πŸ“‘ In the studio with Rick Rubin

Bookmarked In the studio with Rick Rubin (The Economist)

While it is certainly true that Mr Rubin’s approach can reap rewards, the series ignores the criticisms that have been levelled at him in the pastβ€”particularly that he masters recordings too loudly and that he can sometimes be detached. Morgan Neville and Jeff Malmberg, the directors, seem to be more interested in revering Mr Rubin than interrogating his method. Though the viewer sees Mr Rubin at work, the documentary’s emphasis is on the effect of his presence on artists as they work through the trials, tribulations and joys of the music-making process. His particular creative vision remains elusive, but perhaps that is the point. β€œMusic is a soundtrack to the unseen world,” Mr Rubin reflects, β€œa search for magic.”

The Shangri-La documentary sounds like it builds on what was discussed in the documentary Soundbreaking. I am intrigued by producers like Rubin and Antonoff whose approach seems to be as much about person as it is about the sound.

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