The Art of Listening (Documentary)

The Art of Listening is a new documentary about the journey music takes to reach a listener’s ear, from the intent of an instrument maker and composer, to the producers and engineers who capture and preserve an artist’s voice.

The film, embedded above, features a wide range of artists, engineers and producers working in a variety of genres:

Alex DeTurk
Alyssa Bonagura
Andrew Scheps
Antonio Sanchez
Beacon
Christopher Willits
Dave Smith
David Chesky
Ethan Diamond
Gabriel Roth
Gaby Moreno
Gustavo Santaolalla
Hans Zimmer
Hiatus Kaiyote
Holly Williams
Ian Schneller
Jack Douglas
James Brown
Jason Bentley
Jean Larrivée
John Luther Adams
John McBride
John Storyk
Jonathan Galkin
Kaki King
Kamasi Washington
Marc Weinstein
Mark de Clive-Lowe
Mike Milosh
Peter Alyea
Reggie Watts
Shunsuke Shiomi
Steve Guttenberg
Steve Vai
Tycho
The Chainsmokers
Tim Westergren
Todd Simon
Tomoaki Sato
Tomoaki Takuma
Warren Huart

The film was directed by Michael Coleman & Emmanuel Moran, produced by Sebastian Weinberg and features music by Christopher Willits.

11 thoughts on “The Art of Listening (Documentary)

  1. Irritating title and bored the hell out of me. It doesn’t tell a story, random bits of interviews of a big name dropping list.
    Yawn.

      1. It wasted my time, there is no information in it.
        I watched this for over an hour to listen to stuff like: “it’s all about the “tone” you know what I am talking about.”
        I could have watched pr0n instead, that wouldn’t have any info either but at least some entertainment value.

  2. I’m still in love with music the way I was in high school. I don’t ever want to lose this child-like fascination. I never want to be a grouchy, jaded elitist. I want to be a mystic, not an expert. Don’t be so damn hard, people. For me, music is more about feeling than sound or knowledge!

  3. Apparently songwriters care about songs, luthiers care about guitars, engineers care about the recording processes, and some “producers” like computers and stuff. But I guess all the slo-mo means this stuff is important and amazing.

  4. Crikey. This feels like an advert for gear that never ends.. Groundhog day without the groundhog. WTF is a groundhog. Halp im trapped inside this documentary

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