Republic Polytechnic launches Foley 'aural playground' for industry-quality sound design

Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim at the launch of the Foley Arts Studio on Tuesday (June 20).
Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim at the launch of the Foley Arts Studio on Tuesday (June 20).PHOTO: REPUBLIC POLYTECHNIC
The Foley Live Room contains a range of props and materials that can be used to create everyday sounds.
The Foley Live Room contains a range of props and materials that can be used to create everyday sounds.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Students at Republic Polytechnic (RP) can now enjoy a new aural playground that will facilitate industry-quality sound design.

The 102 sq m Foley Arts Studio is built to support the diploma in sonic arts curriculum at the polytechnic's School of Technology for the Arts. Located in the School of Technology for the Arts, the $400,000 facility contains three rooms where students can produce high-quality everyday sounds suitable for use in movies and broadcast.

The Foley Live Room contains a range of props and materials that can be used to create everyday sounds. Among these are walking pits made of concrete, asphalt, gravel, sand, marble and wood, as well as a water trough for water sound effects.

Meanwhile, the Foley Control Room contains post-production equipment such as industry-grade audio interface and monitoring systems.

Lastly, students can head to the Dubbing Room to record voiceovers and re-record dialogue for film.

The studio's official launch on Tuesday (June 20), which was attended by Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim, also saw the polytechnic sign two memoranda of understanding with the production houses Yellow Box Studios and Beach House Pictures.

The partnerships will allow staff and students to collaborate with the production houses in producing audio content, and also provide internship and mentorship opportunities as well as academic awards for the top-performing students from RP's School of Technology for the Arts.

Additionally, RP will work with Yellow Box Studios to develop training programmes designed to help working adults keep up with the fast-paced audio production industry.