News & Updates

09:08:18.  COMING SOON:  Achilles Protocol – A film by Aatif Ati Zafar starring Armeena Khan.  Music by Robert J Baldwin


Robert is a media composer with over twenty five years’ worth of experience creating music and sound design assets. His passion first began when he was 12 years old, using an Atari ST running Hybrid Arts Edit Track, Steinberg Cubase and a four-track tape recorder.

Robert’s past clients include Caged Film Ltd, Greater Manchester Police, the NHS, Henshaw’s Society for the Blind, Dance Syndrome, TV Salford, Classical Revolution, the Edinburgh String Quartet, and Manchester University to name a few. Additionally, Robert is very active scoring many independent short and feature length films.

Robert has a Master’s Degree in composition, a BA (Hons) Popular Music & Recording degree from the University of Salford and currently holds the position of Lecturer of Composition & Music Production at Futureworks School of Media & Music in Salford, teaching undergrad students how to make an absolute racket.

His weapons of choice are the piano, synthesiser, guitar, voice, microphone, sampler, objects and things, other assorted studio based noise machines, red wine, and salami.

Robert is the co-founder of Manipulated Acoustics, alongside Dr Neil Bruce, and both have an obsession with interfering with sounds and recording bodily noises and laughing about the results to pass the time as they are both still about 10 years old mentally.


Manipulated Acoustics are a Manchester based provider of audio material for the creative industries, specialising in obscure and inspiring locations and objects. We seek out and capture the acoustic DNA of spaces and objects and utilise these in our unique series of products and design applications.

Everyone forgets about sound, but as the adage goes ‘you can watch a film with a bad picture and good sound, but you can’t watch a film with bad sound’.

At Manipulated Acoustics, we take a personal and conversational approach to dealing with our clients, we want to talk to you, and help you achieve your goals by releasing the potential that exceptional music and sound design can offer, be it in a film, or in a public square, or for your on-hold service, or the bleep your widget makes.

If you need music or a sound or you need to know about sound, pop over and say hello!

From original music, scores, jingles, and sound design, we can produce something to fit your budget so you get music and sound that works, sounds great, and is affordable.

Why Manipulated Acoustics?
It is the strong emphasis on creative engineering and design which makes us stand out from the crowd. Rob and Neil, the founders of Manipulated acoustics bring a strong academic foundation in acoustics & audio engineering matched with traditional music and composition, which will not be found elsewhere. We have the skills, knowledge and experience!

What is Sound Design?
Sound design is a technical/conceptually creative field. It covers all non-compositional elements of a film, a play, computer game software or any other multimedia project. Sound design is ultimately responsible for all aspects of a film’s audio track, from the dialogue and sound effects recording to the re-recording of the final track.

In film, for example, sound design helps with the realisation of the director’s audio vision. This normally entails the creation of sound elements for unusual sources. Whilst this utilises creative skills, the process can be long and drawn out without the fundamental understanding of how sound works.

Expertise in the fields of acoustics and psychoacoustics, plays a crucial role in creating a soundtrack which goes beyond mere sound effects, to the creation of a sonic experience like no other. We apply our expertise in these areas to develop outstanding sound libraries for you to use.

Hand-crafted audio, compositions and media content with the highest quality


Sound Libraries

Coming Soon






2019 Blank
2019 The Achilles Protocol
2019 Under Fire
2018 Killing Justice
2016 Retribution
2015 Cinderella Nights
2015 The Icehouse Project
2015 Potty Mouth
2014 Legends of Old (TV Mini-Series) (1 episode) Beneath the Waters of Llyn Coch (2014)
2014 Scotoma
2014 I, Alone
2013 Tables Turned
2013 One in a Million
2013 Sexdate (TV Mini-Series)
2013 6 Seconds to Die
2013 Doris
2013 Trauma
2013 One Way
2013 The Zombie King (trailer music composer)
2012 Secret Hidden Princess





2017 Henshaws Society for Blind People
2016 Dance Syndrome
2014 MMU/Edinburgh String Quartet
2013 NHS
2013 MazArt Gallery
2012 Classical Revolution Manchester
2012 TV Salford
2009 Greater Manchester Police