London, UK (January 23, 2004)–Theater sound design specialist Autograph Sound Recording has been nominated twice for Best Sound Design at this year’s Laurence Olivier Awards panel. This year marks the category’s debut. Out of the four nominations in the category, Autograph have been named twice for its work on the musicals Pacific Overtures and Ragtime, which played at the Donmar Warehouse and The Piccadilly Theatre respectively. Autograph is used to being associated with the awards; in the last 20 years, the company has designed or supplied 28 of the productions that have won in the Best Musical or Best Play categories.
Ragtime was designed by American sound designer Peter Hylenski, who had hands on help from Autograph’s chairman and flagship designer Andrew Bruce, who had been asked by the producers to be a consultant on the project. “Peter did a beautiful job on the show, it was great to be of help and to hear him bring the show’s full and vibrant score to life,” commented Bruce. To complete the Autograph team, Hylenski was also assisted by Chris Full who took the role of associate designer.
The other nomination for the sound design award is Autograph’s Nick Lidster who designed Stephen Sondheim’s Pacific Overtures. The show played a sell out two-month season last summer at the Donmar Warehouse and won huge critical acclaim.
Lidster overcame the problems of amplification in a small venue by using Swedish LLW LDS700 ribbon loudspeakers to match the subtle requirements of the production and the intimate nature of the Donmar.
Autograph’s managing director Terry Jardine is pleased by the addition of the sound design category to the Laurence Olivier Awards. “All sound designers have had to wait a long time for this recognition from a high-profile awards body,” noted Jardine. “Sound designers have been making a significant difference to live theater productions for many years now and so it is high time that this vital contribution is recognized and rewarded. To have two nominations for Autograph designers is quite fantastic and of course we would love to be successful, but I think all ‘soundies ‘are winners this year by the very fact that we have at long last been invited to join the party!”
The awards are being held at London’s Hilton Hotel, Park Lane on February 22.
Autograph Sound Recording