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Tom Dowd and the Language of Music (2004)

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Independent filmmaker Mark Moormann directs the feature-length documentary Tom Dowd and the Language of Music. Shot on color and black-and-white16 mm film stock, the biography is a personal portrait of legendary recording engineer and producer Tom Dowd. The man himself is featured in a series of interviews from 1996 (the year he won a lifetime achievement award from the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences) until 2002 (the year of his death). Filmed at Criteria Studios in Miami, FL, he is shown both at work behind the soundboards as well as reflecting on his memorable career. Other interview subjects include artists Ray Charles and Eric Clapton; record producers Phil Ramone and Arif Mardin; and surviving members of the Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Tom Dowd and the Language of Music premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.
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Critic Reviews for Tom Dowd and the Language of Music

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (12)

Affable and hugely entertaining.

Full Review… | August 13, 2004
Seattle Times
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A fitting epitaph for a giant few people outside the industry knew but whose work everybody heard.

Full Review… | August 13, 2004
San Francisco Chronicle
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Visually appealing.

Full Review… | August 13, 2004
Miami Herald
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As a probing look at a really nice-guy genius in the studio world, it succeeds admirably.

Full Review… | August 13, 2004
Boston Globe
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Deserves credit, not only for choosing a wonderful and deserving subject for a film, but for doing him proud.

Full Review… | August 13, 2004
Washington Post
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A loving portrait of 50 years of pop music and a man who by all accounts was a musical genius.

August 13, 2004
New York Post
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Audience Reviews for Tom Dowd and the Language of Music

½

Wonderful documentary about a legendary producer and record engineer who's worked with everyone from Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin to Cream and Lynyrd Skynyrd, and obviously one heck of a guy too. Highly recommended for anyone who truly loves music.

Jason Alley
Jason Alley
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If you love music and are more than a casual listening, you will dig this very well done tribute to a legend!

richard schuman
richard schuman

Mostly a tribute to an overlooked, incredibly gifted sound engineer - who also worked on the Manhattan Project as a teenager. There's a segment where Dowd shows the audio breakdown of "Layla" (the ending with the piano and two guitars). So cool!

Nan Lee
Nan Lee

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