Where are they now?: Interview with Chris Watson, sound recordist

Mar 1, 2022 | Fellows, Interviews, Transformations, Transformations (Issue 5)

Professor Nayanika Mookherjee interviews Chris Watson, sound recordist

Chris Watson was an IAS Fellow from December 2012-June 2013. He is a leading recorder of wildlife and natural phenomena. His sound recording career began in 1981 when he joined Tyne Tees Television and since then he has developed a particular and passionate interest in recording the wildlife sounds of animals, habitats and atmospheres from around the world. As a freelance recordist for film, TV & radio, Chris specialises in natural history and documentary location sound together with track assembly and sound design in post-production. He is renowned for his award-winning wildlife work with Sir David Attenborough on productions such as The Life of Birds and The Life of Mammals. Currently, his work is included in Sir David Attenborough’s The Green Planet on BBC.

Listen to examples of Chris’s current work at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p09k7hjc; and https://www.oceans21.org/en/projects/seaphony/, and his recent work with Sir David Attenborough on The Green Planet (BBC World Service – In the Studio, Green Planet).


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