Matthew Zipkin

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MINI: The Beigeman

Tue, 12 May 2015

As a MINI driver myself (2011 Countryman), it was fun to work with their agency Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners on this fully computer animated promotional spot. Sound design was key without any location recording, and we had a library of the actual MINI engines, sorted by model, to work with. We added extra sound design to finish off the story and, of course, to complete the joke about the "boring" Beigeman.

11 Life Lessons from an Awesome Old Dyke: a charming, short documentary

Fri, 24 Apr 2015

I met writer/director Allison Khoury at One Union Recording Studios producing ads, and I was proud to join her team on her first film project. The story of her dear departed friend is charming and funny and illustrates the struggle of minority gender rights over the past three or four decades. The film is composed of old interview footage, relevant stock footage and voice over. I recorded Allison reading her script and together we sweetened the archival footage and added some cute sound effects. Look for this film at Frameline 39 - San Francisco's international LGBT film festival. Enjoy the trailer below, and follow the movie at their official website:

Bitcoin for the Intelligent Layperson

Thu, 23 Apr 2015

After a few years of enthusiasm, obsession and participation in the Bitcoin network and community, I finally had the opportunity to work on an animated introduction video about the topic! I produced the sound design for the video and also composed and performed some heart-warming acoustic guitar music to play in to and out of the piece. It's an important history lesson about how the digital currency was born. I would normally accept Bitcoin as compensation for this kind of work but in this case, ironically, it is not how we settled.

Game of Thrones! ADR session with Michiel Huisman as Daario Naharis

Mon, 23 Mar 2015

It was an honor to record replacement dialog for one of my favorite shows this week! We worked on 4 episodes from the end of the season and so on a few story lines, I've been spoiled, but it was worth it. Michiel was in San Francisco to attend the Season 5 premiere event.

EA Battlefield Hardline: Bank Heist 360º Video Experience!

Mon, 16 Mar 2015

You've got to see this! San Francisco agency FCB is making advertising history with this innovate video experience to promote EA's new release Battlefield: Hardline. This short film is about a bank heist, shot in a first-person perspective, from the point of view of the bag of money! What makes it truly amazing, however, is the ability of the user to pan around the environment in 360º as the video plays. We put in more than a few late nights on this one, conforming music splits and sound design to get the most impact from the edit. Some additional sound design was added, but this was mainly an edit and mix job.
Click here to experience the amazing 360º video!
Or watch the "linear" version below:

Audi "The Game" sponsoring Major League Soccer

Fri, 06 Mar 2015

I worked with agency Venables Bell & Partners to produce this exciting sports based ad. We added quite a bit of sound design together, and even had recorded our own music track before the agency officially settled on the one you hear. Inspired by the drumming in the recent film "Birdman," we emulated that style in the studio. An energetic mix with lots of components, this was definitely an exciting project!

Sensitive 70s Turtleneck Tough Guys! Amazing short action/comedy film

Wed, 25 Feb 2015

Writer/director team Jose Montesinos and Brett Stillo put together this hilarious 70's exploitation satire based on the cliché of the tough cop. Imagine Charles Bronson or Shaft with a crippling sensitive side. I participated in multiple departments of this effort: I played guitar on the score (edited and composed by Brian Rodvien), designed the sound and mix, and even played a role! Yes... that's me getting blasted into the swimming pool. Watch the FULL SHORT FILM below, and follow the movie (and possibly the SERIES!) on their Facebook page:

Unlucky Stars: Action-packed full-length feature!

Tue, 17 Feb 2015

This movie has a long story behind it: we started filming in 2010! The crew behind the film are all good friends of mine, including writer / director / co-star Dennis Ruel. I actually have a few on-camera cameos myself! Dennis and I spent a lot of time on the sound design and mix - sound effects are critical in an action sequence to "sell" the audience on all those hits. Unlucky Stars is guaranteed to delight all fans of the Bruce Lee / Jackie Chan action/comedy genre, as it is chock-full of references and inside jokes from dozens of its famous (and not-so-famous) predecessors. The film has already had a generous helping of positive reviews, has seen a few film festivals, and is currently under negotiation for distribution. Watch the trailer below (which I also mixed) and follow the movie at the official website:

Original Music Projects:

The New Time

Downtempo House / Balearic / Chillout / Trip-Hop / Electronic

The Illness

Progressive Rock / Alternative Metal

Melting Butterflies

Ambient / Downtempo / IDM / Acid Jazz / Electronic

The Space Traveling Nostril Hairs

Electro Dub Funk

The Bad Hand

Experimental Rock / Psychedelic
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Precise Device

Funk Jam / Hip-Hop / Rock / Jazz

Latest Web Projects:

The X Kids

  • Over 300 users in first year
  • Registration and Scheduling
  • Paypal and Coinbase (Bitcoin) API integration
  • Complete "Admin" backend with database control
  • Responsive CSS template / JavaScript/ PHP


  • Customizable social game
  • Image upload and manipulation with PHP
  • Create puzzles and send them to friends
  • Javascript puzzle game


  • Javascript Chess game
  • Computer player with strategy
  • Designed to be educational
  • Formatted for iPad

Times-Tables Racing

  • Animated Javascript video game
  • Control with mouse, keyboard or tilting iPad
  • Fun and educational!


  • Music producer homepage
  • PHP integrated backend

The Illness

  • Rock Band Homepage

  • Watch-only wallet for Counterparty cryptocurrency
  • Javascript, Bitcore, PHP server storage backend
  • Deterministically build public addresses from master public key
  • Responsive Bootstrap template

Say Bitcoin

  • Convert any Bitcoin base58 string into word-poem mnemonic

Matthew Zipkin

  • Personal Website
  • PHP building blog from RSS feed
  • Responsive Bootstrap template
  • Endless recursion!

Vote For Zipkin

  • Simple one-page view for political promotion
  • Custom PHP backend for admin editing
  • Accept Paypal and Bitcoin donations

I make fun, noisy toys! They are analog electronic synthesizers built from those parts they sell in the very back of Radio Shack. I'm inspired by the DIY electronics community and I love making insane little gadgets.

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