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Sound Lounge Music & Sound Design Swells With New Talent

New York-based Sound Lounge Music and Sound Design (SLMSD), a division of leading audio post-production studio Sound Lounge recently hired Composer/Sound Designer Joel Corelitz and Sound Designer Phan Visutyothapibal. These growth initiatives in sound design are lead by recent addition, Executive Producer Marcus Smith, further strengthening SLMSD’s position as a progressive brand leader in the sound design and music space.

The additions will complement and support the efforts of veteran SLMSD Partner and Sound Designer Marshall Grupp. With over 5,000 commercial and film credits on his resume, Marshall sees Phan and Joel as leaders in the next generation of sound designers. Over the last two decades, Grupp has had a tremendous impact on Sound Lounge’s success with agencies, TV networks, and film studios. Grupp comments, “I love Phan’s work and am ready to figuratively pass the sound design torch over to him. I believe strongly that he is the model of the sound design future and will truly set the standard in the industry moving forward.” Grupp elaborates, “Since we launched Sound Lounge, developing young talent has always been our mantra. Both Joel and Phan have tremendous entrepreneurial spirit, and it’s nice to find people who are visionaries and are willing to put themselves out there. I’m looking forward to pushing the boundaries in emerging media and now we have the talent to accommodate the diverse projects that come through our doors. We are really looking forward to what the future holds.”

SLMSD Executive Producer Marcus Smith weighs in optimistically about the hires, “Joel and Phan bring a lot of skill, talent, and success to a variety of mediums – we hope to combine the skill sets of Marshall, Phan and Joel to offer a wider range of expertise to the ad community. In addition to agency growth, we are excited to provide creative audio solutions to a range of production and post-production companies.”

Corelitz’ accolades include a New York Festivals win for his contribution to the 2004 AICP Show. That same year, Joel was also runner-up at ‘boards’ First Boards Awards showcase, where he was honored for his composition. With acknowledgement on Motionographer’s ‘Cream Of The Crop’ list and mentions of his production work in Keyboard and Future Music magazine, Corelitz has had an obvious impact on the industry. His notable past projects include:


for Rotofugi (Country Club, Chicago) and

This is History

for Frito-Lay (Element 79, Chicago). Some of Phan’s standout credits include efforts for Mercedes, Verizon, Bacardi, Axe, AT&T and Canon.

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About Joel Corelitz

With beginnings at the Steve Ford Music company in Chicago, as well as a successful freelance career, Composer/Sound Designer Joel Corelitz. recent compositions include:

The Cavern of Lost Letters

for Smilefaucet,



The Collectors

for Rotofugi (Country Club, Chicago), a designer toy store in Chicago, and

This is History

for Frito-Lay (Element 79, Chicago). In addition to his work across advertising, Joel is currently scoring the music for a new, untitled TV series on the Discovery network. Corelitz’ accolades include a New York Festivals win for his contribution to the 2004 AICP Show. That same year, Joel was runner-up at ‘boards’ First Boards Awards showcase, honored for his composition talents. With acknowledgement on Motionographer’s ‘Cream Of The Crop’ list and mentions of his production work in Keyboard and Future Music magazine, Corelitz has had an obvious and powerful impact on the industry. Joel received a Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he studied electronic music composition with a classical core curriculum.

About Phan Visutyothapibal

Sound Designer Phan Visutyothapibal most recently worked at New York-based Q Department and The Lodge. Phan was nominated as a Wasserman Award Finalist for his work on Jennifer Li’s film,


. In addition, Phan has provided sound design for brands such as Saturn, Kia, McDonald’s, Panasonic, Mercedes, Jeep, Nike Battlegrounds, and MTV Game


. Phan is currently working with Maria Abramovil’s film Dangerous Games sponsored by the United Nations.

Phan received a BFA in Sound and Film from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

About Marshall Grupp

Marshall Grupp began his career working as a sound editor on Mike Nichol’s

Working Girl

and Warren Beatty’s


. He launched his commercial sound design success path on Coca-Cola’s ground-breaking Max Headroom campaign, immediately shifting his focus in that direction. Marshall quickly became one of the first artists to establish sound design as a distinct discipline in advertising production. Grupp has designed sound for more than 5,000 spots, covering every advertising category, from cars to beer, financial services to sporting goods. In recognition for his work, he won AICP, Clio and D&AD awards for outstanding achievement for Sound Design. Recently, Grupp worked as a Supervising Sound Editor on Michael Cuesta’s



The Ramones: End of a Century

, Jeremy Saulnier’s

Murder Party

(Magnolia Pictures), Marc Weber’s

Explicit Ills

(South by Southwest Audience Award-winner) and Tracey Hecht’s

Life in Flight

(2008 Tribeca). Along with Peter Holcomb, Tom Jucarone and Peter Corbett, Marshall partnered to launch Sound Lounge audio post-production facility in 1998.

Marshall commented, “For all of us, the smell of freshly cut grass brings up wonderful memories from our distant past. That emotional connection is what I try to achieve when I juxtapose a sound against a frame of film.”

About Sound Lounge Music & Sound Design:

Established in Spring 2006, Sound Lounge Music & Sound Design (SLMSD) is the newest division of Sound Lounge, New York’s premier audio post production studio. Building upon the great industry success of Marshall Grupp Sound Design, Sound Lounge Music & Sound Design is headed by Executive Producer Marcus Smith. In combination with Sound Lounge’s widely renowned mixing capabilities, Sound Lounge Music & Sound Design is able to handle the widest possible range of projects for its clients.

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