David Sonnenschein

Part-Time Instructor
School of Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media

With degrees in Neurobiology and Music (UCSD – University of California, San Diego) and Cinema/TV (USC – University of Southern California), David Sonnenschein applies his unique background to the area of sound design for film and games.

His book Sound Design: The Expressive Power of Music, Voice, and Sound Effects in Cinemahas been adopted by schools throughout the world, translated to Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean and will soon be in its second edition including material on interactive media. He is the recipient of the Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel, and since 1998 has offered Sound Design Master Classes in Europe, Asia, and South America, and more recently online webinars to international students and professionals.

Founder of multiple sound design websites, David began his career making educational films for the University of California. He has produced and directed six feature films, many documentaries & short subject pieces. Trained as a classical musician, he has expanded into jazz and world music, and practices sound healing. His most recent career move embraces interactive media as consultant on large video games (EA’s Mass Effect) and developer of the music game app “3 Deaf Mice,” which calls upon the player to help create a song through sonic treasure hunts, audio puzzles and creative digital sound processing.

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