How Walter Murch Worldized Film Sound

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Øyvind Aanderaa

"Go out and create some problems" way ahead of you sir.

3 weeks ago | [YT] | 750


Walter Murch gave a two day master class in my university about 15 years ago, to say the least, he is an eminence, everyone in the room knew who he was and he gave away all his knowledge and told exactly how he did what he did, with extreme detail, from where he put the mics in a space to how he edited everything. Very few professionals give away knowledge like he does, his name deserves to be mentioned along with the Spielbergs, Scorseses and Fellinis

3 weeks ago (edited) | [YT] | 317

Anirudh Gupta

I love that, almost as a meta narrative, most Nerdwriter videos employ the methods he speaks about in the videos themselves, making the rewatch infinitely rewarding. Exceptional work.

3 weeks ago | [YT] | 319

T. Martin

So, The Godfather is pretty much the Godfather of worldizing sound design

3 weeks ago | [YT] | 89

Garrett Carroll

Just a heads up, your Nerdwriter Patreon link is broken.

3 weeks ago | [YT] | 139

I'm just some Canadian guy and I say

My brain can't handle thinking of how difficult doing sound for movies in a pre-computer age must have been.

3 weeks ago | [YT] | 70


No one does a better job of breaking down creativity.

3 weeks ago | [YT] | 65

Joel Porcaro

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3 weeks ago | [YT] | 58

Depression Cherry

I have said it thousand times, and I'll say it again: Thank you, Nerdwriter, very cool.

3 weeks ago | [YT] | 60


You left out a very big thing that Walter would do to mess with the accoustics when worldizing when you need a bigger echo than the place you have.

You record the clean version at half tape speed. Then, when you rerecord it in the echo room, you play it back at normal speed. This will have the sounds from the clean play at double speed. The worldize recorder records that at double tape speed.

The result is that you now cancelled out the sped up chipmunk version of the clean source, but you've doubled the delay for all the echoes.

By doing this, Walter could do the rerecording in a large room and get the accoustics of a space twice as big.

You can do it more extreme by using third or fourth speed for the source and compensating at rerecord with the appropriate speedup to get even bigger echoes. You get increasingly lower fidelity source on tape but you probably have a full speed separate source to use in the final mix anyway for that.

You can do it in digital as well. But I'd recommend doubling the sample rate at both playback and rerecording to make sure you get enough detail out of the room.

Walter was really an out of the box thinker. :D

3 weeks ago | [YT] | 24

SandRhoman History

every single one of this guy's videos is a damn great experience.

3 weeks ago | [YT] | 45

Danny Sullivan Music

I always thought the Godfather wedding scene was so lively... now I know why!

3 weeks ago | [YT] | 18


The audio at 1:13 tripped me out lol

3 weeks ago | [YT] | 40


What a coincidence! I just started reading Murch's book, "In the Blink of an Eye"

3 weeks ago | [YT] | 40

Vladimir Putitin

Your videos have the most specific topics i have ever seen

3 weeks ago | [YT] | 24


Nerdwriter is the lone warrior of quality content in youtube. I quit all other social media and very happy with that decision.

3 weeks ago | [YT] | 45

Gro Films

YESS!! NEVER ENOUGH MURCH!! Check out his book "in the blink of an eye" where he discusses the transition from film to digital as well as 6 rules of editing- some great perspective on how we perceive information and how to facilitate that as an editor. MAHALO NUI Nerdwriter what a great start to my day editing <3

3 weeks ago (edited) | [YT] | 2

Mats Kr

I'd love to see a video about Syd Mead's work in designing entire cities for Blade Runner etc. one day :)

2 weeks ago | [YT] | 4

Zac Villanueva

This guy could be a professor at USC School of Cinematic Arts.

1 day ago | [YT] | 0


Another benefit: having the prerecorded sound gives the actors something to bounce off of. Having music playing and then dancing to the music in real time is way more natural than dancing to silence

3 weeks ago | [YT] | 9