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Holman gets sound award

Tomlinson (Tom) Holman, best known for developing Lucasfilm’s THX system, will receive the Cinema Audio Society’s Career Achievement Award at the 33rd annual CAS. Awards Banquet March 8 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Holman is currently president of entertainment technology company TMH Corp., and associate professor at the School of Cinema-Television at USC. TMH is the developer of the Micro Theater Experience, a sound processing unit that will bring high-quality sound to desktop applications.

Holman holds six U.S. patents for systems he designed, and handled the accoustical and electronic design of the Technical Building at Lucasfilm’s Skywalker Ranch.

In 1982, during the production of Lucasfilm’s “Return of the Jedi,” Holman began to identify problems related to theater sound, eventually consolidating existing performance standards into specifications for a new system which included theater accoustics and sound equipment.

The resulting Tomlinson Holman eXperiment, or THX (also named after George Lucas’ directorial debut “THX 1138”) is a sound system designed specifically to reproduce film sound exactly as it was recorded.

Holman likens his craft to that of a museum curator lighting paintings: “My job is to match the gallery setting to the conditions that the artist originally used as closely as possible.”

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