Carl Sondrol

Composer and music producer

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Ray Kurzweil

I’m in NYC this weekend and will have a chance to hear Ray Kurzweil speak (heard of Kurzweil keyboards?) Above he appears on TV as a teenager in the 60’s. I won’t spoil it, but you definitely get a sense this kid is going places.

His company Kurzweil Music Systems has been making synthesizers for decades. Their very first unit in ‘84 was actually inspired by a bet with Stevie Wonder over whether a synthesizer could sound like a real piano.

Kurzweil’s Wikipedia bio is fascinating: he’s a grad of MIT, invented the first flatbed scanner, text-to-speech synthesizer, etc. as components of the Kurzweil Reading Machine for the blind. Stevie bought the first production model in the 70’s which was the start of their lifelong friendship.

More recently, he’s become known as author and “futurist”, writing books on events such as the moment artificial intelligences surpass human beings as the smartest and most capable life forms. Sounds straight out of a sci-fi movie. I find it pretty interesting that Kurzweil is one of the few bold enough to make predictions with dates.. and he’s been right, many times.

So, if you have any questions about The Future, send them my way!

A sincere thanks to my good friend and associate Paul Lazarre for the invite.

Man V. Candy Machine

I had the pleasure of sound designing, mixing, and creating a shifting robotic voice from director Angeline Gragasin’s dialogue for the above piece. I’ve never worked on anything like this before. It’s futuristic, theatrical, visually stunning, sonically dense, and the most challenging sound design project I’ve EVER taken on.

I will do a detailed “making of” post at some point, but now I’d just like to acknowledge the herd of extremely talented people who worked on this (below). High five everybody!

SYNOPSIS:In the year 2137, MAN goes to the supermarket, with the intent to order the goods and supplies he needs. MAN v. CANDY MACHINE is the story of his encounter and ensuing battle with an all-consumering omni-bot, which knows all MAN’s tastes, his preferences, his dreams and his weaknesses. CANDY MACHINE deals MAN groceries, movies, appliance, narcotics, a beating, and worse. Does MAN ever give into defeat at the hands of the immortal machine?

DIRECTOR: Angeline GragasinSCRIPT: Jonathon AnthonyPRODUCER: Daniel PostilnikMOTION GRAPHICS: Rebecca Berdel and Rand SevillaSOUND DESIGN: Carl SondrolMAN: Dikker OurfenorfCANDY MACHINE VOICE: Angeline GragasinSOUND EDITOR: Daniel PostilnikSOUND DESIGN INTERN: Joshua SauvageauPRODUCTION SOUND MIXER: Brian SulpizioDIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Caleb ConditASSISTANT CAMERA: Robert CaubleEDITOR: Angeline GragasinILLUSTRATIONS: Karen Abad and Gretta JohnsonCOSTUME DESIGN: Gretta JohnsonWIGMASTER: Mark BotelhoSPECIAL THANKS: Alec Oliver, Eddie Jordan, Ben Kolak, and Super Mega Action Plus