If we posted every single PR email we received every day, we wouldn’t have a music blog. And yet as we go through all our emails, there are things that resonate with us musically, and personally. Sound City Studios, a two-building complex in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, which houses sound stages, is most notable known for being one of the most prolific studios before the music scene went digital. Tom Petty, REO Speedwagon, Rage Against the Machine, Johnny Cash, Metallica and Neil Young are just a few that utilized the space to create some of the best albums in the world.
What is so interesting to us about this story is that even as we cover so much electronic music, music that anyone with a laptop can produce, there is still a sense of nostalgia for how music used to be produced, for natural unfiltered recordings. There is no doubt in our minds that technology and the very use of it has improved music and its discovery. But, as humans (and music junkies) trying to make a personal connection with the sounds we hear, there is something to be said for spontaneous unedited recordings, that much like a live show, increase our involvement between artist and fan.
Sound City, A Film by Dave Grohl will be out February 2013 via Roswell Films