Welcome to an all-new episode of Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast! Hosts Victor Ramos and Skunk Manhattan are joined by Nathan Ruyle from his new post sound facility in Burbank, CA. Ruyle works as a sound designer, supervising sound editor, re-recording mixer and founder of the independent post-production sound company, This is Sound Design.
In a career spanning over 20 years, Ruyle has created original sound for more than 150 projects, including feature films, television shows and more.
Many of Ruyle’s works have premiered at major film festivals around the world — some even received awards via of Sundance, Cannes and SXSW. The television series Every Act of Life was nominated for an Emmy in 2020 and most recently the films I love My Dad (a dramatic comedy starring Patton Oswalt) and Crows are White (a world-spanning documentary that starts as a vérité examination of a secretive sect of Buddhist monks) premiered at SXSW 2022. After attaining his undergraduate degree at the Southern Illinois University, Nathan received an MFA in Sound Design and Integrated Media from the California Institute of the Arts in 2008. He then taught for seven years as a member of the CalArts film and animation faculty, while building his clientele and becoming a frequent lecturer at the American Film Institute.
In this episode, we learn a lot about the origins, history and evolution of “sound design”, not to mention his integral and vital roles in film, TV, etc. Nathan’s state-of-the-art studios, in both New York and Los Angeles, offer cutting-edge technologies, including three mixing stages that emulate different rooms and listening environments, as well as ADR (Automated Dialogue Replacement) and foley recording studios. Nathan discusses his influences, shedding light on some sound design pioneers who have been integral to the success of groundbreaking films (as well as the evolution of the motion picture in general). Nathan has several published articles and interviews where he discusses the importance of this “invisible art”. Tune in to the full conversation above!
About the podcasters
Skunk is a musician, primarily known as the frontman and guitarist for eclectic heavy-rock band A Good Rogering. Since moving to Austin in 2004, he has recorded and performed with a wide variety of bands and solo artists over a career spanning more than 20 years and has shared the stage with notable acts, such as Skid Row, Marty Friedman, Uli Jon Roth, George Lynch and Metal Church among others. Skunk not only works as a performing musician and recording artist, but also as a producer and music teacher. With two decades of insight into what it means to be a professional musician and a passion for not only music, but comedy and general chatter, Skunk was quick to jump at the opportunity to co-host a podcast with longtime friend, Victor Ramos.
A Texas native, Victor’s early musical influences are a mixture of classic rock albums played by his Vietnam vet father and a whole lot of ‘the Fab Four’ via his Beatles-loving mother. Sprinkle in some classic country and Motown, and you have a man that would say “¿que?” when other Tejanos would ask what his favorite cumbia was. After a stint in the Marines, Victor moved to Austin in 2000 and began working in the tech industry. He met Skunk in a Spanish class in 2005 and the two discovered a shared passion for not only beer, but music. After years of collectively attending concerts and talking music, the idea to start a podcast centering around such topics seemed like a logical endeavor.