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Working Class Audio #233 with Beau Sorenson

Beau Sorenson is a freelance audio professional (producer/mixer/ engineer) based in California. He also writes, records, and remixes music as Beaunoise.

As producer/engineer, He’s worked on multiple albums for Death Cab for Cutie, Bob Mould, and Superchunk, as well as albums for Tune-yards, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, Mac McCaughan, Mike Krol, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, The Dodos, Sparklehorse, Field Report, Jars of Clay, Yellow Ostrich, Camera Obscura, and many more. I’ve engineered sessions for Chris Walla, Merrill Garbus, Tucker Martine, Butch Vig, John Vanderslice, Dangermouse, Ryan Hewitt, and Al Weatherhead.

While studio recording is Beau’s primary focus, He’s also composed and recorded soundtracks for films and podcasts mastered music for release, worked as a studio tech, taught audio engineering, and consulted on studio construction and design.

Beau spent six years as a staff engineer at Smart Studios in Madison, WI before leaving to work freelance. He is currently a staff engineer at John Vanderslice’s Tiny Telephone studios but he also works at other studios as well. 

About this interview:

Beau joins me for coffee to discuss hardware stores, being kind, respect for studio owners, having patience, and getting out of town to record. Enjoy! -Matt

Links and Show Notes

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  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • Guest: Beau Sorenson
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • Additional Music: The License Lab