BBC Radio: Dennis Baxter Presents ‘The Sound of Sport’

In a fascinating new segment on BBC Radio 4, sports sound designer Dennis Baxter considers the importance of sound in broadcast sports events such as the Olympics. Commentary aside, sport on television and radio would be quite different without the crowds, the kicks, the thwacks and the grunts. Dennis’s job is to think about the sound of sport. For nearly 20 years, he has worked on the Olympics, defining how the broadcast will sound, always trying to increase drama and excitement. For him, closer is generally better.

Dennis speaks to Bill Whiston, who mixed the Bafta-nominated sound of the Wimbledon 2008 finals, and he meets a Hollywood sound-effects specialist and videogame designer to find out what they do to create a sense of authenticity and excitement. With the 2012 Olympics fast approaching, this programme should make listeners think more about what they hear when they watch or listen to sport.

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