By Holly Pilcavage - For Weekender

The NEPA Creative Series: Hazleton audio engineer pushes sound boundaries

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Audio engineer Matt Straub, of Hazleton, incorporates critically informed sounds into various forms of media.
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Straub’s interest in audio began in the attic of his old house, which was filled with old records, 8-tracks and reel-to-reel tapes.
Submitted photo
Straub said he regularly pushes the boundaries of audio and sound design to explore uncharted territories.
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‘I strive to create audio that is impactful, identifiable and memorable,’ Straub said.
Courtesy of CoalCreative

Matthew Straub, of Hazleton, is the 30th #NEPACreative of 2017. Matt brings creativity to the area through sound.

As an audio engineer and someone who works within sound design, Matt incorporates critically informed sounds into various forms of media. “Whether it is an advertisement, a piece of theater, or a short film, sounds are all around us,” Straub said. “More often than not, behind all of the sounds you hear are countless hours of designing and engineering to get it to sound right.”

Matt’s interest in audio began in the attic of his old house. His father worked in radio broadcasting for over 16 years, and the third floor of his house was filled with old records, 8-track tapes, reel-to-reel tapes and more. He loved experimenting with all of this equipment as a child, manipulating it until it sounded the way he wanted. This passion for both the technical and creative aspects fueled Matt throughout high school, during which time, he worked as a freelance audio engineer and sound designer in school and across Northeastern Pennsylvania.

“Experimenting with new media and incorporating unorthodox recording techniques, I regularly push the boundaries to explore uncharted territories of audio and sound design,” explained Straub. “Holding all of my previous experience in one hand and an unlimited number of creative options in the other, I strive to create audio that is impactful, identifiable and memorable.”

To Matt, being creative means staying true to yourself, while still pushing beyond your comfort zone.

“Some of my best work has come out of doing this, and it helps me become a better creative individual and produce better content. My favorite quote is from Joseph Clinton Pearce: “To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”

When being considered as an NEPA Creative, individuals are asked to explain how they bring creativity to the area, how long they have been doing it and why, and finally what being creative means to them. Once chosen, the next step is to bring each creative into CoalCreative’s studio space to be filmed for a 60 second video that is shared every Wednesday across all their social media platforms. The series plans to highlight all sorts of creatives throughout the rest of the year. There are no limits to who could be considered. Photographers, musicians, barbers, magicians and improv artists are just a handful of the submissions CoalCreative has received thus far.

Audio engineer Matt Straub, of Hazleton, incorporates critically informed sounds into various forms of media.
https://www.theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/web1_Submitted-by-Matt-Straub-2.jpgAudio engineer Matt Straub, of Hazleton, incorporates critically informed sounds into various forms of media. Submitted photo

Straub’s interest in audio began in the attic of his old house, which was filled with old records, 8-tracks and reel-to-reel tapes.
https://www.theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/web1_Submitted-by-Matt-Straub-3.jpgStraub’s interest in audio began in the attic of his old house, which was filled with old records, 8-tracks and reel-to-reel tapes. Submitted photo

Straub said he regularly pushes the boundaries of audio and sound design to explore uncharted territories.
https://www.theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/web1_Submitted-by-Matt-Straub-4.jpgStraub said he regularly pushes the boundaries of audio and sound design to explore uncharted territories. Submitted photo

‘I strive to create audio that is impactful, identifiable and memorable,’ Straub said.
https://www.theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/web1_Matt-Straub-submitted-by-CoalCreative.jpg‘I strive to create audio that is impactful, identifiable and memorable,’ Straub said. Courtesy of CoalCreative
Hazleton audio engineer pushes boundaries

By Holly Pilcavage

For Weekender

To be considered for the series, submit a consideration form at www.coalcreative.com/are-you-a-nepa-creative or send an email to [email protected]

To be considered for the series, submit a consideration form at www.coalcreative.com/are-you-a-nepa-creative or send an email to [email protected]