Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Boardwalk

Early morning light in Cape Cod.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Merry Mondays

Nick Junior spot. I did the sound design and mix. I also remixed the music because Nick wanted my special magic touch.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Barbie Vision

I wrote original music and did the sound design and mix on this spot for Mattel/Nickelodeon.

Music only version

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Arizona Sunrise

What I love about the twilight early dawn and dusk hours is the slow color grades from deep blood orange to yellow, green and then dipping navy, grey and into black. Photo taken at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix. Yes, that's a star or a planet there. Venus?

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Malcolm In The M-M-Middle

Inspired by such Youtube classics like SlapChop and The Tarantino Mixtape, I mixed and funked up this little Malcolm In The Middle Promo for TeenNick.

Monday, November 15, 2010


Good stuff. Teens, stars, drama, sex, violence . . . what more could you ask for? Whoosh, impact, music stop, PUNCH! – "tensions explode!"

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Dragon Frog

I mixed and designed sound on this animated promotional trailer. The amazing animation is from Bunko Studios. Then the project returned to Hothead where my mix became a sound explosion! I even wrote an little Taiko Drum and French Horn theme song for Wally at the end.

I loved working with Sergio and Nanci and their adorable French Bulldog, Fat Boy. We had a great time. I really want to thank them for giving me such creative freedom to have fun with the sound and to channel Wally and find the music inside him.

Look out for Wally and Dragon Frog coming soon!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Dino Dan

This show has become a big hit on Nick Junior. Must be the excitement the kids feel when I mix in all that low end rumble to really help get the feeling of a giant dinosaur in the room. A little rumble goes a long way. I mixed a ton of promos for Dino Dan but this character spot is one of my favorites.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

The Snow Man

I must confess, that this blog, at least the title, is highly inspired by the poetry of Wallace Stevens and especially his poem, "The Snow Man." His birthday is today, October 2nd. In tribute to him and all the hours and hours of reflection and insight he has given me, I share one of his greatest poems:

The Snow Man

One must have a mind of winter
To regard the frost and the boughs
Of the pine-trees crusted with snow;

And have been cold a long time
To behold the junipers shagged with ice,
The spruces rough in the distant glitter

Of the January sun; and not to think
Of any misery in the sound of the wind,
In the sound of a few leaves,

Which is the sound of the land
Full of the same wind
That is blowing in the same bare place

For the listener, who listens in the snow,
And, nothing himself, beholds
Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.

-- Wallace Stevens

Monday, September 13, 2010

Diego International Rescue League

This could quite possibly be the most sound effects intensive spot I have done for Nick Junior. In the past, we often kept the mixes a little more laid back and low key. But this being the International Rescue League and Diego being a boy of action, the powers that be opted for a little bit more intensity. Add to that some crazy delay and backwards reverb effects on the voice-over (techniques that I would normally employ on MTV or in a horror flick) and you get a whopper of a spot.

Here's a the VO by itself so you can hear it clean.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Red Dead Redemption Music

Cool soundtrack on this game. I love the way they used code to make the music change depending on the action on screen.

Wall-E Sound

Ben Burtt, Sound Designer for Wall-E, discusses the sound in the film.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Believe Emmy Nomination!

A film I mixed last year was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Nonfiction Special. I don't think they give that to the Sound Designer though. Do they have a Best Sound Design in an Oustanding Nonfiction Special category?

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Dora Documentary

In the tradition of the SFX of the Day campaign, I boosted the sound effects in this little section of a 11 minute documentary on Dora the Explorer I mixed last week. She is celebrating her 10th anniversary this year.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Sky Your Eyes

This is a song I wrote about 5 years ago for my friends' wedding. I have been recently revisiting some older material and re-mixing and adding new arrangements. This song was ripe for a revisit.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Father's Day

Father's Day spot for Nick Jr.

Vocal talents by Ashley Albert of The Jimmies.

Thursday, June 10, 2010


Father's Day

I'm going to be changing to format of SFX of The Day to SFX of the Week. It's taking over the blog! And my free time! So starting next week, you will only get one SFX montage per week. Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


You're Cut Off

Monday, June 7, 2010


Prince of Persia

Friday, June 4, 2010


As part of the SFX Of The Day campaign, I give you the SFX heavy mix of "I Love Letters." It just seemed wrong to post any of these FX without the picture and then because it's a song, it seemed wrong not to have a little music in there too. Without further ado . . .

Thursday, June 3, 2010


Chairman Nick SFX Close

Much of the SFX I put in spots get a little lost in the music or under the dialogue. I decided today to start a new "SFX of the day" series. I want to let those SFX shine. This time, you won't just feel them, you will hear them. They will rock your core.

The SFX of the day challenge today is to name 7 of the 10 SFX used in this design. The winner will get a lifetime supply of encouraging remarks. Post your reply in the comments section.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


You're Cut Off Endpage FX

From the "SFX Of The Day" series.

The sound of spoiled lives being shattered and taken away.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I Love Letters

The latest Moose A. Moose song from Nick Junior. Mixing and Sound Design by Noisepatterns. Music by Frank Burrows.

Friday, May 14, 2010

You're Cut Off

I have been working on an ongoing promo campaign for a new VH1 reality show called You're Cut Off about a bunch of brats that get cut off from their sugar daddies (whether it's their real daddy or husband) and made to live together and fight and do chores. I like Erica here mowing the lawn in her heels -- "Yeah."

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Prince Of Persia

Trailer/Interview for the "Think I'll Skip This One" hit of the summer, Prince of Persia.

Vegetable Violence from Tim Prebble

Awesome splats from Tim Prebble at Hiss and Roar.

Vegetable Violence from tim prebble on Vimeo.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Butterfinger MTV

The producer brought this project to me with absolutely no sound. We put in a little drop music at the top, then I added in some FX, some bowed bass, some electric bass, a little dialogue, and the back-end groove c/o Stylus RMX. Not bad for about 2 hours work.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Dark Side of the Moon, 8-bit

The entire album Dark Side of the Moon, with 8 bit sounds from the original Nintendo. Courtesy of Moon8

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Green AV

About time! An in depth look at the A/V industry and how it's trying to be a little greener. "As the industry tries to build consensus around green AV, it wrestles with welcome growing pains."

From Pro AV Online

Friday, April 16, 2010


We worked a little singing into this Dora spot.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Earth Day on Nick Jr.

I was asked to do a sound-alike for a series of Earth Day spots on Nick Junior. The original tune titled "Battle Without Honor or Humanity," written by Tomayasu Hotei, was featured in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill vol. 1. The producer from Nick Jr., Jennifer Treuting, asked me to write this piece when the stock sound-alikes came up short.

Music only version

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Mixing on the iPad

Sonoma Wire Works - Multitrack Recording for iPad: -- where's the "automix now" button?

Posted via email from noisepatterns

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

High Def Audio and Mark Waldrep

I listened to a podcast called "Home Theater Geeks" earlier today and really loved hearing the guest Mark Waldrep discuss digital recording and true "High Def Audio." It's good to hear that someone else is able to articulate and has explored what I have felt for a long time.

I don't understand why people are so fascinated with vinyl, tape and other crappy antiquated recording formats. There is absolutely no way you cannot digitally reproduce exactly what a tube does, what a capacitor does, what tape does, or any other component for that matter. You need a good mic and a good D/A, good speakers and that's it.

Thanks to
Download and listen here.

Political Campaign Ad

I wrote this piece for a political campaign ad for Health Care Reform. Feels good to do something for a good cause.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Wow, TMNT is coming to Nick. That's awesome. I love Ninjas. I love turtles.

Behind the scenes Sound Design in Where The Wild Things Are

"Where the Wild Things Are" Sound for Film Profile from Michael Coleman on Vimeo.

Great behind the scenes look at "Where The Wild Things Are." Thanks to Michael Coleman and Defacto Sound.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Sucka Free Sunday

I did the sound design and mix for this MTV2 spot -- threw in some musical elements like the synth at the top and tail and the snare that matches the quick cuts throughout.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Nick Sizzle Spots

The sound design on these sales tapes was a lot of fun to create. Check out my toy grand piano at the top of the the Kai Lan spot.

Gotta love Sponge Bob.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Nick ID's

Starting in the Summer of '09, I began the Nickelodeon Re-branding campaign. These are the preschool ID's -- all sound design so a lot of fun to make.