CHICAGO — Human (www.humanworldwide.com), which offers original composition, sound design and mixing services, has expanded its footprint with a new Chicago office and studio. The company already has offices in New York, Los Angeles and Paris. The expansion will bring its services to Midwestern clients and collaborators.
The new West Loop studio and office will be headed by composer/producer Justin Hori, who has a track record for pairing the client visuals with the perfect audio identity, be it advertising, film or digital. His career dates back to when he was learning to DJ at age 13, to working at Gramaphone Records, to studying music theory and composition at Columbia College. He started locally at Comma Music and later moved to LA to open their West Coast office. From there, Hori joined Squeak E Clean, where he served as creative director for the past five years.
“There’s an amazing community of independent artists and musicians in Chicago that are interested in working with brands, and I’m in a prime position to make that happen,” he notes.
The launch of the Chicago studio comes during a period of significant growth for Human. In New York, senior producer Craig Caniglia has added head of sonic branding to his title, having honed distinctive audio content for clients such as National Geographic, Ikea, Visa, GE Appliances and Brighthouse Financial. Post Human, the sister audio company run by sound designer/engineer Sloan Alexander, continues to build momentum with the addition of a second 5.1 mixing suite in New York City. Plans for similar build-outs in both LA and Chicago are currently underway.
On May 17th, Human Label will release the self-titled debut album from Penny Engine, comprised of producer/composer Matt O’Malley and vocalist Heather Ogilvy from The Silver Lake Chorus. Teased with the single “Fool’s Run,” the LA duo’s sound combines a light pop sensuality with the dark themes of old Hollywood.