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Campaign Brief Magazine : July August 2007
SOUND +MU SI C Brendan Woithe, Charlton Hill and Michael Lira Director/composers Antony Partos, Andrew Lancaster and Paul Healy Team Supersonic (includes MTV production’s Wes Chew and Ian Drabble) SUPERSONIC’SNEWLAUNCHPAD AFTER 13 YEARS OF A SHARED musi- cal vision in their bohemian studio in Kings Cr oss’ s Minton House, Supersonic have recently e xpanded their ent erprise with both a new premises and the addition of some new faces to their music and sound de sign team. Now locate d i n a plush manor house in the le afy end of Vic toria Street, Potts Po int , Supe rsonic have re tained the ir trademar k b outique vi be wh ile expanding th eir client s ervices to include e very aspect o f mus ic and sound production for commercials. Say s di rec tor/c omposer Pau l Healy: “We have been ve ry fo rtu- nate to have some extremely talent- ed ind ividuals gravitat e o ur w ay. Supersonic has an unrivalle d c re- ative team of composers and sound desi gners w ho are all unique in their cre ative v oices, al l o f whom are producing very exciting work.” Supersonic ’s l atest acquisi tion, produ ce r C harlt on Hill, has a strong history in the te levision and record ing indus try and br ings a fresh approach to the running of a music and sound des ign studio in these changing times. Says Hi ll: “It was very exciting to join for ces with the three founding directors and associated composers. They are all extremely talented and I can see such a great t rajectory in the collaborative way they work.” Since jo ining the team, C harlton ha s assi ste d t hei r move to the home ly gr andeu r of the new premise s as we ll as secur ing high end in ternational TVCs, bri nging MTV’s fast turn over production to the table and adding to the elite cal- ibre of engineers and composers. Inte rnat ional ly award ed, ex- AFTRS s ound d esign er Br endan Woithe is one such add iti on. “I rea lly wante d t o wo rk wit h Michael Lira (in back), Jono Ma, David McCormack and Matteo Zingales Supersonic as I felt they have a cool diversity, family vibe and push t he boundaries of contemporary audio - and they’d also just moved in down from Toby’s coffee shop on Macleay Street!”. Sa ys Hill: “Brendan i s o ne of tho se rare indiv iduals who can combine high end technical abilities wit h an abun dan ce of cre ativi ty with his sound design and engineer- ing. He a lso brings an u nbridled enthusiasm to the company.” The philosophy o f the c ompany has always been to pursue crea tive ventures whether it be commercial or non commercial an d it i s th is diversity that creates su ch a so lid base of experience. Paul Healy, fresh from writing for the Zhejiang Acrobatics Troupe in China, believes the team brings new ideas to the a dvertising industry by staying creatively connected to the outside world. Says Healy: “Music is food for the soul and composers generally like to prepare thi s food for as many listeners as possible. Whether it’s playing in bands, scor- ing feature films, or releasing CD’s, all o f these creative pu rsuits t hat our composers engage in , inf orms their approach to commercials.” Composers Andrew Lancaster and Davi d McCorma ck (e x-Cus tard) have composed f or th e recently released feature West. David h as also just co-produced the The Go- Betweens Tribute Album f eaturing Sarah Blasko, Josh Pyke and Youth Group. Jono Ma’s ‘the Valentinos’ continue to storm the indie electro- rock scene and Michael Lira (Darth Vegas) is in the throws of scoring “I love Sarah Jane”, a film for US director Spencer Susser, having just comple ted t he animation se rie s Staines down Drains. Tel evi sion c omposer M att eo Zing ales, who has bee n wit h the team through the old and the new, also believes the change is a gr eat step for the professional de livery that Supersonic projects require: “It is a very relaxed atmosphere which means I can easily sink into fe eling the emotional needs of my compo- sitions for drama.” Matteo should know what works, his unique filmic approach to the musi cal s cor e for hi gh r at ing Network Seven’s s eries ‘All Saints’ will now be heard across the shores having just been sold to the BBC. Says McCormack: “The new stu- dio set-up has three modes, literally in levels and metaphorically in vibe. Downstairs is the engine room, full of eccentric old e lectronic instru- ments, vintage guitars, pianos and overflowing ashtrays. Down here, the normal rules of society do not appl y. Al l var iet y of ideas ar e thrown ar ound, pi ck ed u p an d moulded into new creations. The second l evel is where most of the socialising occurs. Upstairs is the bridge, keeping everything under control and beaming out music to the world and beyond.” Recent collaborat ions in TVC include classical scores for director Wayne Maule ’s Lexus spots in Japan (The Thermal Corporation), Cate Shortland’s spot for Australian Rugby Union (the Brandshop) and Resolution Desig n’s Pepsi Max spots (Clemenger BBDO Sydney). Director/Composer Antony Partos finds the challenge of changing mediums exhilarating: “As a com- poser working in Australia I have the rare privilege of being given the opportunity to compose for a vari- ety of media. It’s been a real treat to step off a plane from recording an orchestral feature film score in the Netherlands to working with the likes of Lusciou s Internat ion al di re cto r Richar d Gib son on an international Sony spot.” Supersonic are now at 99 Victoria St reet , P ot ts P oint an d have a brand new show reel. All enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org. Pepsi ‘Tattoo’ (Clemenger BBDO, Sydney) 66 CAM PA I GN B RIE F Australian Rugby Union (The Brandshop, Sydney) Hahn Super Dry ‘Love heart’ (Clemenger BBDO, Syd) Sony ‘Ears vs Eyes’ (Y&R, Asia Pacific) JU L Y /AU GUST 2007
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