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Sound Effects Artists versus Foley Artists

sound-effects-old-time-radioThere’s been a lot of discussion back and forth from different quarters as to what you call various roles in the Audio Drama world. Some people prefer Audio Engineer, Recording Engineer, Sound Editor, Editor, or Sound Producer, Production Editor and the like to describe the work of Post Production of an audio drama.

Similarly, I’ve heard the term “Foley Artist” expressed at times with “Sound Effects Artists”. This Media Heritage article tries to explain the difference. “Foley was named after Jack Foley. sound technician from the days of silent film. Foley is used for the post-production work, asserts the article. Sound Effects Men, were and are those brave folks who provide the sound effects live!


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Born to Teachers and Amateur Audio Enthusiasts in the small rural community of Belwood, Jack's first love was stories- writing, reading, telling, and singing. He developed his acting skills through High School, University, and through film and community theatre. Jack writes the lion's share of Electric Vicuna's Audio Drama scripts and has his own writing site at He's thrilled to co-host the Sonic Society with his wonderful, talented, friend David Ault!


One Response to “Sound Effects Artists versus Foley Artists”

  1. David Milano says:

    I couldn’t agree more however I’ve found this to be a difficult distinction to get people to recognize. “Foley” seems to be the easy (lazy) catch-all term for describing the performing of sound effects. “Sound Effects Artists” is how I prefer to describe what my group does performing SFX live on stage.

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