Before arriving at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), Rob Turner was writing his own songs and performing with his band, but had little experience in recording. Because of this, twinned with a fascination in the techniques and microphones used for recording, Rob enrolled on the University’s BA (Hons) Music Production course.
Since his time at UCLan, Rob has progressed to working as a Sound Editor on high-profile films such as Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle and Eddie The Eagle.
“I had a lot of hands-on learning which was great,” says Rob on his time studying. “I was encouraged to explore music and other media that at the time was very unfamiliar to me. This helped me to experiment and step out of my comfort zone.
“The modules that I most engaged with included assignments in which we would record ‘non-musical’ objects, or atmospheres, and create compositions using these recordings. To me this was exciting because I was suddenly thinking outside the realms of bars and beats and concentrating more on the feeling of a piece.”
This interest in sound-based composition naturally lead into a passion in sound design for picture, which he was introduced to on a module at UCLan. “Our first assignment was to record the sound FX for a short animation. I found it very satisfying watching the film come to life once I synchronized some sounds to the actions on screen,” Rob said.
He added: “We often had to present our work to our peers and tutors which I found nerve-wrecking, but it really helped me to feel more comfortable discussing creative ideas and developing them further.”
After graduating, Rob successfully applied for a place at the National Film and Television School and then spent two years working on short films to further his development before moving to his current employer, Phaze UK. During this time, the film “Edmond” Directed by Nina Gantz, in which Rob was the Sound Designer, won a BAFTA in 2016 for the best short animation.
17 April 2018