Music Composer / Sound Designer
WaitWhat is a media invention company committed to the creation of highly-differentiated, premium content that is gender-balanced and diverse in its subject profiles, and boundary-breaking in its formats. Founded in 2017 by former TED execs June Cohen and Deron Triff, whose combined leadership built TED Talks from a concept to 1 billion views/listens each year, WaitWhat’s inaugural media properties include the critically acclaimed Sincerely, X, the 2018 Webby Award-winning podcast Masters of Scale, and Should This Exist, an exciting new podcast hosted by Silicon Valley investor and Internet pioneer Caterina Fake.
In everything we create, we aim to elicit contagious emotions: awe, wonder, curiosity, and mastery. From the get-to, we design our media to live across many different forms and formats (audio, video, virtual, live, print, etc.) in order to scale as thriving independent businesses.
We are a joyful startup that has closed our Series A funding in January 2019. We’re now building out a team that’s as diverse as it is creative, brought together by the desire to create amazing media experiences. We’re channeling our energy to fulfill what we believe is the greatest, often unspoken, need of our time: to feel lit up and alive. Everything we produce will have those “Wait, what?’ moments that spark your curiosity and change your understanding of the world.
We are excited to find the right candidate to expand our show’s original musical signature. Our shows’ soundscape is a cinematic blend of explosive cold opens, original music composition and evocative sound design that weaves humor and atmosphere into each episode, and our podcasts sounds unlike any other and provide an unparalleled audio experience for listeners. The role blends (i) composing original music for each podcast episode (ii) completing sound design and effects to bring each episode to life.
We invite our composers to embrace risk – including concepts that are untested, unknown and even uncomfortable – in order to reach the highest level of originality, creativity, experimentation, surprise and humor.
We welcome composers and sound designers with a backgrounds in film, television, commercials, video games and podcasting who have experience in original music production and sound design in fast paced production environments.
Rich examples from our show library include:
Chorus of NOs - https://overcast.fm/+I6DBhi6Ls
Explosive Starts - https://overcast.fm/+I6DDQaDLE/1:38
Obama O’s - https://overcast.fm/+I6DDHHECQ/0:53
- Collaborate with show producers to brainstorm creative musical directions for each episode
- Compose original music for our shows
- Complete sound design and effects to create a series of unique moments that bring the story to life in each episode
- Factor in show producer feedback to iterate on the music / sound design
- Complete on schedule delivery of complete pro-tools session files in line with the show’s workflow
This is a freelance assignment. We welcome both part-time and full-time contractor applications; for exceptional candidates, we are open to a full-time employment opportunity. The position requires flexibility and discipline to complete episodes on time.
WaitWhat is committed to 50/50 gender balance, and diversity of all kinds — in our media properties, among our investors and on our team: women, minorities and anyone with an unconventional background are strongly encouraged to apply. Also, we only hire extremely nice people.