James McKee

Sound designer, composer, engineer and technical producer, Jim works in collaboration with film producers, playwrights, radio producers, performance artists and product designers. His experience includes mixing and sound design for feature films, national broadcast television, radio, commercial and drama, research and production for interactive media. Most recent works for radio include Ferlinghetti; Open Eye, Open Mind three one-hour series for PRI, and Hidden Kitchens for NPR’s Morning Edition. For video Seeing in the Dark with Tim Ferris, The Loss of Nameless Things and This Dust of Words with Bill Rose, and Zocalito with Chip Lord, a sound installation for the city of San Jose integrating sounds and music from India, Vietnam and Mexico. In addition to his sound design work, he has lectured at YLE Radio in Helsinki Finland, The Institute for the Advancement of Journalism in South Africa, Western Public Radio, San Francisco State, UMCK Missouri, Expressions College for Digital Arts, RTE Radio Ireland, USC, and The College for Recording Arts.

As a founding partner in earwax productions since 1983, Jim enjoys along with other partners, the reputation of having been voted best sound design team in San Francisco. earwax has also won many honors in The Bay Area Critics Circle awards, Northern California Broadcasters, Association of Independents in Radio, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Academy Award for Francis Ford Coppola's production of Bram Stoker's Dracula, for which Jim contributed design concepts and sound effects along with the sound team of Columbia Pictures and American Zoetrope. In addition, working with the Bay Area Kitchen Sisters for over fifteen years having received Peabody awards in 1999, 2002, 2003 NFCB Golden Reel, and duPont-Columbia award in 2005.