John Leonard

Good Things Come In Small Packages 
Over the years, I’ve acquired an assortment of microphones that I use for recording sound effects and music.
In Praise Of PSEs 
I was introduced into the world of the production sound engineer: a body of people with a set of skills that are as invaluable to a sound designer as his laptop and his esoteric ear-buds.
It Was A Dark And Stormy Night... 
No, this isn’t about Snoopy: Cliché is what this month’s column is concerned with, in entertainment in general and in sound design in particular.
Hands, Knees, And Boomps-A-Daisy... 
It got me thinking about the other theatre-related injuries that I’ve incurred over the years and pretty much accepted as part of the job.
Back It Up
Back in the days of reel-to-reel show tapes, I tended to make backups of any show that I thought ought to be preserved, and a copy would be made for the archive.
There Are Places I Remember 
Being a peripatetic sound designer means that I spend a good deal of my life in various hotel rooms in various cities and in various countries.
Golden Oldies  4
John Leonard discusses the value placed on some items that have become desirable far beyond their seeming worth.
Critical Mess  1
It is only recently, with the recognition of sound design as a creative discipline worthy of inclusion in awards ceremonies, that critics have started to pay particular, if sometimes inaccurate, attention to our craft.
Who's On The Phone? 
Somehow, I’ve amassed a collection of around 200 phones of one sort or another, simply by taking the responsibility away from the props department.
You're Surrounded, Part Two: Surround Sound Design In Theatre  2
The following is a continuation of a discussion from You're Surrounded, Part One. I use surround in many ways to achieve different effects, to enhance atmosphere, to unnerve or frighten an audience, or to recreate a particular acoustic.
You're Surrounded, Part One: Surround Sound Design In Theatre 
If you’ve been paying the least bit of attention to this series of ramblings, you’ll have realized that my formative years, aurally speaking, were in the late 1960s and early 1970s, a particularly rich period for innovation, both in terms of music and audio development.
Happy Anniversary!
This is the year of anniversaries, especially that of the Macintosh computer.
Searching In Vain  2
Very rarely have I driven down through a music site search engine until I reach what a computer algorithm thinks is something I might like or find useful.
Upgrade And/Or Die 

I know I tend to bang on about the good old days a bit, but a recent set of problems got me thinking, which is why you’re reading this.

Tooled Up (Warning: Contains Reminiscences And Trade Names) 
Somewhere along the way, I’d lost, loaned, or had purloined almost every one of the tools that had been my constant companions back in those circuit-building and fault-finding days of yore.
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