Doug Quin

Sound Designer

Syracuse, United States

Douglas Quin is a world-renowned sound designer, naturalist, public radio commentator, educator and music composer. For the past 30 years Quin has traveled widely documenting the natural soundscape—from Antarctic ice to Arctic tundra and from African savannah to Amazon rainforest. His recordings of endangered and disappearing habitats represent one of the most unique and extensive collections anywhere. Quin created the sound design for and mixed Werner Herzog’s Academy Award-nominated film, “Encounters at the End of the World” and worked variously on “Jurassic Park III” and “Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers,” as well as documentaries for television and radio. He has recorded for a number of contemporary music and sound art labels including Wergo, Earth Ear, Apollo Records, Miramar, and Taiga Records. Quin has received numerous commissions, including from Conservation International, World Wildlife Fund; Atelier de Création Radiophonique, France-Culture and West German Radio in Köln for a live satellite sound art transmission from Antarctica; and Polar Suite for the Emmy Award-winning Kronos Quartet, featuring a score derived from ice core data, soundscapes and interactive electronics. Quin is an Associate Professor in the Television, Radio & Film Department at the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and most recently a Visiting Fellow at the Conservatorium of Music at the University of Tasmania.