Woodstock Hendrix Performance
First Release in 36 years
Eddie Kramer Masters and
mastering engineer Bernie Grundman
Kramer recently mastered the 5.1 soundtrack for Jimi Hendrix:
Live At Woodstock (The Deluxe Edition) in the surround sound suite
at Bernie Grundman Mastering. The two-disc DVD chronicles every
song played by Hendrix in his landmark performance which closed
the Woodstock Festival on August 18, 1969. Kramer, who was Hendrix's
original studio engineer was on hand at Woodstock, and soon thereafter,
helped conceive and, subsequently, ran Electric Lady Studios in
The new DVD includes never before seen footage captured by a college
student who was experimenting with the new open-reel video format,
resulting in 80 minutes of performance. The original theatrical
version of Woodstock included only 10 minutes of Hendrix's concert.
The new collection also includes a documentary featuring Hendrix
performance footage and interviews, a press conference filmed two
weeks after Woodstock, and co-producer Kramer's detailed recollection
of the recording of the entire epic festival.
"At one point, Jimi noticed a cameraman perched precariously
high up on the speaker scaffolding and looked directly into the
camera for his performance," remarks Kramer. "In sum,
it's a riveting record of one of the most historical rock performances
of all time."
Jimi Hendrix: Live At Woodstock (The Deluxe Edition) will be released
this coming September 13th by Experience Hendrix through Universal
Meets Las Vegas At Blackbird
Blackbird Open House Features Finest Gear in North America Distributed
By Las Vegas Pro Audio
l-r: Nashville's Carolyn
Martin sang through a variety of microphones at Blackbird Studio's
two-day TransAudio Group/LasVegasProAudio Open House. Mics shown
include the new Brauner Phantom AE, a Soundelux U99, Brauner VM1-KHE
and a Soundelux E49. The happy folks in Blackbird mic closet include
Deb Daking, Geoff Daking, Bob Heil, Sarah Heil and Brad Lunde. Yup,
you'd be smiling too if you were inside John McBride's famed mic
Blackbird Studio's John McBride opened his famous Nashville studio
for a two-day event showcasing Brad Lunde's burgeoning product lines
for both LasVegasProAudio and TransAudio Group. Why did Blackbird
host such event? Because owner/engineer John McBride's is dedicated
to having the finest recording gear in North America in his studio
and TransAudio Group distributes much of it.
On Friday July
29th and Saturday, July 30th, the who's who of Nashville's elite
recording studios, independent engineers and record label executives
were treated to a first time bash at John and Martina McBride's
Blackbird Studios in Berry Hill, Tennessee.
On Friday night,
cocktails and hors d'oeuvres were elegantly severed in both famed
Studios A&B and the recently completed studios C&D in the
rear section of the block-long facility. On Saturday, the staff
at Blackbird switched the décor to red-checkered tablecloths
for Nashville's famous, down-home "Jack's BBQ" lunch replete
with mama's sweet ice tea. Visitors enjoyed Blackbird's incredible
ambience and experienced the live performance of some of the world's
top quality pro audio gear.
Brad Lunde, president of TransAudio Group/LasVegasProAudio gives
noted producer/engineer/mixer Gary Paczosa the rundown on his distributed
As a special
sneak preview, guests were able to admire the almost completed,
much talked about, new George Massenburg recording studio at
Blackbird. If you were not among the three hundred or so guests,
you'll just have to wait a bit longer to see what the Massenburg
studio buzz is all about.
On both days,
one of Nashville's top vocalist, Carolyn Martin, and guitarist Andre
Reiss performed in the Studio C recording booth, allowing all to
evaluate various microphones and mixing selections. "Our hats
are off to Carolyn Martin, not only for her incredible vocal style,
but for her really incredible patience with studio engineers who
asked her to sing the same song, over and over, through umpteen
different mics - but hey! Is there a better way to showcase microphones!"
members Richard Bowman and Todd Peterson were on hand to discuss
the problem-solving capabilities and performance properties of their
product lines. A wide array of manufacturers were also on hand to
answer questions and show off their wares. These included Peter
), Geoff Daking (Geoffrey
Daking & Co), Bob Heil (Heil
Sound Proline Microphones), Ben Lily (ATC
Loudspeakers), and George Massenburg (George
Massenburg Labs ).
at the event include A Designs (USA), ADT
Toolkit (Germany), ATC (UK), Brauner
microphones (Germany), Drawmer
(UK), Enhanced Audio (Ireland), Heil
Sound Mics (USA), GML (USA), PAULY
SOM (Brazil), Soundelux
Engineering (Switzerland) and Z Systems (USA).
more info, please email Brad
Lunde at LVPA or Phone (702) 307-2700 or (702) 365-5155 or Fax
Gift Of Music
Henry Mancini Institute Music Festival July 22-Aug 12 at UCLA
l-r: Mrs Ginny Mancini, friend
and composer Justin Freer; Vince Mendoza conducting
In its ninth
season and under the helm of artististic director, Patrick
Williams, The Henri Mancini Institute featured Hollywood's top
composers' works during a week-long music festival -- David
Newsman, James Newton Howard, Alan Silvestri and Justin
Freer, to name a few.
Guest musicians included Alex Acuna, Dave Grusin, Peter Erskine,
Christian McBride, Tom Scott, John Pena. Bobby McFerrin received
the prestigious Hank Award, presented by Quincy Jones. He performed
on August 13th at Royce Hall. The concert was directed by Patrick
Williams featuring Shelly Berg and Abe Laboriel, Sr.
currently boasts over 475 Summer Education Program alumni -from
41 states and 27 countries. HMIs Professional Alumni Ensembles
are hired regularly throughout the U.S. as part of HMI's continuing
network of support for these musicians. Past appearances have included
the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl performing with
artists such as Diana Krall, Dianne Reeves, Shirley Horn, and Monica
Young And The Restless At Studio City Sound
Tom Weir is holding his GRAMMY
AWARD, with singer/songwriter Lauren Woodland who is also a lead
"The Young and The Restless".
City Sound's Tom Weir is holding his GRAMMY AWARD, with singer/songwriter
Lauren Woodland who is also a lead actress on "The Young and
this Grammy Award for mixing the "Toots and The Maytals Album"
- "True Love," which received the Best REggae Album of
The Year Award.
Mics distributed by LVPA at AES, NYC (booths 850, 851, 859)
l-r: Heil, Coldplay's producer and engineer Ken Nelson with The
Enhanced Audio M600
Proline Microphones From LVPA
The series consists of the PR-20 handheld mic, the PR-30 internally
shock-mounted mic and the PR-40 wide bandwidth mic.
Bob Heil's extensive history as a product innovator, the Heil Proline
mics all feature large diaphragm dynamics and neodymium magnets.
Expect incredible deep bass response, ultra smooth mid-range and
an extended, but gentle, top end. These properties make the mics
appropriate for a wider variety of applications than typical dynamics,
including recording, live sound lead vocal and voiceover for broadcast.
Joe Walsh, of the Eagles and James Gang fame, was one the prime
beta tester for the Proline mics.
The PR-40 incorporates
the Heil DM 6 large dynamic element, offering a flat response from
28Hz to 18kHz with an engineered midrange rise for enhanced vocal
articulation. The Heil PR-40 features a unique copper-wound voice
coil and neodymium magnet structure that creates a magnetic field
ten times stronger than the traditional microphone magnets. This
coupled with a low mass quilted aluminum diaphragm, produces tremendous
low-frequency response with very low distortion. Previewed at the
NAB 2005, Bob Heil's innovative PR-40 was honored with trade magazine
Radio World's "Cool Stuff" award. The PR-40 offers the
widest bandwidth of all the Heil Proline mics and ships with an
all-metal stand adaptor, a wooden storage box and Heil cleaning
cloth - a package suitable for microphones costing many thousands
of dollars. It comes is a cherry wood box with the Heil exclusive
Teflon-lined, all metal mic clip.
The product is now available.
MSRP for the PR-40 is $325.00 USD.
An optional shock mount, the SM2, will be available for MSRP $94.00
Similar in appearance
to the PR-40 is the Heil Sound PR-30, the internally shock-mounted
version of the Heil end fire large diaphragm dynamic mic. This microphone
is designed primarily for broadcast voiceover, and has an innovative
sorbothane shock mount system to prevent low-frequency thumps or
bumps from traveling mechanically up the stand or boom arm. That
makes it an ideal live sound stand mounted mic. The PR-30 also produces
a wide frequency response, excellent transient response and low
intermodulation distortion (IMD), through the use of a special magnet
structure and a large (1 1/8-inch), low mass, aluminum voice coil
assembly. A special phasing plug assembly ensures a very linear
cardioid pattern and reduces the proximity effect while achieving
extreme articulation across the 40Hz - 18kHz frequency response.
The PR-30 ships with an Heil-exclusive Teflon-lined, all-metal stand
The product is now available.
MSRP for the PR-30 is $289.00 USD.
An optional shock mount, the SM2, is available for a MSRP of $94.00
20-year Heil Sound tradition, the new PR-20 was engineered for natural
speech articulation without the need for heavy electronic equalization.
With a similar wide frequency response, excellent transient response
and low IMD, as the other models in the line, the PR-20 also incorporates
a special phasing plug assembly that ensures a very linear cardioid
pattern and controlled proximity effect while achieving extreme
articulation across its 40Hz - 18kHz range. The superior low handling
noise of the rugged PR-20 is achieved by mounting the very wide
frequency response dynamic element into a special sorbothane shock
mount system. The low handling noise and exceptional lack of bass-boosting
proximity effect make the PR-20 ideal for professional live sound
The PR-20 will ship with metal mic clip.
The MSRP for the PR-20 is $160.00 USD.
Microphone Mount Available Through LVPA
Audio M600 is increasing its high profile user base. Coldplay's
producer and engineer Ken Nelson, who has also worked with Gomez,
Badly Drawn Boy and Kings of Convenience, has recently purchased
four M600s. The legendary Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London has
recently purchased three M600s and David Gilmour's Astoria studio
has purchased ten Enhanced Audio M600s.
in Dublin, Ireland. The unique design of the revolutionary M600
offers increased musical headroom and greater dynamic transient
capability through the reduction of low-level mechanical noise and
increase in low-level information. And that in essence provides
an enhanced reproduction of the overall performance.
M600 has been
designed to interface and complement a broad range of currently
available microphones up to 65mm (2.56inches) in diameter and fits
standard 5/8-27 American Unified thread microphone stands and, with
the use of an insert, will fit 3/8-16 B.S.W. thread stands.
Audio M600 is made up of two concentric, low-resonance aluminum
rings. Three equally spaced, adjustable mounting screws hold the
microphone centrally inside each ring. Each screw is tipped with
a techno polymer plastic (Delrin) thrust pad to prevent the screws'
rotational force from being transmitted to the mic, while also protecting
it from external structural and ground-borne vibrations. The low
resonant frequency of the M600 significantly reduces the transmission
of infrasonic vibrations - such as traffic, heavy machinery and
seismic energy. This results in an audibly tighter and extended
bass response, cleaner treble and improved detail.
Nelson's testimonial and other high profile user testimonials can
be viewed at the Enhanced Audio website www.enhancedaudio.ie
and also at the Las
Vegas Pro Audio website
is now available.
Soundfield's New ST350 Portable Surround Mic
multi-capsule microphone featured compact mic-pre/control unit that
generates surround and stereo simultaneously at balanced line levels.
ST350 can be used in conjunction with the SoundField Surround Zone
software to offer a complete recording and post-production package.
Surround Zone is now available on the Digidesign Pro Tools, Steinberg
Nuendo and SADiE platforms.
president of LasVegasProAudio comments, "We have listened to
the market requests for a more compact and portable SoundField
system. The new ST350 is less than half the size and weight
of the other competitive microphones."
The product is now available.
LVPA is also
introducing the Drawmer Three-Sum Multi-Band Split & Sum Device
at AES 2005, NYC (booth #850). It's a 1U device that enables individual
processing of up to three bands prior to re-summing. The stereo
signal is split into two or three frequency adjustable bands, which
can be sent to external processors before returning to the Three-Sum
where they are re-combined.
employs a high-quality signal path culminating in a variable threshold,
brick wall limiter section with bypass facility. To ensure transparency
the limiter design is 'two stage,' applying different processing
to the H.F. content of the material. In applications where the dynamics
of the material need to be retained to create an open sound, the
limiter is essential for catching peaks.
has been designed for use in high-end mastering and general recording
applications. Alternatively, it can transform a project studio,
equipped only with 'single band' processors, into a serious multi-band
facility. Each of the three bands has bypass and mute switches to
allow independent band and effect monitoring.
Lunde, president TransAudio Group, "The benefits of multi-band
processing have been apparent to sound engineers for quite some
time, however, 'locking in' your audio to just one specific multi-band
unit can restrict your options. Low-frequency energy, the vocal
midrange and high-frequency detail can benefit from different types
of processing. The Three-Sum allows the engineer to apply his favored
outboard to any particular 'slab' of the audio bandwidth."
is now available.
(booth 851) and M600 Mic Mounts (booth 859), ST350 Portable
Surround Mic, Drawmer
Three-SUM (850) are available
for review and are now shipping. Please stop by and visit
at AES, NYC or
at LVPA (702) 307-2700 or (702) 365-5155 or Fax (702) 314-2764
Vegas Pro Audio is the direct sales division of TransAudio
Group. It was created to serve as a conduit between extremely
busy pro audio professionals and boutique high-end equipment manufacturers.
TransAudio Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly
become the premier US importer/distributor for high-end audio. visit
the web sites at: www.lasvegasproaudio.com
product lines include A-Designs
(USA) AEA ribbon microphones (USA), ADT
Loudspeakers (UK), Brauner
Daking & Co. (USA), George
Massenburg Labs (GML) (USA), Heil
Sound (USA); Mercury Audio (USA) Mission Audio (UK) Phoenix
Audio (UK), PAULY
Microphones (UK), Z-Systems (USA) and Weiss
Goo Goo Dolls'
Robby Takac signed 3 bands via his Good Charamel
Records. Takac also produced the albums for Last Conserative,
Klear and The Juliet Dagger. to contact Robby contact Brian Gross
Avatar Hosts Monheit, Fagen and Phair
Monheit recording a Christmas record at Avatar
Studios in New York, with producer/engineer Al
Schmitt. Peter Doris assisted.
Elliot Scheiner has been busy mixing Donald Fagen in studio
C (Neve VR), assisted by Brian Montgomery. Producer
John Alagia recently in cutting tracks with Liz Phair. Brian Scheuble
engineered assisted by Anthony Ruotolo.
With Berklee Online
Drummer Scott Underwood Composed With Online Courses at Berkleemusic.com
is Scott Underwood, Train's drummer and composer. Photo by David
online courses, Train's drummer Scott Underwood and the band are
back in the studio working on their forthcoming album. Since their
1994 formation in San Francisco, the group has grown steadily as
a locomotive force in music. The band's Drops of Jupiter earned
Platinum status, with the single "Drops Of Jupiter (Tell Me)"
spending 53 weeks on the Hot 100 and earning a Grammy® as the
Best Rock Song of the year. Train recently appeared on Good Morning
America performing "All I Ever Wanted," a sneak peak from
their upcoming album.
While touring, drummer/composer Scott Underwood studied online at
Berkleemusic.com and incorporated his new skills into the interactive
Internet mode of Train's collaborative composition style. With pre-production
complete, the band entered the studio on July 29 to record their
new album. In addition, Underwood teamed up with Train's bass player
Charles Colin (a Berklee grad) to form the experimental two-man
group called Foodpill. They recently released their provocative
debut album Elixer.
"When I found out about the Berkleemusic online classes,"
Underwood explains, "I thought it would be ideal because Train
was touring all of the time. So, I was able to get online in the
hotel rooms, and I had my little MIDI keyboard controller and I
started out studying Pro Tools. I already had a pretty good grip
on the program, but decided to start at level one and right off
the bat, I learned a whole bunch of short cuts. If you have a little
background, it really accelerates and enhances the learning experience."
Studying online allowed Underwood to create new demos while still
touring, which were augmented by his online courses in piano technique
and music theory. "It was great because the classes really
stimulated my creative juices," he continues. "I would
drift off after the lesson, find myself falling in love with a certain
melody and the next thing I knew I had a song forming. Then I could
pull up the Pro Tools and start laying things down. It really pumped
up my abilities."
Enrollment for the fall semester at Berkleemusic.com Ends September
Courses begin on September 19.
To learn more about interactive online courses, visit: http://www.berkleemusic.com
Student advisors are available at 866.BERKLEE (866.237.5533) to
answer any questions.
is Berklee's online music school, delivering online access to world-renowned
music faculty, educational concepts, and time-tested curriculum,
previously available only to on-campus students.
Walden Studio Plans
and studio bau:ton's expertise with audiovisual facilities and its
fresh approach to architectural challenges are key factors in the
successful designs for these complex and multifaceted projects.
Previous projects for the film music community include the Fox Newman
Stage, studios for Patrick Williams, Dieter Meier, David Newman,
and screening rooms for Disney and David Lynch among many others.
For more information please contact: Peter
Grueneisen, AIA nonzero\architecture
studio bau:ton, LLC T. (213) 251-9791 F. (213) 251-9795
Real Estate Expresso!
Hot Properties With Recording Studios
Christine Lloyd-Maddocks, Specialist Realtor to the Music Industry,
inventory of Homes with Recording Studios are on the rise. "Today's
Market offers a healthy mix of homes with recording and media rooms.
Over 70 home listings with studios come up each month on Multiple
Listing Service (MLS)," says Lloyd-Maddocks. "When you
speak to the average agent, they often don't always understand the
difference between a studio vs an office. Does the room come with
a designer or acoustician attached, what are the studio's special
features --booth, ceiling height, acoustics, etc. Christine is sensitive
to our community's needs and lingo," says studioexpresso's
Claris Sayadian-Dodge. As more and more musicians are choosing real
estate as investment strategy, each month we'll discuss trends and
resources that might be helpful to buyers and sellers. So, got a
home with studio for sale or looking for that special home with
a studio click on the links below which will lead you to Lloyd-Maddocks
web site and she will do the rest of the work for you.
Each month we'll
list two homes that are good value finds. For more info: please
Lloyd-Maddocks, Specialist Realtor to the Music IndustryFeaturing
Homes with Recording Studios
in Woodland Hills
Reduced this week to $799,900
Woodsy-cabin...wow" inside spacious contemporary 3+2.5
w/too many features to list
Totally remodeled (limestone and wood flooring, open beam ceiling,
shutters, skylight) open floor plan great for entertaining or just
staying at home fab kithchen,
master suite with sun deck project/composer studio w/vocal booth
is perfect for musician 2,452 gorgeous sq feet of woodland hills
living private relaxing ack yard low maintenance-pool mature landscaping
close to Blvd.
sorry, the cat or the gear is not included!
Home Studio in Sherman Oaks
Reduced to $1,790,000
Gated home 4+5 with great westside access from this spacious entertainers
home w/pool and spa and views! Grand living room w/soraing ceilings,
chef's kitchen w/hrdwd floors and breakfast room opens to a large
private recording studio w/2 rooms, full bath. Indoor basketball
ct. Call to see this stunning home that doubles as studio.
ATC At London's New A-List Club
Fred Moss and Marc Merran, have joined forces with Samy Sass of
Monaco's Sass Café fame, to launch London's most significant
and exquisite nightlife venue, MO*VIDA.
Built on the
site of the former Break for the Border Tex-Mex restaurant - in
the vaults of the famous London Palladium Theatre, this luxurious
£2m conversion of the 400-capacity venue is poised to reinvigorate
London's elite nightlife.
For sound reinforcement,
Fred Moss has again returned to the high-fidelity of ATC's studio
reference loudspeakers, which he had earlier specified for his award-winning
venues, Chinawhite and Aura. These have been worked into the raw
brick arches of an interior scheme conceived by French designer,
Samy Chams of Prospect Design, whose portfolio includes the VIP
Room in St.
Tropez and Baoli in Cannes. As well as restoring the basement venue's
original features, Chams has created a timeless and elegant atmosphere
designed to create a South of France atmosphere.
Nick Whittaker, of Whittaker Electronics, no fewer than 17 of ATC's
PA65 active three-way enclosures have been flown in the main room,
with 20 single 15-inch active subs built into the furniture - a
formula which has already found considerable success at Chinawhite.
In the VIP/Champagne
Room at the rear, with its cozy alcove beds, an additional three
PA65s are complemented by a pair of active single 12-inch custom
horn-loaded subs (which are concealed under these cubicles).
The ATC active
approach favors a different principle to conventional PA. The mid-highs
incorporate a three-channel Class A/B amplifier (producing 200W
bass, 100W mid, 50W HF), with active momentary gain on all channels.
Drivers consist of a 15-inch SL bass, three-inch soft-dome mid and
a one-inch fabric dome tweeter, producing a maximum SPL of 116dB
with a dispersion pattern of ±80 degree horizontal (coherent)
and ±10 degree vertical.
Moss, "We have now standardized on ATC. We had a hybrid system
installed at Chinawhite, which didn't sound very good, and we had
to have an engineer in nearly every week.
something more reliable. From the days when I ran a record label,
a couple of studios in which I would do my mastering ran ATC reference
monitors. I was impressed with them. So initially I got the idea
of putting a special system based on ATCs into AURA, although at
MO*VIDA we have reverted to the system used at Chinawhite and where
possible built the subs into the fittings.
includes a 75 person lounge, plus a 50 capacity VIP room.
The restaurant seats up to 70 guests who can dine in European style
and enjoy a pre-club culinary experience of Italian, French or English
drivers are manufactured in-house to exacting tolerances and are
legendary for their many design innovations, such as the innovative
SL magnet system and the company's renowned Soft Dome midrange driver,
which achieves exceptionally broad and even dispersion to produce
a flat response anywhere in the room. Situated in Aston Down in
rural Gloucestershire, England, ATC was established in London in
1974 by acoustics engineer and musician Bill Woodman.
ATC is distributed
in the US by www.transaudiogroup.com
For more info on ATC monitors, please email Brad
Lunde, at Las Vegas Pro Audio/Trans Audio Group or Phone (702)
307-2700 or (702) 365-5155 or Fax (702) 314-2764
Back to School
Berkleemusic And UCLA Online Collaboration
UCLA Extension's Jane Kagon and Pascale Halm. Photo by David Goggin.
the online extension school of Boston's renowned Berklee College
of Music, has partnered with UCLA (University of California, Los
Angeles) Extension's Department of Entertainment Studies as the
newest member of its online Partnership Learning Program.
UCLA will be offering five of Berkleemusic's courses: Desktop Music
Production for PC, Sound Design for the Electronic Musician, Producing
Music with Reason, Sampling and Audio Production, and Producing
Music with Digital Performer.
"With globalization and the digital revolution, the key to
success for educational institutions and students alike, are collaborations
such as the one with the Berklee College of Music and UCLA Extension.
It is critically important to form these high level alliances in
order to effectively support the next generation of artists and
entertainment industry professionals" explained Jane Kagon,
Director of the Department of Entertainment Studies & Performing
Halm, Program Director, Department of Entertainment Studies, added,
"We are thrilled to work with Berkleemusic because they have
developed courses that are technologically very strong and ones
which really supplement the curriculum we offer to the students.
It gives them access to technology and subject matter that is absolutely
Enrollment for the fall semester at Berkleemusic.com ends September
15. Courses begin on September 19. To learn more about interactive
online courses, visit: http://www.berkleemusic.com
Student advisors are available at 866.BERKLEE (866.237.5533) to
answer any questions.
Rich Sounding Masters
studioexpresso's Lenise Bent and Matt Forger Among KPFK's
For The Recod w/ Sam Brown Sunday, August 28, 2005/10 to 11PM
l-r: Bent, Forger, Brown
It is a fact
of life that any artist thinking of a career in the recording industry,
has to be able (in the very least) to put together a 3-5 song "demo"
of their work. In point of fact, demo is now a misnomer, "master"
is more the reality. As the saying goes, "you never get a second
chance to make a first impression." Mastering
and recording engineers will offer advice and tips on how to make
a demo/master inexpensively -- but have it sound like you spent
the big studio bucks making it.
About The Guests:
Forger mixer/engineer (Michael Jackson: Thriller, Bad, Dangerous)
Bent, mixer/engineer (Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac, Blondie, The
Nacny Matter, mastering engineer (Ray Charles, Peter Gabriel, Duran
Art, Religion, Music and Architecture
On The Market
In an era when
the business is controlled by fewer major studios (six when we wrote
the article) and more than a decade after its launch, the Hollywood
founded by Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg and David Geffen
is valued for an estimated $1billion or more.
owner of the fifth- biggest Hollywood studio, may buy DreamWorks
SKG, first reported by the New York Post.
NBC Universal and DreamWorks are in early stages. NBC Universal,
which distributes DreamWorks' films, would gain a library of about
60 movies including ``Saving Private Ryan.'' Acquiring DreamWorks
would give Universal the opportunity to expand its profitable DVD
operation.The sale would also return capital to investors, including
billionaire Paul Allen (one of its biggest shareholders).
acquirer Univesal - together with Viacom Inc.'s Paramount Pictures
- is discussing a possible breakup of United International Pictures,
the overseas movie distribution apparatus they jointly own.
The sale would
end DreamWorks' attempt to compete with the biggest studios such
as Time Warner Inc. and Walt Disney Co. DreamWorks, which started
in 1994 as a studio for film, music, television and animation, agreed
in 2003 to sell its music unit and last year sold shares in its
animated film business. The animation studio, maker of ``Shrek''
and ``Madagascar,'' is a public company run by Katzenberg.
A sharp decline
in movie attendance this year stung by disappointing box-office
results are cited. Messrs. Spielberg and Geffen have at times appeared
less involved in Dreamworks than initially planned.
doesn't have the capital resources to become a big player in the
entertainment world, so the only option is to be bought out,'' said
Harold Vogel, a New York-based analyst with Vogel Capital and the
author of ``Entertainment Industry Economics.''
Brian Edwards said yesterday the company doesn't comment on such
matters. Universal spokeswoman Susan Fleishman declined to comment.
shares added 82 cents to $23.80 at 9:32 a.m. today in New York Stock
Exchange composite trading.
on for its creative talent, the company was formed in October 1994
after Katzenberg left Disney when he was passed over by Michael
Eisner for president. Spielberg, who directed films such as ``Schindler's
List,'' ``Jaws'' and ``E.T.,'' was to help select films for the
movie division and Geffen, who managed top acts such as Crosby,
Stills, Nash & Young and produced film hits such as ``Interview
With the Vampire,'' would run the music business.
created Oscar winning films ``American Beauty,'' ``Gladiator'' and
``A Beautiful Mind.'' The studio, with $275.2 million in US and
Canadian box office sales, ranks seventh this year among companies
with Hollywood studios. News Corp. ranks first with $1.03 billion.
BiCoastal With Solid State Logic
winning engineer Jay Newland, the engineering force behind the Nora
Jones multi-platinum albums, recently mixed Louise Setara, a new
English artist, on the Solid State Logic C200 Digital Production
console at BiCoastal Music in Ossining, NY. For Newland, the console
delivered the sterling audio quality that he expected and made his
transition easy to an all-digital signal path.
Records New Album
Jim Dickinson, Lucinda Williams, engineer Jeff Powell, and assistant
engineer Adam Hill.
rock-folk-country star Lucinda Williams dropped by recently at Memphis'
renowned Ardent Studios to sing a duet on "Hurry Up Sunrise"
with the Allstars' Luther Dickinson. The song is from Electric Blue
Watermelon, the new album by The North Mississippi Allstars. Due
in stores on September 6, the ATO Records release was produced by
Jim Dickinson and features performances by Williams, Robert Randolph,
and the Dirty Dozen Blues Band.
Elton Gets An Ella
of Singers, a Los Angeles-based non-profit that helps professional
singers cope with financial, medical, family or other crises (substance
abuse rehab, psychotherapy and HIV/AIDS treatment), is celebrating
its 20th anniversary with the release of a benefit CD featuring
performances by such top singers as Tony Bennett, Celine Dion, Ella
Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra.
was founded in 1984 by Ginny Mancini, singer/wife of late legendary
movie composer Henry Mancini, and Gilda Maiken Anderson, lead singer
of The Skylarks.
This year pop
legend, Elton John will be honored with an Ella Award from Society
Of Singers Assoc. Previous Recipients - Frank Sinatra, Tony
Martin, Peggy Lee, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme, Lena Horne,
Rosemary Clooney, Joe Williams, Tony Bennett, Julie Andrews, Plácido
Domingo, Barry Manilow and Celine Dion.
The pop singer
is having a busy year indeed with musical Billy Elliot (music by
Elton John and Lee Hall) which got launched in May of 2005 at the
Victoria Palace Theatre in London's West End. Eltons incredible
Red Piano shows at The Colosseum, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas is now
under way, and there are further concerts scheduled during October
2004. The show will feature Elton's classic songs and stunning,
Beverly Hills, CA
6:30 pm Cocktails; 7:30 PM Dinner/Show
Tix and Sponsorship
by buying sheet music from Support SOS -- Buy your music from Sheet
Music Plus. A portion of the proceeds from each purchase made will
go to SOS in support of its programs
Music distribution channels and methods are rapidly evolving in
the music business, with the greatest growth opportunities shifting
toward partnerships between artists and labels on one hand, and
corporate brands and marketers on the other.
is why so few brands have a defined music strategy, and virtually
no brand can claim to have tapped and translated the power of music
into measurable, long-term brand equity. Led by European marketers,
there are signs of change.
concerts and festivals for several years, the Stella Artois brewery,
part of Brussels-based Interbrew Group, has recently launched its
own music label. Stella Artois Music is signing Belgian acts with
international potential, and looks to dynamize its own
brand and support the music industry through a down
period. In this context, the music investment is both a brand tool
and a public relations strategy.
On a larger
scale, pharmaceutical joint venture Lilly ICOS has chosen music
as the primary platform to convey marketing and educational messages
to middle-aged men concerning its sexual dysfunction treatment Cialis.
Now operational in six countries, the first-of-its-kind global music
initiative Music for 2 features live concert events,
original music and health-themed websites, and custom CD giveaways.
It is not only
marketers who are presenting music in non-traditional ways; music
labels and artists are also crafting creative music partnerships.
SOUNDIES enjoys long-standing relationships with all five major
music labels and a host of independent companies offering the finest
music repertoire. We have concluded that after three years of suffering,
the global music business is regaining its legs and moving ahead,
in part by taking a more creative and collaborative approach to
marketing music in conjunction with brand partners.
Music Group, for example, regularly works with customers to package
its artist releases into sponsorable program packages that may include
custom discs, enhancements, access to exclusive content, appearances,
licensing for media use and other elements. Just-privatized Warner
Music Group is also showing its creativity, with the recent launch
of a series of Barbie branded discs, CO-branded with Mattel and
marketed through partnerships with Scholastic Books, Hallmark and
others. In conjunction with Warner, SOUNDIES recently produced a
loyalty premium program featuring classic rock repertoire, dovetailing
with our client radio stations ongoing direct marketing campaigns.
Such initiatives are the tip of an opportunity iceberg for brands
with a creative vision for music integration as part of the brand-building
With so many
choices regarding content and music-based marketing programs, determining
which properties to pair with a brand, and how, is a complicated
process. SOUNDIES helps its clients through the labyrinth by bringing
both brand and music expertise to the equation, opening the door
to truly creative programs that leverage the interests of all partners.
turn to music as an integral and truly strategic element of brand
identity, strategy and equity, objective music consultants with
brand expertise, strategic vision, access to content, the ability
to negotiate complex rights issues, and an established network to
leverage and execute are becoming a valued commodity.
A growing need
means a growing crowd of recent and self-proclaimed music
experts. But for us at SOUNDIES the consultive approach is
not new. In this environment of opportunity for our clients, we
pledge to continue the level of service that has made SOUNDIES
the Only Sure Thing In the Music Business.
an adjunct professor teaching Music Licensing at The John Marshall
Law School, is the founder and president of SOUNDIES, Inc., a Chicago-based
music consulting and licensing agency. SOUNDIES serves corporate
and agency clients in integrating music into promotional, advertising
and brand-building programs. The following article identifies trends
in the fast-changing music business, particularly with respect to
commerce and content partnerships between music labels
and corporate marketers. http://www.soundies.com/home/default.asp
TEC Awards Music and Sound Auction
ebay 10/3-16 2005
Foundation for Excellence in Audio will present the Second Annual
TEC Awards Music and Sound Auction, scheduled to run on eBay from
October 3rd to October 16th, 2005. The online sale will coincide
with the 21st Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards,
to be held on Saturday, October 8 at the New York Marriott Marquis.
will be managed by H.E.A.R.
(Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers), a nonprofit organization
dedicated to informing musicians and the public about the prevention
of hearing impairment in the music environment. Proceeds will benefit
H.E.A.R.®, as well as the Sound Partners campaign of the
House Ear Institute in Los Angeles, a hearing conservation program
CO-founded by the Mix Foundation in 1997.
As in the first auction of 2004which raised more than $22,000
for hearing health programsorganizers are encouraging donations
of pro audio and music equipment and various other gift items for
the 14-day online bidding event. Already-donated items include a
Gibson Les Paul guitar signed by Les Paul, a Squire Stratocaster
autographed by Pat Benatar, in-ear monitors from Future Sonic and
Westone, and an Alternative Tentacles Records CD collection from
Jello Biafra. Later this month, as additional items are donated,
they will be posted on the auction homepage: www.hearnet.com/auction.html.
To donate musical
instruments or pro sound equipment. please contact John Pledger
at 415-453-8618, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
To donate tour memorabilia, artwork, gift packages or money, contact
Kathy Peck at 415-409-3277, or e-mail email@example.com. Information
about TEC Awards tickets or sponsorships can be found by contacting
Karen Dunn at 925.939-6149, e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org,
or following the TEC Awards links on www.mixfoundation.org.
Brecher is diagnosed with MDS (myelodysplastic syndrome), and
it's critical that he has a marrow or blood stem cell transplant.
There are some important points to understand concerning this process:
screening involves only a blood test. 2. The cost for the test is
generally $40-95 - medical expenses are paid for by the patient
or insurance. Go to www.marrow.org
or call 1-800-MARROW-2 to find the donor center nearest you. 3.
A match for Michael would be most likely come from those of Eastern
European Jewish descent.
Brecker, 56, is an internationally renowned jazz musician. As a
result of his harmonic innovations, Michael is among the most studied
contemporary instrumentalists in music schools throughout the world
today. Michael has recorded and performed with a virtual Whos
Who of hundreds of jazz and pop giants including Herbie Hancock,
James Taylor, Chick Corea, John Lennon, Aerosmith, Paul Simon, Wynton
Marsalis, Frank Sinatra, James Brown, Bruce Springsteen and Elton
John. As a leader and CO-leader of The Brecker Brothers (with Randy
Brecker) and Directions in Music (with Herbie Hancock and Roy Hargrove),
Michael has received 11 Grammy Awards-more than any saxophonist.
For further information, go to http://www.michaelbrecker.com
Breckers first album for Heads Up has been postponed.
This isnt about selling records, its about trying
to help save a mans life says Dave Love, President of
Heads Up International.
Send your tax
deductible donations to the Time is of the Essence Fund https://secure.entango.com/donate/tRVDd4BqJUJ.
100% of all funds received will be exclusively used for the testing
of potential donors willing to join the international registry.
NOTE: Enter "Time is of the Essence Fund" in the "If
Other" box just above the amount to be donated. To make a donation
by mail, please send your check to: The Marrow Foundationl; Time
is of the Essence Fund
400 Seventh Street, NW, Suite 206 Washington, DC 20004
The Hollywood Cat (THC) Out On The Town...Check'n New Talent
but The Cats! Jeff Barnett Trombone, Joel
Stoner Flute, Doug Koeber Trumpet, Brian Bogle
Tenor Sax, Paul Tavenner Drums, Jeff Markgraf Acoustic
Bass, David Edelstein - Piano. The hot new jazz band is available
for events -- email
us to get on Mr.
B's list (1333 N. Hollywood Way, just south of Burbank Blvd.)
If you like tunes by Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Duke Ellington,
Charlie Parker, Thelonius Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, and Gershwin, you'll
dig The Cats!
Robertson (THC especially digs her album cover with an espresso!)
was nominated "Best
New Artist" at 2005 (14th) San Diego Music Awards. She
has been working with former Cello engineer Alan Sanderson
who has recently started his own recording studio in San Diego,
Sound. Alan has been picking talented artists from the San Diego,
producing and engineering their albums. Victoria is one of the artists
catching people's attention and gaining popularity by touring internationally
for the US troops as Miss USO. Victoria takes her classically trained
vocals and combines them with electronic beats, live musicians,
and hooky melodies to create a refreshing new sound. Last years
SD awards Best Female Artist Tristan Prettyman
just completed an album with Virgin which seems to be taking off.
As you probably know, coffee house crooner Jason Mraz just completed
his second album Mr A-Z with producer Steve Lillywhite.
"Fono is starting to get some major label interest and another
band Ive been producing by the name of Transfer is getting
a lot of radio play by local radio favorite 91x. Now that 91x is
severing its ties with Clear Channel things are looking even
better for music down here," says Sanderson. Switchfoot, and
Jewel were previous winners of the "Best New Artist" category
at the San Diego Music Awards to be held on September 12th at 7pm
at Humphrey's By the Bay. If you like to
vote/support SD Awards do it before Aug 31st.
August with James Bond on AMC! Seattle-based musician/arranger Jeff
leisawitz of electron productions delivered the swanky spots.
Jeff works with singer/songwriters, solo artists, djs and bands
to develop, record and/or re-mix their original music and he moonlights
with 007 now and then.
Marc & Jen. Bullet
hole in windshield. ©2005
Grammy-winning singer ("Walking in Memphis") Marc Cohn
was shot in the head during an attempted carjacking after a concert
in Denver but survived with only minor injuries, according to friend/fellow
musician Shane Fontayne who was in the tour van with Marc that eve.
Cohn had just finished a performance (Aug. 7) at Denver Botanical
Gardens when a man fleeing on foot from police tried to commandeer
the van Cohn was riding in. "X-ray of his head, where you clearly
could see the bullet, about half an inch long imbedded in his head.
It had not entered the skull. The bullet had been extracted without
the need for surgery. I looked at him and said, "There's your
next album cover!" He was able to laugh and he asked if we
could stay with him," says Fontayne.
you believe that everything happens for a reason?" Marc asked.
"Yes", I replied," adds the shaken musician who has
dedicated a page on his site to the accident.
who perpetrated this action was caught. He had apparently been holed
up in a nearby hotel with his girlfriend for three days doing crystal
meth." Glad to hear you're doing well, Marc & Shane! The
man who perpetrated this action was caught. He had apparently been
holed up in a nearby hotel with his girlfriend for three days doing
crystal meth. Glad to hear you're doing well, Marc & Shane!
Read details of that eve posted on Shane
Fontayne web site.
Farewell To Father of Moog
May,23 1934 --- Aug 22, 2005
photo: Mr Bonzai
and pioneer of the modern synthesizer, Robert Moog, passed away
last Sunday in his North Carolina home at the age of 71. He died
of a glioblastoma multiforme brain tumor.
The sound of
a Moog (pronounced Mohgue) synthesizer is unmistakable. Just listen
to the increasingly brightening timbres heard on George Harrison's
"Here Comes The Sun." It gave The Doors their unique sound,
and since then has been used by the likes of the Grateful Dead,
Frank Zappa and even modern acts like Dr. Dre, Beck, Phish and Wilco.
And that electronic ditty on your cellphone, file-sharing MP3s,
the iPod-they are all part of Dr. Moog's legacy. Synthesizers today
are chip-size and ubiquitous.
A native of New York City, he earned a bachelor's degree in physics
from Queens College, New York, a bachelor's degree in electrical
engineering from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in engineering
physics from Cornell University. He received a Grammy Trustees Award
for lifetime achievement in 1970.
one of his engineers, Bob was once in a noisy restaurant and had
pleaded (to no avail) for the waiter to turn down the ghastly synthsized
Muzak. Bob was fond of silence.
has established The Bob Moog Foundation dedicated to the advancement
of electronic music in his memory. Many of his longtime collaborators
including musicians, engineers and educators have agreed to sit
on its executive board including David Borden, Wendy Carlos, Joel
Chadabe, John Eaton, David Mash, and Rick Wakeman. For more information
about the foundation, contact Matthew Moog at email@example.com
The movie: "Moog," directed by Hans Fjellstad is avaialble
at Carma DVD here
According to an interview with Mr Bonzai, when Mr Moog was asked
what music he would like to be played at his funeral, he chose:
Music from the movie: Theremin:
An Electronic Odyssey with director Steve Martin. We understand
he got his wish.
Xepa Digital has a job opportunity, opening for an archive engineer
or archive engineer trainee in Los Angeles. If you know of anyone
qualified and can recommend to Managing Engineer/Partner, Ken Cillat,
he would greatly appreciate it. "For the right person, the
job would be 40-48 hrs/week and could last 4 years or longer. A
technically savey, intelligent, self-motivated person would be a
perfect candidate. If they had knowledge of DAW's and Analog tape
machines would even be better. If they resembled Angelina Jolie.....priceless,"
XepaDigital.LLC (pronounced Zeh-pa) www.xepadigital.com firstname.lastname@example.org
724-794-3686 office; 805-312-3042 cell
Klug is accepting private students and offers the Moeller Method
You've read about
him in Modern Drummer Magazine, may even recognize those beats in
recordings with Herbie Hancock, Lee Oskar, Andre Crouch, to name
Now, you can call Doug Klug to put some of that pro touch on your
next track. "I would like to help artists and producers save
money when they think their project will benefit from a pro session
player who's familiar with programming and has experience in both
live and studio work. It's amazing how easy life becomes when you
can read music and play to click track as well as I do. Plus, I
have the ability to play in just about any genre of music,"
Catch Klug's drumming live (Sanatana and Beatles covers) every Tuesday
at his club, Jam Jam (On Western 2 blocks North of Beverly Blvd.,
and Elmwood). For
complete references or to book Doug Klug, please call (310) 204-9027.
Love Is In
Happy 10th Anniversary to Steve
and Sharon Parr who'll celebrate in Texas Grand style in September
-- sorry we're going to miss the party...here's to the next 10 Mr
It's A Girl!
Congrats to Lulo and Delvis for their beautiful daughter Vera Perez.
According to her dad, ....She's the "Best Production of the
As usual we
want to finish with a quote and the image of inspiration...
The Rolling Stones have revealed the entire list of musical acts
to include Black Eyed Peas, Beck, Jason Mraz, Alanis Morissette,
Pearl Jam, Maroon 5 who will open for them during the 2005 dates
of their "A Bigger Bang" World Tour.
is part of a movie, game or web experience. The packaging is no
longer relevant, etc. Just the MP3 matters and those are close to
the overarching story here might be that, for a brief hundred years
(the late 1800's to now-ish) songs and recordings became vastly
overvalued and that now they are returning to their long-standing
past value of "very little." Even if you buy into iTunes'
rosiest projections for future sales, by the end of the decade,
if CD sales disappear, total music sales will be one eighth to one
tenth what they are today. Recorded music is becoming nearly free
under any scenario."
---Eric Godtland, manager of Third Eye Blind
Still Rolling...It's only Rock and Roll but I like it,
I like it, Yes I Do!!!
Charlie Watts, Keith Richards,
Mick Jagger, and Ron Wood.
Until next month, Dance Like Nobody's Looking