Randall Barnes was born in Los Angeles, California, but spent many years studying and working in Europe. After achieving an MA in Applied Linguistics at the University of York (UK) in 1997, Barnes completed a PhD in Film Sound at Bournemouth University (UK) in 2006. His doctoral thesis argued in favour of a mode of production that could lead to a greater integration of sound and image. Barnes has also written a paper on the Coen brothers’ second film, Raising Arizona, which is pending publication in the e-journal The Soundtrack. In addition to this, he has worked on a small number of no-budget films as a sound designer and sound consultant.