Can’t believe I just now stumbled onto this. Sound City is a documentary about the legendary studios by the same name. Everything from Neil Young’s After The Gold Rush to Nirvana’s Nevermind were recorded at Sound City Studios so a lot of people in the community were sad to see them close their doors in 2011. The documentary chronicles the history of the facility through interviews with many of the artists who recorded there. The film is produced and directed by Dave Grohl who purchased Sound City’s Neve 8028 mixing console when the studio closed. Must have been a good feeling to end up owning the same console his band recorded their breakout album on over 20 years before.
Update: Watched it. Really entertaining; very engaging for people into this sort of thing already but also does a great job of explaining the recording process for the layman. My only criticism is that at times the underlying plot of “how and why Dave Grohl acquired the Neve Console from Sound City” seems a little forced. I’d rather have seen a bit less of Grohl waxing nostalgic on his past and fawning allover Rupert Neve and more interviews and dialog about Sound City itself.
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burnéd shoés says:April 14, 2013 at 4:53 am
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shawn says:April 15, 2013 at 10:14 am
yeah, this came out a while back and is all over the place. grohl’s keynote at sxsw this year referenced it quite a bit.
Bill says:April 17, 2013 at 8:34 pm
I actually don’t mind Grohl “waxing nostalgic” as you say because it is his documentary and it helps younger viewers understand why Sound City was so important to him. It explains to the rest of the viewers why he’s taking time out of his life to make this documentary and that it didn’t just come out of nowhere.
Ash says:April 18, 2013 at 1:06 pm
I rented this on Apple TV. And I loved it. IMMEDIATELY thought of you when I saw the board. I think I even emailed you. I thought it was great, but Nirvana was my era. So for me it was a treat to see the band back together again. “sort of”
Also, how amazing is it that engineers initially created boards like this?! and at the time the Neve 8028 (scrolled) was an amazing piece of equipment. I wonder whats in store for our ears in the near future? What new instruments will our fellow man think of next?
Jonne says:April 21, 2013 at 2:39 am
They give the Neve desk too much attention and it undermines the talent that was mixed through it, including Grohl’s.
It’s a different place now for sure. You can read about the guy (Kevin Augunas) who took over the place, in SOS. 16 tracks and not even near field monitors.
Bobby Woods says:April 25, 2013 at 8:39 pm
Here’s us working in Sound City back in ’86. You can get a real good look at the place, as we had both studios going. Sorry about the poor video quality, but it was rare in those days to have a video camera of one’s own. Haven’t seen the Grohl doc.
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