“Sound City,” from real to reel


The front cover of the movie shows a speaker from the recording studio. The film, “Sound City,” was released on Jan. 18, 2013.

Maddie Conley and Madeline Conley

In his directing debut, Dave Grohl brings to life the history of one of the most influential recording studios in “Sound City.”

The movie starts out introducing Grohl’s thoughts and feelings as a young musician: scared and thrilled with an undetermined future. The camera then takes us to Sound City. The doors open an introduced the early history of the studio, starting with the release of the band Buckingham Nick’s first album all the way to the first peak of the studio during the 70s. It then goes through the 80s where problems arise due to digital recording and then to the 90s where the studio again picks up business after the members of Nirvana recorded their debut album “Nevermind” there.

Unfortunately, the studio had to close due to lack of funding in 2011 caused by the uprise of digital recording in modern-day music. On Oct. 13, 2011, Dave Grohl bought the Sound City board and used it, along with the time and talent of other Sound City alumni, to create the soundtrack for the movie. For the song “Cut Me Some Slack” off the soundtrack by Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear recently won a Grammy for Best Rock Song.

Overall, the movie gives a wonderful glimpse into the recording world and teaches its viewers how important a sound board is to the sound of our favorite songs. It also shows that digital recording is not as great as analog. To record on tape, you have to be talented because there is no fixing it. Digital recording has allowed people who do not belong in music to be huge stars.

I would highly suggest this movie to anyone that loves music and wants to learn more about how music is made.