Podcasts

Warp World Podcast

Role: Sound Mix & Master

There is a subset of Video Game culture known as Speedrunning, where players attempt to complete games as fast as possible, often employing glitches and exploits that break the game. The Warp World Podcast is a weekly show featuring three SpeedRunners: GrandPOOBear, Jaku and Xwater, as they discuss current events surrounding Video Game culture and streaming. The show is actually recorded across the continent, with the three hosts capturing their banter in three entirely different setups. This poses some unique challenges in having their audio match sonically and sound consistent. They also periodically have guests on their show, adding to the challenge. Check out their episode list below (Emi has mixed most episodes from 23 – 153):

Warp World Podcast

Music

Slutcode – Demo

Role: Sound Mix and Master

A punk-femme force, Toronto quartet Slutcode has a thrashy, synthy excited sound that is difficulty to capture in studio. Recorded live off the floor, no editing was executed for these three tracks. All tracks (including the bass) were recorded clean, and it was Emi’s main focus to “dirty” up the tracks to make them better fit their style. Lots of fun was had during the process, enjoy the tracks below:

Slutcode – Demo

Animation

Senza Luce

Role: Sound Design and Mix

A collaborative effort between Sheridan College’s Animation and Music Theatre Programs, Senza Luce marks the second time Emi has worked on a project created by Neil Bartram and Brian Hill. The vision for this piece was to be an excerpt for a longer production. The full legnth musical was written, produced and mounted in 2017. Emi had a bunch of fun completing the sound effects for this project, many of which were borrowed from his son’s toy collection. Check out the animated song, “Perspective”, below:

Senza Luce

Animation

Quarters

Role: Sound Mix

Emi often gets to mix student projects at Sheridan College, but few are as technically challenging as Quarters. A short story about four neighbouring apartments, and how each tenant is annoyed by what they hear coming from the others, this mix was a feat in organization and perspective. At any time, you can either see all four rooms at once, or focus on one room while hearing the other three. It’s a testament to the student’s great work that this was selected as one of TIFF’s Top Ten student shorts, which you can find the link to below:

Quarters in TIFF Top Ten

Watch the short here:

Quarters on Vimeo

Music

GFTD – For You

Role: Sound Mix and some Recording

Emi’s second collaboration with his brother, “For You” is a sonically dense and complex piece. This time around, the two collaborated more intensively, having Emi engineer some of the recording process and apply his techniques to the mix. This is an example of how Emi likes to work best, to simply be the technical conduit for someone to achieve their vision. Listen below:

GFTD – For You

Live Action

Los Chicos de 250

Role: Supervising Sound Editor

Working once again with Kathleen Hearn, “Los Chicos de 250” once again explores identity and desire as a teen, but this time does it with Cuba as a setting. Dramatizing their true stories, the students on screen have a gravitas that makes it hard to beleive they are not professional actors. This project also provided a unique opportunity for Emi to supervise a small group of students as they completed the sound for the project, instructing them on best practices and compiling their work to get it ready for mix. Check out more about the project below:

Los Chicos de 250

Music

GFTD – Product of My Environment

Role: Mastering Engineer

GFTD (Gabriele Paternostro) is Emi’s far more talented younger brother. Presenting a collection of beats and rhythms, Product of My Environment is a bit of a concept album. Beginning with modern hip-hop style beats, moving into electronic dance music jams and wrapping up with chill reggae like jams, the album takes the listener on a journey through GFTD’s music expression and leaves you wanting more.

GFTD – Product of My Environment

Animation

The Shutterbug Man

Role: Sound Design and Mix

Emi’s second collaboration with Chris Walsh would fulfill two long time wishes for him: Mixing a project in surround and creating two degrees of separation between him and famed Italian director Frederico Fellini. Featuring the haunting voice of Barbara Steele (who was in Fellini’s 8 1/2 before becoming as horror icon in Italy), and meticulously animated horror, it has been featured in many festivals and remains one of Emi’s most creative expressions with sound. From the Shutterbug Man’s decent into madness and hell with every click of his shutter, to the ethereal ambiences that demark each scene, this became a great opportunity to showcase what sound can do.

The ShutterBug Man

Music

The Theory of Relativity – Virtual Choir

Role: Technical Coordinator

The Theory of Relativity was commissioned by the Canadian Music Theatre Project (of “Come From Away” fame). A special re-mounting of the musical was planned for the 9th Song, Stage and Screen conference, and as a way of celebrating the way the whole piece is a collection of different stories, it was decided a “Virtual Choir” would be incorporated into its finale. Made famous by Eric Whitacre, the concept is simple: many voices from around the world singing on their own are mixed together to perform a song. Implementing this idea became a 4 month long endeavour that culminated in a successful performance of the virtual choir in sync with their live counterparts on stage. You can find out all about the process and see the perfomance below:

The Theory Of Relativity’s Virtual Choir

Live Action

The Boys

Role: Sound Edit & Mix

Kathleen Hearn’s, “The Boys”, is a short, two-hander drama that examines male bonding through a coming of age story. Emi was brought in to improve this edit and mix near the end of completion. Space and perspective were a big part of selling the world in this overall quiet piece.

You can find the project page with links to clips below:

The Boys