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Boisterous spectacle to intimate close-up, 'Battle of the Sexes' sounds like the real deal

Boisterous spectacle to intimate close-up, 'Battle of the Sexes' sounds like the real deal

Last year, sound design duo Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan obsessed over the audio nuances of tap-dancing to craft their Oscar-nominated contributions to "La La Land." This year, their handiwork opens the 1973-set "Battle of the Sexes," immersing Emma Stone's Billie Jean King, mid-match, in a flurry of pocks and thwacks. For the casual listener, it's simply the sound of a tennis racket hitting a ball. But for Lee, the equipment had to be authentic.

"The type of wood racket players used in the early ’70s has a little more resonance and since the string is not as tight, you get a slightly different sound from present-day...

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