Church Street Studios are home to a variety of independent music, sound and picture 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.
Joel Burton is a Bass Player (Electric, upright and Synth) and songwriter based in Sydney, Australia. You can find him touring internationally and nationally with bands The Lachy Doley Group and Tenderfoot and he has performed with artists such as Denzel Curry, The Ray Mann Three, George Ezra, Robbie Williams and Darryl Braithwaite to name a few. He is also a member of the house band for the TV show The Voice and has played on hundreds of recordings from studios all around the world including Abbey Road.
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.
John Hresc is a professional sound designer and mix engineer whose style, passion and deep appreciation for everything audio had developed over many years. His passion started in the mid 80's producing and recording indie bands and within the decade was credited with well over 100 titles, then in 1995 John extended his passion into broadcast audio with Foxtel, working on many award winning Foxtel productions. After leaving Foxtel in 2008 John freelanced as a sound mixer for Channels 7, 9, 10 and SBS. During this time he was also an audio lecturer and course designer at a number of schools and universities such as Sydney Film School, Australian Institute of Music and Sydney University. In 2013 John founded and opened the doors to his own sound production facility and called it The Sydney Sound Brewery. Since opening the facility the majority of John's work has screened at various local and international film festivals gaining nominations and awards for best sound design.
Scott Henry is an offline/online editor who’s name has become synonyms with quality and dependability throughout the Australian film industry. With over 15 years of post production experience Scott is more than capable of taking a project from inception to final delivery ensuring the director and producers vision and story is maintained to the highest level.
Editing on award winning series such as Beat Bugs, Motown Magic and Alien TV (plus many more), Scott has delivered multiple series to broadcasters with the most stringent of technical specifications such as Netflix, ZDFE, eOne and all Australian broadcast networks.
Scott is most passionate about storytelling and prides himself on working collaboratively with directors and film makers
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.
Steve comes to us from theatre and live events having worked on just over 100 professional productions. He has worked for every major national theatre company alongside the country’s most acclaimed directors including Neil Armfield, Simon Phillips, Gale Edwards, Lee Lewis, Eamon Flack, John Bell and, internationally, including Steven Soderbergh and Kevin Maher (Choreographer to Madonna, Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, etc). His work regularly tours nationally and internationally (most recently: Blanc De Blanc in Las Vegas and Black Is The New White completing a second national tour) with productions regularly receiving national acclaim (most recently: Blackie Blackie Brown - 2019 Helpmann nomination for Best Play; and Barbara and the Camp Dogs - 2019 Helpmann winner for Best Musical). In addition to theatre, he has composed and produced music for pop artists, cabaret, circus, large scale events and national celebrations.
Serge Stanley is an award winning sound editor, composer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He has worked within Australia and the U.S. has performed as a musician on national and international tours, and played in most of Sydney's major venues. Ground-breaking collaborations with contemporary artists including Brooke Andrew and Angelica Mesiti have added complexity to his repertoire. His signature band 'On the Stoop' performs regularly around Australia. Serge writes, performs and records original music and his songs have received popular airplay on national radio. IMDB
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.
Ollie Brown is a producer/songwriter, mixing engineer and multi-instrumentalist who focuses on exploring a visceral approach to recording, production and performance. Brown’s intuitive style has developed over ten years of touring and studio experience, working on a number of musical projects all over Europe, The UK and Australia. Ollie produces, engineers and mixes a wide range of musical genres, taking his indie folk sensibility and blending it with warm, ethereal, analog textures. He has established himself as a go to producer for guiding and supporting artists through new sonic landscapes and possibilities. As a singer/songwriter, he has released three EP’s, performed at Byron Bay Bluesfest, toured internationally and shared large stages around Australia with acts such as The Beach Boys, Michael Buble, Ron Sexsmith, Bic Runga, David Ryan Harris. In 2011 he won a national competition run by ARIA, Studios 301, VOX magazine and mX Newspaper, pocketing a $20,000 recording prize and the title of ‘Australia’s Best Busker’. His sophomore release ‘Weatherboard House’ received airplay on over thirty radio stations across North America.
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.
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.
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" composer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, Nora & 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.