Electro-Accoustic Sound Design Workshops with Warrick Sony

In September, members of our sound design team, Dylan Hess, Selanvor Platjies, Brandon and William Esau got to spend two days brainstorming and creating awesome electro-acoustics soundscapes with music producer and sound designer extraodinaire Warrick Sony. Sony is the founder and sole permanent member of the Kalahari Surfers. They made politically radical satirical music in 1980s South Africa, and released it through the London-based Recommended Records. During this time the Surfers toured Europe with English session musicians.Sony has produced albums, and ran the Shifty Music label at BMG (Africa) for two years in the mid-1990s. He has also worked as a film sound recordist, sound designer and sound artist.Now based in Cape Town, Sony has released more Kalahari Surfers albums, and been involved in art, music and DJ events in the city. He currently works on film scores, music for theatre and sonic art exhibitions.

Our sound artists got to create their own soundscapes using found objects, furniture, live sound recordings and creaky doors, creating worlds of digital sound for our upcoming production The Last Season.

The Team got to visit the iconic Milestone Studios started by Murray Anderson over 30 years ago. He has recorded many albums which have earned him Gold and Platinum records, he has engineered recordings at Milestone Studios for local artists ranging from Amampondo to Jack Parow, HHP, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and the Klipwerf Orkes, jazz artists like Robbie Jansen, Bokani Dyer, and Mandla Mlangeni, and international acts including Annie Lennox, Kaiser Chiefs, Junkie XL, Miley Cyrus and Queen. He recorded and produced Mandisi Dyantyis’ debut album “Somandla” in 2018.

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