SCORING THE "ART OF THE AMERICAN SOLDIER"
Composer Chuck Butler of Baker Sound’s MONSTER TRACKS music division was recently tasked with scoring a two-minute promotional video as well as a longer video piece that will be part of the National Constitution Center’s upcoming Art of the American Soldier exhibit. The project is being produced by Holton, Sentivan + Gury. The exhibit features artworks created by soldier-artists from World War I to the present day, and includes combat depictions and scenes of military life witnessed firsthand. “It’s an honor to be approached for such an important project,” remarks Butler, who combined live string, brass, and woodwind players with digitally sampled sounds to create an orchestral piece that is at once somber, hopeful, and thoroughly American. “The agency had very clear ideas about the music; they wanted the score to enhance the beauty of the film they shot and emphasize the emotion of the soldiers as they talked about their experiences.” Butler continues: “Glenn [Gury] and I have a very comfortable working relationship. He’s a musician, so he’s sensitive to the process. We started from a rough demo, and he made a number of insightful suggestions. After a couple of revisions, we had the piece. At that point I brought in the musicians and recorded the final tracks. I’m very proud of the result, and I look forward to attending the exhibit when it opens in late September.”
For more information, visit the National Constitution Center’s website. You can view the promotional video for the exhibit by clicking here.
In advertising news, Holton, Sentivan + Gury was also at Baker producing new ads for World Wide Stereo and Paoli Hospital, the latter featuring testimonials by former NFL linebackers Frank LeMaster and Phil Villapiano. Caspari McCormick has also been busy, crafting new radio advertising for Mystic Country and Mystic Aquarium, Historic Philadelphia, the Delaware Children’s Museum, and CarSense, as well as new radio and TV for Jefferson Hospitals, featuring original music by MONSTER TRACKS. Working for Allebach Communications, composer Chuck Butler produced a groovy remix of the recent jingle he composed for Univest Bank for a new radio campaign. Butler also composed a waltz featuring piano, cello, guitar, and ukulele to underscore The Marathon Group’s Life Happens Here campaign for Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, New Jersey. Radio ads and several web videos associated with this campaign were recorded and mixed by Baker engineer Jeff King.
There’s even more advertising news! Mama Dietz appeared in person to add her voice to new spots for Deitz & Watson, produced by the Neiman Group. Red Tettemer arrived (presumably by bus) to produce TV and radio for SEPTA. Satellite Advertising crafted new radio for Ocean First Bank. Signature Communications made a splash with new radio for the Wildwoods. Baker was also tapped to record and mix new spots for the Inquirer and Daily News, while continuing regular work for WPVI, and political campaigns too numerous to mention. Last but certainly not least, our good friend Gene Shay returned as he has for many years to produce spots for the 49th annual Philadelphia Folk Festival.
Baker continues to be busy recording new audiobook titles. Engineer Jeff King (who is quickly becoming one of the best read people we know) recently completed work on a number of new titles, including Someone To Blame by C. S. Lakin, My Worst Best Friend by Dyan Sheldon, Vermillion Drift by William Kent Krueger, plus When Light Breaks and The Perfect Love Song, both by Patti Callahan Henry.
The staff at Baker Sound hopes everyone is having a safe and fun summer, and looks forward to seeing you all soon!
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