The art of sound design. More: the hits of summer 2022

This weekend we meet a British sound design pioneer. Errol Michael Henry invites us to Air-Edel studios in London to show us how a song is made. Errol is one of the few black sound designers in the UK. He’s been making music through his independent label, Intimate Records, since the 1980s. He talks about how he creates his distinct sound, layer by layer. Next, we explore what makes the perfect summer track with music critic Arwa Haider. She and Lilah scour the season’s best hits, from Beyoncé to Bad Bunny to Pussy Riot.


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Links and mentions of the episode:

– Piece by Yasmin Jones-Henry in HTSI: ‘My father, the pioneer of sound design’ https://on.ft.com/3JpA2zD

–Errol’s music is under the name The Sound Principle

–“You Threw Our Love Away”, by The Jones Girls, sound engineered by Errol: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-vpFCn6Ros

–“You Left Me Lonely”, by Lulu (1993), sound engineered by Errol: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UILaejQFcJA

–You also heard the Intimate Records tracks “Please Come Back” by Dean Edwards and “Keep It Comin” by Julianne, both written and produced by Errol

–Here’s the song that Errol says is closest to designing something he envisioned: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFPgZv-5zbQ

–Errol’s organization is called Music Justice: https://music-justice.com/

–Arwa Haider is on Twitter @ArwaHaider. Errol is on Twitter @ErrolMHenry, and on Instagram @thesoundprinciple. Yasmin is on Instagram @yasminrjh

–Arwa’s review of Lady Gaga live: https://on.ft.com/3ANGkrV

–Arwa’s musical recommendations: “Renaissance” by Beyoncé, “Verano Sin Ti” by Bad Bunny, Nigerian singer-songwriter Tems, “Hold the Girl” by Rina Sawayama, “Matriarchy Now” by Pussy Riot and opera singer Julia Bullock

Copyright of musical extracts: Streamline, Interscope, Parkwood, Columbia Records, Rimas and Neon Gold. Excerpt of Julia Bullock from NPR’s Tiny Desk concert (2020)


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Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design by Breen Turner and Sam Giovinco


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