Sound Punch

Record label - since 1999

Background

The original idea for Sound Punch records was to release a back-log of recorded material Philip Brophy had been producing for films, videos and installations since the early 90s. It was not until he conducted experiments in Dolby Surround and Dolby Digital (for his own gore feature Body Melt, Marie Craven's award-winning short Maidenhead and Vincent Giarrusso's feature Mallboy) that he considered the potential for releasing his work in Dolby Surround on CD. This interest in multi-channel sound mixing pushed Philip to formally start the Sound Punch label at the end of 1999. Sound Punch has since functioned as Philip's avenue of documenting, archiving and releasing his own film scores, live 're-scored' presentations, plus various solo and collaborative musical projects.

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Overview

The CDs released on Sound Punch collectively typify Philip's bent on music production, composition and performance. Neither overtly 'experimental' nor outrightly commercial', they mostly connect to his audiovisual explorations in films, installations and other sites/events. Cinema is generally referenced either in the music, the conceptualization of the projects, or sometimes simply as a point of departure of oblique reference. Many of these musical projects connect to his published writing on film sound/music.

Technical

CDs have traditionally been released in stereo, but there is no reason why Dolby Surround information cannot be encoded onto CD. The beautiful simplicity of the Dolby Surround system is the way it is matrix-encoded. This means that if you listen to a Dolby Surround recording through a stereo amp and speakers, you get all the information in stereo. But if you play that same recording through a Dolby decoding amplifier connected to additional speakers, you get that same information spatialized in way that replicates how you would hear the recording in a cinema. In technical terms: the Sound Punch CDs bearing the Dolby Surround logo have been mixed into the Dolby Surround or Pro Logic matrix. This means that from a surround sound amplifier, separate sound information is sent discretely to the following speakers of a surround sound system:

1. the front left speaker;
2. the front right speaker;
3. the front centre speaker;
4. the sub woofer speaker; and
5. simultaneously through the rear left and rear right speakers, combined as a single mono sound.

Essentially, that's 5 tracks of information in place of the standard 2 tracks one gets with stereo playback. This is not to say that ‘more is better', but rather that one can use these 5 tracks as spatial locations so as to shift the sound through wide playback space. Handled effectively, an immersive experience is generated - sometimes gratuitously trippy, but sometimes well-suited to the more off-kilter sonic explorations typical of the Sound Punch label.

Sound Punch banner © 2006

Catalogue

  • The Cavern of Deep Tones

    Philip Brophy

    1999

    Dolby Surround CD
    From the 1999 project

    Info Audio $ CD
  • Bionic Blue Bubblegum Slurpee

    Ph2

    1999

    Dolby Surround CD
    From the 1998 performances

    Info Audio Images $ CD
  • One Large Magnetic Cartridge

    Lazy3

    1999

    Stereo CD
    From the 1998 performances

    Info Audio $ CD
  • Beautiful Cyborg

    Philip Brophy, Franc Tetaz & Darrin Verhagen

    2002

    Dolby Surround CD
    From the 2000 performance

    Info Video Audio Images $ CD
  • Filmmusic Vol.1

    Philip Brophy

    2002

    Stereo CD
    From various film scores

    Vol.1 $ CD
  • Janet Leigh (Dead)

    Ph2

    2002

    Dolby Surround CD
    From the 1999 performances

    Info Audio Images $ CD
  • Decomposition

    Various

    2004

    Stereo CD compilation
    From various film & video scores

    Info $ CD
  • Aurevelateur

    Philip Brophy

    2005

    Stereo CD

    2009

    Dolby Digital 5.1 DVD-A
    From the 2004 performance

    Info Video Audio Images $ CD
  • Beautiful Cyborg 2

    Philip Brophy

    2008

    Stereo CD
    From the 2002 performance

    Info Video Audio Images $ CD
  • Kissed

    Philip Brophy

    2009

    Stereo CD
    Dolby Digital 5.1 DVD-A
    From the 2008 performance

    Info Video Audio Images $ CD
  • The Planets

    Philip Brophy

    2009

    Stereo CD
    Dolby Digital 5.1 DVD-A
    From the 2008 performances

    Info Audio $ CD
  • Northern Void

    Ph2

    2009

    Stereo CD
    Dolby Digital 5.1 DVD-A
    From the 2007 live score performance

    Info Audio Video $ CD
  • Filmmusic Vol.2

    Philip Brophy

    2009

    Stereo CD
    From various film scores

    Vol.2 $ CD
  • I Am Piano

    Philip Brophy

    2009

    Stereo CD
    Dolby Digital 5.1 DVD-A
    From the 2003-2009 performances

    Info Audio Images $ CD
  • Voiceless

    Philip Brophy

    2011

    Stereo CD
    Dolby Digital 5.1 DVD-A
    From the 2003-2010 performances

    Info Audio $ CD