Stephen Rafter

Stephen Rafter

  • 01202 965401
  • srafter at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Lecturer
  • Weymouth House W213, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Steve is a Sound Designer & Lecturer whose work spans a number of creative fields including film, TV, theatre, live events, sound installation, advertising, music and education.

Steve began his Sound Design career in theatre and worked on many shows and live events in London, Edinburgh and across the UK and Europe.

After achieving a Masters degree in Post Production: Sound Design at “distinction” level in 2007, Steve moved to Dubai in order to work at one of the leading audio post production studios in the Middle East.

During this time, he worked on a range of high profile projects for the world’s leading brands including Pepsi, HSBC, Emirates, Visa, Unilever, Panasonic, Sony, and international agencies such as; Saatchi & Saatchi, Leo Burnett, JWT, FITCH, BBDO & DDB as well as many high profile projects for the Dubai Government.

In 2013, Steve returned to his hometown of Bournemouth in order to establish BOMO Audio, a boutique sound design studio, in order to facilitate the rapidly expanding creative local community of film-makers, creative and digital agencies with high quality sound design and audio post production...



Sound Design for Business. I am interested in the impact sound has on businesses and how businesses use sound consciously or otherwise to connect with their customers and clients. Most businesses, from SMEs to the world's biggest multi-nationals devote a large amount of time, money and other resources in the development and projection of their brand image visually. However, very few - of even the biggest, most well established brands, are concerned with the sound their brands make...and all brands make sounds.

From sonic logos, jingles, TV & radio commercials and other advertising to tone of voice on phone systems, in-store communications and customer experience and environmental sound design to product design and user experience, sound is present and constantly communicating to your audience / customers whether you have considered it's impact or not.

Invited Lectures

  • As part of the department of Science & Technology Industry Day, I was invited to give a lecture on Sound Design and take part in a round table discussion on working in the audio industry
  • I was invited to give a guest lecture at Northampton University as part of their "Subject Futures Week". The focus of the lecture was to introduce students with an interest in sound and audio production for film to some key concepts in sound design for screen as well as introducing the prospect of Sound Design as a career path. I was asked to take part in my capacity as a Sound Designer and showed production work from my own portfolio.

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • A contact microphone building workshop with audio specialist colleagues from the FMC.

Conference Presentations

  • Film Expo South 2017, The Sound Surgery, 03 Feb 2017, AGEAS Bowl, Southampton, SO30 3XH

Consultancy Activities

  • Blackout, Sound Design Consultancy (Theatre). China Plate Theatre


  • MA in Post Production: Sound Design (Bournemouth University, 2007)


  • Higher Education Authority, Associate Fellow (AFHEA) (2016-),
  • MeCCSA, Member,
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