Posts Tagged ‘ Sound Design ’

Recording a New Voice for Leo the MGM Lion

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Radium is asked to craft Leo’s brand new voice for the latest MGM ident, and what better way to do justice to the most iconic animal onscreen since 1916 than to fly to South Africa to capture the real voices of his faraway cousins!

Twelve hours later we land in Capetown and head north through Stellenbosch to the Drakenstein Lion Sanctuary, a place of safety where lions rescued from sad existences in many parts of the world are able to live out their lives free from abuse and amongst their own kind.

Camped out in an enclosure encircled by lions, separated from us only by a 2.5 metre high chickenwire electric fence, we see dark falling and the big cats rouse from their daylight torpor to prowl and stalk through the deepening night… director chairs and mike stands at the ready we sit and wait … and wait … and wait …

Big cats play games just like their smaller household cousins – lions don’t just roar on demand. Bad-Boy and Shy-Boy, only 2 metres from our tent, amuse themselves at our expense by remaining utterly silent, loitering nearby with the occasional menacing glare until we give up and retire to the tent for some sleep. Then we hear not just roaring but a kind of unearthly prehistoric keening … a song they sing to each other, one by one, multiplying and echoing throughout the entire reserve … a choral symphony of 35 lions in full voice under the African starry night sky, which of course ceases as soon as we run back outside to turn the mikes on! We spend the entire night fitfully dozing, fully clothed and shoe’d, in and out of the tent like bedraggled jack-in-the-boxes, much, we suspect, to Bad-Boy’s and Shy-Boy’s quiet satisfaction.

Nonetheless we manage to record the feline soundscape eventually, and the final piece of the project falls into place on our last day when we unwittingly stand directly between Bad-Boy and the object of his unrequited affection, feline femme Simba in the opposite enclosure. Bad-Boy is far from happy, and the roar literally shakes the ground underneath us … now we have Leo’s new voice…

We are grateful to Paul, Elzette and Jacques at the Drakenstein Lion Sanctuary for making us so welcome and, of course, to all the lions, especially Bad-Boy and Shy-Boy, whom Radium have sponsored for life as a thank-you for all their help in the making of the new MGM ident.

Here’s a clip of Bad-Boy in a bad mood:

The Lion Chorus singing at night:


The Radiumphonic Workshop

Radium is inviting you to have a look behind the scenes at the Radiumphonic Workshop. In the video below we delve under the bonnet of Radium to have a look at what makes it all tick – the sound lab operated by the fine team at Radium. It demonstrates a rare glimpse of how we work, as well as showing off some of the machines, technology, people and creative approaches we use to manipulate sound!

Highly Evolved Sound

Highly Evolved Sound is the new conceptual micro-site that has just been launched by Radium to coincide with the F5 Motionographer Festival, featuring some stunning new showreels that really demonstrate Radium’s capabilities:




Frozen – The Making of Macro Kingdom III

Recording Guns

We wanted to capture a “behind the scenes” video to demonstrate our approach at Radium Audio. We shot the film ourselves and created our own alternative sound design for it, as well as commissioning Clemens Wirth to create the After FX you see layered on top.

Radium Audio Showreel 2011

This is Radium Audio’s first showreel, featuring our high-quality sound-design and music work! All the sounds you hear on this showreel are original and have been crafted organically from real instruments and from objects we have recorded in our studios.

Frozen Contact Mics

Getting into the Winter Spirit, we decided to freeze a contact mic and record it as it defrosted.  In order to freeze it, we placed it in a small dish and left it outside overnight, as the Labs aren’t equipped with a freezer!  To speed up the process, near-boiling water was poured into the bowl on top of the ice.

The results were pretty interesting, have a listen below:

Frozen Contact Mic in Ice by Radium-Audio

This was recorded for use in a project entitled “Macro Kingdom”, created by Clemento, which focuses on adventures within the tiny macro universe!

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