Erik Aadahl

Chris Mirjahangir: Back in October I interviewed two time Academy Award nominee (Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Argo) and Godzilla (2014) sound designer Erik Aadahl for Toho Kingdom. It was to be released shortly afterward but I decided to hold off and release it as a Christmas present to Godzilla fans worldwide.

This podcast style interview is one of my favorites that I've done for the site and it's a real inside look as to what went on when creating Godzilla and the MUTO'S roars for the film and why the creation of Godzilla 2014's roar is a secret which will never be revealed.

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  • The podcast was recorded in Erik Aadahl's office on October 21st, 2015 at the Warner Bros. Studios lot in Burbank California

  • I mistakenly refer to the "original classic roar" as post 1967 when I meant 1962.

  • The volume on this podcast needs to be turned up a tad for an enjoyable listen. However, when Erik plays the source sound for Godzilla's beam charge, it gets LOUD so be prepared to lower the volume!

  • Small edits were made to streamline the podcast and for better flow. The only bit of information to be excised was that Godzilla 2014 was one of the first, if not the first home release with a 7.1 Dolby Atmos soundtrack.

  • The podcast was recorded in the same room where the MUTO roars were created.

  • There is no intro or outro music. The podcast has an abrupt beginning and end.


Interview: Erik Aadahl (2015)
Erik Aadahl with the contrabass that was used to attempt to recreate Godzilla's roar for the 2014 film.


Interview: Erik Aadahl (2015)
Gareth Edward's signed poster for Erik Aadahl and fellow sound designer Ethan Van der Ryn.



Interview: Erik Aadahl (2015)


Erik Aadahl is a sound editor and designer. He first began his career as a sound editor, working on films such as The Last Castle, Daredevil and X2: X-Men United. In 2004 Aadahl took his first leap into theatrical movie sound design with the Will Smith movie I, Robot. He has seen worked as a sound designer on more than a dozen motion pictures, including Transformers, Valkyrie and Argo.

Date: 10/21/2015
Interviewer: Chris Mirjahangir


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