Wednesday, December 28, 2016

2016 In Review: Highlights of Sound Design + Original Music


Huge thanks to all the collaborators who shared opportunities to create this year. 2016 marked the opening of Junior Birdman Audio, our new recording studio in Northesat Minneapolis, and the genesis of many exciting projects. Providing services ranging from voiceover recording to original music to final mix, in media from film and animation to ads, industrials, VR, and e-learning, serving end clients from indie filmmakers to companies like Blue Cross Blue Shield, 3M, Medtronic and Best Buy, we covered a lot of ground this year.

Looking forward to more in the days to come! In the meantime, here are just a few of the projects that made this year special:

PERSONAL SPACE



Above: sound edit + mix on "Personal Space", a tense thriller directed by Andrew Hunt and one of two shorts featuring our work that premiered at 2016's Z-Fest. The film won Best of Fest and a host of other honors at Z-Fest this year; it also earned a nomination for Best Audio/ Sound Design. more info

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OTHER FISH: ORIGINAL MUSICAL SCORE + SOUND DESIGN FOR ANIMATION



Above: trailer for the animated short "Other Fish", featuring an original score, sound edit and mix by Junior Birdman Audio's Mike Hallenbeck. The film was co-directed by Josh Roush and Josh Stifter. It features voice acting from Michael Parks ("Argo", "Django Unchained"), Harley Quinn Smith ("Tusk", "Clerks II"), and Jacqui Duncan ("Old School", "White Lines"). more info

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BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF MN: "WE'RE HERE"



Above: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota's "We're Here" campaign. Voiceover engineered at Junior Birdman Audio by Mike Hallenbeck. more info

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SOUND EDIT/ MIX FOR VIRTUAL REALITY: SUNKEN FOREST



Above: excerpt of a virtual reality experience from Honey VR. Here the viewer encounters a mermaid, and follows her on a journey. Sound edit and mix by Mike Hallenbeck at Junior Birdman Audio. more info

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BOOM TOWN: ORIGINAL MUSIC, SOUND EDIT + MIX FOR DOCUMENTARY



Above: highlight reel from "Boom Town", a forthcoming short documentary about the proprietors of a fireworks shop in Nevada. Sound edit, mix, and all music in this clip by Mike Hallenbeck at Junior Birdman Audio.

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SOUND DESIGN FOR MEDICAL ANIMATION: UCB MECHANISM OF ACTION VIDEO



Sound edit/ design + mix for this MOA (Mechanism of Action) video promoting the pharmaceutical company UCB. The piece explores various pharmaceutical approaches for the treatment of epilepsy, including calcium channel blockers, SV2A ligands, and glutamate antagonists. more info

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BIM BAM BRANDING BUMPER



When the San Francisco-based Jewish educational resource provider G-dCast decided to re-brand as Bim Bam, they invited me to provide a musical arrangement for a new bumper to preface videos and marketing content. Below, you can see and hear what we came up with together. more info



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AMYE SCHARLAU PROMO VIDEO: SOUND EDIT + MIX



Above: sound edit and mix for this highlight reel promoting the services of hypnotist Amye Scharlau. more info

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SOUND DESIGN FOR ANIMATION: INFESTATION



Above: Voiceover performance/ engineering, sound edit and mix for "Infestation", a creepy crawly experimental short animation by Cable Hardin. This short has had quite a festival run so far, and we're really proud of it! more info

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ORIGINAL MUSICAL SCORE FOR SHORT FILM: BREATHLESS



Original musical score for a short film, directed by Ben Enke, that celebrates the romantic relationship between Batman villains Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn.

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OH DEER: ORIGINAL MUSICAL SCORE AND SOUND DESIGN FOR ANIMATED HOLIDAY CARD



To celebrate the 2016 holiday season, we teamed up with Rockne.Digital to bring you the story of a reindeer who finds an innovative way to fly. Original music and sound design created by Mike Hallenbeck at Junior Birdman Audio.

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Onward!

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