There are five things that I love about my job as a sound designer. It’s highly likely (and I will think about this more and perhaps write a further piece) that each of the things that I love can be linked to a more fundamental value and belief system, but for now I’ll share the top line of things I love about my job and work.
1. The philosophical aspect of it
Which is to say the interrogation and rationalisation of why this sound and why that sound, or why any sound at all? Thinking about how and why those decisions come about and how they relate to the meaning and understanding of whatever is being conveyed; how you want to express meaning stylistically, essentially, is an endlessly fascinating journey. When these types of questions are then combined with satisfying the motivations, desires and wishes of the filmmaker(s), I really do find sound design to be a fantastic, giant puzzle - a mystery and a maze of possibilities obsessively being narrowed down until what’s left is the most radically rational example of what is being aimed for. At the beginning of a project, when ideas first begin forming and preparatory work is undertaken, this philosophical trait is at its most febrile. As a project goes on, much of that preparatory work inevitably gets thrown out the window (I find) in the heat of the creative process and real world challenges, but to go through the process is to better understand the material and one’s tools. I am also very grateful whenever I am afforded the time to undertake a more philosophical to my work because, at the other end of the spectrum, there are times when there is no time to think and I just have to (re)act.