New York City (September 22, 2004)–Wonderland Sound, No Wonder Music and Wonderland Productions were called upon by the CSTV (College Sports Television Network) for its riveting new documentary about the high-pressure world of The National Collegiate Debate Championship.
Award-winning composer, sound designer, and audio engineer, John Wiggins, has built a reputation as a multi-talented resource for high-end music and sound services. As principal of the audio post and sound design company Wonderland Sound, and producer/director Bill McCullough’s partner in No Wonder Music, Wiggins takes a unique approach to his craft. Working in close collaboration with Wonderland Productions, McCullough’s production/postproduction boutique, Wiggins is a key player in this collaborative full-service environment that integrates scoring, sound designing, mixing, directing, producing, editing and finishing films into one seamless synergy-driven process.
The CSTV documentary took maximum advantage of this approach. The film takes viewers inside the world of the high-stakes event as the powerful cinema verite-style film follows numerous teams exhibiting extraordinary feats of mental gymnastics and personal endurance in hopes of winning the prestigious title of National Collegiate Debate Champion.
Wiggins and McCullough co-composed the score for the film under the banner of the their original music house, No Wonder Music. CNN’s Aaron Brown’s narration of the film was the perfect complement to No Wonder’s soundtrack, which conveyed quirkiness reminiscent of Thomas Newman’s soundtrack for American Beauty. The Roger Lynn-designed Adrenaline, a drum machine with arpeggios that can plug into a guitar, gave them just the sound they were looking for. Wiggins then created the sound design and provided audio post services for the film.