Mary Stone

Writer and sound engineer

United Kingdom

I write about music, technology, brands and people.

My background is in sound engineering, with over a decade of experience in live, location and studio sound mixing and editing.



Job loss led radio DJ to 'dream' career change as a chef

In the kitchen at Bianchis restaurant, surrounded by stainless steel, knives and meat slicers, Olly Harrison-Stock, in his chef's blacks, appears so comfortable and capable it would be easy to assume he had been working in hospitality since he was a teen.

What Hi-Fi?

The problem with Dolby Atmos music is its inconsistency

It's that nostalgic time of year again when we get all misty-eyed reminiscing over the many seismic tech stories of the past 12 months. An unusual stop-start, will-they-won't-they sort of year, 2021 nevertheless managed to produce some fascinating developments in the audio and AV world.

12 of the best-produced recordings to test your speakers

(Image credit: Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images) Great production can often seem like a dark art. It might involve technical prowess, sculpting instruments into sonic bubbles of EQ. But it can also veer into mystical shamanism, gently coaxing out performances while unorthodox mic positions abound. Does a great-sounding album need unearthly sound effects?

Galdem of Eden

Galdem of Eden
DEJA - ted talk

Combining pristine production, breezy vocals and glossy artwork, the new single from singer/songwriter DEJA , manages to brim with both irresistible charisma and sophisticated nuance. Ostensibly pure R&B pop, lyrically wry and knowing, 'ted talk' is a bright introduction to an artist who...

Galdem of Eden
GNASHA - Eve & Glaze

Producer and DJ Gnasha has recently dropped not one but two impressive tracks for us to feast our ears on while we live it up in isolation. Something of a wunderkind, she became hooked on electronic music after hearing 'Firestarter' at aged 6.

Galdem of Eden

Dutch born singer-songwriter Val Maugenest has been making enthralling electro-soul since moving to London to study music in 2011.


Marketing Gazette
"Hello, I'm Louis" - Theroux shares his advice on truth and trust

During a time of civil uprising, global pandemic and financial downturn, Louis Theroux, like many of us, turned to the internet seeking assurance. Looking for answers, distraction, connection or sometimes simply to Google himself, Theroux has discovered just how imperfect the internet is. Speaking this week at an event hosted by online brand specialist Yext,...

Marketing Gazette
Smash your brand story - Top tips on maintaining a cohesive brand voice

'Event Cancelled' may be the motto of summer 2020 but XpoNorth's annual conference is going ahead virtually and providing welcome support and guidance to Scottish arts and heritage companies. Content strategist Bridget McNulty opened the two-day festival this week with a storytelling clinic for independent businesses.