How does a song go from Demo to Recording?
October 21, 2014 6:23 AM   Subscribe

Are there any documentaries/podcasts, etc. that track the evolution of a song from demo to recording? I want to see what role a good producer plays, and what the engineer and mixer actually do. Rock on!
posted by smelvis to Media & Arts (5 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Wow what a specific question that has only a single answer!

Song Exploder on the Max Fun Network.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 6:25 AM on October 21, 2014 [2 favorites]

Check out the Classic Albums series of documentaries. The episodes are not solely about the role of producers, engineers etc but they do cover this.
posted by cincinnatus c at 7:31 AM on October 21, 2014 [1 favorite]

A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica lets you see a lot of what went into making the Black album.

Also, Tom Dowd & the Language of Music provides a great historical perspective on the recording process.
posted by doctord at 8:46 AM on October 21, 2014

Response by poster: Sweet! Thanks everyone.
posted by smelvis at 11:25 AM on October 21, 2014

Probably tangential to what you're looking for, but parts of Goddard's film, Sympathy for the Devil, included the Stones working through the song. The viewer gets a pretty interesting sense of how the song evolved from its "demo" sound to where it ended up. The clip is available on Youtube.
posted by homesickness at 4:34 PM on October 21, 2014

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