HOOKED: Showcasing Emerging Austin Artists – Clyde Bennett

Clyde Bennett is a bit of an anomaly to us. A retired healthcare IT professional and concert junkie, Clyde knows more about sound technology than most audio professionals half is age. He is also a member of Black Fret (www.blackfret.org) in Austin, an organization whose sole mission is to promote bands in the Austin area. All members get together about once a week (there are approx. 400 members) to listen to emerging artists and vote on the most promising. There are 20 nominees for grant awards. In December, the members vote, and the 10 top winners get a $20,000 grant and the others receive $5K grants to help them with their music careers.

I think all of us can agree, Clyde is doing God’s work.

At Hooke Audio, we absolutely love the energy that Clyde brings to the music scene and wanted to learn more about his story.


Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/clyde.w.bennett

LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/clydewbennett/

Instagram – www.instagram.com/clydewbennett

Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0jpkElkNR-E2sQN-8NJMCQ





HOOKE: What was the first binaural audio content you heard?

CB: I believe it was a Hooke Audio video posted of a kayak cruising down a small stream, surrounded by the sounds of nature.

HOOKE: What is the coolest sound experience you’ve ever heard and where?

CB: Has to be at Burning Man 2016, in deep playa, surrounded by 6 of the most amazing sound cars you can imagine! Deep House, in the middle of nowhere (literally!)


HOOKE: For those that aren’t into audio what is the first thing you share with them to get them into sound?

CB: I like to talk about how music is a trigger to the unconscious – those deep, deep memories that we have that may not even be associated with the sound immediately, but as the sound waves flow over your mind, the images magically appear.

HOOKE: What is the coolest piece of content you’ve created and why?

CB: I think the video I created of a walk around Base Camp at Burning Man 2016. It’s an audio and video painting of the amazing diversity I experienced there.


HOOKE: Name the artist of your favorite sounding album and why?

CB: Pet Sounds, written by Brian Wilson and performed by The Beach Boys. Apparently, the Beatles were as impressed as I was. The complexity of the sounds and the harmonies are impressive even today when the electronics of editing and computers has far surpassed the capabilities of the time.

HOOKE: Tell us a bit more about you. Where are you from? What do you do? What is your dream job? What’s the coolest thing about you?

CB: I was born and raised in Austin, Texas. I was always a ‘musical child’ born with perfect pitch and subjected to 8 years of piano lessons as a child that set the foundation for a high school and college venture into musical theater, high school & college choir, as well as marching bands. The first time I marched into Memorial Stadium at the University of Texas to the sound of 80,000 cheering football fans still gives me chills. Today, I am retired, after spending over 35 years in healthcare IT. Now, I am free to listen to music, attend festivals, and support the thriving music scene in Austin, Texas, ‘The Live Music Capital of the World!’


CB: My dream job – a DJ spinning my favorite music and interviewing musical artists. The coolest thing about me? That I am always open to new experiences that challenge my senses or let me view the familiar thru a new and exciting experience!

HOOKE: What is your favorite social media channel you follow and why?

BC: Instagram. It’s a great way to get a quick view into the world of many interesting and creative people!


HOOKE: If you could make any piece of sound hardware, that doesn’t already exist, what would it be?

BC: An inexpensive Bluetooth stereo microphone that is normally embedded as a part of a cell phone’s extended battery case, but could be easily removed and clipped to a piece of clothing and deployed as a directional mike to improve the quality of cell phone audio/video recordings. It could be used to improve the quality of conference calls in an office among small groups. Because it is part of the extended battery case, it would always be charged!

HOOKE: If you had to send one recording of anything into space what would it be?

BC: Pet Sounds, of course!


Make sure to check out Clyde’s YouTube channel where he posts music from all around the country recorded in binaural audio. Record on, Clyde! Thanks for sharing your story.

From One Ear To Another,

Anthony Mattana
Founder, Hooke Audio

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