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Technological Extinction at

I ponder the fate of the recording studio, in light of Dave Grohl's forthcoming documentary, in this newly posted article.

There’s a certain beauty to the fact that the writer of a documentary about an endangered mammalian species, the dolphins of The Cove, has now tried his hand at a documentary about an endangered species of technology: the recording studio.

The writer is Mark Monroe, who worked with director Louie Psihoyos on The Cove and has now teamed on Dave Grohl’s directorial debut, Sound City, an institutional biography of the fabled Los Angeles recording studio Sound City.

I wrote about technological subtext of the film’s trailer — concerns about the “human element,” echoes of Grohl’s comments about computers in his Grammy speech earlier this year — for the website of The Atlantic: “Recording Studios May Die, But the False Mythology Around Them May Not.”

Here’s the film’s trailer:

Read the full article at

By Marc Weidenbaum

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