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Dawn of Def Jam: Rick Rubin Returns to His NYU Dorm Room

Def Jam was started 30 years ago in Rick Rubin's NYU dorm room. Watch him go back to the place where it all began for the very first time.


In Pursuit of Silence Documentary - Kickstarter

IN PURSUIT OF SILENCE is a meditative film about our relationship with sound and the impact of noise that will be released globally. The award-winning Los Angeles-based filmmakers are currently in the final stages of production, and have launched a Kickstarter campaign to finish the film. The funding will allow ... More


Interview with Adam Duritz and David Immerglück of Counting Crows on their new album

###SOUNDWORKS COLLECTION EXCLUSIVE: ###ABOUT THE ALBUM: Somewhere Under Wonderland is the seventh studio album by American rock band Counting Crows, released on September 2, 2014, through Capitol Records. It's available on CD, vinyl and as a digital download. The ... More


The History of Sound at the Movies and RØDE Microphones are proud to give you a sneak peak at the first lesson in our six part course which will cover science/microphones, recording, editing, foley, and ADR. We are also hard at work behind the scenes updating the site to include even more interaction which should be live in the coming ... More


Frank The Film - Post Production Sound Featurette

"Frank" is a film directed by Lenny Abrahamson, and starring Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Scoot McNairy. It is produced by Element Pictures and Runaway Fridge Films for Film4 and Protagoninst Pictures in association with the Irish Film Board. This is a short featurette ... More


André 3000 as Jimi Hendrix

In the trailer below, see Outkast's André 3000 (André Benjamin) as Jimi Hendrix in a new biopic, Jimi: All Is By My Side, written and directed by John Ridley (12 Years A Slave) and due in theaters September 26.


Cassette Store Day 2014 Announced

Cassette Store Day is back. Following an inaugural run last year, the unrelated companion to Record Store Day returns to the U.K., Europe, and the U.S. on Sept. 27. As announced on its Tumblr on Monday, the event will again feature London cassette labels Kissability and Suplex running things in the U.K. and E.U.; this ... More


Tony Awards cut 2 trophies, beginning next year

The Tony Awards will have fewer trophies next year and Broadway's sound designers are the ones being dropped. The Tony Awards Administration Committee met Wednesday to determine the eligibility rules for the 2014-2015 season, and cut the categories of Best Sound Design of a Play and Best Sound Design of a ... More


Moments That Changed The Movies: Jurassic Park

A look back at Jurassic Park, the groundbreaking decision to create digital dinosaurs, and the impact it had on the future of movies.


Help Us Protect California's Cherished Film Industry, and Reclaim Our Share of Film & Television Production Jobs

###Northern California Rally for Film Incentives Presented by Film It NorCal Saturday, June 14, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco As a Film Works supporter, there's a good chance that you or someone ... More


Sundance Institute and Skywalker Sound Select Independent Filmmakers and Film Composers for Sound Design Lab

Sundance Institute and Skywalker Sound today announced the independent directors and composers selected for one of two Sundance Institute Music and Sound Design Labs at Skywalker Sound. This will be the second year the Music and Sound Design Labs ... More


Alan Splet Award by the Berkeley Film Foundation

Alan was a well-known and extremely admired sound designer who collaborated with David Lynch, Phil Kaufman, Peter Weir, Carroll Ballard, Frank Oz and numerous other filmmakers. Many Bay Area editors worked with Alan on Blue Velvet, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Henry & June, The Elephant Man, Rising ... More


Behind the Scenes of 'PALO ALTO'

Jacqui Getty's behind-the-scenes look at Gia Coppola's directorial debut, Palo Alto, starring Emma Roberts, James Franco, Jack Kilmer, Nat Wolff, and Val Kilmer. The film is based on James Franco’s short-story collection, Palo Alto, and is now playing in select cities nationwide. This doc was also edited by LA based ... More


Documentary film "Alive Inside" shares the power of music

Alive Inside is a joyous exploration into our relationship with music and how it can reawaken our souls to discover the deepest parts of humanity. This stirring documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory ... More


Why Metallica's Bassist Is Producing A Jazz Documentary

It seems an unlikely match. In one corner, you have Metallica's Robert Trujillo. The most popular heavy metal bassist alive, he prowls beast-like across arena stages, rumbling guts with the low B on the 5-string instrument he slings to one side like a battle ax. In the other, there's the cult ... More


Snapping, Humming, Buzzing, Banging: Remembering Alan Splet

Millions of Americans heard the name Alan Splet (1940–1994) for the first time as a punch line on television. The occasion was the 1980 Academy Awards, where his sound design the previous year, on Carroll Ballard’s The Black Stallion, had earned him a special Oscar. Citing prior commitments, Splet did ... More


Mini-Doc on the Art of Vinyl Mastering

Discussing the subject with accomplished mastering engineers Rashard Becker (who has also released his own music via PAN), Andreas "Lupo" Lubich, and Noel Summerville, a new mini documentary from the The Vinyl Factory dives into the current state of mastering tracks for wax. With a client list between them that ... More


Los Angeles Arrangers and Musicians come together for “Vintage Masters of Swing” Project

“Vintage Masters of Swing” is a project being spearheaded by Tim Simonec, which will bring together the greatest living LA Studio legends for a once in a lifetime event! Tim has been one of the busiest orchestrators/conductors in Hollywood, with over 75 feature ... More


The iTunes Store Shows A Hint Of Panic

There’s talk coming from various sections of the music business that Apple AAPL -0.71%’s iTunes Store will soon offer high-resolution tracks for sale, and that the introduction might coincide with the future release of three Led Zeppelin masters. The unconfirmed details have the hi-res tracks in their full 24 bit ... More


New App to Connect Film Professionals and Movie Buffs to 45,000 Resources

Combining the passion for film and technology, editing and post production community AOTG Network is releasing a first of its kind digital magazine The Assembly, available today through iOS App store and Google Play store. With The Assembly, each article ... More


The Story of the Focusrite Studio Console

Having developed modules for the world's leading mixing consoles, the company's first recording console, the Focusrite Forté, was launched, before a streamlined version called the Studio Console was put into production. Only 10 Studio Consoles were ever made, and six remain in operation to this day -- the ... More


Candlelight Vigil in Hollywood for Camera Assistant Sarah Jones

A candlelight vigil and a march along Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood was held Friday night to honor the memory of Sarah Elizabeth Jones, a camera assistant who died in a train accident on a railway trestle during a shoot in Georgia on Feb. 20. In a remarkable sign of solidarity, some 500 ... More


Neil Young Announces Launch of PonoMusic, Kickstarter Campaign

PonoMusic, an online music store and a playback device conceived by Neil Young, is finally coming to market. The music system, which focuses on high fidelity digital audio playback and claims to improve upon the sound MP3s offer, will first enter the market through a campaign on a crowdfunding ... More


Empire of Dreams - The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy

During an era when movies were mostly about disasters and dystopian societies, a movie about a space adventure became a big hit. Through interviews with cast and crew we learn how the idea for Star Wars came about and the challenges in making of the original trilogy. This documentary chronicles ... More


Walter Murch: From the Godfather to the God Particle

Join legendary film editor Walter Murch in this fascinating masterclass covering his body of work, including his new feature documentary Particle Fever, which is screening at this year's Doc/Fest. Universally acknowledged as a master of picture editing and sound design, Murch has worked with, among ... More


Soundelux Co-Founder Lon Bender Jumps to Formosa Group

Soundelux co-founder Lon Bender has left that company to join aggressive upstart the Formosa Group. Bender is an Oscar winning supervising sound editor and sound designer. He is the twelfth artist to join Formosa Group since the company was launched in 2013 and began luring talent. Among them are ... More


Composers Roundtable with Hans Zimmer, Thomas Newman, Steven Price, and Alan Silvestri

Hans Zimmer (12 Years a Slave, Rush), Christophe Peck (Frozen), Henry Jackman (Captain Phillips), Thomas Newman (Saving Mr. Banks), Steven Price (Gravity) and Alan Silvestri (The Croods) join our roundtable to discuss the music in their movies.


Watch 2-Minute Trailer Celebrates 90 Years Of MGM Movie History

On April 14, 1924 movie history was made with the release of the silent comedy "Mademoiselle Midnight," starring Mae Murray. While the film itself might not be remembered, it marked the first theatrical release by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer—aka MGM—and for the next 90 years, they would become a ... More


Beats Launches 'Beats Music' Streaming Service and App

Beats has launched its much-rumored Beats Music streaming service and app, directly competing with other services like Pandora, Spotify, Rdio and Apple's iTunes Radio. The service is heavily built on curation, with Beats hiring music experts from publications like Pitchfork and DJs from some of the ... More


Record Store Day 2014 Is Officially Set for April 19

Somehow, Thanksgiving always manages to fall on a Thursday. Christmas always lands on December 25. And since 2008, vinyl enthusiasts have been celebrating Record Store Day on the third Saturday in April. But it's still a relief to see this year's date officially marked on a calendar: Record Store Day ... More