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Sound City: Review

The Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah is a film festival like no other. The festival features films from all walks of life. Including rock n’ roll.
dave-grohl-sound-cityBehind the soundboard at Sound City.

Sound City marks rocker Dave Grohl’s directorial debut. In the film he documents the past four decades of music through the eyes of soundboard on which many 70s and 80s hits were recorded. It’s a melodic journey through pop music history. The classic Neve sound is featured on countless hit records by artists including Steely DanNirvanaPink FloydDire StraitsQuincy JonesGeorge ClintonChick CoreaThe Ataris.

At that time the board “lived” at Sound City, a famous recording studio formerly located in Van Nuys, California, outside of L.A. That’s where the board was when it recorded Fleetwood Mac’s 70s watershed album Rumors, as well as Nirvana’s 90s breakthrough Nevermind. Other artists who have recorded with the board include Classic Rock superstars like Elton John and Neil Young, plus more recent acts, such as Arctic Monkeys and Deathcab for Cutie.

All-Star Jam Session
Sound City is an epic documentary that gives you a unique look into the lives and careers of major artists like Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash, Trent Reznor and Paul McCartney. Watching Sound City is to be immersed in the evolution of Pop/Rock music all the way up through the present. Not only are these historic artists interviewed, but they also jam and record with Grohl—once again using the famous Neve analog console.

This rare vintage custom Neve 8078 40-channel deck was originally hand-built by Neve in 1978 for CBS Sony’s main studio in Japan. The console now resides at The Way Recording Studio in London.

Of course, Grohl is not just a chronicler of this history; he’s a significant part of it, too. He first recorded at Sound City as the drummer of the ultimate Grunge band, Nirvana, then later as the lead singer of the Foo Fighters. He witnessed the aftermath of the digital revolution and not only offers a unique look into the music industry, but also provides a stark commentary on the effects of digital media on the arts.

Make Music History Yourself
Music production has progressed pretty significantly over the past few decades. Todays artists are still focused on capturing the perfect sound. Watching Grohl pick through the historic notes in the rock n’ roll documentary Sound City is like learning Digital Audio, Music & Beat Production from inside the studio. One thing’s for certain, no matter what genre of music you’re into you should definitely check out this film.

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