Tom Dowd & the Language of Music

Tom Dowd & the Language of Music

2003, NR, 82 min. Directed by Marc Moormann.

REVIEWED By Raoul Hernandez, Fri., March 5, 2004

The correlation between music and math, if not explicit, is seldom documented with as much panache as Tom Dowd & the Language of Music. Dowd was one of the Atlantic Three; while Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wexler scouted talent, Dowd, a young physics student straight out of the university, recorded it and engineered it. Recorded, engineered Bird, Diz, Prez. Otis and Aretha. Coltrane. Skynyrd. Introduced Allman to Clapton. Standardized eight-track recording. Helped make the atomic bomb. Dowd, who died Oct. 27, 2002, was a similar force in modern music, and producer/director Mark Moormann preserves ground zero with jaw-dropping archival footage, music, and mathematical precision.

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