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Director Barbara Kopple captures sounds of ‘Woodstock: Now & Then,’ with Sound Devices
A digital audio recorder and controller from Sound Devices helped capture new interviews for Academy Award-winning director Barbara Kopple’s documentary “Woodstock: Now & Then,” which aired on VH1 and the History Channel to commemorate the infamous music festival’s 40th anniversary.
Production sound mixer William Tzouris utilized a Sound Devices 702T digital recorder to capture all the interviews and the company’s 788T digital recorder, using its internal compact flash (CF) card as well as an external CF in a FireWire reader, and CL-8 Controller to record several musical performances.
For one of the new performances featured in the film, Tzouris recorded Grace Potter and the Nocturnals at a Woodstock revival concert. He used the Sound Devices gear along with several room mics, utilizing all eight tracks on the 788T. The feeds were mixed on the CL-8 and distributed to three video cameras in the venue. He also recorded several young students from the Paul Green School of Rock Music.
“Woodstock: Now & Then” was produced by the History Channel and VH1 in association with Cabin Creek Films and Woodstock Ventures.