I was lucky enough to catch Dave Grohl’s documentary on analog music studio, Sound City last night. Birthplace to recordings After the Gold Rush, Rumors and Nevermind – it’s a tribute to an iconic recording studio and a reflection on the changing face of the music industry.
Grohl was supposedly inspired to make the film after purchasing a Neve 8028 console – 1 of only 4 analog recording devices made in the world – following the studio’s closure in 2011.
Soaking in Sound City’s rich history, it’s hard not to feel nostalgic for great rock and roll music, particularly when Grohl raises the question of how we retain the human element of music in a digital era where collaboration is no longer necessary and imperfections are avoided.
“There’s no book store, there’s no music store and there’s no Sound City.” says Queens of the Stone Age front-man Josh Homme and painfully, he’s right.
But there are high points. Fear vocalist Lee Ving is one and Dave Grohl being forced to play along to a metronome during the recording of Lithium another.
The Sound City soundtrack – a collaboration between Grohl and various Sound City recording arts including Trent Reznor and Stevie Nicks – will be released on March 12, 2013. You can catch the film via the website.
Footnote: When I started this blog, I simply wanted to share the things I love. It’s a sad state of affairs that I feel like I now have to put “not sponsored” at the end of this post but there you have it. It’s not.