An Oakland native, Brian Copenhagen has been courting sound and music since age eight when he picked up the cello. For many years, Brian continued his close relationship with music, developing skills on trombone, acoustic and electric bass, drums, and guitar. This led naturally to an interest in sound, and he began recording his own bands in 1990.

He turned toward the world of film in 1995, when he undertook recording production sound for several 16mm films with graduate students at Loyola Marymount University. In the following years, Brian worked as a production sound mixer for films shot on 35mm, 16mm, DV, and High Definition. His affinity for music has continued through sound design and composing for short films.


In the years that I’ve been recording, I began to realize the importance of developing my own consistent methodology, a philosophy that I could apply to each new project I undertook. Needless to say, there is no single philosophy that can survive without consistent re-examination and adjustment. Indeed, in 20 years it wouldn’t surprise me to be doing things radically different than how I do today. For now, I hope to relate some of the ideas that I like to draw upon which are relevant to recording and designing sound for film.

to be cont’d…..