It’s Sound Check!

with Liam Egan

What’s been your most memorable project?

After more than 30 years in the industry I have a few memorable projects! I think the most memorable have been when I’ve been able to go to amazing places for work.

I travelled to Eastern Europe before the collapse of the USSR. I worked in The Philippines where I recorded a typhoon amongst other things. I’ve recorded all around South Korea and I’ve recorded some incredible people and things in Australia!

If you weren’t in this industry what would you be doing?

I think I would be a ranger in a national park somewhere hanging out with animals

If you could have worked on any soundtrack in history, what would it have been?

I don’t think I can go past “Come and See” by Elem Klimov. I’ve seen it so many times and the scene where our protagonist and Glasha are wading through the mud to the island still makes me shiver! That amazing soundscape makes the scene so intense, and the perfect merging of dialogue, atmospheres, music and sound effects is sublime. I would have loved to see that sound design created! I’m also a big fan of some great recent Australian film soundtracks including Burning Man, Wasted on the Young, One Eyed Girl and Snowtown. Check them out

What’s the best advice you’ve been given?

3 bits of advice come to mind;

My father is a great fan of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and, referencing the court scene where Alice is a witness in the case against the Knave of Hearts, he advised me to confront opposition or authority as Alice did, with the declaration, ‘You’re nothing but a pack of cards!’. I often use that advice!

When I was at film school there was a sign on the sound department wall which said, ‘Don’t let the turkeys get you down!’

And finally, from Winnie the Pooh;
Piglet – “How do you spell ‘love’?”
Pooh – “You don’t spell it…you feel it.”