With just over five weeks to go until the big night, excitement is building for the Pro Sound Awards – and nowhere more so than among the 56 finalists announced so far. (Pictured is Live Engineer of the Year finalist Dave Kay [left] with Del Amitri's Justin Currie.)
“Myself, Ed Downham, Simon Carroll, Steve Single, Steve Browell and all the team at Wave are really proud to have reached the finals of the Pro Sound Awards,” Johnnie Burn, of London-based Wave Studios – shortlisted in the Best Sound in Post-Production category for Under the Skin – tells PSNEurope. “Peer judgment is such a huge honour, and to be nominated amongst such esteemed company raised a big cheer too.”
Sound design on Under the Skin – which stars Scarlett Johansson as an alien seductress who preys on Scottish men – was created over the course of a year by Burn, who was also nominated for Outstanding Achievement at the British Independent Film Awards for his work on the movie. “Helping Jonathan Glazer make Under the Skin was a pretty amazing and memorable journey.”
On his nomination, Mike Wheeler, operations director of EM Acoustics – a Best Permanent Installation Project finalist for the Sound by Design upgrade of the speaker system in the Royal Albert Hall, London, with EM’s HALO Compact line array – adds: “It is a great honour to be a finalist for the Pro Sound Awards.
“It has been very gratifying to see the hard work that went into developing the HALO Compact acknowledged by its selection for a venue as magnificent as the Royal Albert Hall.” The Sound by Design team are shortlisted in no less than two categories for the Royal Albert Hall install: Best Permanent Installation Project and Install Team of the Year.
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Organised by PSNEurope and Intent Media, the Pro Sound Awards – now in their second year – recognise outstanding achievement in professional audio, and take place on 25 September at the world-famous Ministry of Sound nightclub in London.
For a full list of finalists, see last month’s PSNEurope or the Pro Sound Awards or PSNEurope websites. The winners of the prestigious Grand Prix, Lifetime Achievement and Rising Star awards will be revealed a later date!