Women In Sound Asbjoern Andersen


Happy International Women's Day! I'd like to start out on a personal note by celebrating and highlighting two women who are a cornerstone of A Sound Effect: Jennifer Walden and Adriane Kuzminski.

I've had the pleasure of working with them for many years, and they continue to inspire me with their dedication to sharing sound stories, helping unearth audio opportunities, keeping the site running smoothly, and their ideas, insights and drive + they're just all-round fantastic people to work with. So I'm grateful to be able to collaborate with such talented people.

And from all of us here at A Sound Effect, a big thanks to all the artists, interviewers, organizers, contributors and advocates who ensure their audio communities are welcoming and supportive to everyone in all stages of their lives and careers. There's still frustratingly few women in sound, so let's all work together to change that!

You'll find a number of sound stories featuring inspiring women, podcasts, community groups and resources below - and if we've missed any, please leave a comment below so we can get it on the list!


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Stories from A Sound Effect:

What It Takes To Get Started And Succeed As A Game Composer – with Winifred Phillips
Guide to Getting into Game Audio – by Megan Frazier
The Composer Success Series: Composing For Theatre – with Elyssa Samsel & Kate Anderson
Behind the Fun, Futuristic-retro Sound of ‘Loki’ on Disney+ – with Bonnie Wild
Behind the Harrowing Sound of ‘The Underground Railroad’ – with Onnalee Blank
Handling the Sound of The Handmaid’s Tale – with Jane Tattersall
Co-Oping on the Game Sound and Score for ‘It Takes Two’ – with Anne-Sophie Mongeau
The Composer Success Series: Composing for film – with Pinar Toprak & Nainita Desai
The Composer Success Series: Composing for Television – with Sherri Chung & Cindy O’Connor
How Raya and the Last Dragon’s superb sound was made – with Nia Hansen
Finding the Sound of Soul – with Coya Elliott
Creating the exciting sound design for the ‘Pirates in Batavia’ amusement park ride – with Ana Monte
The Mission of ‘Women Who Are Sound’ – with Anna Bertmark and Anna Sulley
Telling ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ Through Sound – with Renee Tondelli
How To Actually Live as an Audio Freelancer – by Melissa Pons
The Psychology of Sound Design – with Ai-Ling Lee
How to succeed in UI/UX Sound Design, ADR Recording, & Audio Programming – with Emma Butt
How to succeed in Sound Editing, Sound for Advertising, and Production Sound – with Lucy J Mitchell
How to succeed in sound design for Film, Documentaries, and Trailers – with Nia Hansen
Experienced Foley Artist Alyson Dee Moore talks to George Haddad about a life in Foley
Video: Foley Artist Tara Blume recreates the iconic sounds of ‘Evil Dead II’ from home
What it takes to do sound at NASA – with Alexandria Perryman, NASA Audio Engineer
Designing the Futuristic Sound and Music of Westworld Season 3 – with Susan Cahill
Behind the great sound of The Mandalorian – with Bonnie Wild
Creating the sound for Velvet Buzzsaw’s mix of horror, humor, and high art – with Margit Pfeiffer
How ‘First Man’ takes your ears on a supersonic adventure – with Ai-Ling Lee and Milly Iatrou
Indie Audio Adventures: Telling BestLuck’s beautiful story through sound – with Gina Zdanowicz
Ant-Man and the Wasp – Creating Big Sound for Tiny Superheroes – with Katy Wood
Ototoxicity: Is your medication damaging your hearing? – with Karen Collins


Podcasts:

The Soundgirls Podcast
Level with Emily Reese – hosted by, of course, Emily Reese
Ada Lovelace Day – hosted by Suw Charman-Anderson
The Sound Women Podcast – hosted by Liz Kershaw
Tonebenders – hosted by Teresa Morrow


Groups & resources:

A Composer’s Guide to Game Music – a book by Winifred Phillips
Audio Treehouse Community Slack – The Audio Treehouse provides a safe space for aspiring and current audio professionals of all underrepresented genders/sexes in the industry.
The EQL Directory – A Database for Women and Gender Non-Conforming Audio Professionals
Black Girls Code – A non-profit organization that introduces programming and technology to a new generation of coders, coders who will become builders of technological innovation and of their own futures.
IGDA Women in Games SIG – The IGDA Women in Games (WIG) Special Interest Group (SIG) was formed to create a positive impact on the game industry with respect to gender balance in the workplace and the marketplace.
Soundgirls – SoundGirls supports women working in professional audio and music production by highlighting their success and providing a place for them to connect, network, and share advice and experiences.
Sound Women Network – This Facebook group is for all women who work in audio (radio, podcasting, music, streaming, management, engineering and beyond).
Women in Film & Television UK – Women in Film & TV (UK) is the leading membership organisation for women working in creative media in the UK and part of an international network of over 13,000 women.
Women in Audio – a book by Leslie Gaston-Bird
Women in Games Boston – Women in Games Boston is a networking event for women who make games and their allies.
Women in Games International – Women in Games International (WIGI), made up of both female and male professionals, works to promote the inclusion and advancement of women in the global games industry.
Women in Games – Women in Games (WIGJ) is a not for profit organisation that works to recruit more women into the games industry and to support those already in the industry.
Women’s Audio Mission – Women’s Audio Mission is a San Francisco/Oakland-based nonprofit organization, and the only professional recording studio in the world built and run by women, which attracts over 2,000 underserved women and girls every year to STEM and creative technology studies that inspire them to amplify their voices and become the innovators of tomorrow.
Wonder Women Tech – Wonder Women Tech (WWT) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and ecosystem that produces year-round programming and national and international conferences that highlight, educate, and celebrate women and the underrepresented in STEAM industries (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math), innovation and entrepreneurialism.
Yorkshire Sound Women – Collaboration, skill shares and mentoring for women interested in and working with music and sound technology


More Stories:

International Women’s Day: Celebrating Irish Women in the Audio Visual Sector
Women & The Grammy For “Producer of The Year, Classical”
Women on air, for International Women’s Day


 

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