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For immediate release
June 27, 2005
Contact:
Chad Campbell, NPR:
ccampbell@npr.org | 202.513.2404

Help An Oscar-Winning Sound Editor Search For Sound For His Next Movie

NPR listeners can call the sound hotline, (202) 408-9576, with their sound

WASHINGTON - Search For Sound, a new series from NPR® (National Public Radio), invites listeners to call in to describe or play a unique sound from where they live or work to be included in future NPR segments or in a feature film. The Search For Sound segment with Oscar-winning Sound Editor Randy Thom airs today, June 27, during NPR's afternoon newsmagazine All Things Considered®.

In the segment, Thom of Skywalker Sound discusses his work, which includes such films as "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back," "Apocalypse Now," "Forrest Gump," "Backdraft," "Cast Away," and the upcoming "War of the Worlds" and "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire." Thom won the Oscar for Best Achievement in Sound Editing for "The Incredibles" and "The Right Stuff."

Thom invites NPR listeners to help him with his upcoming film work by calling to describe or play unique or powerful sound from their areas. Thom says, "The sounds I'm looking for make you feel a certain way. They may make you feel happy, may make you feel sad, they may be frightening sounds, may suggest some future sci-fi world, they may recall some medieval medical cog-and-wheels kind of world but they make you feel a certain way…Divorce yourself from everything you know about the source. What matters is what is in the sound itself."

To contribute a sound, please call the Search For Sound hotline - (202) 408-9576.

To find the local All Things Considered station in your area, please visit www.npr.org/wheretohear. The segment will also be available to hear on npr.org the evening of June 27.

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