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‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’ Sound Team on Holding Back to Convey the Reality of Events

The sound team behind The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story have worked on all of Ryan Murphy’s shows since the debut of Glee. In the case of the true crime series, the team chose to skip a lot of effects and music in order for the real nature of the events to sink in.

“We, as a group, chose to ‘pull back’ and let the story tell itself,” says re-recording mixer Joseph Earle. “Starting with the first show through the last, the music and the iconic sound design has been played down or eliminated altogether. From the discovery of the bodies, the police proceedings the night of the murders, to the courtrooms, the music is held back, lending a weird reality to the events in the show. Also, the list of actors in this show is very impressive. Starting with John Travolta, Sarah Paulson, Courtney B. Vance, and on and on. In some cases, the best thing we could do was stay out of the way.”