The Distortion of Sound

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The Distortion of Sound
The Distortion of Sound.png
Directed by Jacob Rosenberg
Produced by Hana Leshner
Dennis McKinley
Suzanne Hargrove
Written by Michael Abell
Kevin Gentile
Carol Martori
Starring Slash
Quincy Jones
Mike Shinoda
Lianne La Havas
Snoop Dogg
Hans Zimmer
Music by Lorne Balfe
Edited by Carol Martori
Production
company
Bandito Brothers
Release date
  • July 10, 2014 (2014-07-10)
Running time
22 minutes
Language English

The Distortion of Sound is a 2014 advertisement for Harman produced by Vice Media.[1][2] The advertisement presents itself as a documentary on the decline of sound quality in music distributed with lossy compression algorithms. The ad features paid interviews with vocalists, guitarists, producers, writers, rappers, film composers, mixing engineers, mixers, music journalists, acoustic researchers, loudspeaker engineers and chief engineers—including such artists as Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park, Slash, Quincy Jones, Snoop Dogg and Steve Aoki.[3]

The ad was uploaded to YouTube using YouTube's lossy audio compression. The trailer of the film was also available on YouTube. The ad, as well as a trailer, was available on the official website of the film.

The film was premiered at a paid event in Los Angeles on July 10, 2014.[4][5]

Cast[edit]

The film includes the following various musical artists:[6]

Clips[edit]

The original film included clips of interviews. All the clips were uploaded separately on the official YouTube channel in the given sequences.

No.TitlePresenterLength
1."Introduction of the CD[7]"Slash1:15
2."The Artist's Intention[8]"Mike Shinoda1:07
3."Musicians[9]"Hans Zimmer0:28
4."Physical Music[10]"Kate Nash1:02
5."Head Bob Test[11]"Andrew Scheps1:07
6."Shared Social Experience[12]"Mike Shinoda2:14
7."Importance of Sound[13]"Hans Zimmer1:00
8."Compressed Music[14]"Andrew Scheps1:52
9."The Digital Age[15]"Kate Nash1:32
10."Connecting with Fans[16]"Lianne La Havas1:24
11."MP3[17]"Neil Strauss1:06

Music[edit]

The original score for the film was composed by Lorne Balfe.[18] Whereas the film used only three songs out of which one is the collaboration between Linkin Park and Steve Aoki, and the other two songs are performed by Lianne La Havas. Whereas the song "Holding Company (Lost in the Echo 2011 Demo)" from the LP Underground XIII extended play was briefly used in the trailer for the film.

No.TitleWriter(s)Performer(s)Length
1."A Light That Never Comes"Linkin Park, Steve AokiLinkin Park x Steve Aoki3:49
2."Ghost of Me"Lianne La Havas, Matthew HalesLianne La Havas4:14
3."Is Your Love Big Enough?"Lianne La Havas, Matt Hales, Willy MasonLianne La Havas3:22

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ian Shepherd. "The Distortion Of Sound documentary: fair comment, misleading over-simplification - or worse ? - Production Advice". Production Advice. 
  2. ^ "Harman: The Distortion of Sound - Ads of the World™". 
  3. ^ "Musicians Expose the Decline of Sound Quality in New Film "The Distortion of Sound" Wall Street Journal July 11, 2014. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
  4. ^ "Courtney Love celebrates 50th birthday form fitting pink dress and attends the premier." Daily Mail
  5. ^ "Karina Smirnoff and Stars Flock to 'The Distortion of Sound' Premiere" First Coast News" July 11, 2014. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
  6. ^ "Watch Snoop Dogg, Hans Zimmer, and Slash Star in The Distortion of Sound" Slate.com July 8, 2014. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
  7. ^ Slash "Introduction of the CD" YouTube July 9, 2014. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
  8. ^ Mike Shinoda "The Artist's Intention" YouTube July 9, 2014. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
  9. ^ Hans Zimmer "Musicians" YouTube July 9, 2014. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
  10. ^ Kate Nash "Physical Music" YouTube July 9, 2014. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
  11. ^ Andrew Scheps "The Head Bob Test" YouTube July 9, 2014. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
  12. ^ Mike Shinoda "Shared Social Experience" YouTube July 9, 2014. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
  13. ^ Hans Zimmer "Importance of Music" YouTube July 9, 2014. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
  14. ^ Andrew Scheps "Compressed Music" YouTube July 9, 2014. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
  15. ^ Kate Nash "The Digital Age" YouTube July 9, 2014. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
  16. ^ Lianne La Havas "Connecting with Fans" YouTube July 9, 2014. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
  17. ^ Neil Strauss "MP3" YouTube July 9, 2014. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
  18. ^ "Lorne Balfe composing The Distortion of Sound" Hans Zimmer July 8, 2014. Retrieved July 14, 2014.