Matthew Zipkin

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Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate -- Cinematic TV Spot

Mon, 12 Oct 2015

Barrett SF has been doing some incredible work for video game producer Ubisoft. This spot introduces the next chapter in the Assassin's Creed franchise with motion-capture animation, breathtaking fight scenes and a cinematic score that is sure to motivate the game's fan base. The mix for this spot was built on over 100 separate audio tracks! We received very thorough sound design and music stems to balance out. I added some additional sound design for our taste, and had to execute some clever music edits. The dialog lip-sync was a challenge as well but in the end, the spot looks and sounds incredible. We got a write up with full credits in The Next Gag. Interestingly, the spot I actually mixed for Barrett was a full :60, which was later cut down to the :45 that ended up being broadcast.

Oriental Trading: Halloween Haven!

Tue, 08 Sep 2015

Another upcoming holiday season means another round of silliness for Oriental Trading! Produced by San Francisco creative studio TEAK, this latest episode of the Oriental Trading family is spooky and wacky. We made our own Darth Vader sounds, and some horror-zombie-flesh effects as well. Also, men wearing tights!

eBay Motors: Short spots, all foley

Mon, 17 Aug 2015

Here's a series of short spots for eBay Motors I sound designed for local agency Digitas. This is one of those stories where the audio captured on set wasn't usable, they thought they were going to roll with music only, then decided sound design would be better. So I jumped in the booth with a socket wrench and took a chair apart in front of the microphone. My client asked me if I was able to put the chair back together after the recording and I said "Why? Do you need the sound of someone building a chair for a different spot? Eh, I'll just leave the parts here until we do." Check out the other spot in this series: Bottle Opener

Thrill Factor: Recording Kari Byron & Tori Belleci

Wed, 12 Aug 2015

Kari and Tory from Mythbusters are back on TV with this "thrilling" look at the science behind thrill rides and roller-coasters. They both came in to One Union for a few days each to record the voiceover narration for the season, which premiers August 12th on the Travel Channel! Watch a sneak preview of one episode below, and just listen to the quality of those voiceovers! Fun fact: I first worked with Tori in 2011 on a 48 Hour Film Race submission called "Button Man."

WWE 2K16 Featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Terminator!

Mon, 27 Jul 2015

Apparently in the new WWE game from 2K Games, you can not only play as all your favorite WWE wrestlers, but also as THE TERMINATOR! Barrett SF did an excellent job making that announcement, by re-creating an iconic scene from Terminator 2: Judgment Day, replacing the cast with WWE celebrities and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger reprising his role as The Terminator. Together with my college Eben Carr at One Union Recording, we had the task of matching the sound design and mix from the original cinematic sequence. Buzzfeed did a great side-by-side comparison with animated GIF's showing off the accuracy of the re-creation. AdWeek / AgencySpy gave us a review with full credits.

Bitcoin: The End Of Money As We Know It

Tue, 14 Jul 2015

It was an honor to work with director Torsten Hoffman on this hour long documentary exploring the nature and history of money, and how Bitcoin fits into the world of modern finance. As an enthusiast, I am always seeking out Bitcoin-related projects that need audio work, and this film has been on my radar since their Kickstarter was funded last year. If you've never given any thought to where our money comes from, what it's real value is, or who decides what it's worth, this is a good premier for you. If you've heard about Bitcoin but don't "get the point of it," this documentary will illustrate how much something like Bitcoin is needed today! Featuring interviews with a ton of the greatest minds in the space, this film has been highly anticipated in the community.

The film is already screening at film festivals around the world, picking up laurels and recognition. Learn more at the film's website: You can watch the trailer below, or click the "purchase" button to watch the full program on Vimeo. You can also buy the movie with Bitcoin! Click here to buy with Bitcoin on

Heroes Charge: Augmented reality spots with sound design

Wed, 01 Jul 2015

I designed the sound and mix for this trio of funny, fantastic spots for Caruso Company and their client, uCool. They have a very amusing concept of "The man on the street" combined with over-the-top special effects that mimic the excitement of the game. These are actual real people in the ads, walking by the mystery control-box that triggers epic magical attacks on the streets of San Francisco and Oakland! I still don't know how they got such great reactions from these people... maybe the lightning and ice-meteors aren't CG effects after all!
Watch the "Lightning Master" spot below, and check out the other two equally cool spots: "Ice Mage," and "Admiral."

Workday: What's left to cut? TV

Sun, 14 Jun 2015

This hilarious piece was put together by Agency 215 McCann in San Francisco. It's heavy on special-effects and visual-effects, well timed and very well planned out. We recorded multiple versions of voice over until we had the perfect sequence. A broad base of sound design was provided, but we still added more during the mix. And yes, that is a Wilhelm scream! There is a lot going on in each scene and the effort was to keep the voiceover afloat during the comedy chaos in the video. We also cut down the spot into :30 and :15 versions.

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

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Times-Tables Racing

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The Illness

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  • Watch-only wallet for Counterparty cryptocurrency
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Say Bitcoin

  • Convert any Bitcoin base58 string into word-poem mnemonic

Matthew Zipkin

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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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