'Stranger Things' theme for next AES LA meeting

Attendees can learn how the sound team creates the unique 5.1-channel soundtrack, including the eerie music that is key to the show’s look and feel.
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The next AES LA Section monthly meeting at the end of the month will showcase the intricate sound editorial and re-recording of the Netflix mini-series Stranger Things.

Attendees can learn how the sound team creates the unique 5.1-channel soundtrack, including the eerie music that is key to the show’s look and feel.

A second season from The Duffer Brothers is scheduled to start later this year, with its haunting '80s-style, synth-based musical score.

The editorial team for Stranger Things is headed up by supervising sound editor Brad North, who works closely with sound designer Craig Henighan, sound-effects editor Jordan Wilby and music editor David Klotz. The re-recording crew, working at the Technicolor Seward stage, comprises Joe Barnett handling dialogue and music, and Adam Jenkins handling sound effects.

“We drew our inspiration – subconsciously, at least – from such sci-fi films as Alien, The Thing and Predator,” recalled Henighan. Part sci-fi, part horror and part family drama, Stranger Things is often considered a homage to '80s movies like Close Encounters of the Third Kind and ET.

The joint AES/SMPTE January meeting, which will be held at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City, on Tuesday, 31 January, is open to both AES and SMPTE members and non-members.

Panelists at the meeting include Joe Barnett (Daredevil, Luke Cage, Stranger Things), Craig Henighan (Deadpool, Black Swan, Stranger Things) and accomplished sound-effects mixer Adam Jenkins. Also speaking at the event is Emmy-award winning music editor David Klotz (Game of Thrones, American Horror Story), Brad North (From Dusk Till Dawn, Stranger Things) and Jordan Wilby (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Man).

(Image credit: Netflix)

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