Golden Reels

WB Game Audio Team at the 2016 MPSE Golden Reel Awards

WB Game Audio Team at the 2016 MPSE Golden Reel Awards

I am very grateful to be awarded the MPSE Golden Reel Award, with the rest of the WB Game Auido Team and members of 343 Insdustries, for the Best Sound Editing in Computer Interactive Entertainment for our work on Halo 5: Guardians. It was a tough category and I was biting my nails until the end. Extremely honored to be nominated with the other juggernauts of game audio.

The Sound of Gravity


The Sound of Two Black Holes Colliding (0:12)

Gravitational waves sent out from a pair of colliding black holes have been converted to sound waves, as heard in this animation. On September 14, 2015, LIGO observed gravitational waves from the merger of two black holes, each about 30 times the mass of our sun. The incredibly powerful event, which released 50 times more energy than all the stars in the observable universe, lasted only fractions of a second.

In the first two runs of the animation, the sound-wave frequencies exactly match the frequencies of the gravitational waves. The second two runs of the animation play the sounds again at higher frequencies that better fit the human hearing range. The animation ends by playing the original frequencies again twice.

As the black holes spiral closer and closer in together, the frequency of the gravitational waves increases. Scientists call these sounds "chirps," because some events that generate gravitation waves would sound like a bird's chirp.

Credit: LIGO

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2016 Golden Reel Awards

The Golden Reel Awards are an annual award ceremony put on by the Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) as a celebration and recognition of outstanding sound editorial of the previous year. This year is a particularly special year for me because I've been nominated twice along with my colleagues at the WB Game Audio Team! I am very honored to be nominated by the MPSE for our work in the category of Computer Interactive Entertainment for both Batman: Arkham Knight and Halo 5: Guardians.

Best of luck to all the nominees! It's sure to be a fun night and I hope to see many familiar faces and meet some new ones!