recording engineer l scoring mixer
History: Over the last 17 years John's diverse career has
encompassed countless albums and hundreds of film scores. He has
worked with 'the best of the best' in rock, pop and jazz, with a
particular emphasis on orchestral recording and music for film and
John has worked
internationally in a wide array of recording environments from small
studios to the largest scoring stages in the world, including seven
years as orchestral scoring recordist at 20th Century Fox's legendary
Newman Scoring Stage in Los Angeles. He has recorded everything
from soloists, small ensembles, singers and rock bands to 100+ piece
orchestras. In addition, John owns a private studio for recording,
surround sound mixing, and mastering.
From a very
young age John was exposed to a wide variety of the arts, from film,
live theater, and fine arts to orchestral music, jazz and rock.
John studied trumpet and saxophone in high school, and played keyboards
and bass in various rock/pop bands.
He holds a Bachelors
of Applied Arts degree with majors in photography and video. He
has also worked as a crew member on TV series, feature films, interactive
media design, and as a video editor.
In 1989 John
began as an assistant engineer at Manta Sound. He was soon working
with artists such as Celine Dion, Rush, Buddy Guy, Liza Minelli,
and film composers such as John Debney, Howard Shore, Angelo Badalamenti,
and Marvin Hamlish.
In 1995 John
began 15 months at the prestigious Banff Center for the Arts, recording
classical, jazz and film score projects. World famous Ocean Way
Studios brought him to Los Angeles in 1996. Highlights of this time
included working with The Rolling Stones, Porno for Pyros, Eric
Clapton, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston,
Ry Cooder, Madonna, Boys 2 Men, and many orchestral overdub sessions.
recommendations of John Kurlander and Ry Cooder to top executives
at Fox in 1997, John was hired on staff at the Newman Scoring Stage,
returning him to his roots of film scoring.
when possible, including trips to Nepal, where he has hiked alone
for 2 weeks in the Himalayas, and to the north of India where he
was blessed by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. Living in Los Angeles
affords him the opportunity to landsail, carveboard, and sea kayak
in his spare time.
Rodd who knows
a thing or two about making great recordings of music for film and
tv (Hollywood blockbusters to include: Seabiscuit, The Matrix (trilogy),
Lemony Snicket and I, Robot) has been featured at West LA Music
discussing microphones to mixing.
John mixed the large orchestral cues in 5.1
surround for John
Frizzell's (Alien: Resurrection, Cradle 2 the Grave) original
score for Buena Vista / Disney feature film "Primeval"
directed by Michael Katleman. Other projects include 5.1 surround
mixing of score for Sony Pictures sci-fi action film "Ultraviolet";
mixing the orchestral score for the video game "Onimusha 4
- Dawn of Dreams" for Sony PS2 (which won the M.P.S.E. Golden
Reel award for best sound editing); mixing the 5.1 score for DreamWorks
short animated film "The Penguin Christmas Caper" and
many other feature film score projects. John was nominated for "Best Scoring Mixer"
at the Film and TV Music Awards for 2007.Composer George
Shaw was awarded a Gold Medal for Artistic Excellence for his score
for the feature film J-OK'EL at the fourth annual Park City Film
Music Festival which John recorded and mixed the orchestral score.
Congratulations George and John!
the doors for the first sessions in the summer of 2009. The studio
(and the espresso machine) has been a big hit with my clients, and
I love having a large comfortable space with ultra-accurate acoustics
and lots of natural light to work in," John says of his studio
which he built from ground up with a help of a world class studio
architect / acoustician
credits: Recording large brass & french horn sections
for Chance Thomass epic score for Avatar: The Game at The
Newman Scoring Stage at 20th Century Fox
for many composers including Cliff Martinez, Richard Jacques, George
Shaw, Dave Porter, John Adair, Paul Dinletir and Norihiko Hibino
orchestra & choir for World of Warcrafts Cataclysm with
composers Russell Brower, Derek Duke, Glenn Stafford, Neal Acree
& David Arkenstone
Mixing the live
orchestral concert Video Games Live for PBS in 5.1 and stereo. The
CD won Best Soundtrack Album at the 2011 G.A.N.G. awards
film scores - including scores for composers Cliff Martinez, Keith
Power, Daniel Chan, Joel Goodman, Jeff Tymoschuk, Leah Curtis, and
and mastering the hybrid orchestral game score for Red Orchestra
2: Heroes of Stalingrad for composer Sam Hulick
Mixing The Lord
of the RingsWar In The North film trailer for composer Kevin
Mixing and mastering
numerous songs for legendary singer Lisbeth Scott, an orchestral
film trailer CD for composer Toby Chu, and a classical orchestral
CD for Iain Kelso
score CDs for Tony Morales, Patrick Kirst, Gregory Tripi, Cliff
Martinez, Brandon K. Verrett, and Aaron Roethe amongst others. John
mixed and mastered Gordy Haab's awesome live orchestral score for
STAR WARS: Kinect with the 89 piece London Symphony Orchestra and
the London Voices choir recorded at Abbey Road Studios.
Credits: Rodd mixed
the score for the newly released film, Walking With The Enemy.
now, the film stars Sir Ben Kingsley, Jonas Armstrong and Burn Gorman.
"It's based on a true story of incredible heroism amid the
atrocities committed against the Jews in Hungary during WWII,"
says Rodd about the film that was named best film at the Ft. Lauderdale
International Film Festival. The score album is soon to be released
-- also mastered by Rodd. Timothy Williams composed the score.
Full Film Credits available at: IMDB.com
John Rodd Mixing at Fox Scoring
Stage and Rodd's studio ClearStory Sound (left).
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