The ol’ “It’s been a while!”

Stosh Tuszynski

It’s been a while!

I haven’t been terribly active online in the audio world for a while now. Partially from a desire to unplug, but largely because audio work has kept me very busy lately! Since my last post (June of 2020 😲), I’ve worked on (roughly)…

  • 17 Feature Films
  • 6 TV/Web Series
  • 3 Videogames (expansions)
  • 3 Sound Effects Libraries
  • 14 thousand Short Films

A good amount of change has happened for me in these 3+ years. I moved. My office moved. My hair is a lot longer. I realized I love coffee. I started regularly working out and running. I worked on finding real joy in myself and my life. I realized audio… as much as I love it… doesn’t define me.

A couple posts ago, I wrote about “When Passion Becomes Destructive“. I’ll be honest, it’s a little difficult to read that one now, but I can’t say how happy I am that I took the time to write it. It was the start of a lot of things for me. It was a big step in acknowledging and processing a problem I didn’t quite understand. It eventually led me to seek help in therapy… which helped me more than I ever thought it could have.

It’s kind of ironic now, looking back on it… I was so focused on all things audio (and only audio), that the only way I could think to begin dealing with it all was by writing a blog post… on my website about audio. As if my brain knew I could use some help, but I only could allow it to seek it out through audio in one form or another.

In the post, I wrote about audio being my work, and my hobby. That’s not a problem in itself, but it can be if you can’t find a balance. And, boy, did I not have a balance 3 years ago. While life is naturally always a work in progress, you can call me Philippe Petit, because I certainly have a better balance today. (Ha!) I’ve learned to prioritize other parts of my life and realized how full I can feel even without being involved in audio (outside of work).

So without rambling on too much, this journey has led me to kind of re-learning how I can enjoy the hobby side of audio… which is an odd thing to type, but the closest I can put it into words. I’ve picked away at a few things over the last few years, but it wasn’t until around the beginning of 2023 that I began to really yearn for and feel fulfilled by things like recording and editing new sound effects libraries again. It feels great have that be a part of my life again!

Well… I intended for this post to be about some of my favorite projects I’ve been involved with recently and it’s gone quite off the rails, hasn’t it? So without further ado, here are some recent projects!

Bungie has been killing it with the Destiny 2 expansions. I’ve been so lucky to have been involved in cutscene sound design since the base game. Here’s one of my favorite cutscenes from the Lightfall expansion!
Nazar is one of my favorite short films I’ve worked on. It’s cinematography is phenomenal and is such a fresh and engaging style of film to work on. I was the re-recording mixer and had a blast molding the soundscape for this period piece.
Revealer is a campy horror feature film that is full of some of some of the most fun sound design opportunities I’ve had in a long time. It’s set in 1980’s Chicago and includes evil snakes, a demon king, and and major plot points dictated only by sound design!
Rutherford Falls! I’ll be honest, I used to not really enjoy recording ADR. For whatever reason though, I’ve really come to enjoy the various challenges it presents and the satisfaction of getting the right performance for each cue. Great actors are certainly helpful for ADR, and Rutherford falls is full of them. They made my job easy 😀
Teacher is a powerful documentary about the teachers on the front line in the battle for equity in education. It focuses on Nkanga Nsa, and her journey to becoming a teach in Chicago’s public school system. It premiered at SXSW and I’m proud to have been the re-recording mixer.

One comment

  1. Stosh, great videos. Have empathy where you are in life now.

    Give Uncle John (your favorite uncle) anytime.

    Relax, enjoy where you are now, I am 71 and wish I had listened to my older peers say (where has the time gone)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *