Sound Designer James LeBrecht shares a few of his most favorite and most personally meaningful sound recordings.
Here’s the setup: Jim is sitting in the center of Dan Dugan’s control panel, with Pro Tools behind him and faders for a quadrophonic monitoring system. On and off, he talks and plays sounds which he’s gathered for the occasion. About twenty people sit, listen and discuss.
We start with sounds from an exhibit installation about hybrid California cultures titled Trading Traditions. Over the course of an hour and a quarter, we hear among other things Foghorns, quad recordings from San Francisco’s Tenderloin district, a Thanksgiving dinner, and evocative insects and frogs.
Later James talks about upcoming projects, including a documentary he’s mixing on the staging of the opera Doctor Atomic. There’s a discussion of the sound of air itself clipping. At around 68 minutes, we go around an mention favorite sounds.
On a technical note: It was a hot evening in San Francisco and we had a fan running during the presentation. Traffic can be heard going by the open doorwas going by, and a band down the street was practicing. This recording documents that soundscape. Where possible I’ve crossfaded from the room mic to a clean recording of the sounds.