BAFTA winning sound recordist visits UWE

Issue date: 02 February 2006

Chris Watson Learn how a BAFTA winning sound recordist achieves the wonderful sound effects as experienced on programmes like the BBC's 'The Life of Birds'. World renowned sound recordist, Chris Watson, will visit the University of the West of England on Wednesday 8 February to demonstrate some of his surround recording work. To learn more about Chris Watson visit his web site at

The demonstration has been organised for students on the BSc Music Systems Engineering and BSc Creative Music Technology course but is also open all students, staff and members of the public.

Chris Watson has a passionate interest in recording wildlife sounds of animals, habitats and atmospheres from around the world and specialises in natural history and documentary location sound together with track assembly and sound design in post production. He has produced surround sound for some of the best loved BBC productions including 'The Life of Birds' for which he was awarded BAFTA Award for Best Factual Sound; 'The Life of Mammals'; 'Talking with Animals' and 'Big Cat Diary.

Chris has also produced the sound for BBC Radio 4 programmes including 'Night Time is the Right time'; 'A Swallow's journey – for which he was nominated for the Sony Radio Award; 'A Small Slice of tranquillity' and 'A Robins Tale'.

Marcus Lynch, Music Engineering lecturer, has organised the demonstration as part of the module on 'Computing, Audio and Music' that is taken as a Core Module by students on Creative Music Technologies and Multimedia Technology awards.

Marcus said, “We're really delighted to be welcoming Chris Watson to UWE. He is an astonishing technician with an international recognition for his sound recording and soundscape work so this will be an inspirational session for our students.

“The Computing, Audio and Music module assumes no previous musical or audio computing knowledge, although a substantial number of students already have some familiarity with aspects of the module. At the end of a year's study, students will understand MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface), sampling, synthesis of sounds, the history and social context of music and the music industry, speech recognition and synthesis as well as gaining practical skills in music arranging in MIDI and constructing an audio soundscape.”

Contact Sarah Stewart on 0117 32 83317 e-mail: if you would like to attend the demonstration day


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