Gareth Fry is a sound designer best known for his work in theatre, having won multiple Tony and Olivier awards for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and Complicité’s The Encounter,. He has also designed events and exhibitions, from the V&A’s landmark David Bowie Is exhibition, to being asked by Danny Boyle to design the sound effects for the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games. He is a specialist in the use of binaural stereo sound, in theatre, VR, exhibitions and advertising campaigns, including for Bose, Volvo and Land Rover. His work in VR has been featured at the Tribeca, Vienna and Sundance festivals.
What is the most important question (s) you need to know the answer to at this moment in time to empower you and our communities to reach a future you would be excited to live in?
At the moment, the future looks incredibly bleak with waves of redundancies imminent and lots of (especially theatre-support) businesses going under. So the most important question for me at the moment, is how are we going to survive the next year or two?
What exactly do you do and why?
I’m a sound designer, which typically means I’m responsible for everything an audience or user will hear for a project. This typically encompasses music, voice, sound effects and soundscapes; from recording, producing to ways of delivering them. I love the way we can combine all these elements to tell the emotional journey of a story.
What is your unique perspective or super power?
My unique perspective, I guess, is that I listen before I look.