238 episodes

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.

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    • TV & Film
    • 3.9, 77 Ratings

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 Hamilton

    The Sound of Hamilton

    Hamilton is a landmark Broadway production of remarkable scope, now streaming into your home on Disney+. In producing the film version, the show’s creative team sought to give the audience “the best seat in the house,” and in this podcast we talk with original Broadway team artists Alex Lacamoire and Nevin Steinberg along with the film’s sound team Tony Volante, Roberto Fernandez, and Dan Timmons about a number of Hamilton topics, including the challenges of designing a custom sound system for the historic Richard Rodgers Theatre, translating the live show into a cinematic world, and how Dolby Atmos played a key part in giving the audience at home the transformative theatrical experience. We also review clips and discuss in detail the numbers “Alexander Hamilton,” “Satisfied,” and “The Room Where It Happens.”

    • 1 hr 6 min
    The Sound of MindHunter

    The Sound of MindHunter

    Cinema director David Fincher created one of the first original streaming series with House of Cards, and his innovative spirit infuses the Netflix original series Mindhunter, now in its second season.

    In this podcast episode, the sound team discuss Fincher’s unique approach to the sound of serial killer interrogation scenes, a hallmark of this fascinating, dark series. The team discuss setting the acoustic tone of the series, including the oppression of the FBI agents’ basement office (and a very special door), why it was important to Fincher to always hear trainee agents at Quantico at target practice, and the joy of receiving Fincher’s incredibly detailed mix notes.

    Steve Bissinger - Sound Effects Editor
    Scott Lewis - Re-Recording Mixer
    Stephen Urata - Re-Recording Mixer

    • 47 min
    The Sound of Little Fires Everywhere

    The Sound of Little Fires Everywhere

    In this exclusive conversation we chat with Re-recording Mixer Marc Fishman and Supervising Sound Editor Mark Relyea about Little Fires Everywhere which is based on the 2017 novel of the same name by Celeste Ng and currently streaming on Hulu.

    The series stars Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington, both of whom also executive produced, alongside Liz Tigelaar, Lauren Neustadter, and Pilar Savone.

    Set in the Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights, Ohio during the late 1990s, it features Witherspoon and Washington as mothers from different socioeconomic backgrounds. The story explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger in believing that following the rules can avert disaster.

    • 35 min
    The Sound of Westworld - Susan Cahill, Benjamin Cook, Keith Rogers

    The Sound of Westworld - Susan Cahill, Benjamin Cook, Keith Rogers

    In season 3, the Emmy-award winning Westworld leaves the parks behind for the sounds of the “real” world, circa 2057. In this episode, the sound team behind the remarkable show discusses showrunner Jonah Nolan’s design concept that noise-reduction technology has progressed to the point that the world seems quiet and peaceful...until the climactic end when all technology fails and the world devolves into chaos. The conversation also includes a discussion of mixing the show natively in Dolby Atmos, and the challenges of finishing postproduction as the world went into Covid-19 lockdown.

    Susan Cahill — Supervising Sound Editor
    Benjamin Cook — Sound Designer/Re-recording Mixer
    Keith Rogers — Re-recording mixer

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    Dolby transforms the science of sight and sound into spectacular experiences. Through our innovative research and engineering, we develop breakthroughs that we share with the world through collaborations that span artists, businesses, and consumers worldwide. These breakthroughs deliver incredibly vivid experiences in the cinema, at home, at work, and on the go — experiences so lifelike that people feel as if they’ve been transported into a cinematic story or a pulsing sphere of music, a distant conference room or an action-packed game. In both entertainment and communications, through audio and imaging, we give everyone the power to see, hear, and feel the spectacular.

    Full video discussions will be on Dolby Youtube page and audio podcasts will be featured on our website or the SoundWorks Collection channels on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Stitcher and Spotify!

    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Sound of The Mandalorian - Bonnie Wild, Sound Effects Editor and Re-recording Mixer

    The Sound of The Mandalorian - Bonnie Wild, Sound Effects Editor and Re-recording Mixer

    Bonnie Wild, the sound effects editor and re-recording mixer of Disney+’s hit show The Mandalorian, takes us behind the scenes for a conversation about achieving cinematic scale and production value on a television budget, balancing the palette of new sound creation with classic Star Wars sounds we all know and love, why mixing in a home theater environment was important for the show, and how to do a Jawa loop group session.

    It is the first live action series in the Star Wars franchise. Set five years after the events of Return of the Jedi and 25 years prior to the events of The Force Awakens, it follows the title character, a Mandalorian bounty hunter named Din Djarin, and his exploits beyond the reaches of the New Republic.

    ⁣June 18: THE MANDALORIAN⁣
    ⁣June 25: WESTWORLD⁣
    ⁣July 2: MINDHUNTER⁣
    ⁣July 9: OZARK⁣
    ⁣July 16: LOCKE & KEY⁣
    ⁣July 23: UNORTHODOX⁣
    ⁣July 30: DEVS⁣
    ⁣August 6: Dolby Vision Roundtable⁣

    Full video discussions will be on Dolby Youtube page and audio podcasts will be featured on our website or the SoundWorks Collection channels on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Stitcher and Spotify!

    • 43 min
    Composer Kris Bowers - (Mrs. America, Green Book, Dear White People, Kobe Bryant's Muse)

    Composer Kris Bowers - (Mrs. America, Green Book, Dear White People, Kobe Bryant's Muse)

    This week we chat with Composer Kris Bowers about his recent work on the Hulu show, Mrs. America and the challenges of completing his score during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    ABOUT KRIS BOWERS

    Emmy Award-winning composer and pianist, Kris Bowers, creates genre-defying music that pays homage to his jazz roots with inflections of alternative and R&B influences. The result is a sound rife with contradictions, a work of nuanced alchemy situated at the summit of his influences. A confluence of jazz greats, classical standards, and the alternative and experimental music of his youth, along with the cinematic storytelling of his most studied film scores. Bowers’ earliest musical inspirations were varied, transcending generation and genre to include work by artists such as Steve Reich, Radiohead, Stevie Wonder, Brian Eno, Herbie Hancock, and Jimi Hendrix. As a young musician, Bowers brought the language of jazz to his covers of artists like Death Cab For Cutie, Tune-Yards, Radiohead, and Kendrick Lamar.

    Since 2013, the Juilliard-educated pianist has established himself at the forefront of Hollywood’s emerging generation of genre-defying composers. What sets Bowers apart is his unique ability to compose music that resonates across such a diverse continuum of artists, storytellers, and audiences. From scoring documentaries like Kobe Bryant’s Muse (SHOWTIME, 2015) and Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016), to scripted series including Shonda Rhimes and Paul William Davies’ For The People (ABC), Netflix’s Dear White People, and SHOWTIME’S Black Monday (Exec. Produced by Seth Rogen & Evan Golberg), Bowers’ work as a film and television composer is a testament to his versatility as an artist.

    Bowers first made a name for himself in 2011, when he won the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., where Aretha Franklin chose him as a favorite to win during the semi-finals concert. The win earned him a record deal with Concord Jazz, who later released his debut album, Heroes+Misfits, which opened at number one on the iTunes jazz chart in 2014.

    https://www.krisbowers.com

    ABOUT MRS. AMERICA

    Mrs. America tells the story of the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), and the unexpected backlash led by a conservative woman named Phyllis Schlafly, aka “the sweetheart of the silent majority.” Through the eyes of the women of the era – both Schlafly and second wave feminists Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, Shirley Chisholm, Bella Abzug and Jill Ruckelshaus – the series explores how one of the toughest battlegrounds in the culture wars of the 70s helped give rise to the Moral Majority and forever shifted the political landscape.

    Mrs. America features an all-star team in front of and behind the cameras. Two-time Academy Award and Golden Globe Award winner Cate Blanchett headlines as Phyllis Schlafly, leading a stellar cast portraying some of the most iconic women of the era, including Emmy Award nominated Rose Byrne as Gloria Steinem, Emmy Award winner Margo Martindale as Bella Abzug, Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Uzo Aduba as Shirley Chisholm, Emmy Award nominated Elizabeth Banks as Jill Ruckelshaus, and Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Tracey Ullman as Betty Friedan. The cast also boasts Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Sarah Paulson, Emmy Award nominated John Slattery, Emmy Award nominated Jeanne Tripplehorn, Ari Graynor, Melanie Lynskey and Kayli Carter. Executive Producers are Emmy Award winner Dahvi Waller (Mad Men), who serves as creator and showrunner, Academy Award nominated Stacey Sher (Django Unchained, Erin Brockovich), Coco Francini, Cate Blanchett and Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck (Captain Marvel, Billions), who directed four of the nine episodes, including the first two.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5
77 Ratings

77 Ratings

tsmarx ,

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.

Ranhoff ,

Great content, Please Mix

The content is great. Interviews are dynamics. I just wish they would take 10 minutes and do some mixing on the interview so levels of voices are similar and overall everything be boosted. I miss most of the interviews while I walk to work because my volume won’t go up anymore on my phone.

Nickname_MRK ,

Fascinating Conversations!

It's really rare to hear conversations between directors and their sound team (which is odd since sound is SUCH a big part of film) so I really enjoyed this podcast. The Joe Wright episode in particular was a great inside peek into how he collaborates and where he draws inspiration. Also, love the intro theme music!

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