A SHORT STORY TO MAKE ME SEEM INTERESTING


My name is Beau Sorenson. I am a freelance audio professional (engineer, producer, mixer, electronic musician) living in the San Francisco Bay Area. I make recordings of sounds, and help other people make and shape recordings of their sounds.

As producer / engineer, I've worked on multiple albums for Death Cab for Cutie and Bob Mould, as well as albums for Superchunk, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, Mac McCaughan, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Sparklehorse, Field Report, Jars of Clay, Yellow Ostrich, Camera Obscura, The Ericksons, Mike Krol, Elsinore, Minor Characters, Mr. Gnome, Chastity Brown, and many more.

I've engineered / assisted on sessions with Chris Walla, Tucker Martine, Butch Vig, Merrill Garbus, Dangermouse, Al Weatherhead and Ryan Hewitt.

I've worked at Tiny Telephone, Electrical Audio, Flora Recording and Playback, Sound City, Soma EMS, April Base, Different Fur, Overdub Lane, Pogo Studios, London Bridge, Hyde Street Studios, Avast!, Type Foundry / Mix Foundry, The Warehouse, The Hall of Justice, The Dock, The Terrarium, The Isokon, The Tannery, Bobby Peru Recording, Chrome Attic, and many other studios that are no longer around.

I love recording studios, but I've also made records in bedrooms and kitchens and living rooms, houses and apartments and cabins, warehouses, practice spaces, town halls - anywhere I can drag a bit of equipment into.

While studio recording is my primary focus, I've also composed and recorded soundtracks for documentary, feature, and short films, mastered albums for release, worked as a studio tech, taught audio engineering, and consulted on studio design.

BEAUNOISE

I write and record my own music and remix other music as Beaunoise. I am also part of Exurbs, with dear friends Jeff Sauer (Czarbles) and Andrew Fitzpatrick (All Tiny Creatures / Volcano Choir).


HISTORY
If you want the longer version, check out my interview in TapeOp.


EARLY

I grew up in the woods. I took piano and guitar lessons. I spent a lot of time fiddling with electronics. I took a lot of things apart. I made noises in garages. I got a four track. I got a guitar. I built a theremin and a synthesizer. I broke a lot of things.

SMART

I spent the better part of a decade working at Smart Studios in Madison, WI. Smart was an incredible studio, packed with an array of esoteric recording equipment and wonderful people. I had the good fortune to work with a number of creative and talented individuals, and was part of some excellent recordings by Sparklehorse, Death Cab For Cutie, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Mr. Gnome, Garbage, Czarbles, Testa Rosa and The Ericksons (among many others).

When Smart Studios closed in 2010, I decided (in the words of Robert Fripp) to become a 'small, independent, mobile and intelligent unit'. I moved to Portland, Oregon and continued working as a freelance recording engineer / producer, while also taking on other projects: mastering, studio consultation, location recording, music for film, and other audio-related endeavors. 

NOW

After five years living and working in Portland, I relocated to the Bay Area to join the team of talented producers and engineers at Tiny Telephone while continuing to work as a freelance producer / engineer in other places.

OTHER

When I’m not working, I pretend to play the drums, or the guitar, or the piano. I spend a lot of time with synthesizers (the Buchla in particular) and tape machines. I read. I like building and fixing electronic gadgets, and I like owls. I enjoy drinking coffee and going for long walks.