How The Sound Team in ‘Ad Astra’ Spiced Things Up by Adding Contrast

When the aural landscape of any audiovisual project aims to support and heighten the story, the effort is normally dialed in subliminally. Audiences don’t even realize what is really happening — they are just drawn to the action going on in the moving images in front of them. In ‘Ad Astra’, a 20th Century Fox film directed by James Gray, nominated for best sound mixing, the sound seemed to do this very simple thing with an extra clever hook.