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WCA #289 with George Vlad – The Draw of the Outdoors, Field Recording, Ecology, Adventure, Bribes, and Bees

George Vlad is a sound recordist, photographer and expedition leader with a keen interest in wildlife and conservation. George travels extensively and records a variety of sounds, from natural ambiances and wildlife to odd vehicles and vintage aircraft. He also supports a variety of conservation initiatives around the world, either directly, by sharing my work with them or by employing them in my travels. When he’s not traveling George works as a sound designer and composer for video games from his studio in Southern England. His audio work is heard by millions of players every month.

Episode Bonus Content: Gear Talk with George Vlad

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Languages
  • Burning Out
  • The Draw of the Outdoors
  • The Listening Experience
  • Travel
  • Ecology
  • The language of Birds
  • Field Recording Technique
  • Trip Planning
  • Man-Made Sounds
  • Threat of Extinction
  • Recording Attention
  • Bribes
  • Fear
  • Adventure
  • Fixers
  • Packing
  • Bees
  • Experience vs ROI
  • Sound Libraries
  • Sound Design
  • Game Sound Implementation

Links and Show Notes:


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