Born out of the Grammy®-Award winning studios of Clean Cuts, Clean Cuts Interactive forged into the world of interactive audio back in 2010, spearheaded by a group of passionate sound designers who wanted to challenge the boundaries of game audio, without compromising aesthetic and vision.
Tom Dao, who leads Clean Cuts Interactive, is excited to showcase how far they’ve come over the past decade. “Many times over the years we have been asked the question: ‘Do you guys really work on games?’ Or, ‘are games a focus for you?’ We hope this website answers the questions with a resounding, ‘Yes!’ And we are also pretty good at it.”
Gigawatt Group’s Creative Director, Jim McNulty, is incredibly proud of his team for how the site came together. “From the very beginning of this project, we wanted this site to feel bold and future forward. The ambitious design created some opportunities to push our development limits. It also allowed us to lean on our friends at Cerebral Lounge for some custom animation that really delivers a unique user experience.”
Clean Cuts Interactive is a part of Clean Cuts, which allows us to leverage each other’s strengths and resources for any project. We live on the bleeding edge of new technology and find innovative solutions for an industry that continues to push the envelope of what is possible. World class sound design, expert implementation and innovative original music all come together to deliver depth and personality to the environment.
We invite you to visit CleanCutsInteractive.com to hear some of the custom soundscapes we’ve developed for AAA Games such as the new NBA 2K21, and we look forward to helping you Level Up your next sound experience!
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NBA2K21 Launches with an Assist from Clean Cuts Interactive
We all know 2020 has been uniquely challenging. But for the Clean Cuts team, one thing that didn’t change was our relationship and collaboration with 2K and Visual Concepts. Right as the country was shutting down we once again worked closely with the Visual Concepts audio team to craft detailed and immersive sound design for NBA2K21. Having a solid team and long track record with 2K helped make the challenges of working in the “new normal” go all the more smoothly.
Our team, led by Cory Foley-Marsello, rose to the challenge with cinematic sound design and mix for over 350 My Career cutscenes, as well as many other layers of audio that make the in stadium experiences come to life. Our aim was to create detailed and authentic audio as you guide Junior from High School in Newark to the NBA.
The team at Visual Concepts crafted the compelling story arc of stepping out of the shadow of a father’s legacy, and forging your own path. We strove to help tell this story through our audio work. The Clean Cuts team has continued to work with 2K for the hugely anticipated release of Generation 5 for the Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5, which dropped on November 10th and 12th. Gen 5 offers incredible improvements, including backwards compatibility, shorter loading screen times, and heightened control for shooting, passing, and dribbling as well as new physics and added signature animations.
We’ve learned that when the world becomes unpredictable, we can always count on our community and the work relationships we’ve built over years of collaboration. And, we’re so excited to have a new NBA2K to binge play at home!
Three Seas Welcomes New Executive Producer Kevin Lahr
Three Seas is thrilled to announce that Kevin Lahr has joined our team as Executive Producer.
Kevin specializes in broadcast production and post-production, Kevin has spent more than 20 years working on both the client and agency sides, with national brands like Discovery Communications, National Geographic Channel, NFL Films, and PBS and PBS KIDS. He is experienced in producing broadcast content and marketing campaigns for national advertisers, managing live-action shoot production, editorial, visual effects and audio, and supervising production operations.
Through the years, he has developed a keen sensibility for supporting the development of award-winning and successful advertising for brands and products, that increases visibility and elicits excitement–that’s why Three Seas knew we needed to bring him into the family.
Through his career, Kevin has produced content and promos, supervised multiple brand identity rebrands, and worked with some of the best creative teams in the business. With Kevin now leading our skilled production team, he will help serve our clients with his thorough knowledge of the creative and production processes, as well as his awareness for assessing and understanding project and client needs. We value his passion, knowledge, insight, and proven record of production value and delivering to the highest standards and expectations.
Join us in welcoming Kevin to Three Seas, and come explore our collective of boutique companies for your content needs.
AMA Baltimore Chapter Awards Gigawatt, Howard Bank at 2020 MX Awards
GIGAWATT WINS GRAND MX RUNNER-UP FOR CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR
“Howard Bank Cares” Campaign Earns Two MX Awards at AMA Baltimore Chapter’s 2020 Virtual Gala
Gigawatt Group is incredibly proud to announce the Baltimore Chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA) awarded our Howard Bank Cares Campaign with two awards at its 2020 Virtual Gala this evening! The brand campaign earned Best New Brand Identity Campaign, and the print campaign won the Grand MX Runner Up for Campaign of the Year.
One of the things that makes Gigawatt unique is our ability to bring in our teammates from Clean Cuts, Cerebral Lounge and Noise Distillery to help maximize our clients’ budgets and produce engaging, effecting creative for all platforms. The print campaign was one part of a hyper-targeted, omni-channel brand campaign that involved the entire Three Seas family.
Of course, it’s always gratifying to have your work recognized by your peers; however, it’s even more special realizing that recognition means you’re helping your clients achieve their strategic goals.
A very special thanks to CEO Mary Ann Scully, SVP of Marketing Erica Starr, and the entire Howard Bank team for their continued partnership, and for entrusting us with their legacy.
Three Seas is thrilled to welcome our long-time client and friend Jim McNulty to the Gigawatt Group as Creative Director! Jim has been a client for well over 15 years—winning several awards together in the process—and we couldn’t be more energized to have him leading our Gigawatt team.
Jim’s career spans more than two decades of writing, producing and directing engaging, impactful marketing and brand campaigns, with stops at Lockheed Martin, Discovery Communications and Scripps Networks, as well as his own boutique creative agency, Wurdsmith Creative.
He brings with him a shelf full of hardware that includes a silver Clio Award and copious PromaxBDA Awards, and he was also a member of TLC’s CableFax Marketing Team of the Year back in 2012.
We look forward to leveraging Jim’s creativity and enthusiasm to help energize your next campaign, and we hope you join us in welcoming Jim to the Three Seas family!
Noise Distillery’s Long Distance Relationship
Over 4,500 miles away, Chris Kennedy (Senior Composer, Noise Distillery) watches his composition come to life at a Hungary-based studio. Budapest Scoring Orchestra performs and records while the Noise Distillery composer views from our studio in Baltimore.
“Imaginarium”, the 3:00 cinematic piece, required an ensemble of 51 world-class musicians assembled in a world-class studio. The piece was later mixed by Rich Isaac (Creative Director, Noise Distillery).
No matter the scope of the project or size of the budget, Noise Distillery works with producers, directors, game developers, and other creatives to bring their work to life with custom music. Check out some of their latest songs and albums by visiting their SoundCloud and stay up-to-date by following them on Facebook.
Chris Kennedy has been a part of the Noise Distillery team for over 15 years and written thousands of pieces of music. Chris creates award-winning original music tracks for broadcast, web, video games, and film. Outside the studio, he shares his skills with aspiring composers by serving as faculty for Peabody Conservatory’s “Music for New Media” program, as well as Johns Hopkins University’s “Graduate Film” program.
This fall has been an exciting time for Noise Distillery. Scroll down to check out the latest.
Our friends at Yes& Agency asked us to create a fist-pumping, stadium-rocking score for this spot that was worthy of these over-the-top celebrations. Try not to get a case of rock neck after listening to this.
Few years in American history have been as pivotal and transformative as 1968. We were honored to create a score for this powerful documentary produced by The Biscuit Factory for Smithsonian Channel.
Noise Distillery worked closely with Pixelberry Studios to create a soundtrack for their latest Choices installment, Across The Void. This “choose your own adventure” style game is described as a “space opera”, in which the player is the captain of a luxury space liner traveling through the galaxy–in the middle of a galactic civil war! Noise Distillery created evocative music that will transport you across galaxies, lift you up to save the day and pull at your heartstrings as you try to find love in the vast universe.
Congrats Chris Kennedy
We are excited that Chris Kennedy, Noise Distillery’s Senior Composer, will be teaching a brand new undergraduate program at Peabody called “Music for New Media”. The class is lead by renowned English musician, singer and producer Thomas Dolby. The program is the only one like it in the country and is designed for strong music students interested in composing and producing music for emerging areas of non-linear entertainment such as computer games, virtual reality, augmented reality and 3D spatialized sound for location-based experiences.
Noise Distillery. Sound Like No Other.
The Latest from Clean Cuts
This fall has been an exciting time for Clean Cuts. Scroll down to check out our latest work.
MARVEL POWERS UNITED VR (C) 2018 MARVEL
Clean Cuts had the honor and pleasure of collaborating with Sanzaru Games for yet another top tier game, released in Summer 2018! It was a thrill recreating the iconic Marvel sounds for a cinematic immersive experience. If you don’t have an Oculus Rift headset, check out a gameplay trailer to experience a sliver of the excitement in MARVEL Powers United VR, available for purchase now at the Oculus Store.
Clean Cuts: Sound Design
It’s the return of the King! NBA 2K19 is back and better than ever! We were called upon again this year to collaborate with the 2K Audio team providing sound design and mix to the MyCareer Mode and the weekly 2KTV show.
Clean Cuts: Sound Design & Mix
When Velocity brought us this Nitro Circus promo, we knew that Senior Audio Engineer Andrew Eppig was a match made in heaven for this project. No better engineer than our nationally ranked dirt bike riding champ to sound design this high-energy trailer! Check it out here.
Clean Cuts: Sound Design & Mix
“Never Say Never” with WWE 2K19. The Clean Cuts audio team joined forces with Visual Concepts and 2KSports to bring you yet another amazing title this year! Step into the ring and show the world what you’re really made of. Pick up the Ric Flair “Wooooo!” edition and start playing today!
Clean Cuts: Sound Design & Mix
Our work with video games doesn’t stop here. We have more to come this November. Follow us on our social media accounts for instant updates.
Clean Cuts. Sound Like You Mean It.
This Fall at Cerebral Lounge
This fall has been an exciting time for Cerebral Lounge. Scroll down to check out our latest work.
We were thrilled to work with TLC and Marshalls on a branded entertainment vignette starring the oh so fabulous Monte from “Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta”. Cerebral Lounge said ‘yes’ to the shoot, script, edit and color correction. CEO Lee Konen directed the spot and Clean Cuts handled sound design and mix.
PandaBlair and Defining Entertainment came to Cerebral Lounge to edit the latest series of spots for Capterra which taps into the frustrations of three fictional, yet very relatable office workers. Clean Cuts provided sound design and mix and in this case, also provided the VO talent with our very own Harry Evans.
Cerebral Lounge had the honor of celebrating humanity’s greatest adventure when we teamed up with our friends at National Geographic‘s kids book. This trailer for a new pop up book showcases fun and educational facts about the first moon landing. During this production, we used actual moon-landing footage and audio and paired it with pop up book footage we shot in our office. We had a stellar time with this project. Check it out for yourself and listen to Clean Cut’s out-of-this-world sound design.
Cerebral Lounge had a blast writing, illustrating and animating the most recent installment of Investigation Discovery‘s “Ludicrous Laws”; this time for Econo Lodge. Clean Cuts provided the sound design and mix. Enjoy watching, but be mindful of those spurs, cowboy. Yeehaw!
Cerebral Lounge. Bringing Your Stories To Life.
Recyclables Meet Foley
At Clean Cuts, we’ve been getting trashy. Where some people see junk, we see an opportunity to create unique sounds. Watch and listen to how Isabella Ness transformed these recyclables into real-life sound effects. Can you guess what object was used to create them?