The sounds of war have never been so perfectly captured as in this film, even though sound designer Paul N.J. Ottosson had to use much artifice to make it all sound realistic in the theater.
‘Get on Up’
Real tracks from James Brown’s music were mixed with fresh elements to create this soundtrack — and instill in it a powerful faithfulness to the original sound of a true but troubled musical icon.
Monster movies allow the sound artist’s imagination to go free — and create scary and innovative aural experiences. With so many earlier versions of this film out there, the sound on this one had to offer something new — and it succeeded.
‘Guardians of the Galaxy’
It might be true that in space no one can hear you scream, but this film offered ample opportunities for creative sound creation. Despite its visual richness, its aural qualities are crucial in carrying the story forward.
‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’
A rich fantasy experience allows for the concoction of aural wonders, and the “Hobbit” series has served up some of the best. This latest installment presents some of the series’ best sound design to date.
Sandstorms, rocket launches, extra-planetary noises, intense Hans Zimmer music, even profound silence. All these form a soundtrack that fully supports an extraordinary story.
‘Into the Woods’
While it takes place largely in an imaginary forest, this film includes far more than nature sounds. Some tracks of the musical were recorded on-set; for practical reasons, others were captured in a studio.
‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’
Massive amounts of sound and diverse audio elements have been captured for all the films in the “Transformers” franchise. This fourth installment seems to outdo them all.
From the silence of being a castaway to the harsh, brutal sounds of a WWII Japanese prison, the sound design here goes a long way to carrying the story and complimenting its stark visuals.
Sound is the quintessence of this story of a drummer and his sadistic teacher, who has an ear for subtle flaws and pushes hard to make his students perfect. Viewers of the movie are invariably transfixed by its aural treats even as they’re challenged to find an ear as sharp as the one shown by the teacher played by J.K. Simmons.