Hi, I’m Dave O’Donnell.
I’m a London-based freelance producer / exec producer with 10+ years of audio expertise working across radio, podcast and voice projects for The Guardian and Google, BBC, The Telegraph, WeTransfer, Worldwide FM and more.
This is where I share the work I do as Sound Motives Studio, and is home to the Sound Motives podcast.
The Sound Motives Podcast is an audio documentary series about creativity and discovery.
Musicians and producers discuss their influences and inspirations within music and beyond, exploring where music meets culture.
Sound Motives Studio Blog
I'm currently freelancing at The Economist, helping the team who make the daily flagship podcast, The Intelligence with podcast production. It's fascinating to see how the team work together with their journalists from around the globe, to make a 20+ minute podcast...read more
Off the back of the Guardian Voice Lab project, as well as doing some development work on a forthcoming series due in the autumn, I had the opportunity to produce Politics Weekly for the month of May. Here are a couple of highlight episodes for me, from the four-week...read more
We launched our second project at The Guardian Voice Lab this week! It's a flash briefing that combined human and synthetic voice, which was a lot of fun work on. Working with SSML was a new experience for me, and although working in code was daunting initially, it's...read more
One of our responsibilities on The Voice Lab has been to write weekly blog posts about our progress. As Editorial Lead within the team, my posts have approached the meeting point that exists in voice between software developers and editorial/content creators, from the...read more
As previously discussed in an early blog post, in late October I began a 6 month contract at The Guardian's Voice Lab, fulfilling the role of editorial lead/audio producer within a 4-person software-focused team (alongside a product lead, a programmer and an UX...read more
At the end of October I was offered a role working on a new initiative from The Guardian developing audio content for Google's Home smart speaker and Google Assistant. Guardian News & Media is pleased to announce the launch of Guardian Voice Lab - an in-house team...read more
Back in August I started freelancing with the gang over at Atomized Studios (part of Freuds PR). They'd begun producing a podcast series for EY entitled The Better Question, which looks to 'answer the better questions that will help CEOs and other senior executives...read more
In his Strrr episode, Matthew explores the role that algorithms play in everyday life and culture. From their beginnings in the simple animations of the 1970s and 80s, through to the cutting edge neural networks and artificial intelligence of today, Matthew reveals the various ways in which algorithms are playing an increasing central role in our lives.read more
From February through to the end of May, I produced a six-part podcast series for The Telegraph newspaper, as part of their Technology Intelligence initiative. Working with journalist Harry De Quetteville as host, the series explores the future...read more
I first met Nelly back in 2016 whilst Worldwide FM was broadcasting from LA, for WeTransfer's 'How We Do LA' event. The day I was due to fly home to London, I spent a fun couple hours wandering around The Museum of Contemporary Art with her and...read more
I'm currently producing the Technology Intelligence podcast series for The Telegraph. I'm making 6 episodes, with delivery deadlines every fortnight. For each episode we focus on a different sector which is being disrupted by technology, and...read more
In mid-March I was asked to produce a new podcast series for The Telegraph, around a new initiative from the paper, Technology Intelligence. Technology Intelligence is a major new journalism initiative from the Telegraph. Our mission is to chronicle for our audience...read more
Back in February I headed down to Bermondsey to shoot another episode of Strrr TV with french illustrator Marie Jacotey. Check the episode here! Marie Jacotey is a London-based, French artist, whose work has established her as an enduring and charming presence on the...read more
At the end of the month I'll be speaking at the Music And Communities Conference 4 in Bucharest, for Black Rhino alongside Orpheu de Jong, from Amsterdam's Red Light Radio. It will be my first time in Romania, so very much looking forward to it! Our fourth conference...read more
When Daniel Brandt asked me to get involved with Strrr TV, with a focus on London's 'superstars and brilliant newcomers hailing from the world of music, art, design, film, and fashion', Gilles Peterson was one of the first people I got in touch with, and it turns out...read more