Owen Rafferty Sound Design

About Me

Distinction in Audio Engineering Techniques and Technology from the School of Sound Recording Level 201 Pro Tools Operator BA (hons) 2:1 in History and Sociology from the University of Manchester Currently working as a freelance Sound Designer


Born 1984 in Northern Ireland. Spent much of my early years learning about space and the solar system. Spent even more time  playing with lego, seeing what new structures I could create out of simple pieces. In later years I would begin to wonder what I  could do with the simple patterns of music. I picked up the guitar aged 17, and started to create the musical equivalent of those  first lego sculptures - blocky, simple and ugly. Despite their lack of elegance, it was still rewarding to initiate that creative process  and make something you can call your own. Even if it would take years of practice to create something more elegant. 
“I find that the best way to do things is to constantly move forward and to never doubt anything and keep moving forward, if you make a mistake say you made a mistake.”
I moved to Manchester in 2003 to study History and Sociology, delving into books as a way of trying to understand the world. Over  this period, music was somewhere between a passionate hobby and personal therapy. Any career in it was very much a pipe dream.  Then in 2008, I enrolled on the audio engineering course at the School of Sound Recording (SSR) in Manchester. I got to study the  links between the science of audio, and how the textures and fundamental frequencies of sound get interpreted by our brains as  music. I learnt how modern technology allows us to generate an effectively infinite combination of sounds and textures. It was like  scrambling through those boxes of lego again. 
“For the world to be interesting, you have to be manipulating it all the time.”
I graduated with a distinction in Audio Engineering in 2010 and soon discovered a passion for sound design on Manchester's theatre  scene. There is something about that place where the differing arts of audio, music and storytelling overlaps that I find endlessly  fascinating. I have been lucky enough to work alongside some of the most impressive and creative people. I have learnt a lot from  them, and together we have made exciting and challenging theatre. Plays I have worked on have been selected for Manchester’s  Re:play festival, Edinburgh Fringe’s Underbelly venue, 24:7 theatre festival and Sale Waterside Theatre’s To The Stage commission.  
- John Frusciante - Brian Eno