The goal for the SoundWorks Collection is simple; we are dedicated to profiling the greatest and upcoming sound minds from around the world and highlight their contributions. We take you behind the scenes and straight to the dub stage for a look into audio post-production for feature films, video game sound design, and original soundtrack composition.
The Sound of DUNE with Director Denis Villeneuve and Sound Team
Visionary director Denis Villeneuve discusses the creative benefits of early collaboration with his sound team, the process of crafting Dune’s unique soundscapes including: Arrakis desert, sandworm, ornithopter, spice (melange) and the voice of the Bene Gesserit. Featuring Supervising Sound Editor & Sound Designer Mark Mangini, Supervising Sound Editor & Sound Designer Theo Green and Re-recording Mixer Ron Bartlett.
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The Sound of Demonic with Director Neill Blomkamp
In this exclusive conversation we chat with Director Neill Blomkamp about his new horror film, Demonic which is being released by IFC Midnight. We also feature his sound team including Vince Renaud (Sound Supervisor, Dialogue Editor, Re-recording Mixer) Jo Rossi (Sound Supervisor, Sound Designer, Re-recording Mixer, Sound Effects Editor) Nolan McNaughton (Sound Designer, Sound Effects Editor) and Maureen Murphy (Foley Artist).
From the director of DISTRICT 9 and ELYSIUM, a young woman unleashes terrifying demons when supernatural forces at the root of a decades old rift between mother and daughter are revealed.
The Sound and Music of The Social Dilemma
In our conversation we chat with Director Jeff Orlowski about his Emmy nominated documentary The Social Dilemma now streaming on Netflix. We also feature Supervising Sound Editor / Sound Designer, Richard Gould, Foley Artist Andrea Gard and Composer and Production Sound recordist Mark Crawford.
We tweet, we like, and we share— but what are the consequences of our growing dependence on social media? As digital platforms increasingly become a lifeline to stay connected, Silicon Valley insiders reveal how social media is reprogramming civilization by exposing what’s hiding on the other side of your screen.
The Social Dilemma premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival on January 26, 2020, and was released on Netflix on September 9, 2020. The documentary went on to be viewed in 38,000,000 homes within the first 28 days of release. It received 7 nominations for the 73rd Annual Emmy Awards in 2021.
Billie Eilish: The World's A Little Blurry w/Director R. J. Cutler and Music Director Aron Forbes
We chat with Director R. J. Cutler and Emmy-nominated Music Director Aron Forbes who was nominated for Outstanding Music Direction and Outstanding Sound Mixing for a non-fiction or reality programming about their recent collaboration on Billie Eilish: The World's A Little Blurry now streaming on AppleTV+.
"Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry” tells the true coming-of-age story of the singer-songwriter and her rise to global superstardom. From award-winning filmmaker R.J. Cutler, the documentary offers a deeply intimate look at this extraordinary teenager’s journey, at just seventeen years old, navigating life on the road, on stage, and at home with her family, while writing, recording and releasing her debut album “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?”
The documentary is from Apple Original Films, in association with Interscope Films, The Darkroom, This Machine and Lighthouse Management & Media. Directed by R.J. Cutler and starring Billie Eilish, Finneas O’Connell, Maggie Baird, and Patrick O’Connell as themselves.
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The Sound of Zenimation on Disney+
In the exclusive conversation we talk with the creative team behind Zenimation on Disney+ including creator and editor David Bess, Executive Producer Amy Astley, Re-recording Mixer David Fluhr and Supervising Sound Editor and Sound Designer Shannon Mills.
Unplug, relax, and refresh your senses for a moment of mindfulness with Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zenimation” – an animated soundscape experience. Whether it’s baby Moana being called by the ocean, Anna and Kristoff walking through an icy forest, or Baymax and Hiro Hamada flying over San Fransokyo, these iconic scenes become an aural experience like no other with the sounds of ocean waves, an icy forest and soaring flight. “Zenimation” pays tribute to both the visual and sound artists who have created Walt Disney Animation Studios’ legacy of films.
The Sound of F9: The Fast Saga
In this conversation we talk with Re-recording Mixers Jon Taylor and Frank A. Montaño about their longtime collaboration with Director Justin Lin and their explosive and dynamic sound mix on F9: The Fast Saga.
Migrate not some but all episodes as promised
Please migrate the all episodes, including the one released on 2/24/2017 about the Last Guardian with Takeshi Furukawa, to the new Dolby Institute podcast, as announced in the last episode.
Incredible education... but production needs work
I’ve been a viewer/listener of SoundWorks since 2008. It has opened my mind to so many ideas about sound design and music production for film and beyond. I own a sound design company now, but still remember (and actively lean on) references and lessons I’ve learned from SWC along the way. Lessons which I might never have heard about if Michael had not had the idea to create this series. Kudos, and thank you for the years of education. That all being said… I want to echo some of the reviews that I see here when I say that the production and mixing of this podcast needs some love.
First of all, and I cannot stress this enough: I DO NOT like the sound of the Dolby app!! I know that you are trying to promote it by using it in practice, but you have chosen to replace the nearly-ubiquitous “radio voice” sound of podcasts with a solution that sounds like content coming from a complete amateur who cannot afford real equipment. I mean no disrespect to content creators who are just starting off — I’ve been there! — but you are a long-running show about sound design who’s interview subjects are primarily other folks who work in sound and music. All of you should be able to set up a nice mic!Hell, in some episodes there are clearly fox being recorded over a phone or Zoom/Skype line... and I end up preferring their sound over the app.
As for the panels, I know there are others leaving reviews here who dislike the dynamic range. It doesn’t bother me as much, but I can certainly understand for those listening in a high noise environment like a car or the gym that riding the volume button can get annoying. Perhaps a little master bus compression couldn’t hurt?
I’m not sure if there is any deliberate intent in making this podcast sound more “homemade“, but given the subject matter and how much of an educational tool it has become for many listeners, I think you should be aiming high to model excellent sound production. when the host and many of the interview subjects use the Dolby app... it just doesn’t even remotely cut it.
I don’t want to end on such a negative note, so I will just say this: thank you. As much as I have to say about the production, it is only (literally and figuratively) one-star’s-worth of my thoughts about this podcast. You drew the curtain back on a craft and an industry that wound up being my chosen career and I will be forever grateful for that.
Amazing content — ironically awful sounding
First. This podcast is amazing. The content is beyond awesome to hear and such a detailed dive into post audio that you are hard pressed to find elsewhere these days.
But I can only give 4 stars because the audio mixing...or lack thereof.
It’s incredibly ironic that a podcast mainly interviewing professional dialogue recordists, editors and mixers has such terrible audio. Depending on the episode, you may get a decently leveled mix, but on others, especially the panels and group interviews are normally just awful and almost impossible to listen to. Which is sad because the content is so rich.
These days a majority of people are listening on a commute or in an environment where it’s not perfectly quiet around them, so hearing some of these interviews is going to be extremely difficult.
I would be willing to mix these for free just so I can hear all the content and so others don’t have to continue to suffer! I am not usually a harsh critic, but I guess because I love this podcast and content so much I am hoping this is maybe seen by those who produce it and is addressed!
Thanks for your time putting all this together guys — it really is amazing, just please try and pay more attention to the final product and get some consistency going.