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Meet Audio Post Pro Will Bates

NAME: Will Bates

COMPANY: Brooklyn-based  Fall On Your Sword  @fallonyousword 

CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR COMPANY?
We are an audio post production company specializing in custom music composition to picture (films and commercials) and audio mixing.

WHAT’S YOUR JOB TITLE?
Founder, principal and composer.

WHAT DOES THAT ENTAIL?
Sometimes that entails scoring a movie, sometimes building and designing interactive art, sometimes performing onstage. And everyday, it entails planning and scheming with the FOYS team.

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WHAT WOULD SURPRISE PEOPLE THE MOST ABOUT WHAT FALLS UNDER THAT TITLE?
The fact that we do all of these things under the same roof tends to throw people. FOYS is designed to serve as the umbrella for all these different disciplines and allows us to take on a whole range of projects. The defining characteristic however has always been the complex relationship that music and sound has with the moving image.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE JOB?
The diversity. Everyday is different.

WHAT’S YOUR LEAST FAVORITE?
The diversity. Everyday is different.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TIME OF THE DAY?
First thing in the morning. I like to arrive at the studio before everyone else, plan out my day. If I’m working on a time-sensitive project (which is most of the time), I try to churn out as much music in the early morning as possible and leave the afternoon for analysis and edits. I find the very early morning to be my most creative part of the day.

IF YOU DIDN’T HAVE THIS JOB, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING INSTEAD?
Figuring out a way to have this job.

HOW EARLY ON DID YOU KNOW THIS WOULD BE YOUR PATH?
It’s never occurred to me to do anything else. I’ve wanted to do this as early as I can remember.

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CAN YOU NAME SOME RECENT PROJECTS YOU HAVE WORKED ON?
I Origins (narrative feature); The Notorious Mr. Bout (documentary feature); Private Drive-In (interactive VW Beetle/sonic art installation); Pringles (commissioned art piece/playable organ made from Pringles cans).

NAME THREE PIECES OF TECHNOLOGY YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT.
Piano/MIDIi controller. I have a 1970’s baby grand piano that has been retrofitted with MIDI. The tactile nature of an instrument is very important to my creative process.

What that instrument sounds like is equally as important, which is where the Mac Pro comes in. That is the heart of my rig, which is fired up every morning.

Having my horns near me has always been important, even if I’m working on a project that doesn’t require them. Perhaps a reassuring reminder of home, and as Lucy Alper [FOYS producer] joked the other day when we were getting off the subway on our way to a meeting; there’s always the jazz street musician day-job if things suddenly go south.

WHAT SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS DO YOU FOLLOW?
Sporadic/inconsistent Facebook user. Guardian of Fall On Your Sword’s YouTube channel.

Having procured several million fans during the early days of MySpace in my last band, I have been a little less inclined to repeat that kind of social media intensity. I know I should be a lot better at it — it’s kind of a job in itself.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO DE-STRESS DURING DEADLINES?
As a team we’re all very close. When things are tough we talk through everything together and that really helps to keep the crazy situations feeling normal.

And also, I’m British. So I take a lot of baths.


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