Author: Back Pocket Sound

Back Pocket Sound – Introductions

I’d like to take a moment to reintroduce Back Pocket Sound, talk about who we are and what we do. Back Pocket Sound is a sound effects company founded by Benjamin Spiller – a Canadian sound designer, dialogue editor and re-recording mixer. With ten years of audio-post experience, Ben has worked out of three major…
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Segura Gunung – Between The Mountain And The Sea

Happy to share a special new project. Segura Gunung is a film about a legacy that was left behind in Bali, Indonesia. Back in December I was contacted by Stephen Coleman – an old client and friend. Stephen is a Canadian filmmaker/director, and the last time we spoke we were working on his latest feature…
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The Power Of Four – Recording an Audio Book

Four months of recording, six months of editing, and a whole lot of teamwork. That’s what it took to get the Carl Brewer Power Of Two audio book onto digital shelves. February of 2020 a friend and colleague, Dan Horton talks to me about his desire to produce an audiobook version of his mother’s book,…
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Field Recording Gear Update – Autumn 2021

The time has come for the long-awaited Back Pocket Sound field-recording gear update. Over the last ten years my passion for field recording has evolved from a curious side project, to a full-on addiction. As my recording opportunities grew, so did my gear requirements. Today I’d like to write about the investments I’ve made, and…
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Crowd Sound Effects – Walla / Cheering

I’m happy to write about another cool and unique recording opportunity from summer 2021. My journey at Eggplant Music & Sound continues to surprise me. We picked up a show over the summer, that had extensive music demands. We wrote dozens of original tracks, and I was tasked with recording actors laying down the vocals.…
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Summer/Fall 2020 – Part 2

The name of the game over these last few months has been building and rounding out the Back Pocket Sound SFX library. As of writing this I’m at 784 sounds. The video content has been a great way to keep me motivated and take a little extra care and thought into the things I record.…
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Checking In – Summer / Fall 2020

Hey everybody. Here’s a summer update – I started a Youtube channel. The goal is to contextualize the sounds I share, reach a new audience, and document my sound recording adventures. This video was from a trip to Sauble Beach this summer. I found a quiet spot on the beach, and recorded for 45 minutes.…
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Recording a 360 Sprinter Car.

Sometimes a little blind commitment will take you places you never thought you’d go. Admittedly my trained audio experience lies in the studio, and as passionate as I feel about field recording, I’ve been figuring a lot of it out as I go. This working model was exemplified when I pulled into Ohsweken Speedway with a duffle bag…
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A new recording endeavour/learning experience.

A month ago: roommate gets a new Ford Ranger. A week ago: We take a trip up to northern Ontario to start a new sound-recording adventure: That’s right… Looks like I’m putting together an Off-Roading SFX Library. The plan is to cover a spectrum of realistic vehicle sounds, along with enhanced samples made from what I record. Although…
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A new chapter…

Like many all around the world, Covid-19 has changed my life pretty dramatically. Since April I’ve been working exclusively from home. Doing sound design for commercials and TV shows, composing music and engineering remote sessions with Zoom and Source Connect. What the change has meant to me is less time and energy spent commuting, a more comfortable working…
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