BAFTA and EMMY winning sound dubbing mixer joins UWE

Issue date: 05 October 2009

Martyn Harries BAFTA and EMMY award winning sound dubbing mixer Martyn Harries has joined the University of the West of England where he will share over 25 years of experience with students on the Audio and Music Technology course.

Martyn Harries has just been awarded an EMMY together with sound editor Kate Hopkins and composer Barnaby Taylor for his work on the BBC film Wild China.

Martyn said, “I've been working as a Visiting Lecturer at UWE alongside BBC commitments for many years. I love teaching and in fact I trained as a teacher after completing my music degree. I'm a trumpet player with Bristol band Gee Baby I love You in my spare time and I spent a year after graduating working as a peripatetic trumpet teacher in Devon but most of my professional life has been spent in the BBC.

“The interest in dubbing and sound engineering came about as a result of a recording and broadcast option whilst I was studying and after much persistence I managed to get a foot in the door at the BBC.

“That was over 25 years ago and the rest as they say is history. I've spent most of my professional life working across the board of radio and television sound within the BBC, but I'm ready for a change and although I plan to continue in professional practice I'm looking forward to getting stuck in to some teaching. I'm keen to pass on the craft to students and also to bring contacts from the media world to UWE.

“Successful sound dubbing rests in a blending of technical know how with artistic creativity so that the soundtrack draws the viewer into the visual action on screen.

“I've worked on some fantastic programmes over the years including many of the best loved Attenborough broadcasts. In fact my BAFTA was won for the sound mix on work carried out for The Life of Birds. I've also worked on well known programmes produced locally such as Casualty, Skins and the Antiques Roadshow.”

Martyn will be working on the BBC landmark series The Human Planet next year alongside composer Nitin Sawhney.

Stephen Allan who runs the Music Sound Engineering (MuSE) course said, “We're thrilled that Martyn is joining our teaching team. His credentials speak for themselves and it's quite a coup for UWE that we've persuaded him to join us. Martyn will continue professional practice alongside his role here as a Senior Lecturer. Our students are so lucky to benefit from his incomparable experience and ability.”

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