New York City (October 21, 2004)–Marshall Grupp of New York’s Marshall Grupp Sound Design and Music served as sound designer on the current feature-length documentary End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones. Grupp created original sound elements used throughout the film, which documents the career of punk rock pioneers The Ramones. Directed by Mark Gramaglia and Jim Fields, the film is produced by Chinagraph and distributed by Magnolia Pictures.
Grupp’s role included creating full sound effects beds for archival footage representing New York and the rock underground in the 1970s. “Marshall took b-roll footage that we had obtained from stock sources and made it sound as though it had been recorded with an audio track,” said Fields. “His ability to set a scene and create an environment that sounds natural is amazing.”
Additionally, Grupp added sound to concert footage. “A lot of that material was several decades old with audio that was in poor condition,” Gramaglia said. “Marshall filled it out in a way that was true to the original.”
End of the Century traces the history of the band widely credited with inaugurating the punk movement from their high school days in Queens, New York, through the deaths of band members Joey and Dee Dee Ramone in the late ’90s. The film has produced strong box office results in limited release in the United States and drawn rave reviews. The New York Times called it “absorbing,” while Stephanie Zacharek, writing in Salon, said that “the movie captures the spirit of both the band and the era they helped shape.”
Marshall Grupp Sound Design and Music