Episode 38- The Sound of Sport

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If Dennis Baxter and Bill Whiston are doing their job right, you probably don’t notice that they’re doing their job. But they are so good at doing their job, that you probably don’t even know that their job exists at all. They are sound designers for televised sporting events. Their job is to draw the audience into the action and make sports sound as exciting as possible, and this doesn’t mean they put a bunch of microphones on the field. It sometimes means they fake it.

Peregrine Andrews produced this piece narrated by Dennis Baxter for Falling Tree Productions for BBC Radio4. It is an extract from a much longer, and really stunning doc called “The Sound of Sport.”

If you search the internet you may be able to find the full length version. Ahem.

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    Worth the five minutes for behind-the-scenes magic. A slowed-down buffalo charge!
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    Stunning piece, from the forever-stunning 99percentinvisible, on the sound of professional sporting events. (Hint: many...
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    I was explaining to someone (can’t remember who) how there are sound designers who apply pre-recorded sounds to sporting...
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    So intriguing.
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    Het geluid bij sportwedstrijden op tv en radio wordt aangedikt, gemanipuleerd en opgeleukt. Wist jij niet? Ik ook niet.
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