Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Sound City - the movie

Turned onto this one by my friend Andrew, this is a "real" LA story about the creation and existence of one of the historically significant studios: Sound City. It's a freebie if you are an Amazone Prime member, and it's worth the time to watch it.

One of the things that I like about it is that it shows that it's not the beauty of a place that makes for a great studio - it's the vibe. This has been reiterated by a lot of people a lot of time, but seeing it this clearly - and seeing it last this long - is a good reminder for those of us that think the cover of Mix magazine represents "professional" studios.

It reminded me of the discussion that Mixerman had in his book, where a significant part of his prep work for a session was to create a "creative" environment using rugs, tapestries, lava lamps and other tweaks to help people leave the real world behind and get into a mood to write, record and play the hell out of the work.

If you haven't seen the movie, watch it!!!


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