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EARS in partnership with SAE Institute Chicago is pleased to present a screening of SOUND CITY, a documentary about the little-known recording studio which housed a unique recording console with a reputation for getting some of the best drum sounds ever recorded. We have the privilege of viewing the movie in SAE's expansive, very comfortable theater and lecture room with an excellent projection and audio monitoring system.

Artists such as Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, Rick Springfield, Tom Petty, Kyuss, Slipknot and Nirvana recorded groundbreaking music at the studio. The film tells the story of the studio from its early days until its closing in 2011. It then follows Dave Grohl's purchase of the studio's custom Neve analog console, which he moved to his personal studio, Studio 606. Famous musicians who recorded at Sound City reunite at Studio 606 to make a new album using the console.

Dave Grohl played drums on the album "Nevermind" with Nirvana at Sound City Studios. Grohl was inspired to create the documentary after he purchased several items from the studio including the Neve 8028 analog mixing console, when the studio closed in 2011.

Before the movie, we will have a fun and educational presentation.

Danny Leake First, we will invite EARS own EARDRUM co-editor DANNY LEAKE to speak about his personal experience working at Sound City. For those who don't know, Danny runs Urban Guerrilla Engineers and is a multiple Grammy nominated master studio engineer of 30 years with 20 years experience as FOH live sound engineer. He is currently Stevie Wonder's exclusive FOH mixer and recently worked the boards for Stevie at "Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee Concert" in London as well as Aretha Franklin at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC.
Marc McClusky Then we will meet Marc McClusky, an engineer and instructor at SAE Institute who worked at and had his own room at Sound City for 2 years. Marc has been professionally producing, mixing, engineering, and writing music for over 12 years in Chicago and Los Angeles. In that time he has garnered 3 gold records and has had the pleasure of working with a wide range of artists including Weezer, Bad Religion, Social Distortion, Everclear, Ludo and many others. He's done records for everyone from Epitaph, Island Def Jam to Fueled By Ramen / Atlantic and even worked on mixes for Rick Rubin.

To view the movie trailer for Sound City, click the Studer
View the official Sound City Trailer here
You don't need to be an EARS member to attend the screening and we encourage anyone curious about EARS, SAE, or SOUND CITY to come check it out. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. but suggest that you get there slightly early for a bit of social networking. A special thanks to SAE Chicago's director Bill Smith for working with EARS to help educate and inform our community.

In honor of the grand movie tradition, we will have a popcorn machine on site.

See you there!


- This event is open to EARS Members and non-members alike.
- Start time = 7p.m. Get there earlier for some networking and camaraderie.
- A Popcorn machine will be working full tilt compliments of EARS and our generous sponsors.
- Adult beverages will be available.
- Parking is available on side streets around SAE.

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