Sound

My career as a sound artist started ten years ago, becoming a freelance composer and sound designer immediately after graduation- and I’ve never looked back. It’s a career that has taken me all over the world and introduced me to some truly inspiring people. My music has been in award winning dance and theatre productions, BBC productions, short films, animations, National Trust audio walks, and sound installations.

I am also Co-Artistic Director of Lîla Dance. Some of my previous collaborations for dance and theatre include, Commotion DanceIeva Kuniskis, Joli VyannLa Petite Mort Theatre, Floods of Ink, Tim Casson,Stopgap DanceYael Flexer & Nic Sandiland, The Ballet Boyz, Bootworks Theatre CollectiveThe Mayakaras,  Platform-K, Micadanses, Indepen-dance, Aya KobayashiLudus DanceKJ L Mortimer, and Jerrel Jackson Dance Company.

I believe my ability to mix recordings of everyday sounds and real instruments into my work is what sets me apart from other composers and sound designers. My work, whether it’s a soundtrack for a show or an installation, always aims to transport the audience so that they feel like they’re in a fictional world, even if that world is abstract or electronic.  The use of familiar sounds in sometimes unfamiliar ways has become my trademark sound design.

If you are looking for some music or sounds, or want to discuss some ideas with me, then I would love to hear from you. You can email me at dougieevans[at]gmail.com

Reviews

“The drama is punctuated beautifully with Dougie Evans’s soundscapes − here the sound of outside traffic and there, the pull of a dreamy, surreal blend of effects.”

“Dougie Evans’ driving soundtrack includes sound collages and loops shaped from the technological jungle sounds of devices, apps and printers – perfectly showcased in the Skype/text routine with lush strings punctuated by loops of text pings and that trademark ringtone.”

“Dougie Evans’s jittery sound design makes ample use of ringtones, notification pings and Skype and email sound effects, often echoing or overlaying them until they become distorted and disturbing. The very familiarity of the noises, like the familiarity of the blue light, the hunched shoulders and the preoccupied face, is the root of the soundscape’s queasy power.”

“The music plays no small part in this. The sounds of modern technology – from the clicking sounds of typing on a smart phone to sell service check outs – create a show that feels incredibly current. At one point, the two dancers struggle to keep up with the sounds around them, demanding their attention, gradually getting faster and faster.”

Portfolio

Choreography of Sound (Binaural Preview) (Listen with Headphones!)

Music for Film/TV/Media

I have music availble for Film, TV, and Media through Felt Music. Please go to Felt Music Library to buy a liscenced track.

If you have any questions about commisioning music for a trailer, advert, short film, or feature, then please don’t hesitate to get in contact.

Field Recordings

Devil’s Dyke Soundwalk

Recent Projects

5 sound design Instagram accounts you should follow

5 sound design Instagram accounts you should follow

A Sound Effect just published a great article featuring five sound designed focused accounts they recommend following on instagram. Here is what they had to say…
Turtle Dove

Turtle Dove

“OK. When did you know it was love?” I had great fun making some music for Amy Morvell’s new duet called Turtle Dove. All the sounds take their lead from some beautiful soundbites of people talking about love, that Amy had collected during her research. So rather writing music for contemporary dance on the theme…
Choreography of Sound- Preview Exhibition at The Point, Eastleigh

Choreography of Sound- Preview Exhibition at The Point, Eastleigh

Huge thank you to The Point for hosting a preview of my immersive sound exhibition The Choreography of Sound. The exhibition gave me an opportunity to test some of the recordings I have made while researching the project, and get some audience feedback on what has been successful so far.
They Live Next Door

They Live Next Door

They Live Next Door is a touching, tender and gritty show that knits unique stories with intricate choreography and nostalgic live melodies. Set in a home, on a street not too far from your own, it explores the light and the dark of familiar relationships. The duet is an emotional rollercoaster that sensitively uncovers the…
Researching the Choreography of Sound

Researching the Choreography of Sound

Following an 8 year career writing and designing sound for contemporary dance, the Choreography of Sound is my first attempt at taking away the dancers and exploring just the movement of sound. After all, sound is a wave; and exists only within movement. So what happens when I start to shape how that sound moves in…
Do people with hidden disabilities hear sound differently?

Do people with hidden disabilities hear sound differently?

In Brighton the sound of seagulls, traffic and people blend into a mixture of noise that most people have unconsciously trained their minds to filter out. Modern life has added a fairly invasive mix of mobile notification sounds, buzzing home appliances, music piped into every shop, self service check out machines, and phone waiting music…
Using room tones in Theatre & Dance Soundtracks

Using room tones in Theatre & Dance Soundtracks

Room tones are the sound of silence. I‘ve borrowed the term ‘roomtone’ from the film industry, where regular practice is to record the stillness of a room or location after each shoot. That way, when various takes of are edited together, they can be glued into one continuous scene by a consistent audio background. Every environment has a…
Working with Floods of Ink

Working with Floods of Ink

Just finished my first week working with theatre company, Floods of Ink on a brand new piece called People are People. It explores the many issues surrounding gender identity through some beautiful storytelling devices. The show is devised by Floods of Ink in collaboration with Kate Radford.
Recording ‘Found Sounds’

Recording ‘Found Sounds’

Anyone familiar with my soundtracks will know that I am a huge fan of using field recordings to add a layer of everyday realism to live performances. This can be anything from a recording of an empty room to enhance claustrophobia (as in The Enormous Room), helicopters flying overhead in (Weightless), traffic lights beeping (A…

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