Digital media engineer Kyle Hartzell is Oberlin’s resident Foley sound effects artist. He teaches a course in sound design for the cinema studies program and works as a digital media engineer in the college’s Center for Technologically Enhanced Teaching.
Named after the pioneering sound effects developer for Universal Studios, Foley is the reproduction of everyday sounds that are added to film, video, and other media in post-production to enhance audio quality.
In the interview that follows, Hartzell leads us on a tour of Oberlin’s Foley sound studio. The track was produced using binaural audio technology. For best results, plug in your headphones.
Photograph by Tanya Rosen-Jones ’97
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than alumni of other undergraduate colleges
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