The albums explore a diverse range of themes through ambient textures which are both sparse and raw as heard in off the light, through to in a room’s dense sound collages and the haunting, ambience filled soundscapes of In bocca al lupo. The remixing and mastering was technically challenging as I revisited old work sessions and PCM masters, but the results are spectacular.
I have been commissioned to create a large acoustic artwork in Davies Lane Katoomba. The work titled Echo Lane aims to create an intimate amphitheatre in this busy laneway which opens onto Katoomba’s main shopping street.
Echo Lane is an experimental site activation across Davies Lane based upon the Indian Trumpet Horn, a ubiquitous feature of my homeland, designed to project sound across long distances with minimal effort. The concept behind the work builds upon ancient ideas of deep listening. This new work will animate the relationship between sound, place, time, and history, by amplifying sounds from within and without the site, bringing them into the laneway acoustically.
The work is scheduled for installation by the first week of September 2021.
Just completed an interested 3D Spatial Mix in the Hazelbrook Studio for Gigabyte’s new motherboard.
To highlight the power of the Z490’s DTS:X Ultra 3D audio function, AORUS and creative agency Five by Five Global teamed up with Timmy and Dr. Andrew Belletty of the National Institute of Experimental Arts. A leading researcher in the field of Immersive Audio and a founding member of musical group Yothu Yindi, Belletty was discovered and appointed by creative production shop KOMBI to mix the experimental track and test the motherboard’s spatial audio capability – wearing headphones listeners can expect to hear stationary and moving sounds above, below and around them.
Just finished mixing Lily Rabbit, an amazing work by sound artist Melbient, aka Missi Mel Pesa, which we created over 2 weeks in the Hazelbrook Studio. The work features a complex blend of vocals, electronica, and organic sounds and ambiences. This is Melbient‘s first outing where she has experimented with her own voice recordings which has produced some super interesting results.
tRAKa-tRAKn takes as it’s starting point a traditional Gamilaraay survival story – Burra Bee Dee (flying mice): this cultural story teaches Gamilaraay youth about the importance of healing on country.
This was our second research trip to the Pilliga Forrest, Central NSW with r e a and Gail Kelly to plan tRAKa-tRAKn, a new work being developed by r e a. We tested equipment and collected audio, video and still images to support the development of the project which r e a plans to make in September 2020. The Pilliga is a wonderful natural environment to work within, with an abundance of birdlife, diverse vegetation, and lots of silence! So far we have collected a range of audio data from the site with stunning Ambisonics recordings which we will later convert into multichannel ambience tracks for the work.
Directed by Kathy Drayton 2020 Australia 91 minutes
Produced by Tom Zubrycki
Just finished the sound mix for this terrific documentary at Mission Brown Studios in the Blue mountains. Sydney filmmaker Kathy Drayton muses on what the future holds for her musician daughter amidst the threats of climate change and mass extinction.
We just completed the mixes for the one hour ABC version, and the feature length version of the film at Mission Brown Studios in the Blue mountains. created the sound design for the films was a unique experience for me, as Richard’s architecture is all about bringing nature into the home. My studio is nestled amongst the trees in Hazelbrook, a peaceful location where I regularly get the opportunity to record 7.1 channel ambiences featuring our local cast of birds and trees. We have daily visits from an abundance of birds including:
- Gang Gang Cockatoos
- Black Cockatoos
- White Cockatoos
- Crimson Rosellas
- Eastern Rosellas
- King Parrots
- Blue Wrens
- Wattle Birds
- Butcher Birds
- Eastern Spinebills
- White-Cheeked Honeyeaters
- Tawny Frogmouths
- Southern Boobook Owl
- Wampoo Fruit Doves
- Brown Cuckoo Doves
- Eastern Whipbird
- Bell Miner
In Feb 2020 I initiated a workshop in Cairns with Volker Kuchelmeister to develop ideas for a VR project which is in planning with Saibai Elder Jeffrey Aniba Waia. We made a series of audio and visual test recordings to explore the potential of 360 video and audio as a tool for telling a dramatised story on Saibai. The test shooting produced extremely promising results which we will guide us through the development process.
Andrew Belletty has just completed the first 7.1 mix for the film In Bocca al Luppo, 2019, directed by Missi Mel Pesa, in my newly opened studio which is nestled on the edge of the forrest outside our home in Sydney’s Blue Mountains. The bush setting provides the perfect tonic for directors exhausted by the post production process. The studio offers surround mixing for film and television with JBL and Genelec studio monitors, Protools Ultimate software and 360Audio tools.
I have just returned from recording the Wiradjuri Language version of little J & Big Cuz in Wagga Wagga in central NSW. We recorded the cast in the recording studio at Charles Sturt University using my portable Protools Ultimate Rig and AKG212 mics. I worked closely with Producer Gillian Moodie and Wiradjuri language teacher Letetia Harris to edit the dialog on the fly to achieve a tight lip sync.
I must give a big thanks to the staff at the School of Communications and Creative industries for helping us with the facilities.