Axel Kacoutié is an award-winning sound designer for the Guardian's daily news podcast, Today in Focus, and won Silver in the 2019 Audio Production Awards for Best New Producer. His work can be heard on Radio 4's Short Cuts series (in the episode 'Self Portrait') and Channel 4's Random Acts.Locked Pro Plan feature
Axel Kacoutié is the award-winning Sound Designer for the Guardian's daily news podcast, Today in Focus. As well as composing the theme song for the podcast, his work is described as "surprising, original and fresh". Axel intuitively knows how to add new dimensions to everyday stories and his finishing touches to every episode guarantees a gripping listen.
As part of Poetry & Lyrics Festival 2017, I Project Managed the Poet in the City (PinC) Podcast team to present a special edition episode. This involved: organising and assigning roles to each member. • Liaising with guests & talent • Coordinating mail outs for guest invites and promotion request/PS swaps. • Setting goals & deadlines in order to monitor progress. • Used my editorial experience to fine-tune interview questions. • Over-saw the recording of every interview. • Single-handedly edited and mixed the entire podcast with all available resources.
• Outputting topical, news-based phone-in shows. • Liaising with news-readers, reporters, guests, presenters, producers/assistant producers as well as management. • Editing news clips and montages to broadcast. • Proof-listening to reporter audio packages. • Handling ISDNs, News Feeds and Outside Sources in order to asses and manage audio quality before and during live broadcast. • Producing and mixing imaging for special broadcast shows and promotional use. •Training new tech-ops. • Consulting with the engineering team when faced with any technical issues.
- Operate audio studio equipment effectively and safely. This includes the use of mixing desks, controlling the routing of outside sources. - Operate playout and production-based systems as well as recording, editing, mixing, and replaying material. -Working with teams in the studio, offering operational and creative guidance and advice -Responsible for, and able to offer advice on, the technical quality, aural balance and audibility of programme material. -Develop specialist audio skills whilst retaining the ability to balance and control a whole range of radio productions, both live and pre-recorded, working to the highest level either with Studio Manager colleagues or single-handed - Identify when problems arise in broadcast-critical systems and able to work around them where necessary.
Produced a film-poem written and composed by myself. Collaborating with director, Émile, my task to oversee the project making sure that we stayed within the budget (self-funded) and that we remained organised and efficient throughout the process.
- Managing playback software(s) (iTunes & Soundboard) - Outputting music and audio during tournament rounds and medal ceremonies including the winning country’s national anthem.