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Creativity in Podcast Sound Design - with Benbrick


Make your podcasts more engaging and immersive with creative sound design.

Benbrick is a multi-million selling songwriter, composer, and Peabody Award-winning producer. His work ranges from the heartbreaking Sakura Nagashi by Japanese Grammy-winning Fantôme, to his stirring and ethereal original scores and production for George The Poet’s 7x British Podcast Award-winning Have You Heard George’s Podcast?

In this video, he breaks down parts of his technical and creative process while sculpting the sound of episodes from Have You Heard George’s Podcast? – a critically acclaimed podcast from George the Poet which artfully blends the storytelling devices of spoken word, music and sound design. Watch as he highlights some of the most important factors that have helped achieve his award-winning work. 


Attention to detail is one crucial element in effective sonic storytelling. As Benbrick states:

"You can't afford to have anything that takes the listener out of the moment."

You have to treat more mundane, admin-like tasks with a creative mind. Think about the nuances in background noises, to really captivate the audience.

He also demonstrates the use of Search in his workflow - showing his meticulous process for picking out rain sounds from the King Collection: Vol. 1 sound effects library.

Blending musical elements with sound design can also help bring moments to life. Benbrick demonstrates this in context, where the music and effects acts like a transition and can help draw out the underlying emotion of the narrator.

Stay tuned for Part 2!


Follow Benbrick:
Website: benbrick.co.uk
Instagram: @benbrick
Twitter: @benbrick