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Sound Motives studio

Sound Motives studio provides consultancy and production services for podcast and voice projects.

With over a decade of audio and editorial experience, we can help you develop, design, and realise your project, ensuring it works for the platform and resonates with your audiences.

 

 

Sound Motives studio launched in 2017 and has produced work for Apple Music, the BBC, The Economist, EY, The Guardian, Google, Strrr TV, The Telegraph, Vinyl Factory, WeTransfer and more.

Below are a selection of recent projects alongside work that’s inspired us. For a complete archive, head over to the blog.

We Are Europe 2020

I'm very excited to have been asked to be part of the We Are Europe activities for 2020 alongside a number of people whose work I really admire. We Are Europe, the European cooperation project that was launched in 2015  is embarking a new 3-year cycle (2019-2021)...

Public Health England & The FA – Every Mind Matters / Heads Up Campaign

In December, Sound Motives Studio worked with Freuds / Atomized Studios to deliver an audio advert, promoting Public Health England's Every Mind Matters and The FA's Heads Up mental health campaigns. The advert features HRH The Duke of Cambridge alongside a number of...

Best of 2019 List

Having really enjoyed other people's end of year lists, I thought I'd put a list together that runs through some of the discoveries I've made, or moments I've enjoyed in 2019. It's a list of everything from podcasts, to music, to videos. If you find something...

BBC Voice & AI

In October I began working with the team at BBC Voice & AI, helping them with their forthcoming beeb voice assistant. It's been fascinating contributing to this process of shaping the assistant's persona, as the team develop their remarkably ambitious project. The...

The Economist – The Intelligence Podcast Production

I'm currently 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 with 3 different stories per...

The Guardian – Politics Weekly

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...

The Voice Lab – Guardian Briefing

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...

The Guardian Voice Lab – Articles

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...

The Guardian Voice Lab – Year In Review

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...

The Guardian Voice Lab

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...

Hi, I’m Dave O’Donnell, founder of Sound Motives studio.

 

I began my career in radio, working at independent production company Somethin’ Else in 2008. With much of my time spent producing radio shows across various BBC networks, I took time away from the radio department in 2011 to gain my first experience in combining audio with technological innovation. Working in the digital department, I produced the Cannes Lion winning The Nightjar binaural iPhone game with Wrigley’s.

I left Somethin’ Else in 2013 to launch Mistral Productions with Gilles Peterson, producing work for British Airways, New Zealand Air, Polydor, Rockstar Games and Universal. In 2015, with support from WeTransfer, we began developing a new online radio platform, and in September 2016, Worldwide FM was launched, broadcasting 24 hours a day, with 40 hours of original radio programming every week. In 2017, following rapid growth and successful partnerships with Ace Hotels and Lufthansa, Worldwide FM won the industry-leading Radio Academy’s ARIAS Online Radio Station of the Year Award.

In October 2017, I left Mistral to launch Sound Motives studio focusing on podcast and voice projects.

If you'd like to contact Sound Motives studio, get in touch.

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