neolith is an Italian company importing granite surfaces to the UK. this was filmed on their stand at the Kitchen Bathroom and Bedroom show at the Birmingham NEC in 2018.

Sound recordist Hereford and Worcester

It's Kushti to Rokker: Hard Road to Travel (2019)

One of a series made by the Rural Media Company in Hereford for Travellers Times Films to promote mental health awareness amongst the traveller community.

Sound recordist Worcester music video

Meme Detroit: Will You Be My Lie (2019)

This is a music video directed by Dwane Perks for Meme Detroit with an opening dialogue sequence I recorded in a car park in Worcester. 

Narrative

Some of the narrative titles I've been involved with as sound recordist, boom op, sound designer, or all three. Most of these films have been nominated for or won awards including Best Film at the Birmingham Film Festival 2019 for "Hello Darlin".
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Testimonials

Some nice things people have said about me and my work after very little persuasion.

Gallery

Some behind the scenes shots showing some of what I do.

Gear

"The right mic in the right place at the right time"

New for 2021 I have started to re-equip with kit from US manufacturer Zaxcom who have been a major manufacturer of audio equipment for the film industry for over twenty years. 

Features I didn't want to lose through an upgrade were the small size, low weight and long battery life of ​my Zoom rig and the Zaxcom Nova meets those requirements. This mixer / recorder is a game changer and I have now  completely bough​t into the Zaxcom ecosystem. The Nova houses up to eight digital radio mic receivers internally, has sixteen record tracks and six physical outputs. It includes IFB and timecode distribution and Zaxnet remote control of radio mic receivers. No more intrusion on talent to adjust the level on the mic transmitter.  My Zaxcom bag is about the same weight as my Zoom bag was and slightly smaller as a lot of the dangly bits have been integrated.

Along with my Zaxcom kit I have a growing range of microphones, stands, boom poles and fixings for optimum location sound capture. I also carry Tentacle Sync E and Timecode Systems time code units for sync.

If that's all gobbledegook all you need to know is it sounds great, it allows me to be mobile with quite a sophisticated rig and work fast even in confined spaces on set, and carrying it all around won't break my back.
Seen here on set for Mudlark

Showreel

This showreel from 2018 shows some examples of my work both as a sound recordist and sound designer. Please check back shortly as I'm working on an updated version of this with a lot more material.

Contact Me

Location Recording

Location sound recording for narrative, factual, documentary and corporate.

Sound Design

Post production re-recording, foley, dialogue edit, audio cleanup, mixing and sound design.

 Please do get in touch to chat through your film sound requirements. I am based centrally in Shropshire and have easy access to the West Midlands and beyond.

Location sound recording in the West Midlands serving Shropshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, location sound mixer in Oxfordshire. Film sound recordist in Shrewsbury, Wolverhampton, Sound Recordist in Birmingham, Worcester, Hereford, Gloucester, Stafford, Birmingham and the Black Country. and travel UK wide. Post production sound, sound design, mixing, restoration and clean-up  operating remotely for anyone anywhere!