The SoundWorks Collection

skyfall

As they’ve done a great many times, the folks at The Soundworks Collection have yet another awesome look at the sound of one of the year’s biggest releases. This time their digging into the atmospheric score and meticulously vintage sound effects of Sam Mendes’ Skyfall, the latest film in the James Bond series. 50 years old and the old man still sounds pretty good thanks to the work of  Scott Milan (Sound Re-recording Mixer), Greg Russell (Sound Re-recording Mixer), Karen Baker Landers (Supervising Sound Editor), and Per Hallberg (Supervising Sound Editor).

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The Sound of The Avengers

The fascinating thing about talking of ‘The Sound of The Avengers‘ is that this featurette from the folks at The Soundworks Collection makes the entire affair sound much better than what’s described in our own Cole Abaius’ criticism of the film’s audible elements. Having seen the film twice now, I’m inclined to disagree with our managing editor on the sound. Alan Silvestri’s score is subtle, at best, and for all its faults it doesn’t get in the way. But the sound design work from Christopher Boyes and the folks at Skywalker sound was an immense task. Not only did the have to create many new sounds for the world of The Avengers, they also had to integrate five films worth of a sound library from previous Marvel Studios films. Stuff like Iron Man’s pulse stabilizer sounds and the resonance of Captain America’s shield. It’s all part of a sound designer’s job, all part of the great work you’ll see explained in the video below.

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The Sound of The Muppets

What do think of when you think of a Muppet movie? Four foot tall puppets you’d love to see exist in the real world? Messages of friendship, hope and belief in yourself? Sure, all of that is true. But there’s one other consistent thing that permeates all iterations of the Muppets franchise: musical numbers. From the “Rainbow Connection” to the barber shop quartet version of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and every sound effect in between, sound is a very important element to the unrestricted joy brought on by The Muppets. To explore this specific element of the production, we have a new video from the fine folks at The SoundWorks Collection, profiling the people behind the scenes whose job it is to start the music…

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I just walked in the door fresh from seeing TRON: Legacy. And while I’m not ready to share everything I’ve learned about myself and the world of The Grid until my full review hits the site (sometime tomorrow, if all goes well), I would like to share with you something that focuses on perhaps one of the coolest parts of Joe Kosinski’s retread through the world of Kevin Flynn: the sound. You are no doubt familiar with the fact that the film’s been scored by Daft Punk. And while that leaves a mark of its own, there is also the sounds of all the things that exist within the digitized world of Tron. The folks at The SoundWorks Collection have put together an excellent 9-minute featurette showing you how Sound Re-Recording Mixer Gary Rizzo, Supervising Sound Editor Gwen Yates Whittle, and Sound Designer Steve Boeddeker put it all together to make for an audible experience that is unlike you’ve ever heard before. One that matches up with some of Tron‘s stunning visuals.

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