2017 Updates

Thanks very much for your interest in my work. In 2017 I am pursuing new avenues of sound and will be posting some of those things here as they develop and grow. My primary focus in audio at the present time involves installation art, so I am not accepting new assignments in film, journalism, or production except on a VERY limited case-by-case basis. I am currently fundraising for a long-form art installation work, so lucrative paid gigs would be a definite help in that respect. Unfortunately I don’t have time for low budget work due to my need to raise funds/apply for grants to create an ambitious sound-based artwork.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me via e-mail: jwallace242@gmail.com. Due to high volumes of comment spam I don’t bother with the comments section except to block/delete where appropriate.

Audio Documentary, Journalism, and Storytelling

joe_wallaceI am a Chicago-based audio professional. My career in radio and television began in 1987 when I landed my first on-air radio job at WNNS in Springfield, Illinois. In 1991 I joined the Air Force and had a 13-year career as a reporter, editor, producer and on-air talent.

I left the military in 2005, moved to Chicago and began working as a freelancer, writing,  producing, and editing.

Today I am working more exclusively on audio documentary and storytelling projects–inspired by the Third Coast Festival, The Moth, This American Life and other well-known story-centric names.

I report and interview, record location sound, compose soundtracks, edit dialog, and do audio post-production work. I’m an experienced filmmaker but I prefer to work more exclusively with sound. My radio and television work has won CINDY awards and Telly awards, among many others.

The experience I have behind the camera informs my work in audio–I understand the needs of the director and enjoy being an important supporting member of a film or television production. Good sound is crucial to the success of the project–getting it done right, and to the satisfaction of the director is job number one.

My experience is diverse–I work in all aspects of film where audio is concerned. From simple sound effects and foley to soundtrack work, location sound, and post-production, I am dedicated simply to delivering quality audio that meets the specific needs of the production.

I own my own equipment including the Sound Devices 633 field mixer/recorder and a variety of professional shotgun microphones. I prefer Lectrosonics 400 series wireless microphones. Have gear, will travel. I compose and edit on Pro Tools X and Cubase 7.

My work has included pool footage/audio for LMNO Productions (Behind Closed Doors with Joan Lunden), CNN, Animal Planet, and many others. I do audio for film and broadcast including radio, podcasting, etc. I also record sound effects and atmospheres.

I am available for projects at the current time, but scheduling is key–please contact me as early as possible in your planning process to coordinate availability. Please feel free to contact me at (312) 504-1264 or drop me an email: joe@joewallaceaudio.com.

Thanks for reading–I look forward to learning about new projects and opportunities to record.

–Joe Wallace