Stephen Rafter

Stephen Rafter

  • 01202 965401
  • srafter at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Senior Lecturer in Sound Design
  • 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.

Journal Articles

Internet Publications

Scholarly Editions



  • Grace, E. and Lyons, K.. "Blackout" - China Plate Theatre, Harlow Playhouse. Theatre / Immersive Installation. Harlow Playhouse. 26 April 2017.

Invited Lectures

  • Sound Design: Creating Worlds for Screen, Bournemouth University, Faculty of Science & Tech, 23 Feb 2017 more
  • Sound Design for Screen, University of Northampton, 26 Jan 2017 more

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Making Contact: A Contact Microphone Building Workshop (08 Jul 2017)

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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