Features Series: Beyond Casual Observation

Series: Beyond Casual Observation

A wide-ranging guest column written by BJ from Ancient Shores, mainly covering film but extending into philosophy and aesthetics too. Check out BJ's work on the A389 podcast.

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John Morgan Askew on production, engineering and composing

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John Morgan Askew on production, engineering and composing

Posted Jan. 27, 2019, 4 p.m.
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In the previous installment of Beyond Casual Observation, we visited with three films to briefly illustrate the pleasant entanglement of music and storytelling in cinema. By looking at three different films from different eras, we attempted to express the resonant value of sound in film. I have always been fascinated and invigorated by the idea of film scores and ambience provided by someone otherwise known as instrumentalist or person in a band. Johnny Greenwood’s score for There Will Be Blood, Neil Young’s performance for Dead Man, Thom Yorke’s work for Suspiria (whose original score was written by a band, Goblin), are notable examples of musicians from bands taking their talent to the screen. In Goblin’s case ...

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Soundtrack in film

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Posted Sept. 30, 2018, 4:05 p.m.
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Thanks to insight from professionals in the field, and the freedom to explore the use of sound in film, Beyond Casual Observation has featured a ...

Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum

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Posted Nov. 6, 2017, 3:23 p.m.
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Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum is a Grammy Award-winning and Juilliard-trained composer. She was born in New York City. She grew up listening to classical music “by the ...

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Jeffrey Roy on ADR mixing and Andrei Tarkovsky’s "Stalker"

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Jeffrey Roy on ADR mixing and Andrei Tarkovsky’s "Stalker"

Posted Aug. 6, 2017, 3:56 p.m.
Beyond Casual Observation

Jeffrey Roy is busy. Check the link for his credits and you will see a vast list of projects. In this edition of “Beyond Casual Observation,” as with other entries, I talk to Roy to help round out the roles that audio professionals have in film. The similarities in sound for music and film extend beyond the software. Each have aspects that work cooperatively to solve problems in either industry, and it's always interesting to hear how these lines blur, or where the carry over is between the two fields of work. We get into his development in the ...

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Jeffrey Roy on ADR mixing and Andrei Tarkovsky’s "Stalker"

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Posted Aug. 6, 2017, 3:56 p.m.
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Jeffrey Roy is busy. Check the link for his credits and you will see a vast list of projects. In ...

Ashley Lynch on film editing

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Posted July 11, 2016, 2:50 p.m.
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For this edition of Beyond Casual Observation, Ashley Lynch, owner of Burnaby, BC-based Gingerbreadgirl Post—a versatile post-production studio that ...

BJ (Ancient Shores) on Claudio Marino

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Posted Feb. 21, 2016, 3:34 p.m.
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For this installment of "Beyond Casual Observation" Claudio Marino of Artax Film and Swedish band Tid took some time to ...

BJ (Ancient Shores) on audio production / Shallow Grave (1994)

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Posted Sept. 6, 2015, 4:55 p.m.
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Jason Alberts is an audio engineer with an extensive career in post-production, along with location sound. His recent work includes ...

BJ (Ancient Shores) on sound

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Posted July 5, 2015, 3:37 p.m.
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As young as 14, Jeff King was drumming in bands and in years after would continue writing music and touring ...

BJ (Ancient Shores) on Nightbreed

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Posted April 17, 2015, 4:39 p.m.
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The story of Nightbreed’s production goes back to the pre-internet days reading fangoria magazine and conversations among those who ...

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