Raleigh, NC (July 20, 2007) – The Great Inca Rebellion, a documentary produced by NOVA and National Geographic, is brought to life with original music, sound design and a 5.1 surround mix provided by Blazing Music + Sound.
The one-hour special, which sheds new light on the fall of the great Inca Empire, premiered June 26 on NOVA accompanied by global press coverage of the discovery of the first documented gunshot wound in the Americas.
Producer Graham Townsley came to Blazing Music + Sound with the challenge of creating a score and sound design with the dynamics and power of a theatrical film on a particularly tight timeline. Blazing handled all aspects of the project in house, allowing for an integration of music and sound design.
Music and sound production required the use of multiple Digidesign Pro Tools systems. Composer Aaron Keane used a Pro Tools|HD3 system and software synthesizers and samplers from Native Instruments and Propellerheads for primary composition, then replaced many of the electronic instruments with live percussion, strings and ethnic woodwinds. Willie Elias, sound designer and mixer, recorded everything from footsteps to fierce, skull-smashing axe and sword impacts using the Pro Tools|HD2 system, then performed surround and stereo mixes in record time.
The Great Inca Rebellion was offlined at Serious Robots, a sister boutique to Blazing Music + Sound located at the same facility.
“The Blazing/Robots team proved to be a highly efficient and talented duo,” said Townsley. “The composer and sound designer were able to get involved early in the process at the same time the offline edit was happening right there under the same roof. They created temp music and preliminary sound design at the offline stage, which made the approval process go quickly and smoothly. This was critical given our tight schedule for the production.”
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