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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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...

EY’s The Better Question Podcast

Back in August I started working 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 lead...

Strrr TV – Matthew Plummer Fernandez

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.

Technology Intelligence Podcast Series One Review

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 of technology across...

Strrr TV – Nelly Ben Hayoun

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...

Technology Intelligence Podcast: Episode 1 – The Future of Money

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...

Strrr TV – Marie Jacotey

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...