Sound Design

Clowns in the Mix: Building the Sound Design for Audi Clowns

Clowns in the Mix: Building the Sound Design for Audi Clowns

Here's our press release about our contribution to this film - fair to say we had a lot of fun on this one! //// It’s undeniable that the beautiful re-record of ‘Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Send in the Clowns’ by Faultline featuring Lisa Hannigan, is one of BBH and Rattling Stick’s film’s most potent ingredients, but underneath the surface lies a bed of sound effects that heighten the jeopardy of the action, steer the emotion of the clowns and add a touch more humour to a song that originally formed part of the soundtrack to the fairly dark 1973 musical ‘A Little Night Music’. Director,...

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Honda Civic: Not The Same

Honda Civic: Not The Same

If you've seen the new Honda Civic film, where jazz drums, kinetic typography and saturated spoken word help create a road to different... read on to find out how we helped forge something which avoided being ... the same. We were lucky enough to be invited by W+K and Time Based Arts to discuss their latest project at pre-vis stage. An initial chat about how to cast and test the main voice over developed into a more in depth conversation about collaborating on the project. Our location sound team of Will, Kaspar and Simon Koelmeyer kicked things off by joining the shoot on location at the huge...

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Five years of String and Tins

Five years of String and Tins

As many of you will know, String and Tins recently turned 5 years old. It's been one hell of a ride. We'd like to thank all our clients for making it all possible, especially those that were very patient in the early days! All we can ask is that we keep working with great people who love making stuff sound good as much as we do. If you're interested in the stories and ethos behind our sound studio facility, here's a transcript of an interview with founders Mike, Sam and Will. Having crafted sound for a number of the industry’s favourite award-winning ads in recent years, independent...

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Audi Q8: The Big Entrance

Audi Q8: The Big Entrance

Dies Irae from Verdi's Requiem is the musical equivalent of the gates of hell opening up.   With no warning or preamble, you get an instant hit of drama and hysteria, the perfect soundtrack for the theatrical entrance of Audi’s new Q8, in Sam Brown's latest film for BBH.   https://vimeo.com/288194634   Mike sat down with the team at the early stages, to plan how best to tackle the sound on a night shoot…. with an orchestra… and double choir…. outside…. over three nights.... on a working dock in the Ukrainian port of Odessa. Sam had already done a comprehensive...

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Tequila+beer – my house is your house is… Desperados House Party!

Tequila+beer – my house is your house is… Desperados House Party!

Mike and I can safely say this project was a labour of love, working with some of our best friends and getting to collaborate with esteemed house producer Riton - this work was the biggest technical challenge that we have been involved with for a while. It also recently won at the International MASAwards for 'best online re-record / adaptation', so I figured it was time to take note of what was done for the Desperados House Party: The goal was to turn an apartment into a musical instrument – stairs that played a synth part, lights that could be struck as drums, taps that could modulate...

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Film Craft Grand Prix for Under Armour Phelps at Cannes Lions

Film Craft Grand Prix for Under Armour Phelps at Cannes Lions

We were incredibly proud to see Droga5's film for Under Armour, starring Michael Phelps, pick up this year's Film Craft Grand Prix at the Cannes Lions international festival of creativity. We had serious amounts of fun crafting the sound design across 3 x films for their "It's what you do in the dark that puts you in the light" campaign but it was the Phelps film that seems to have struck a chord. The story of the most awarded Olympian of all time's comeback ambition was also singled out as this year's D&AD president's pick. After an initial phase of prep work at String and Tins...

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Mixing Live in Los Angeles

Mixing Live in Los Angeles

We recently collaborated with The Mill, Los Angeles to create a piece of work for Wells Fargo. The film is playing on a unique outdoor multi-screen setup in Microsoft Square, downtown Los Angeles. The square is part of L.A. Live, a multi-million dollar entertainment complex incorporating the Lakers' stadium, Grammy museum, various theatres, restaurants and clubs. It's a pretty impressive development and I was lucky enough to be able to hang out for the afternoon, before supervising the final sound-mix playback. You've got to love a big thing concreted into the floor with the words...

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Dreamlands: Margate to Coney Island via Absynth

Dreamlands: Margate to Coney Island via Absynth

Margate is in vogue for weekend breaking Londoners, but if it’s anything like Dreamlands’ sexually charged vision of the future you may want to take the kids to Southend instead. When director Sara Dunlop of Rattling Stick, asked us to get involved with her passion project Dreamlands, knowing how ace Sara’s work is we were über excited to get involved. Forgotten your costume? You’re not going to need it buddy… Set in Margate in the not too distant future, Dreamlands is a love story in an unsettling new world of aggressive sexual promiscuity. It soon becomes clear that our protagonist...

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Music and Sound Awards 2016

Music and Sound Awards 2016

We are extremely pleased that our work on the Vue Cinemas ident won best sound design in cinema advertising at the Music & Sound Awards 2016. Whilst this is best experienced in a Vue Atmos enabled theatre, here's a stereo version to give you a taster. https://vimeo.com/145650506

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Regret, Anxiety, Guilt, Shame… and Ace of Base!

Regret, Anxiety, Guilt, Shame… and Ace of Base!

Working with Partizan director Tom Beard to create an intense and uncomfortable soundscape for his beautifully moody and provocative short film; Rags, was an extremely rewarding challenge. Set somewhere in the mid-late 1990s; Rags is a story of abuse and adulteration, told through the fleeting repressed memories of a teenage mother. Skipping backwards and forwards through time, we unravel the dark revelations of grooming and sexual abuse in her past at the hands of the very person who was meant to protect her. Our primary objective was to build an oppressive and claustrophobic sonic environment...

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BTAA Gold

BTAA Gold

We were blown away to get a Gold at the BTAAs last night for Original Music Composition on Audi 'Birth'. Well done Will! Thanks to Davud Karbassioun, Ian Heartfield and Dom Goldman for bringing us in on such a great brief.  

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VUE Cinema: Sizzle

VUE Cinema: Sizzle

Having worked with Andrew Proctor and his talented team of animators at The Mill earlier in the year, Will Cohen and the team were extremely pleased to be asked to work with them on the sound design and music composition for the new Vue Cinema pre-film ident. Written and produced by Joint London, it was an epic undertaking, culminating in a two day Dolby Atmos mix at Twickenham Studios Theatre 1, one of the leading dubbing theatres in the world. The Pro-tools project was considerably larger than anything we had worked on before, so much so that Will convinced us to significantly...

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Adidas Haters: Pick Of The Week

Adidas Haters: Pick Of The Week

Adidas Haters. It's hard to hate a Pick Of The Week in Campaign. Considering the personalities involved and the idea behind the campaign, the sound design for this project was always going to get a bit feisty. We were lucky enough to get our hands on the splits for Apashe's banger "Battle Royale" early on so we could cut + treat bits of the track at the same time as building up layers of angry sound design. When Mike realised the track's bpm was a framerate friendly 100bpm we had to lock him in his studio until he calmed down. Watch the results here: https://vimeo.com/117397907 Big...

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Mobile Phone Butterflies

Mobile Phone Butterflies

I recently had the pleasure of working on a promotional film for a typically ambitious and exciting project by digital arts collective Is This Good?, for O2 Recycle. The BBC have deemed this a newsworthy project and you can see director Chris Cairns chatting to them about it's development here! Their objective was to create a flutter of motorised butterflies using scrapped mobile phone parts that respond interactively to a phone call. Call one of the butterflies from your mobile and it comes to life; flapping it's smartphone wings and flashing it's LED eyes and er... lasers. My mission...

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Music and Sound awards win!

Music and Sound awards win!

We're incredibly proud that Will's Audi R8 V10 Sound Design won at last night's Music and Sound awards in the viral category. Massive thanks to BBH and Rogue Films for making this happen. Check the full video out here

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Peace

When Ryan Chong from BBH got in touch with Will early last year and they talked through the storyboards, Will knew it would be epic... helicopters, tanks, armies and fireworks - it reads like a sound designer's christmas list! Our favourite challenges were re-creating the vast crowd chants in the parade scene and Will's commander vocals (we thank ye gods for the Speakerphone, Altiverb and Decapitator plugins). Spending half a week recording foley at Goldcrest, surrounded by tool belts, guns and bits of broken glass was pretty fun too. We built the soundtrack from scratch, starting with recording...

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Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Trailer

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Trailer

The original Doctor Who theme is close to our hearts. From childhood memories of it's haunting synth solo coming out of the tv at Christmas, to numerous Orbital festival performances of their cover version - we love it. Basically, it's the geekiest piece of music from the last 50 years of broadcasting.  So when Red Bee asked us to have a go at writing the music for the 50th anniversary trailer it was a no brainer. We incorporated elements of Ron Grainer and Murray Gold's memorable compositions within our own work, lacing them within a more cinematic style in keeping with the trailer...

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Sound and Design in Trafalgar Square

Sound and Design in Trafalgar Square

  If you noticed a small black rubberized building appear in Trafalgar Square last week and wondered what it was all about, then read on. We went down to find the ‘design you can’t see’ at this year’s London Design Festival. Installed courtesy of the creative think tank BE OPEN, designed by ARUP and part of the London Design Festival – the Sound Portal has played host to 5 contemporary artists’ unique soundscapes played back using Ambisonic technologies. The listener sits on a central platform, surrounded by a 360 degree array of vertical speaker stacks, which delivers...

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