SOUND

Field recording and sound design have long been passions of mine. Through work with a range of organisations I have developed the experience and skills to deliver imaginative, high quality, bespoke sound works. Sound recording is at the heart of my practice, which includes experimental recording, capturing people and environments in the field, studio-based foley FX and voiceovers, as well as live performances. From these recordings, I craft the sound to create engaging pieces that capture the imagination of the listener.

Audio Blackspots Tour 

Audio Blackspots unveils the disturbing soundscapes concealed amidst Reading’s network of waterways. Revealing sounds normally submerged, entombed within objects or existing beyond the reach of our senses, each stop on the tour draws attention to an audio blackspot, a site of disquieting sonic collisions. A commission from Reading Thames Festival  (October 2019)

Stop 6 East - Richard Bentley
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Stop 3 East - Richard Bentley
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Stop 4 East - Richard Bentley
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James and the Giant Peach Soundscape: 

Working with young visitors to the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden to record and produce a music-infused soundscape to accompany story excerpts and original illustrations from this famous tale. (July 2019)

James & Giant Peach Excerpt - Richard Bentley & Visitors to the Museum
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Bourne Valley Story Tour: 

Working with Nature Nurture and YourTour to create a story-based tour for Bourne Valley in Colchester. Three local characters entertain the listener with historical anecdotes and fascinating facts about the areas wildlife. (May 2019)

Bourne Valley - Ben Sandiford, Beth Winslet & Richard Bentley
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Whitley Community Museum: 

A fascinating year-long project capturing and creating digital content for the museum including aural history and interactive audio and video content. Central to my work will be the reconstruction of historical soundscapes of the area based on interviews and archival material.  (Oct '18 - Sept '19)

Reading Buses during WWII - Jim Cowdery
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Fright Night Music and Sound Design

Whistling grains from climbing frames. Sinister, unstable drones from a chest freezer and the clank of heavy iron gates. Most pleasing of all, the squeals and screams of visitors walking through the installation.  Fright Night with WCDA and the Annual Daydream Harvest (Oct '18 )

Fright Night - Richard Bentley
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Henry Steedman Films

Location sound recording & audio production for a variety of TV advertisements and corporate videos.

Histree - Richard Bentley feat. Hazel Southam
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Woodland Trust: Talking Trees 

Recording and producing an audio installation of sound, music and poetry around Potter's Field Park in Central London to promote the benefits of trees in urban environments.

"We commissioned Richard to create a suite of sounds for a HoloLens experience. His approach and level of commitment in researching and crafting sounds for a mixed reality environment made working with him a true pleasure. Communication and delivery was always on point, with the final results delighting stakeholders across the project. " Richard Ganpatsingh, Heath Wallace, UK.

Heath Wallace Hololens Experience

I have recently been working with Heath Wallace, UK crafting a suite of bespoke sounds for their Microsoft HoloLens experience. Using original recordings, I sculpted a range of sounds that helped the user feel at home with the experience by offering clear auditory clues and encouraging feedback.

Reading Sound Map - Richard Bentley
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Nature Nurture Soundmap

The Reading soundmap project involved creating numerous short sound clips that encapsulated different locations in and around Reading. Interacting with characters on a table-top map, visitors were encouraged to explore local places through sound, tapping into their curiosity in a game of 'guess that sound'. The broader aim of the project, commissioned by Intelligent Health, was to inspire local people to walk, run or cycle locally and explore the sounds of Reading for themselves. Below are a few of the sounds that triggered as characters landed at particular locations on the map:

"Richard assisted me in recording an interview for a music radio show. His knowledge and skills as an audio engineer are second to none. He was really easy to work with even though I had to do a few takes to get it right, Richard was understanding and supportive. This was a big interview for me and I am really glad with how it turned out."

Michael Cordova (Director of Floating Point Float Centre)

Fantastical Space Walk - Richard Bentley
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Makeshift Machine - Richard Bentley
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Annual Daydream Harvest

Sound design work with the Annual Daydream Harvest, a collection of makers and a network of performers "united in their desire to make challenging and intrepid work with communities of people who do not consider themselves to be artists."