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The Extended Preview of J. J. Abrams' STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Will Debut in IMAX® 3D

Star Trek fans are in for a big surprise this holiday season. Exclusively in digital IMAX® 3D theatres, Paramount Pictures will release an IMAX Exclusive Preview of J.J. Abrams’ eagerly-awaited STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS months prior to the film’s official release in May 2013. ... More


The Science of High Frame Rates, Or: Why 'The Hobbit' Looks Bad At 48 FPS

The hero of Jean-Luc Godard's Le Petit Soldat declared “The cinema is truth, 24 times per second,” as The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw noted while pondering frame rates and cinematic standards last year. Peter Jackson insists that it’s closer to 48 frames per second, as demonstrated by the ... More


Ben Burtt on the sound of ‘Raiders,’ ‘ET’ and Spielberg’s inspiration

The last few weeks have been a real and vivid trip down memory lane for Oscar-winning sound designer and sound effects editor Ben Burtt. The man who created the hum of the light saber, Darth Vader’s ominous, synthetic breathing and even the languages spoken by various “Star Wars” creatures is ... More


Hans Zimmer Replaces Jack White as ‘The Lone Ranger’ Composer

The full-length trailer for Gore Verbinski‘s The Lone Ranger released this week promised plenty of good stuff from the film: sweeping Western vistas, death-defying stunts, massive explosions, a banged-up Armie Hammer, and a weirdo Johnny Depp. One thing we won’t be getting, however, is a score ... More


Focus Features 10th Anniversary: A Collection of Film Scores

Lakeshore Records will release Focus Features 10th Anniversary: A Collection of Film Scores digitally on December 18th and in stores on January 29th, 2013. The collection celebrates the 10th anniversary of the worldwide studio that makes original and daring films. Over the past decade, Focus ... More


How much headroom is needed before mastering?

In other words, where should the peak level be after mixing before the file is mastered ? -12dB ? -6dB ? -3dB ? -0.3dB ? 0dB ? There are three simple answers to this question. Well, two really simple ones, and a third still-quite-simple one. Here they are: ###1. The Simple Answer Just ... More


Contender – Sound Editor Eugene Gearty, Life Of Pi

Sound design on director Ang Lee’s Life Of Pi required a tremendous amount of ocean sounds for a major part of the movie that takes place aboard small life boat adrift in the Pacific ocean. The epic journey begins after a disaster at sea that strands a young man, Pi Patel, alone except for an unlikely ... More


First Listen To Alexandre Desplat's Score For 'Zero Dark Thirty'

If there's one movie that seemingly everyone is talking about, it's "Zero Dark Thirty," "Hurt Locker" director Kathryn Bigelow's harrowing account of the ten-year chase for Osama Bin Laden. The film is quickly accumulating a number of significant critics' prizes, topping many year-end lists and ... More


2012 Golden Globe Nominees for Best Score

The 70th Annual Golden Globes Nominees have been announced. As we do here at Tracksounds, we present the most important category for the soundtrack-genius right up front! You'll likely find this year's nominees fairly predictable. Zero Dark Thirty might be the more intriguing score from Desplat this year, but it ... More


Contender – Sound Mixer Drew Kunin, Life Of Pi

For production sound mixer Drew Kunin, working on director Ang Lee‘s Life Of Pi was anything but business as usual. To tell the story of a young castaway that survives a cross-ocean journey in a lifeboat with a Bengal Tiger, Kunin had to travel to exotic locations in India as well as to Taiwan, but that was ... More


Dr. William F. House dies at 89; championed cochlear implant

Dr. William F. House, a dentist-turned-ear specialist who 50 years ago defied the medical establishment and many advocates for the hearing impaired to champion an implantable device, now widely accepted, that made everyday sounds audible to the profoundly deaf, has died. He was 89. House, who ... More


Supervising sound designer, Frank Kruse on "Cloud Atlas"

Here's some info about the work of Frank Kruse, supervising sound designer on Cloud Atlas, in his own words. "I started on CA in November 2011 about 6 weeks before the ending of the principal shoot. Tom Tykwer hates to work with temp sound effects and it really made sense to start early on this ... More