And enter the magical world of Ear Candy — a Calgary-based audio boutique for sound and score built on a foundation of passion and creativity…and some say a modicum of madness.
Behind the curtain, the Ear Candy suite boasts everything needed to make your audio ready to perform in the centre ring. Sink into the relaxed vibe, and enjoy the show.
A sampling of our audio goodies:
Dialogue Replacement (ADR)
Half-radio. Half-film. One media
Let ears lead and eyes will follow. Wondrous worlds collide to create a persuasive beast mere mortals are powerless to resist.
Face Of Education
Alberta Teacher's Association
This campaign for the Alberta Teachers Association required a custom score that followed the conversations from kids in different stages of their education. The score needed to be simple, inspiring and also honest. Using a Ukulele was a key ingredient in crafting the score as it is one of the first instruments you will learn in school.
When getting started on this piece for Amazon I had a number of conversations collaborating with the director about the role of sound design. The trick was finding the right balance of what is going on visually and what is being heard without being taken out of the moment. The unique style in the way this was shot allowed for spacial opportunities that were fun to explore.
This project started with casting the right voice that spoke to the demographic. The script and visuals allowed for a less is more approach to sound design and original music. Won Best in Show Anvil at Ad Rodeo.
Rather than using a sound effects library or foley to create the sounds in this spot we used a voice actor. After all the movements were recorded I felt it could use some music. Again, just using the talented voice actor we came up with a score that just felt right!
Ear Candy was asked to find a Christmas song that would work well with the story Atco was trying to tell in this commercial. After presenting a number of options we settled on “The Christmas Song”. Once we cleared the song for sync rights, we re-arranged and recorded our own version of the song to better suit the feel of the spot. We recorded a live string section to further enhance the score and then finished up with sound design, VO and a broadcast ready mix.
MMVA’s Horror Cabin
I have been doing work for the MMVA’s for a number of years and this is one of my favourite campaigns. I was tasked with music selection and editing, ADR, sound design and mix. Winner – Promax Bronze for Sound Design
Envisage the Invisible
Close your eyes if you dare, and enter the imaginarium, where the insane coexists with the mundane as we fabricate fanciful feats of fiction, and mix the most magnificent-sounding sales speak.
Tested On Animals
Never before heard by human ears
Evolving out of the deepest, darkest jungles of creativity, these notable notes rise above mainstream melodies to make a distinct impression on discerning aural palates.
It’s All In Your Head
Short Film – I was not sure how I was going to tackle the score on this short film until I happened to be at a friend’s place whose young daughter had a miniature toy grand piano. It sounded fantastic and the score just started writing itself. Winner – Best Original Score Drama Under 30 Minutes, Ampia 2017.
Against The Ropes
TV Series – The score for this series is a combination of two different approaches. I styled the narrativ…
TV Series Promo – Amazon Prime reached out to have me create an 80’s sounding jingle for the Red Oa…
TV Series Promo – When given this trailer for the series “The Following”, musically it was sc…
Awakening The Skeena
Feature Length Documentary – An epic journey. A fragile wilderness under siege. An uncertain future and a…
Feel the stupendous strength of signature soundscapes
Come one, come all. Short films. Feature films. Documentaries & Series. Bring your moving pictures to life and forge indelible impressions with custom creative and more.
Feature Length Documentary – This feature film from Mark Myers was full of great moments to use sound design to support the timing and delivery of the story he was telling.
The Witness Box
Short Film – A timely short film that required authentic ambiences and fight sequences and in-your-face sound design to support the heavy issue being deliberated.
Feature Length Documentary – The scope of this documentary on Ron Southern is very large and needed to be handled carefully when it came to sound design and music. With so much information it was all about supporting the narrative with themes that would not distract but had a weight to them that you could feel. Sound design had a similar role – the use of industrial and office-type sounds made it feel familiar.
Feature Length Documentary – WBC/WIBF Super Featherweight Champion Jelena Mrdjenovich defends her title in France. The opportunity to write the score and design the sound for this film was met with the same passion, intensity and drive that she has for her sport.
Pieces Of 8
Short Film – My first film as Composer and Sound Designer when I started Ear Candy. You never forget your first.
Legend Of The Lich Lord
Feature Length Film – This full length feature was a great opportunity to flex my sound design muscle. Magical forces, zombies and an Evil Lord – what more can a Sound Designer ask for.
I am thrilled to announce that the film Dead For A Dollar has been selected for the 2022 Venice Film Festival in Italy. I was fortunate and honoured to be asked by local producer Carolyn McMaster to be the Supervising Sound Editor of the film.
Dead For A Dollar is a Western directed by Walter Hill and stars Willem Dafoe, Christoph Waltz, Rachel Brosnahan, Hamish Linklater, Benjamin Bratt and other fine actors.
Walter Hill will also receive the 2022 Cartier Glory To The Filmmaker award at the festival.
Super excited to be in attendance for this wonderful occasion.
Walter Hill is hero of mine. Just watch his film The Warriors and see why. Truly incredible to be working on one of his films....
Final Mix day on “Don’t Say It’s Name”. Where’s my rum!...
Time and time again Ear Candy has elevated my creative to the next level. It was working with Beau that really taught me the importance of great sound design. As I moved from MuchMusic to FX and then to Amazons Studios I brought Ear Candy along for the ride because I always knew I could depend on them to facilitate any of my audio needs and collaborate to make amazing work
Matt Unsworth - Senior Creative Producer
BEAU KNOWS AUDIO! For 2 decades he has brought my commercials to life. The perfect mix of collaboration, craftsmanship and creative. And he's gotten me out of more jams than I can count.
Randall Graham - Creative Director
Always a great experience working with Ear Candy. Beau recommends impeccable talent, and masterfully brings out voice, music and personality cues that truly bring radio and multimedia spots to life!
Glenn Sherwin - Director, Marketing and Communications
Spruce Meadows Television relies on Ear Candy for all of our specialty audio and sound design needs. We have been fortunate in our sport, documentary, commercial and corporate productions to have Beau create and provide a meaningful and creative difference to our finished productions that have often been recognized for their sound design integrity.
Ian Allison - Senior Vice President
The work Ear Candy has done for the BC and Alberta Acura Dealer Associations was nothing short of spectacular especially given the very short lead times he had to work with, producing multiple spots on almost a monthly basis year after year without fault. He is creative, professional, efficient, connected and fun to work with.
Gary Hendrick - President, Hendrick Associates Marketing Services
From the moment you enter the studio, you get a sense of the personalities, the creativity and the customer service that Ear Candy brings to the recording industry. I’ve worked with Beau for over 5 years on clients as varied as the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, Crop Production Services, Loveland Products to name a few AdFarm clients. The work is always timely, on budget and exceeds my clients’ expectations.
Amanda Howard - Group Account Lead
Ear Candy and TacoTime have much more than a client / supplier relationship, we consider Ear Candy a key member of the family. Our continued success together is a strong testament to Ear Candy's diligent hard work and high production values.
Todd Sloane - Marketing Manager
What we love about working with Beau is that beyond his artistry, he genuinely cares about how our productions honour the kids and families who need the hospital. From conceptualization to production through to execution – he brings out the best in our creative.
Billie (Belinda) Lamb - Vice President Communications
Beau Shiminsky is a rigorous professional who did an excellent job on my film DEAD FOR A DOLLAR. I remain in his debt and hope to work with him again.
Walter Hill - Director/Producer
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