New York, NY (March 7, 2006)–Sound Lounge recently provided audio post production services for Herbie Hancock: Possibilities, a feature-length documentary about the jazz great and the making of his latest album by directors Doug Biro and Jon Fine. The studio’s Tony Volante mixed the film’s 5.1 soundtrack working with both original recordings and archival material dating back to the beginning of Hancock’s career.
The film offers a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the Possibilities CD, which features duets by Hancock and famous recording others, including Christina Aguilera, Annie Lennox, John Mayer, Damien Rice, Carlos Santana, Paul Simon, Sting and Joss Stone. It also traces the history of Hancock’s rich and iconoclastic career, from his early days with Miles Davis, through his time as leader of the seminal fusion band Headhunters to the present.
Volante performed the mix Possibilities on a Digidesign ICON integrated console. As all of the original material was recorded in stereo and some of the older tracks were monaural, Volante had to affect a 5.1 sound during post production. “Ninety percent of the material was performance shot in a studio with the sound recorded either as a board mix or with boom mikes,” recalled Volante. “The challenge was to fill the 5.1 space while retaining the intimacy of the recording sessions. We wanted audiences to feel as though they are in the room with the performers.”
Sound Lounge is currently building a new mixing suite for long form work whose unique design will help speed work on independent films still further. The room will be able to accommodate mixing, editing, ADR, voice-over recording and other audio work all in one space. It is also adjacent to supporting sound editing suites and gear. “It’s meant to be very flexible,” Volante said. “We are even going to have a couple of Foley pits in front of the screen.”
Herbie Hancock: Possibilities will air on HDNet and will be released on DVD.