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Sound design success in film and gaming

Student and graduate success from the Music Network

Thursday 8 December, 2016

Second Year Creative Music Production student Marcin Maslanka

Students and graduates from the Music Network based at Cheshire are achieving success in composition and sound design for film and game audio.

Kyle Booth, who graduated with a degree in Creative Music Production last year, has created two audio elements for the trailer of the Second World War film directed by Mel Gibson.

Kyle said: "The process of writing the music and being involved with the film was a very intense, yet exhilarating. It was a long and challenging process at times, with numerous revisions and changes for both tracks, but it ultimately paid off. The process made the compositions so much stronger musically and sonically. I am incredibly proud of the way they have both turned out."

Hacksaw Ridge follows the story of Desmond Doss, a WWII conscientious objector who served as a combat medic and refused to carry or use a firearm or weapons of any kind. Doss, played by Andrew Garfield, demonstrated extreme bravery under enemy fire and eventually won the Medal of Honor.

The graduate got involved with the film after submitting a collection of assault themed sounds to GRNLR, a Venice-based music house that creates musical soundscapes for the motion picture advertising industry.

Kyle’s music and sound design is gaining traction across the world, having secured a number of professional credits internationally including on releases and promotions for ‘The Big Bang Theory' and 'Friends Trip'.

Dr Jason Woolley, Programme Leader for the Musics Network based at Manchester Metropolitan’s Cheshire campus, said: "Kyle worked very hard throughout his studies with us, and for some of his final year work he undertook projects in composition and sound design for the screen so it’s great to see Kyle achieving these successes in the industry."

Since graduating last year, Kyle has also been working on an album, has written scores for two independent films and various other musical projects.

Another notable student success is Second Year Creative Music Production student Marcin Maslanka who composed some of the music for the award winning game ‘Bohemian Killing’.

Working alongside ‘The Moonwalls’ Studio at the development stage, Marcin created two tracks for the videogame which is based on a court case set in late 19th century ‘steampunk’ Paris. Marcin said: "Bohemian Killing’ was interesting for me not only because of the story, or gameplay but also by the fact that the game was made by one person."

The game won the award for ‘Best Story’ at the Pixel Heaven 2016 Gaming Festival.