| Lee Bargeron
started his career in
audio in 1974 in Birmingham, Alabama. As a graduate of one of the
Recording Institute of America's first courses in audio engineering, he
was chosen from among the other students by the studio owner/course
instructor to stay on at the studio as an engineer. While there he
worked on numerous commercials and jingles as well as projects with
Stax Records artist Frederick Knight, an aspiring songwriter named Beth
Nielsen Chapman (then just Beth Nielsen) and an up and coming band
After a couple of years he left the studio to become live sound engineer with Hotel and began co-writing the band's material, engineering and singing back-up vocals on their demos. When the band was signed with Mercury Records it was decided that he should be added to the band's stage line-up, performing the back-up vocals, synthesizer/keyboard parts and guitar parts that were on the records but couldn't be played live with the existing roster. Lee continued co-writing songs for the band who changed labels to MCA Records, released two albums (both co-mixed by Lee) and had four singles in Billboard Magazine's Hot 100 chart.
After Hotel's breakup, he continued performing regionally with the band The Extras, as well as working in the studio on jingle projects and demos. In 1989 he returned to working full time as an engineer in a new studio, Airwave Production Group, with one of his former Hotel bandmates, Marc Phillips. There he worked on countless jingles and dozens of local, regional and national CD releases, including projects with artists Paula Abdul, Chynna Phillips (Wilson Phillips) and Brother Cain, and producers Mitch Easter (REM), Waddy Wachtel (Keith Richards, Warren Zevon), Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith, Brother Cain) and Jim Mitchell (Guns & Roses, Brother Cain). It was at Airwave that Lee met and later married voice talent Amy Brown. They set up a small studio in their house for Lee's original music and to expand the reach of Amy's voice-over work with DAT recording and delivery.
After nearly 10 years at Airwave, Lee decided it was time to move on to new challenges. He began working at Boutwell Studios concentrating on commercial audio for TV, radio and industrial video as well as jingle work and sound design. There he began working exclusively with digital audio and learning the emerging technologies in digital file delivery. At this point the technology was in place for Lee and Amy to expand their home studio with digital editing and FTP delivery.
As demand for Amy's voice talent increased and clients began to enjoy the benefit of Lee's ability to deliver fully edited and produced audio, it became obvious that it was time for Lee and Amy to turn their studio into a full time venture. In 2000, Kismet Audio was born. In 2005 Amy & Lee moved to the historic village of Winterport, Maine where a new incarnation of Kismet Audio is continuing.