Welcome to sound motives studio.

We’ve produced work for a bunch of great companies.

We make podcasts audiences love.
Your vision, our expertise.

We can help with:

Hi, I’m Dave O’Donnell and I run Sound Motives studio.

My career began in 2007 working in specialist music radio. I produced Gilles Peterson’s shows on BBC Radio 1 and Radio 6Music. We started a production company together in 2013 producing podcasts, radio shows and documentaries.  In 2016 we launched an online radio station, Worldwide FM. It won awards!

I began Sound Motives studio in 2017 and have produced podcasts and series for The Guardian, The Economist, The Telegraph, EY and WeTransfer. I’ve helped develop podcast series for The Guardian, produced pilots for Apple Music and for Spotify, and consulted on podcast and audio projects for various clients.

Since 2018 I’ve worked in voice, as editorial lead for The Guardian x Google Voice Lab, and at BBC Voice & AI.

Over the last decade I’ve developed the skills to make great audio. Together with a team of  talented collaborators, Sound Motives studio helps clients identify, articulate their vision. We help to bring it to life, and we make sure audiences hear it.

If you'd like to get in touch, please do.

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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)...

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...