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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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6 Ways to “Reboot” Your Studio

When you think about your studio, what comes to mind? I’ll admit, it’s easy to hone my attention on the things I don’t like about it. Perhaps the fact that a few of my mic stands don’t work very well anymore. Or how I need to stain the wood on my homemade gobo/booth. Or that I don’t have a dedicated monitor switcher box to ... More

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THX Experts Illuminate Home Theater Set-up for Consumers Through Video Series

THX Ltd. today announced a multi-part video series of short educational tutorials that will be syndicated periodically by HomeTheaterReview.com and will address various issues consumers face when setting up a new or expanded home theater. It is easy to become overwhelmed by the ... More

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Jonathan Demme to Receive CAS Filmmaker Award

Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme will receive the Cinema Audio Society’s filmmaker award at the 49th CAS Awards, on Feb. 16, at the Crystal Ballroom of the Millennium-Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles. “We are thrilled to be honoring Jonathan Demme,” said CAS president David Fluhr. “Jonathan’s career ... More

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Contender – Supervising Sound Editor Eric Aadahl, Argo

Sometimes sound design starts with research, according to Erik Aadahl, supervising sound editor and sound designer for Argo. He offered, “Authenticity is so important in a film like this, based on true events.” After reading the script and meeting with Ben Affleck to discuss the director’s thoughts and ... More

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Recording Studios May Die, but the False Mythology Around Them May Not

Between its 1969 founding and its 2011 closing, Los Angeles's Sound City was the recording space for the likes of Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, Santana, Pat Benatar, Rancid, Weezer, Bad Religion, Nine Inch Nails, and Johnny Cash—just to name a few. Classic albums including Neil Young's ... More

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Proof That the “Inception Sound” is Taking Over Movie Trailers

Everyone likes to poke fun at the fact that a lot of movie trailers have now taken the BWAAAAAAAR sound from the original Inception trailer and used it for themselves. But I did not realize that this style went this far or this deep in the action movie genre. The video below shows almost every ... More