These programmes produced for the School of Sound conferences, provide an eclectic perspective on film sound in a variety of genres. They feature a group of accomplished, gifted artists speaking about sound from the position of the director, sound designer and performer.

Dickie Beau: Olden Lobes Speech

Dickie Beau is a pioneer of “playback” performance: the uncanny embodiment (or “re-memberment”) of found sound – a style of performance that emerges from the drag tradition of lip synching. In this video, Olden Lobes, he uses the voice of another School of Sound speaker, Peter Sellars.

Olden Lobes

Michael Grigsby: About Documentary Sound

Documentary filmmaker Michael Grigsby describes his approach to the manipulation of sound and image, illustrating that creative sound is due as much to a strong point of view as to technical expertise.

Michael Grigsby: About Documentary Sound

Imagine: Au Jardin

This short film was made by sound students at the Institut Imagine in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Imagine: Au Jardin

David Lynch: Interviewed: 4 March 1998

In this taped interview, David Lynch discusses his approach to sound, discussing Lost Highway, Wild at Heart, Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet and Eraserhead, as writer/director/sound designer.

David Lynch Interview

François Musy: Sound, Direct Sound and Godard

Musy is best known for his work with Jean-Luc Godard. Starting with Passion in 1983, until this video was made in 2003, he produced most of Godard’s soundtracks including Hail Mary, In Praise of Love and the masterful Nouvelle Vague, which has been released on CD by ECM. In this interview, Musy outlines his ideas about ‘direct sound’ in relation to Godard’s soundtracks.
Sound — Direct Sound — Godard

Nic Roeg: The Sound of Claudia Schiffer

Using The Sound of Claudia Schiffer as a starting point, the renown director (Walkabout, Performance, Don’t Look Now) discusses his approach to sound and its place in narrative filmmaking.

Nic Roeg: The Sound of Claudia Schiffer

Ivo Špalj and the sound of Jan Švankmajer

Špalj, the doyen of Czech film sound design, an artist in the use of Foley effects, best known for his work with artist Jan Švankmajer, is profiled in a video interview produced by the School of Sound.

The Sound of Jan Švankmajer

Alan Splet

Alan Splet was one of cinema’s original sound designers best known for his early collaboration with David Lynch. Working together in recording, editing and design, Splet and his wife, Ann Kroeber, had a profound effect on the films of Lynch, Philip Kaufman, Peter Weir and Carroll Ballard.

Alan Splet by Carroll Ballard
Director Carroll Ballard (The Black Stallion, Duma) reflects on his collaboration with the renown sound designer Alan Splet and recordist Anne Kroeber.

Alan Splet by Peter Weir
Peter Weir (The Mosquito Coast, Dead Poet’s Society, Master and Commander, Witness) discusses Splet’s oustanding skills as a sound designer.

Alan Splet by Phil Kaufman

Phil Kaufman (The Right Stuff, The Unbearable Lightness of Being) talks about the importance of Splet’s contribution to filmmaking.

Owe Svensson on Tarkovsky’s Sacrifice

Svensson details how he worked with Andrei Tarkovsky to produce the soundtrack for Sacrifice (1986).

On Tarkovsky’s Sacrifice