Church Street Studios are home to a variety of independent music and audio professionals.
From permanent tenants to short term visiting film composers, music producers and sound designers.
Many of our members also teach and guest lecturer at AIM, SAE, AFTRS and The NSW Conservatorium of Music.
Past President of the Australian Guild of Screen composers and a graduate of Screen Composition at AFTRS, Caitlin Yeo has composed the music for many film and TV projects including critically acclaimed feature film The Rocket, Priscilla Cameron’s The Butterfly Tree, channel 7 Tele-movie The Killing Field, the TV themes, Tashi and Compass, and The House With Annabel Crabb. Caitlin's musical style comes from a fascination with music from different cultures, 20th century composition and a deep love of telling stories with music. Caitlin has received a swathe of accolades including APRA screen music awards; Feature Score of the Year for The Rocket (2013), Best Music for a documentary for Getting Frank Gehry (2016), and Bomb Harvest (2007), an OzFlix award for After The Apology, and been nominated twice for an AACTA award. The feature Danger Close is her most recent score.
Sean Carey is an Emmy award winning music producer, recording engineer, musician and songwriter. He is the music director and vocal producer for acclaimed Netflix series Motown Magic and Beat Bugs and has worked with industry greats such as Cat Stevens, Don Was, Daniel Johns and Skylar Grey in many iconic studios such as Capitol Records, Village Records LA, Germano NYC and 301, Sing Sing and Trackdown Studios in Australia. He is the former guitarist for 5 time ARIA nominated, multi platinum selling band Thirsty Merc.
Jessica Arlo Irish
After receiving much acclaim within the world of Classical music, including 2 music scholarships for violin performance, Jessica Arlo
Irish decided to pursue her passion for music production, composition and songwriting. With her unique talent to play a number of instruments (specialising in violin and viola) combined with her natural gift for improvisation and composition, she has gone on to release internationally acclaimed and award winning solo projects as well as working for professional labels, bands and solo artists from both Australia and abroad. Jessica specialises in work with strings across all genres, stretching traditional boundaries into a new, fractured hybridity with her unique electro-acoustic combinations. Whilst pursuing her passion for composing for film, television and games, Jessica completed her Doctor of Creative Arts in 2020 and her Advance-HE Fellowship in 2021, and works as a part time Lecturer/Tutor at Western Sydney University.
XO is a boutique music and audio facility. The studio is well equipped with high-end production tools, both new and old, allowing its clients to explore every avenue of the sonic and musical spectrum. With over 20 years experience in the music and audio production, XO SOUND offers taylor-made solutions for projects of any scale and budget for Film, TV, Radio, Digital, Gaming, Installations, VR/AR and Artist Releases. XO draws upon a diverse network of creative professionals, each with their own unique voice. Specialists in their own fields, their expertise covers a wide array of genres, offering a dynamic, insightful and experienced approach to any project.
Tony Buchen is an ARIA (Australian Grammy) nominated record producer, composer, mixer and songwriter based between Sydney and Los Angeles. Tony has worked with a diverse range of artists across many genres always aiming to make classic records that get to the heart of the artist and their repertoire. These include Smashing Pumpkins, Mick Flannery, Montaigne, Jess Cornelius, John Carroll Kirby, James Iha, Lo Moon, Tomberlin, Sam Gendel, Chris Bear (Grizzly Bear), G-Flip, Tim Finn, Robyn Hitchcock, Troy Sivan, The Church, The Preatures, Spookyland, The Falls and many more. Tony also composes music for theatre, film and television and has won the Queensland Theatre Award for Best Composition.
Ellie Summers is a professional music producer and audio engineer who has worked with prominent bands and artists, both locally and internationally, including Gus & Iggy & Gen Bryant. Throughout the producing process, she highly values creative input from her artists and encourages a collaborative vision for each individual and unique project. Ellie’s musicianship is evident in the breadth and the depth of her technical capabilities as a producer and she is highly skilled in the genres of Indie/Folk, Country/Americana, Pop and Rock.
Guy Gross is an Australian film and television composer, recipient of the APRA/AGSC International Achievement Award, past President of the Australian Guild of Screen Composers and APRA Ambassador. From his British Academy Award (BAFTA) nominated score to the international hit "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert to the US SCI-FI series "Farscape", his film scores cover a huge variety of styles. Testament to this diversity, Guy has received numerous peer awards including Best Music for a Documentary, Children's Series, Short film, Animation, Promotional Video, Advertisement, TV Theme, Song and twice for Best Music for a TV Series. Recent projects include scores for the ABC TV drama series Pulse, and the feature film Swinging Safari. He is also the founder of Church Street Studios and it's most "senior" member.
Born into a musical family, Matt first touched the drum set as a baby, and has since become a well-rounded and diverse musician. A multi-instrumentalist, composer/songwriter, producer/engineer and bandleader, Matt has performed in some of the most coveted venues locally, including the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Entertainment Centre, and internationally, having toured China in April 2013 and the United States in December 2014, the latter as part of the NSW Symphonic Wind Ensemble. After graduating Newtown High School of the Performing Arts in 2015, Matt has gone on to study at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and then at Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music, but is currently back in Sydney to complete the final stages of his debut release of original material.
John is a freelance composer and songwriter for TVC’s and production music companies. He also produces bands and artists, most recently Andy Golledge’s catalogue on I OH YOU records, and his own band Tenderfoot. He has composed music used in campaigns for QANTAS, Sydney Opera House, American Express, Dollar Shave Club, New York Lottery, Telstra and many others. His score for Super Cheap Auto’s Best Oils Campaign in 2019 contributed to the piece winning the 2020 International Retail Award for best integrated marketing campaign. His work with Audio Network saw him travel to London to orchestrate Tenderfoot’s debut album at Abbey Road Studios with the English Session Orchestra, and then showcase the record in Los Angeles and New York. During his time living and working in New York he wrote for VICE and was invited to pitch on campaigns for Apple, Samsung and many other top tier brands. He’s just contributed to his first feature film score, working under US film composer David Holden.
Jess Nitties is a songwriter/producer who also performs under the moniker 'Sparrows' together with running her own label Rola Door Records. Her self-produced single ‘Over & Out’ received spins on KCRW, BBC Radio, added to triple j full rotation as well as reaching #23 on the Australia Top 100 Shazam Charts. As a keen topliner, Jess has penned songs with Chris Walla (Death Cab For Cutie), Isabella Manfredi (The Preatures), Ainslie Wills, Steve Solomon and Bram Inscore. Her most recent co-write was used in the official trailer of Disney's 'Raya And The Last Dragon'. Jess is passionate about empowering young people to express their creativity through music - she mentors disadvantaged youth at Heaps Decent (Diplo, Nina Las Vegas) and also teaches electronic music at TAFE.
Jason Fernandez is a modern electro-acoustic composer. A uniquely skilled music technologist, he composes scores in any combination of styles while pushing the limits of what’s possible. His talent also lies in collaborating with creative teams to develop distinctive, story driven music.
Jason has more than 15 years experience performing varied roles as a composer, score producer and music editor with many of Australia’s finest directors including George Miller, Baz Luhrmann, Kriv Stenders, Kimble Rendall, Gregor Jordan, Russell Crowe, Josh Wakely and many others. Jason’s musical techniques helped win an Emmy in 2019, with the dramatic editing of The Beatles’ songs for the hit show Beat Bugs on Netflix.
Michelle Barry is a professional producer/sound engineer from Sydney. With a great love for music, she started engineering at Paradise Studio in 1990. This gave her the opportunity to work with many independent Australian musicians of the time before refining her craft in studios at home, London and NYC. Highlights along the way included US indie artists Jessie Murphy In The Woods, Julian Verlard, The Pierces. UK funk from RnB Junior and G-Nation, and Sydney Hip Hop artists Maya Jupiter, Ebony Williams. 2018, included recording and mixing for folk group The Charm, singer/guitarist Max Gencher, her own initiative Noisygirls, as well as skill sharing through teaching at SAE.
Rory Steuart is a sound designer for film, TV & Games. After graduating from the Australian Institute of Music with a Bachelor of Audio Engineering, he began working at King Sound Studios, recording, editing and mixing audio for TV and radio. With a love for cinema and hunger for creation, Rory began work sound designing for screen.
In recent years he has worked with clients such as Sony and the Singaporean Tourism Board. Incorporating his music production and engineering knowledge, as well as his passion for sampling the strange and interesting sounds of the natural world, Rory is able to create original textures and soundscapes to compliment the vision of the filmmaker.
A graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Oscar Gross (aka Oscar Joe) is a singer songwriter, film composer and multi instrumentalist. In 2018 he won Best Original Song Composed for the Screen and already has a number of credits to his name including a co-write for the Australian feature film "A Heart Beat Away", the opening theme for the TV show Village Vets and a number of on-line movie credits. He plays electric and double bass, guitar, piano, ukulele, accordion and most things he puts his mind to. Oscar also teaches piano and guitar and regularly gigs around Sydney going by the stage name, Oscar Joe. Check out his youtube channel. https://www.youtube.com/oscarjoe
Diego Baldenweg with Nora Baldenweg & Lionel Vincent Baldenweg
Diego Baldenweg with Nora Baldenweg & Lionel Vincent Baldenweg, also known as GREAT GARBO, are a multi award winning composer team. The three Swiss/Australian siblings have composed music for over 300 international TV campaigns including Carlsberg, Mastercard, Sony & Dove (3rd most viewed online campaign of all time in 2014). They have scored over 20 films like the world bestselling children’s book adaptation “The Little Witch” starring Karoline Herfurth, the international remake of Til Schweiger’s German box office hit “Head Full of Honey” starring Nick Nolte, Matt Dillon & Emily Mortimer, and Oscar nominated “La Femme et le TGV” starring Jane Birkin. Most recently they have composed the entire score to the new ABC/Netflix sci-fi TV series “The Unlisted” for Aquarius Films. They are members of the Australian Academy of Cinema & TV Arts, Swiss Film Academy, European Film Academy, Swiss Media Composers Association and the Australian Guild of Screen Composers.
Blair is an Academy Award winning foley artist and sound designer and runs his company Longstocking Studios within the Church St complex. He has an enormous credit list (IMDb) with some recent notables such as Mad Max: Fury Road, Deep State, and Picnic at Hanging Rock. He heads up a dedicated team of leading foley walkers and editors.