The Mad Scientist of Sound

Gary Arnold on the beauty of sound design.

Gary Arnold has heard it all. He has worked post-production for feature-length films, Pepsi commercials, and broadcast television. But after 23 years and two Emmy awards for sound design, Arnold decided it was time to be his own boss. In 2006, he opened Gary’s Chop Shop, a high end audio facility in New York City. For Arnold, sound design is all about immersing the viewer in the environment of the film. Arguably, one of the most important components of post production, audio mixing remains a thankless job. “We’re the last man on the food chain,” says Arnold, “you only hear it if it’s bad.” In this documentary from the New Yorkers series, Moonshot Productions takes us inside Arnold’s sound laboratory and gives us a glimpse into post-production magic.

For more work by Moonshot Productions, visit http://moonshot-productions.com 

Paul Rosenfeld writes and produces for Atlantic Video. His work has also appeared on The Daily Beast and CNN.com.

Why Principals Matter

Nadia Lopez didn't think anybody cared about her middle school. Then Humans of New York told her story to the Internet—and everything changed.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register with Disqus.

Please note that The Atlantic's account system is separate from our commenting system. To log in or register with The Atlantic, use the Sign In button at the top of every page.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

A History of Contraception

In the 16th century, men used linen condoms laced shut with ribbons.

Video

'A Music That Has No End'

In Spain, a flamenco guitarist hustles to make a modest living.

Video

What Fifty Shades Left Out

A straightforward guide to BDSM

More in Video

Just In