Matthew Zipkin

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Soy Vay: Mini-doc's about great SF food

Thu, 02 Oct 2014

I have definitely always been a fan of Soy Vay since I was a kid, so I was delighted to work with them on these short videos about local SF gourmet food. In the studio, we cleaned up the location recording, added a few subtle sound effects, and mixed with the music. It was especially fun to see my friend Leo, with whom I went to college, featured in the first video. His Jewish Delicatessen, Wise Sons was established in the Mission District in 2010. The whole series of videos lives on Soy Vay's Flavor Underground page. The other story I mixed was about a restaurant called Rice Paper Scissors.

The Sims 4 featuring Charlie Day and Oingo Boingo

Tue, 02 Sep 2014

This is a big campaign by EA to promote their new iteration of The Sims. We recorded voice over from Charlie Day, co-star of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, one of my favorite TV shows! EA licensed the 1985 song "Weird Science" from Oingo Boingo genius Danny Elfman. It was incredible to work with both Charlie, and the audio splits of this quirky rock classic. This spot was conformed for US and European TV with cutdowns. We also produced 6 shorter "The Sims 4 Academy" videos for the web, also with Charlie Day. My favorite is #3: Changing Moods featuring the "Cowplant." The rest of these silly, wacky, absurd and otherwise fun videos can be seen on The Sims 4 Trailers video playlist on YouTube.

Mike Rowe! VO record for brand new TV series "Somebody's Gotta Do It" on CNN

Thu, 07 Aug 2014

I have been recording voiceover with Mike for almost as long as I've been employed at One Union Recording. As an SF local, he's a regular at our studio and we've worked together on Dirty Jobs, Deadliest Catch, a dozen specials like How The Universe Works, Planet Earth, and several other amusing series like The Ultimate Fighter and Ghost Hunters. Today we recorded the voiceover for the very first episode of his brand new series, airing on CNN this fall: Somebody's Gotta Do It. Read CNN's official press release, or Mike's personal blog announcing the new series. It's exciting to see Mike back on TV showing America what kind of work gets done out there, as he and The MikeRoweWorks Foundation continue to change the national dialog about work. Go Mike!

El Pollo Loco: "Baker" TV commercial -- Absurd! Funny! Delicious.

Wed, 16 Jul 2014

El Pollo Loco has a reputation for funny "loco" spots, and this is no exception. Working with SF agency Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners, I sound designed and mixed this amusing little ditty about their new sandwich.

George Takei! VO record for "Takei's Take" Webseries

Thu, 10 Jul 2014

I was honored to record voiceover with George Takei for his new webseries, sponsored by AARP. George was in San Francisco for Pride Weekend, and specifically for the Frameline LGBT Film Festival, where he was given an award for his Documentary "To Be Takei." The man is truly charming and a sincere pleasure to work with! Here's the first video of the Boston episode, below. We also recorded VO for three other videos in the Boston episode: two / three / four.

California Grapes TV spots

Fri, 13 Jun 2014

I worked with NTropic production house and creative agency on mixes for these California Grapes TV commercials, with music from composer Aaron Robinson and fresh voiceover recorded at One Union Recording. Below is the spot entitled "Versatility of Grapes," also check out the second spot "Dinner Party with Grapes."

Home Advisor: "Listings" TV

Tue, 10 Jun 2014

I had a great time working with Duncan / Channon to produce this funny effects-driven TV spot. There's a lot of magic going on here! Transition shots, practical effects and foley, and of course the holographic 3D interface the main woman interacts with. We wanted a tone that was futuristic but not too much like Star Trek, and sounded like how it looked. Simple!

Sounds Like a Showdown! (Short film)

Thu, 15 May 2014

At One Union Recording, many clients don't realize we can do sound design as well as just mixing. We decided to produce a series of short films that would highlight sound design. For this piece, I hired my friend Baxter Smith and his Soul Fire Pictures to produce a modern-age western-themed sound design showdown. Starring two of One Union's former interns: Craig Northrop and Elliott Peltzman from The Stone Foxes. The juxtaposition between raw crappy built-in mic camera audio and pristine post-production sound design should drive home the point that "Sound Design makes you awesome!" Baxter and I also composed the score together.

Original Music Projects:

The New Time

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

The Illness

Progressive Rock / Alternative Metal
http://SpreadTheIllness.net

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

http://TheXKids.org

FunZap!

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

http://MatthewZipkin.com/funzap

Chess

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

http://thexkids.org/games/chess/chess.html

Times-Tables Racing

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

http://thexkids.org/games/racing/racing.html

Cherushii

  • Music producer homepage
  • PHP integrated backend

http://Cherushii.com

The Illness

  • Rock Band Homepage

http://SpreadTheIllness.net

CounterCode.club

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

http://CounterCode.club

Say Bitcoin

  • Convert any Bitcoin base58 string into word-poem mnemonic

http://SayBitcoin.com

Matthew Zipkin

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

http://MatthewZipkin.com

Vote For Zipkin

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

http://VoteForZipkin.com

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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