Hed Gilboa has engineered and co-produced the earlier work of several prominent Israeli musicians, such as Ruslan Sirota, Amit Erez,and Betzefer, as well as his own alter-ego, Lofasz. He has also worked on post-production and audio-design projects for animation, infomercials and gaming companies such as 888, Huuuge, DGN, Luckyfish and Netomedia.
With 25 years experience straddling the shift from analog to digital, Hed combines the all-round experience and expertise of a seasoned pro with the curiosity and adventurousness of a child. Having worked in music production for 6 years (with the likes of Ruslan Sirota, Amit Erez, Infektzia, Synergia, Hadorbanim, Kuku Bloff, and Betzefer, among others) at Delphi studios, he made the move into post production for TV, cinema and animation, specializing in SFX design and foleys, working with Hop TV and Baby TV on numerous projects as a freelancer in Sofa Studios and Sweetsound Studios. The next logical step was audio design for gaming (first at Sweetsound and then independently), combining his accumulated SFX experience with original music production for leading brand names such as 888, Huuuge Games, DGN, Luckyfish, Gliding Deer, Netomedia and Joyvoo. He has also happily returned to music production, working with Ze'ev Tene, Mellow Kim, The Right Rabbit, and played drums, co-produced, engineered mixed and mastered the El Dwellers' album "Transfixed", as well as his own alter-ego, Lofasz.
Working entirely in the box and with a no-nonsense attitude, Hed provides the following services:
- Original scoring
- Musical arrangement
- Editing and fine-tuning of recorded tracks
- SFX and Foley design for Film TV and Cinema
- Audio design for gaming
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Interview with Hed Gilboa
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Around 20 years ago, I worked on a Jazz-Fusion album by a bunch of young guys who called themselves Confusion. Their keyboard player was 16 year old Ruslan Sirota, these days a Grammy winning Jazz pianist in LA. I engineered, mixed and co-produced the album with them, and it became a cult classic among metal-heads-turned-fusion -jazzers in Israel. It still sounds fresh and exciting to me, and it is a great example of the right people coming together in the right place at the right time.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Peter Gabriel. The adventure never ends with this guy - he's always looking for the stuff that no-one else has thought of. If you want to know what half the industry will be attempting to create in 5 year's time, tune in to what he's doing now.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Listening - to both the music and the musician making it. All the info you need to take the music to the next level is right there, between those 2 sources.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I try to look for what's missing, as a listener. It could be cohesion, or structure, or instrumentation, but the bottom line is always: "What does this song really need?"
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I start with a sit-down chat with my client, just to get to know who they are and what they need. Through sharing the music that inspires us, I find the common ground that will be the starting point from which we can venture beyond the limitations of the genre or style and create something unique.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Classic rock - they really knew how to mix and produce with the bare essentials! Led Zep - an obvious choice, but there are very few gurus of production and mixing that can teach you how to create timbre like Jimmy Page. Eddie Offord (Yes, ELP) inspired me to work clean - when the music calls for it. Bob Clearmountain is the master of reverb. Frank Zappa's experimentalism is a huge inspiration - anything goes, if you can make it work.