New York, NY (November 1, 2005)–Sound Lounge, through its recently launched long-form division, provided audio post production services for Art:21 Art in the Twenty-First Century, PBS’s award-winning series about contemporary art. Tony Volante prepared the final mix for the four one-hour segments that comprise the series’ third season. Featuring guest hosts David Alan Grier, Isabella Rossellini, Sam Waterston and Grant Hill, the series examines such themes as structures, power, memory and play that shape contemporary art.
Mixing the documentary-style series presents a unique challenge. Interview segments with leading contemporary artists are often recorded on location under less then optimal conditions. (Interviews for season three were recorded in S„o Paulo, Boston, Berlin, Houston and other cities.) As a result, considerable effort must be taken to turn the source material into clean audio tracks.
“These are very intimate interviews,” said Volante. “You want viewers to feel as though they are sitting with the artists in their studios and having a private chat. We want the environment to be as quiet as possible.
“In a normal dramatic series or even a documentary, you typically have music or sound design that you can use to hide flaws in the track, but that isn’t true here. It’s very bare bones. There is nothing to lean on to embellish the sound.”
Volante collaborated on the project with sound designer Margaret Crimmins of Dog Bark Sound.
Art 21: Art in the Twenty-First Century is executive produced by Susan Sollins, who is also the series’ curator.