Deep into sound

My Shanghai’s talent pool just got a lot deeper. With the success of Kickstarter, we’ve now met one of our goals: bringing a top sound editor onto the project.

Meet Michael Gandsey, sound designer, re-recording mixer and owner of T2 Audio in Portland.

Michael Gandsey
Michael Gandsey

Originally from Burbank, Michael grew up with the music and film industry in his back yard and has been working in professional sound since 1980.

He’s got plenty to say about sound:

“Unlike images on film or video which cannot in themselves produce sound, sound has the unique ability to evoke an image. It is the supreme conjurer of the imagination and emotions.

“Sound is powerful stuff. Most of the sounds we hear are registered subliminally, but we instantly ‘place’ them when we hear the rush of incoming tide, the clank and hiss of a steam radiator, the whirr of the dentist’s drill or the cawing din of blackbirds descending.

“We locate these sounds in our mind’s past… we can smell them, and feel their shape, mass, and texture. This is important information. When sound is linked physically to place, it has the capacity to deepen both the sense and the memory of that place.

“… More important is the capacity of a sound to evoke unlimited pictures in the mind, to interject the listener into the picture, to play with the scene, to write alternative scripts.”

Among Michael’s many film and television credits: Good Will Hunting, Finding Forrester, Far from Heaven, The Hunted, Hear and NowOn Paper Wings; and The Revisionaries for Independent Lens, Buried Alive, National Geographic Explorer, Nova and The American Experience. Current work includes sound design for The Winding Stream, a feature music documentary-in-progress about country music’s legendary Carter and Cash families.

The McCutcheon family has its own legend. You’ll hear it from Michael Gandsey.


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