At the 2012 Grammy Awards Ceremony, Dave Grohl delivered an acceptance speech that seemed to rip on electronic music and digital recording when he said, "It's not about what goes on in a computer" but rather "the human element of music is what's important,” before sort-of clarifying those comments with a muddled press release. What is clear is that the Foo Fighters frontman and current Queens of the Stone Age drummer has a deep love for analog recording—a love that manifested itself in his directorial debut Sound City, a feature-length documentary about the legendary studio responsible for albums like Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, Neil Young's After the Gold Rush, and Tom Petty's Damn The Torpedoes, along with many, many other influential records.
The trailer for Sound City features a star-studded list of rockers like Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks, Trent Reznor, Lars Ulrich, Josh Homme, and Grohl himself, all of them discussing the awesomeness of recording within Sound City's walls. Boasting the writing credits of The Cove's Mark Monroe, the film also explores the industry-wide shift from analog to digital recording, and ponders how "to retain that human element" in the age of technology. With Grohl in the director's chair, the film will undoubtedly give a new look into the Sound City recording process of Nirvana's Nevermind as well.
There's no official release date for the film yet, but it was recently announced that Sound City will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.