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Gravity captures Baftas for Sound and Music

The Sound 24 post-production team, and composer Steven Price, need to make space for their new trophies.

The groundbreaking space drama Gravity was a six-times victor at the Bafta Awards in London last night. The sci-fi thriller, starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, won Baftas for Best Sound and Best Original Music, as well as Best Director, Outstanding British Film and Best Cinematography.

The victory for audio was well deserved by the team from Sound 24, Glenn Freemantle’s post-production service based at Pinewood Studios, who began working on Gravity in late 2010. Freemantle, in the role of sound designer and supervising sound editor, led the Best Sound Bafta-winning team of Niv Adiri (sound design editor/sound re-recording mixer), Skip Lievsay (sound re-recording mixer), Christopher Benstead (music editor and sound re-recording mixer) and Chris Munro (production sound mixer).

“There’s no sound in space… but there you go, we’re all right!” joked Freemantle on receiving the award.

Munro, Freemantle and Lievsay have already won the inaugural AMPS award for excellence in the craft of sound for their work on Gravity. The team used mainly DPA microphones for gathering material for the project.

Steven Price won the Best Original Music award for the Gravity soundtrack, recorded in part at Abbey Road (through the AMS Neve 88RS console) and British Grove (also AMS Neve). “Thank you to my Mum and Dad for having such a great record collection and starting this whole thing off,” said Price at the podium.

While some mixing for 5.1 and 7.1 was performed at De Lane Lea Studios in Soho before the final Dolby Atmos mix, other work was undertaken in Chiswick: “Although we are only credited as ‘Recorded at’ – as we did a couple of days of string and other pick-ups – we actually did the 7.1 music mix here over 17 days,” David Stewart of British Grove told PSNEurope. “[This was] a quite extraordinary and complex feat involving three MADI-linked Pro Tools, hundreds of audio tracks, Apogee and Prism Audio I/O analogue interfaces, four offline suites and a direct ISDN link to Los Angeles.”

During the Bafta Awards, held at the Royal Opera House on Sunday 16 February, audio pioneer Ray Dolby and sound editor David Campling (The Terminator, Platoon) were remembered in a tribute to leading lights of cinema who passed away in the last 12 months.