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Music/Post Audio Pro Bruce Barris, Dead at 60

Journeyman audio pro segued from studio engineering to film sound career.

Los Angeles, CA (September 21, 2018)—On August 24, 2018, Bruce Alan Barris passed away unexpectedly due to complications from an undiagnosed heart condition.

Born October 9, 1957 in Chambles, France, where his father was stationed with the US Air Force, Barris lived on bases from Newfoundland to Ohio and eventually his family settled in Camarillo, CA. A graduate of Rio Mesa High School, he attended the University of California at Santa Barbara when he discovered music engineering.

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Following completion of a program in audio engineering at Soundmaster Recording School, Barris began his career at Sound City Studios, subject of the 2013 documentary by Dave Grohl (in which he makes a quick cameo appearance). While there, Barris worked on projects with artists ranging from Tom Petty to George Harrison, earning two RIAA Platinum Awards for albums by Canada’s multiple Juno award-winning band, The Tragically Hip.

Bruce segued into television and film music with composer Joe Conlan, and then into other aspects of the world of post-production sound at SoundStorm—work that found him out in the field recording, in an edit bay, or on the mixing stage.

His dozens of credits include the original The Fast and the Furious (which was nominated for an MPSE Golden Reel Award), Michael Mann’s Collateral (which received a BAFTA nomination for Best Sound), Miami Vice, Hotel for Dogs, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Ted and A Million Ways to Die in the West. In recent times, he had moved into supervising sound and his last projects were Uncle Drew, Mile 22 and the upcoming Magic Camp. Barris was a member of the Motion Picture Editors Guild, IATSE Local 700.

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Bruce is survived by his family – his brother Roy Barris and Roy’s wife Consuelo Santana Barris; cousins Eric Larson, Janet Larson Atha and her husband Ron Atha; cousin Benjamin King; and friend and former wife Robin Ruse-Rinehart Barris.