NEW YORK CITY — Audio studio Sonic Union (https://www.sonicunion.com) has added composer/experiential sound designer/mixer Rob Ballingall to its team. Working out of both its Bryant Park and Union Square locations in Manhattan, Ballingall will offer his talents in music and audio post, with an emphasis on the creation of compelling audio for emerging technology projects, including experiential and VR.
Formerly at Nylon Studios, Ballingall has composed music on large brand campaigns for clients that include Ford, Kellogg’s and Walmart, and provided sound design/engineering on projects for AdCouncil, Resistance Radio and The Man in the High Castle.
“Since expanding last year, we’ve attracted interest from some very talented and respected people” says managing director/co-founder Adam Barone. “We’ve mostly grown from within. It was apparent though, that Rob’s valuable skill-set would meet the increasing asks by clients for a more creative and challenging role in sound.“
Ballingall recently created an audio-forward, experiential in-theatre commercial for Mercedes-Benz Canada, using Dolby Atmos, D-Box and 4DX technologies. In addition, for National Geographic’s One Strange Rock VR experience, directed by Darren Aronofsky, Ballingall crafted audio for custom VR headsets designed in the style of astronaut helmets. These devices contained a pinhole projector to display visuals on the inside of the helmet’s visor.
“By joining Sonic Union, I look forward to providing the same music-focused audio design that has been the focus of my career,” says Ballingall. “Sonic Union has the expert talent and facilities to be able to work in unique formats, like VR/AR, Game Development and Dolby Atmos, which are really exciting to me.”