Video palace is a found footage style podcast, created by Nick Braccia (marketing master for Sense8 and Westworld) and Mike Monello (producer “Blair Witch Project”), written by Ben Rock (production designer for “Blair Witch Project”) and Bob DeRosa (Producer/ Writer/ Editor “20 Seconds To Live”), and produced by Shudder, AMC‘s premium streaming network focusing on the horror and suspense genres.

I was hired by Diablo Sound as the lead designer on the podcast.  I provided about 80% of the sound design for the series, as well as the mixing and mastering of the entire series.

The iTunes description says the following:

When video collector Mark Cambria watches a mysterious VHS tape, he begins talking in his sleep in a language that doesn’t exist. Mark and his girlfriend Tamra set out to investigate the tape’s origin and find themselves caught up in a web of conspiracy, occult, and dread surrounding a legendary video store with a sinister purpose beyond imagining.

It was a total blast to work with a fantastic producing and writing team, creating a spine-tingling story that can only come alive through sound.  The first thing I played with was my old Sequential Circuits ProOne synthesizer.  It’s an amazing little beast, and has a truly unique sound after moving around the country half a dozen times.

It used to make amazing music. Now it basically is the most fun noisemaker on the planet!  I don’t know what’s gone on inside there, but it’s truly a unique sound.

Something that was very important to me due to the documentary nature of the podcast was that every location and phone call has a unique signature sound to it.  Diablo owns the Waves plug-in suite, so I utilized their Impulse Response plug-in (IR-1) to help create different rooms and environments.  I even created a couple of custom Impulses of my laptop’s microphone and speakers to give the phone calls a wider variety of tones.

Come on down to the Video Palace!  Come for the sound, stay for the story!