Horror films are filled with the things that nightmares are supposedly made of: monsters, madmen, murder, assorted blood and guts. But those are really just the props of nightmares — representations of the psychological terrors that really plague us: our fears about mortality, isolation, abandonment and ... More
On the first episode of "The Art of Punk" we dissect the art of the legendary Black Flag. From the iconic four bars symbols, to the many coveted and collected gig flyers, singles, and band t-shirts, all depicting the distinctive Indian ink drawn image and text by artist Raymond Pettibon. We start off in Los Angeles talking to two ... More
It’s a cheesy bit of trivia to be sure. Facebook’s ping sound--the alert you might hear if you receive a Facebook video call--is built from an Fmaj7 chord. That means the notes are actually F, A, C, and E--which obviously spells FACE. Heh. This little tidbit, shared by Facebook’s early brand ... More
I love Pensado’s Place and I love the new Daft Punk album, so I couldn’t resist sharing this with you. I’ll be honest, I hadn’t heard of Mick Guzauski. But after briefly researching some of his work, I realize I should have. And now I do. Mick has worked with artists like Earth, Wind and Fire, Eric Clapton, Mariah ... More
Over the past few months BAFTA has been posting a great selection of videos on their BAFTA Guru Youtube page. Here are some of the recent sound masterclass videos. ###James Mather: Sound Mini Masterclass The Supervising Sound Editor on Sherlock Holmes, Clash of the Titans and Harry Potter gives a Mini Masterclass to ... More
Daft Punk's new album, Random Access Memories, will arrive on May 21st, and the electronic French duo are highlighting their collaborators in a new video series with Vice's and Intel's Creators Project. The first to be featured is Italian producer Giorgio Moroder, the disco legend who helped engineer some of Donna ... More
In a studio far, far, away...two composing worlds explode and recombine to produce something so different, you should be sitting down to experience this modern age music marvel.
Each audio person has a unique set of experience, education, aspirations, and motivations, different from everyone else. Consequently, each of us is likely to answer the “why” question a little differently than the next person. What makes us tick? What motivates us? How does the answer to the ... More
A compilation of scenes and moments from films that all "break the fourth wall" - that is, acknowledge (usually directly to the camera, and therefore the audience) that they're part of a movie. The term comes from the imaginary "wall" at the front of the stage in a traditional three-walled box set in a proscenium ... More
Microphones and preamplifiers are the “chicken and egg” of audio. Want to start a discussion among audio folk? Ask whether mics or preamps are more important. Later we’ll look at interviews with George Massenburg and John Hardy to get their take on transformer and transformerless preamps and solid ... More
The groundbreaking 1972 musical, CABARET which starred Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey and was directed by Bob Fosse was recently released on Blu-ray to mark the 40th anniversary. Blu ray featurettes Director Gary Leva shares an excerpt from this recent release: ###About Gary Leva: Filmmaker and film ... More
With a rise in social TV, multi-channel engagement, and recent reports suggesting that there are more mobile phones than people in 4/6 of the World’s regions, this year will no doubt be an interesting one for social media, but how will these trends impact the music industry? ###1. ... More
Former Pixar storyboard artist Emma Coats tweeted a number of valuable storytelling rules during her time at the animation studio. 1.) You admire a character for trying more than for their successes. 2.) You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a ... More
After ten years, The Postal Service is back on our radar with a new song and a summer tour. But, have you ever wondered what the band would have sounded like without the soft, angelic vocals of Ben Gibbard? What if Weird Al" Yankovic's accordion would have been pumping over Jimmy Tamborello's electronic beats? Here's the 2002 ... More
When we talk about the blurry lines that exist between sound design and music, it’s important to remember that we don’t work in a vacuum. Media is collaborative. The more effectively we work with our counterparts, the greater a project’s potential becomes. So, I asked Randy Thom to discuss the ... More
It’s almost time for Dynamic Range Day again, and as usual I’m getting some questions. One of the most common is – “So you say you’re against the Loudness Wars, but you give an award to albums that measure only DR8 – why don’t you ask for more dynamics than that ?” In other words, shouldn’t we be ... More
John Bailey, ASC, a cinematographer known for his artistic contributions to cinema, will lead a panel of judges for the 2013 Kodak student scholarship program. This international competition acknowledges student filmmakers who demonstrate exemplary filmmaking skills and creativity at the ... More
A couple years ago I posted a popular article on great Ikea stuff for the studio. This month Ikea published a video of DJ Harry Love’s home studio which was filling the entire house with vinyl records. It’s kind of odd to post an add for Ikea here but it’s kinda awesome how they cleaned up and organized his little studio ... More
Take a private tour of Metallica HQ with legendary skater Steve Caballero and Metallica singer James Hetfield. The guys talk plans for Metallica's upcoming album, the band's inspiration and Cab's musical influences when he first started skating. In a meeting of two legends, Kirk Hammett, guitarist for Metallica, and pro surfer ... More
There's a scene in the Lion King movie where Simba's father, Mufasa, takes the boy lion to Pride Rock, where they survey the beautiful and extensive plains of the Pride Lands. Mufasa tells Simba that one day this will be his kingdom. But after Simba's uncle, Scar, murders Mufasa, the Pride Lands ... More
Music is a good thing. But what we did not know until we started with the research for this piece: Music is also a pretty damn complex thing. This experimental animation is about the attempt to understand all the parts and bits of it. Have a look. You might agree with our conclusion!
If you feel like you have an hour and a half and are interested in MIDI, the check out the clip below from NAMM featuring Alan Parsons, Tom Oberheim, Dave Smith, Jordan Rudess, George Duke and Craig Anderton discussing the past, present and future of MIDI. Seems like a good way to make the work hours pass until it’s time to leave for the weekend.
Leslie Ann Jones is director of music recording and scoring at Skywalker Sound, the recording and production facilities built by George Lucas in Marin County, CA. She has been a recording and mixing engineer for 30 years, during which time she has worked with such artists ... More
It’s still technically winter-time at the time of writing this post, but before you know it, it’s going to be spring and there’s a good chance that you’re thinking of releasing a new album. I’ve read at least a dozen articles with people who make sweeping claims like “Don’t release in January” that quite honestly ... More
Film music composer Thomas Newman landed his 11th Oscar nomination to date last month, for his original contributions to "Skyfall." It's the latest in a long line of Academy mentions both in the song and score categories for two decades for him, but despite the strong showing, he has ... More
Along with Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Screenplay, Best Sound Editing might be one of the toughest races to call on Oscar night. The ultimate line-up was a 3/5 match-up with Best Sound Mixing, which isn't uncommon. And the presence of so many Best Picture players is becoming less and less unique as well. But ... More
Los Angeles-based musician Paz Dylan recently pulled a pretty funny prank on the Grammy Museum in LA. He made a series of informational wall display pieces featuring strange descriptions and photographs of himself eating tacos, and then hung them up on the walls of the museum next to ... More
The guys at 1A4 Studio have decided to try to animate Back to the Future Part I in just 60 seconds. Watch the cute black and white stick figure-style animated short film. This condensed version of the 1985 hit movie travels MUCH faster than 88 miles per hour.
Going to the movies is one of the world's favorite pastimes. Thanks to the availability of better and more affordable technology, it's now easier to recreate that theater experience in your own home. But buying a great TV is just half the battle — you need to invest in great audio as well. It's the audio that delivers ... More
There's never been anything like Beats By Dre. The bulky rainbow headphones are a gaudy staple of malls, planes, clubs, and sidewalks everywhere: as mammoth, beloved, and expensive as their namesake. But Dr. Dre didn't just hatch the flashy lineup from his freight train chest: The venture ... More