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A Solemn Undertaking

Somewhere in Ireland today, a grieving person is picking up the phone to call a Funeral Director, but have you ever wondered what it is like to be that person in the black suit? ...

Documentary Maker: Chris Watson


Chris Watson is a sound recordist with a particular and passionate interest in recording the sounds of animals, habitats and atmospheres from around the world. As a freelance recordist for film, television and radio, Watson specialises in natural history and documentary location sound together with track assembly and sound design in post production.

He has released 4 solo CDs on the Touch label; Stepping into The Dark (1996), Weather Report (2003), Outside the Circle of Fire (1998) and El Tren Fantasma (2011). As a sound recordist he has worked alongside David Attenborough on series such as The Life of Birds for BBC Television (which won a BAFTA Award for Best Factual Sound), as well as other series such as The Life of Mammals, and Life in Cold Blood (2008).

He has worked as sound recordist and designer for numerous radio programmes including A Small Slice of Tranquillity, BBC Radio 4 (2002), A Swallow's Journey, BBC Radio 4 (2002), Sound Stories, RTE Radio 1 (2008), Island of Secrets, BBC Radio 4 (2009). He has presented several sound installations and performances around the world, from the Venice Biennale to the Kitakyushu Centre for Contemporary Art in Japan.

He holds an Honorary Doctorate in Technology at the University of West of England, and is Director at Hoi Polloi Film & Video Productions.

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