Episode 63 Kevin Bolen (Skywalker Sound)

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Episode 63 Kevin Bolen (Skywalker Sound)


In this episode of the Immersive Audio Podcast, Oliver Kadel and Monica Bolles are joined by a director for interactive audio at Skywalker Sound – Kevin Bolen from California, US. 

Kevin Bolen supervises Skywalker Sound’s interactive audio department, which combines decades of cinematic audio experience with bleeding-edge technologies to create unforgettable immersive audio experiences such as the Academy Award-winning Carne y Arena, the Peabody Award-winning Queerskins: A Love Story, and the Emmy-nominated Star Wars: Vader Immortal. Kevin’s team collaborates with partners including Disney, Lucasfilm, Marvel, Legendary Entertainment, and ILMxLAB to extend the power of cinematic storytelling into location-based experiences and home entertainment alike.

In this episode, Kevin shares his perspective on how they approach the spatial and interactive audio philosophy at Skywalker and we explore the Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge project case study.

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Show Notes

Kevin Bolen – https://www.linkedin.com/in/kbolen/

Skywalker Sound – https://www.skysound.com/

ILMxLAB – https://www.ilmxlab.com/

Facebook Spatial Workstation – https://facebook360.fb.com/spatial-workstation/

Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge – https://www.oculus.com/experiences/quest/3484270071659289/?locale=en_GB

Bandcamp acquired by Epic Games – https://www.epicgames.com/site/en-US/news/bandcamp-joining-epic-games-to-support-fair-open-platforms-for-artists-and-fans

The audio heard through the episode are binaural excerpts from Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge VR Experience.


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This episode was produced by Oliver Kadel and Emma Rees and included music by Rhythm Scott.