As a field recordist and composer, Thomas explores our evolving planet through sound. In today’s fast-paced world, there are too many people drowning in an unhealthy lack of silence. Soundscapes free from noise pollution are vanishing at an alarming rate, so we must take the opportunity to reconnect with pristine nature whenever possible. Through his stories, field recordings, music, and sound art he hopes to inspire listeners to help preserve these precious natural soundscapes for future generations.
His quest to explore and record has led him to record the wild sounds of bears, birds of prey, hummingbirds, parrots, songbirds, bats, coyotes, fox, sika deer, elk, moose, insects and many more. Beyond animals, Beverly loves weather.
Since his boyhood days of storm chasing, he has always been awed by storms. This has led to recording adventures in all sorts of weather. Imagine the sounds of summer storms dropping quarter-sized hailstones, dangerously close lightning strikes tearing the sky, biting sandstorms on exposed skin, hurricane force winds you can lean into, and massive snow storms triggering roaring avalanches.
Beyond ambiences, Beverly offers raw materials for sound design. These sound libraries focus on unheard sounds of natural materials. Imagine the sounds of bowed cactus screeching with otherworldly energy, ringing rocks chiming like church bells, giant pinecones stuttering like alien languages, and aeolian harps singing the natural music of the wind.
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FIELD RECORDING – CREDITS & CLIENTS
- My sound libraries were used in these projects. Read my full list of testimonials, clients, and credits – here.
FIELD RECORDING – TESTIMONIALS
- Quotes from Oscar and Emmy winning sound editors and sound designers who use my field recordings in their creative work. Read the full list of 40+ testimonials here: https://thomasrexbeverly.com/pages/credits. Below are a few highlights.
- Stephen Flick – OSCAR winning Supervising Sound Editor and Sound Designer – Speed, Pulp Fiction, Deadwood, Twister, Robocop, Die Hard. "In my USC sound design lectures; I refer my students to TRB'S extraordinary SFX Recordings, they are a great place to start”. “The sounds of your recordings 'jump off the tape' Like Doug Hemphill's Sound Effects Recordings for Black Stallion Returns”.
- Tim Farrell – Golden Reel winning Sound Designer and Sound Effects Editor – Star Trek: Picard, Star Trek: Discover, Star Trek: Short Treks, The Walking Dead, Crash. "Thomas’ unique and well recorded sounds have helped me create the sonic universe of Star Trek."
- Tim Walston – Golden Reel winning Sound Designer – Pacific Rim, Sonic the Hedgehog, Pet Semetary, Riddick, Bumblebee. "Thomas' nature recordings are astounding in their clarity, purity, and authenticity. His passion for field recording is evident in every track. I've used some of his Sound Design libraries as source material and I love the unique character they offer. High quality, highly talented and highly recommended!"
- Stefan Henrix – EMMY winning Supervising Sound Editor – Game of Thrones, Chernobyl, Batman Begins. "The desert recordings are quite exceptional. So quiet, clean and the wildlife is amazing.”
- Robert Stambler – Sound Designer – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Venom. “Bowed Cactus” is a fresh and original take on the classic Godzilla vocal creation approach... except instead of the familiar textures of bowed metal and strings… it's totally organic! From sweeteners for door creaks for a horror film to full blown alien creature screams - and at 192 kHz you can tweak the sound til your heart’s content and still maintain an extremely high quality that doesn’t reek of processing - I’m excited for whatever Tom cooks up next!”
- Russell Gorsky – Sound Editor – Frozen II, Ballers, Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan. "The High Desert series is one of my go-to's for exterior BG's. There’s so much subtlety and detail. Those libraries bring so much life to each project I work on.”
- Filip Krzyżykowski – Sound Designer at DreamSound Studio – "Your recordings totally rewired my perception of nature sounds. Beautiful work.”
- Thomas is a graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas where he received a bachelor’s degree in music composition. While at Trinity, he studied with Timothy Kramer, David Heuser, Jack W. Stamps, and Brian Nelson. Beverly studied abroad in the fall of 2008 in Prague, Czech Republic. There he studied composition with Czech composer Michal Rataj and researched contemporary Czech music. He completed a Master of Arts in Teaching in Music Education at Trinity University and then taught as the Band and Choral Director at KIPP Aspire Academy in San Antonio.
- His performances include the 2014 Biennial Symposium for Arts and Technology at Connecticut College, N_SEME 2014 at Georgia Southern University, the 2014 SCI Iowa New Music Symposium, the 2014 TransX Transmissions Art Symposium, the 2014 Sweet Thunder Electroacoustic Festival, Circuit Bridges, IngenuityFest 2014, the 2014 Firenze Multimedia Festival, 2015 Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium, NYCEMF 2015, the 2015 International Computer Music Conference, and the 2015 SCI National Conference. His piece Ringing Rocks is a winner of the Cypress Symphonic Band Call for Scores for new wind ensemble music and he was one of eight composers selected to attend the 2014 So Percussion Summer Institute.
- His piece Ocotillo was selected as both a winner of the Juventas New Music 2015/16 Call for Scores and as second prize winner of the 2015 ASCAP/SEAMUS Student Commissioning Competition. He is a recent graduate of Bowling Green State University in their Master of Music Composition degree program where he studied with Elainie Lillios, Christopher Dietz and was a Music Technology Teaching Assistant.
- 2017 Resident Artist – National Museum of Wildlife Art: The National Museum of Wildlife Art commissioned Thomas to compose a soundscape, “Iridescence: A Day in the Life of a Hummingbird” for the summer 2017 exhibition “Iridescence: John Gould’s Hummingbirds”. Additionally, Thomas served as an Artist in Residence at the Museum, engaging guests and student groups in close listening activities and discussions about the ecology of sound.
- Thomas is currently focusing on field recording and the release of new sound effects libraries. He resides in west Philadelphia where he is an active composer, sound designer, and audio field recordist.
FIELD RECORDING – STORIES:
- My field recording blog – here.
- Field Recording Tips – Short, practical field recording advice for beginners to established pros.
- Featured Sound Creator on A Sound Effect.
- Tonebenders Podcast 165 – Recording Deserts Roundtable
- Tonebenders Podcast 121 – Recording Rain
- The Sounds of Snowstorms and Avalanches
- In Search of Silence
- The Magic of the Sostenuto Pedal
- Why Rocks Rock for Creature Sound Design
- Supernatural Cactus Creatures
- Recording the Sounds of Disappearing Glaciers
- The Sounds of Thunderstorms and Hummingbirds
- Recording the Strange Sound of Ringing Rocks
- Recording One of Nature's Tiniest Aerial Acrobats