With the term sound designer (literally from English, sound designer) refers to a person who plays a profession related to the environment of sound and in particular to its creation or modification for purposes of
various kinds. This professional figure, born with the advent of new technologies, composes music and sound for different sectors, such as television, radio, cinema, advertising and marketing, discography and videogames. To perform this work, knowledge in
music, technology, science and acoustics is required. The sound designer is able to design and manage the spatialization of sound in closed and open environments.
I remember that my first start was to create
a sound story with a PC, the Cubase VST and the Sound Blaster 16, using the MIDI sounds of musical instruments, but mostly touching octaves out of register: notes so acute or so serious as to produce no more the recognizable sound of an electric guitar, but
whistles and strange sound effects.
Subsequently I started the Sound Design studies in Rome, after which I experimented in my first project of sound design on an animated short film called "Elephants Dream", produced by
Blender Foundation and made open source in order to allow to other artists around the web to create their own film based on the pre-existing project.
Therefore, downloaded the video file of the film and the dialogues, and
completely ignoring the original audio mix, I started from scratch and sounded every aspect of the film: sound effects, environments, steps and other foley, also taking care of the dialogues. I recorded objects of various kinds, manipulating them in order
to create a sound for everything: rotating platforms, volatile robots, an antique telephone, large and small gears, through a sound design that could offer a complete final result, to the point of narrating everything the film development without
any musical support. The work was then reviewed on the Blender Magazine website, the official magazine of the homonymous 3D modeling program, used to create the film itself. Following this event and bringing other personal sound projects collaborating with
Puccio Corona for RAI1 "Linea Blu" collaborating to this day ..
So the skill is all about creating a catchy presentation that can give a very positive impression of yourself. Furthermore, it is important to draw up
a Resume, synthetic, exhaustive and NOT in discursive form
Better yet if you have your own website or a profile on LinkedIn to clearly organize your content. If you are a film or videogame professional, you can not fail
to have a profile on IMDb.com. It's like the Google of entertainment, to which customers and professionals rely to see all their collaborations listed.
This is why the network helps a lot
for example, despite its nature is mainly for personal and recreational use, it is always a social that, if used with the appropriate discretion, allows you to create new contacts, make yourself known in your work through relevant posts and possibly "hook"
new relationships and then meet in person.
The network is also full of database sites in which to offer their job availability or seek collaborations.
• Mandy.com is a portal
that I used at the beginning and that allowed me to make the first contacts overseas.
• UpWork.com is another reliable portal that connects professionals and employers, taking a percentage of the payment for the
• Craigslist.org, among the various categories available, is the section on job offers.
Lastly, if you have the opportunity, it is important to find opportunities
for direct contact, including film screening, reviews and festivals where you can meet industry professionals, new people and create new business relationships.