MPSE Wavelength

Spring 2022

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52 I M PS E . O R G BY PAULETTE LIFTON MPSE The Sonic Soul of Sound From Animation to Silence PAULETTE LIFTON MPSE: It was so interesting to look at what you have done in your career, and you've been doing this a long time for someone so young. ERIK AADAHL: Yeah time flies. It doesn't feel like as long as it actually has been. PL: When did you start, like 20 years ago? EA: Yes, I graduated from film school in 1998. I started as an assistant dialogue editor on a television show, NYPD Blue. And then a year later, I started effects editing. And then I did the very first season of Family Guy, and the very first season of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. I did TV for a few years, and then A conversation with Supervising Sound Editor Erik Aadahl There is a lot to learn about the simplicity of the poetry of sound from Erik Aadahl. With multiple award wins and nominations overall, and including winning the 66th Annual MPSE Golden Reel Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Sound Effects and Foley for Feature Film for A Quiet Place, Erik shares with us his stories about the "sonic soul" of Kung Fu Panda, the "Oreo-eating bear" of Everest and my personal favorites, the "digital silence" of A Quiet Place and A Quiet Place Part II.

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