Hello there!

My name is John, I'm a professionally trained scientist turned full-time interactive sound designer. Let's connect on Bluesky or LinkedIn!

Welcome to my portfolio and audio blog, Audio Gung Fu.

Below are a few snapshots of my journey with a brief overview about how I got into interactive Sound Design.

I enjoy field recording whenever time permits. It allows me to get out and listen to nature, hunt for distinctive sounds, and keeps me actively building my audio library. I try to keep a recorder with me at all times, just in case I come across something interesting - It happens more often than you might think!

Tommy Emmanuel - Initiation (live performance)

In high school, I was very into creating wild guitar feedback loops and found myself continually saving up for guitar effects pedals. That was, until I heard Tommy Emmanuel play an extended version of 'Initiation' at a Bluegrass festival which led to me saving for an acoustic-electric guitar so that I could re-create the percussive sounds drenched in reverb and delay.

I also became interested in making zombie movies with friends and found that most of my time was spent developing sound effects for the videos. 🧟🔊

A radio DJ speaking into a studio microphone
Hosting Kiwi Classics Live at KJHK 90.7

Having explored film making, audio production, and radio broadcast, and with eight years of experience in program development directing non-profit projects, I jumped into game development. I cherish my diverse experiences as they serve as both a catalyst for elevating my design work and as a versatile toolkit for creative problem-solving.

You can learn more about my experience in interactive game audio production on my Bio page, and a little more about my (Use Map Settings) foundations and experience on my Roots page.

You can always find me tinkering away on some hobby audio project - This year (2024), Inspired by William Basinski, I'm experimenting with analog tape-loops, and building my first commercial audio library 'Extreme Gardening' as a collaboration with a local non-profit.