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1 hr. 32 min.

Plot Summary
Although he's not as well known as many of the musicians whose records he produced, Tom Dowd's influence in the music world is undeniable. Responsible for studio techniques like stereo sound and multitrack recording, Dowd helped shape the sound of pop music for more than half a century. New and archival interviews with some of the legendary artists he worked with, including Ray Charles, Eric Clapton and Aretha Franklin, detail Dowd's influential work and his impact on the recording industry.

Cast: Ray Charles

Director: Mark Moormann

Genres: Documentary

Distributor: Palm Pictures

Tom Dowd & the Language of Music (2003)

Release Date: January 19th, 2003|1 hr. 32 min.

critic reviews (10)
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  • 100
    San Francisco Chronicle

    This wise and warm man, who died in 2002, is captured in all his glory by the remarkable documentary. show more

  • 70
    Wall Street Journal

    Shows how a dedicated man ensured that great music could always be heard at its best. show more

  • 88
    Miami Herald

    The Language of Music hews strictly to its title, however. There isn't anything about Dowd's life outside music except for details of his work as a nuclear physicist at Columbia University, where he was a key part of the Manhattan Project research team that developed the atomic bomb during World War II. show more

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