Randy Thom – know how to use your mistakes

A craftsman knows how to avoid accidents, an artist knows how to use them – explained Randy Thom at his “Sound in the Movies” talk at the University of Edinburgh. He raised this thought to help discuss the challenge of coming up with good sound design. He explained that when working on any work of art it’s nearly always the accident that generates the best results.


He went on to discuss the difficulty in creature vocalisation and I guess that that was some indication that he felt his best creature vocalisations came about by happy accidents. This also gave him the opportunity to pass on a tip to the aspiring sound engineers in the audience at Alison House. Randy has never heard a demo CD that has impressed him – so he suggested re-dubbing a couple of minutes from Jurrasic Park. If you can come anywhere near the same effect then you’ve got a job. Don’t send in CDs of electronic sound effects – come up with an organic based sound that works and twist it, develop it.


That’s a nice idea for all CVs – we’d like to see somebody send us a new social networking idea with their CV when they apply to our software company (all rights reserved of course).

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