Doubt, It's Love
Guitarist On Daiking Toys
No Doubt guitarist Tom Dumont and Geoff Daking discuss Matt Costa's
"Songs We Sing" which was engineered by Dumont using the
Daking Mic Pre/EQ.
Tom Dumont has
experienced success in the pop music world that only a small percentage
of musicians can realize. Since 1988, Dumont has been a guitarist
and principal songwriter for the unique pop/rock band No Doubt.
As such, he participated in penning and performing some of the past
decade's biggest Billboard successes.
having evolved into a multi-instrumentalist as well as a producer/engineer,
is touring as a bass player with Matt Costa, a young singer/songwriter
supporting Jack Johnson for 35 amphitheater dates throughout America
and Canada this summer. Oh, and yes, Dumont also happens to be the
producer and engineer for Costa's debut full-length CD entitled
"Songs We Sing." There's no doubt that Dumont prefers
to stay busy.
No Doubt released a bunch of stuff and toured the U.S. for 20 shows
in the summer," Dumont recalls. "We put out a greatest
hits CD, a rarities CD, and a live concert DVD." It was up
until then that the musical activities of No Doubt always filled
Dumont's plate. Soon after, Dumont expanded the realm of his career
by producing and recording Costa, whose indie-credible and legitimately
buzzed-about music is drawing fans like flies to flypaper.
Even in the
early days, Dumont was the band's unofficial recording studio enthusiast.
"I've always been the guy interested in the studio side of
things," he explains. "As we started to work on our breakthrough
album "Tragic Kingdom," our record label bought us a small
studio setup for demo purposes. We soundproofed the garage and bought
a Fostex half-inch 16-track machine and a little Tascam 16-input
mixer. We spent hours in the garage recording demos. I really enjoyed
all aspects of the recording process and especially enjoyed hearing
a song take shape in recorded form."
albums sold and a couple of years later, Dumont came off the road
and became enamoured with hard disc recording. "Since then
I have built up a cool little home studio with just enough nice
gear to make good recordings," he modestly offers. "Our
last studio record "Rock Steady" was originally demo'd
in my home studio and many of those recordings were in the final
mixes. That's something I'm proud of."
is built around a Digidesign Pro Tools|HD workstation and features
an "old but nice" RAMSA mixing board used for monitoring
While there are plenty of less expensive microphones and gear that,
according to Dumont, "can sound great for certain things if
the integral recording signal paths of vocals and guitars almost
always feature a Manley Reference Microphone and Dumont's beloved
Mic Pre/EQ and FET Compressor II.
Upon a suggestion
from a friend - a knowledgeable "studio gear head" - Dumont
tried his first Daking gear. "Usually all the best stuff is
spread through word of mouth." In this case, his friend's word
was right on the money. "It's difficult for me to be descriptive
about the Daking gear without resorting to the usual clichés,"
warns Dumont. "Cheaper stuff can be made to sound warm and
crisp. The Daking stuff is warm and crisp, but with a certain smoothness
and character that sounds like great old records to me.
Housed in a
sturdy steel chassis, the Daking Mic-Pre/EQ is a mono microphone
pre-amplifier featuring all-discrete transistor circuitry, transformer-balanced
inputs and outputs, and Class A amplifiers. Each EQ band offers
five stepped frequencies and continuously variable boost and cut.
All relay switching is provided via gold bi-furcated contacts, and
mute and bypass controls are remote-controllable. Switchable phantom
power as well as a 20dB pad is available.
the original Daking FET Compressor, the mono FET Compressor II includes
a new internal switch to allow active gain makeup through console
applications as well as bypass ability in line level rig applications.
The Class A compressor also features discrete transistor circuitry,
transformer-balanced inputs and output, switch selectable and repeatable
parameters, seven release time constraints, and a three function
Vu meter. A link feature for use with stereo units is also included.
Mic-Pre/EQ gives a very appealing edge to the music," Dumont
explains. "When I dial in a frequency, I can really hear it
interacting with the sound at hand. It reacts just as I want it
to, and it's smooth while still having a ballsy rock edge to it.
With the compressor, I really like that I can easily use the bypass
to check what it's doing to the sound and love having the flexibility
of the makeup gain knob at the end of the line."
For more info on Daking products, 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
Heartfelt performances by Aaron Neville, Harry Connick, Faith Hill
help raise funds for victims
Wynton Marsalis (second from left above), and a jazz band joined
Harry Connick Jr. to perform Bourbon Street Parade to
open NBC's benefit concert. September
second's program was the first of several TV benefits planned through
Sept NBC and the five other major commercial broadcast networks,
along with PBS, plan to unite on September 9th for a special. The
same night, BET aired a benefit. And on Sept. 10, the MTV networks
aired a special.
A Concert for
Hurricane Relief, a heartfelt and dignified benefit aired
on NBC and other networks, took an unexpected turn thanks to the
outspoken rapper Kanye West. Appearing two-thirds through the program,
he claimed George Bush doesnt care about black people
and said America is set up to help the poor, the black people,
the less well-off as slow as possible.
show, simulcast from New York on NBC, MSNBC, CNBC and Pax, was aired
live to the East Coast, enabling the Grammy-winning rappers
outburst to go out uncensored. As the show came to a close, host
Matt Lauer noted that emotions in this country right now are
running very high. Sometimes that emotion is translated into inspiration,
sometimes into criticism. Weve heard some of that tonight.
But its still part of the American way of life.
Get on board
Nov 2, 2005 two shows
During the 2005
Home Theater Cruise will be stopping at several locations in the
Eastern Caribbean. The cruise was conceived by David Bott, a home
theater enthusiast, and this year is being produced by Home Theater
Cruise, LLC., a company formed by Bott, co-founder of AVS Forum,
and Gary Reber, founder, publisher, and editor-in-chief of Widescreen
What can you
expect? First and foremost-a deluxe cruise aboard Carnival Cruise
Lines magnificent superliner MS Carnival Glory. In addition to luxurious
cabins and fine dining, you'll find no less than 20 bars and clubs
with venues from Jazz to a Piano Bar. This beautiful ship also offers
you use of a full health club facility with a complete range of
equipment at no extra charge! If you find yourself in need of some
special pampering, there is an onboard spa offering, at additional
charges, a variety of services which include massages and our fave,
All your meals
are taken care of and exotic drinks are only a "snap"
away. Evening entertainment includes first-rate shows and nightclubs
that line the main deck. This year entertainment is offered by non
other than the original pop/funk masters, Grammy Award winning R&B
Super Group, Rufus.
Best known for their Gold & Platinum chart topping hits Aint
Nobody, Tell Me Something Good, and Sweet
Thing with vocalist / diva, CHAKA KHAN, is touring with original
Founding Musicians and Grammy Award Winners; Andre Fischer &
Bobby Watson. Also included are Niki Haris, Jeff Leib Lee Curreri,
Fred Jenkins, Donna Taylor, Kandace Lindsay and Romeo Johnson who
continue the RUFUS musical legacy of original Neo Soul, bridging
old school with hip-hip, jazz, pop, and funky rock.
(Natalie Cole, Brenda Russell and Michael Franks); Bobby Watson
(Michael Jackson, Rene Moore and Angela Winbush) are joined by ALL-STAR
Harris: fantastic vocalist who has extensively recorded and toured
with Madonna and was featured in her film Truth or Dare; Romeo Johnson
(Janet & Michael Jackson vocalist), Kandace Lindsay (Super vocalist
who appears regularly with Marc Anthony), Donna Taylor (Chanteuse,
vocalist with Burt Bacarach and Elvis Costello), Lee Curreri (Gifted
film composer, keyboardist, producer who regularly appeared and
performed on the television series Fame), Fred Jenkins (Groove master
& original recording with the Gap Band) and Jeff Leib
(Master keyboardist formerly with Keb Mo).
Studio Reopens A
Place's Studio A got a complete floorplan remodel, according
to manager Kit. They raised the ceiling, opened it up, retained
the 3 iso booths with a Yamaha C7. The control room still offers
a SSL 9K with a full ProTools HD rig. Recent clients include: Nathan
East, Prince, John Fields, DAngelo and Mandy Moore. Glenwood
is also pleased to announce that Abe Senna, formally of The Enterprise,
has joined the studio as Chief Tech. For availability please call
Kit Rebhun, Studio Manager Glenwood Place at 818 260 9555 or email
Studio A (NEVE 8068) hosted Clear Channel's Stripped-
with Kanye West. Engineer/Producer Steve Remote and Verve Records'
Liz Wright recently overdubbing with engineer Kevin Killen. Pat
Martino recently recording for Blue Note.
(SSL9000J) -- Russ Titelman recently in overdubbing with new
artist Jim Campilongo. Avatar's Anthony Ruotolo engineered. Avenue
Q cast recording mixed by Jason Stasium. Steve Oremus producer,
assisted by Jim Keller. Jim Anderson mixing album by Gonzalo Rubalcaba,
assisted by Brian Montgomery.
(NEVE-VRP72) -- Elliot
Scheiner has been busy mixing Donald Fagen, assisted by Brian
Montgomery. Producer Luke Gottwald recently cutting tracks for Pink,
with Avatar engineer Ross Petersen, assisted by Chad Lupo. Kim Burrell
overdubbing a vocal for a Stevie Wonder album with Avatar engineer
Anthony Ruotolo, assisted by Jim Keller. Stevie Wonder produced
live via ISDN connection to Capitol Studios.
(SSL4000G+) Engineer Dick Baxter recently in doing narrations
for the Metropolitan Opera Guild. Producer Paul Gruber, assisted
by Aya Takemura. Composer Frank Catanzaro overdubbing for ABC Football
theme with engineer Larry Alexander, assistd by Chad Lupo. Jimmy
Douglas doing overdubs and mixing with rapper Matisyahu for Epic
Eddie Jackson assisted.
Fred Kevorkian mastered an upcoming releases by Hillary Johnson
and Ari Hest.
Enrollment for the winter semester at Berkleemusic.com begins September
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
of an existing run of the mill studio facility into one that can
satisfy the demands of high-end users is a tricky business. Sound
isolation needs to be improved, a difficult task when building from
scratch, but even harder when incorporating pre-existing elements.
Just as difficult is the enhancement of the acoustic performance
inside built spaces with given proportions and dimensions. Also
to be considered are the aesthetic concerns apparent in a facility
that was apparently never designed with any architectural approach
Boom Boom Room was facing these challenges, and the main concern
was to find the right mix between keeping existing portions of the
building, while rebuilding and remodeling other parts," says
Peter Grueneisen, AIA nonzero\architecture. The final result is
a complete interior and exterior renovation in an existing 5,000
square foot building which had previously been converted from a
dry cleaning business to a medium level post-production and sound
of the common areas and lounges, and the addition of large skylights
has led to a light-filled and pleasant interior environment. The
creative application of corrugated plastic sheets and Homasote paneling
allowed for various degrees of privacy and a unique appearance within
a tightly controlled budget. A simple re-organization of the reception
and main lounge area vastly improved security and user-friendliness
of the entire facility.
of solid block walls and landscaping around the building and the
re-organization of the parking layout yielded a secluded and private
garden court and an improved entrance sequence.
Studio A needed particular attention, and the control and mix room
was partially rebuilt, with higher ceilings, a longer footprint
and a completely new acoustic design. As the studio's name indicates,
the sonic properties of the main room were not meant for the faint-hearted.
Both the room itself and its equipment are now able to handle very
high levels and very low frequencies to please a demanding and discerning
clientele. The recording space and the remaining studio suites were
rebuilt within their shells, but with a revamped and improved acoustic
interior and new finishes throughout," adds Grueneisen.
The result of
all this work is a truly reinvented and reborn facility that can
please and hold up to the standards of the world's best recording
artists and engineers.
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 multi-faceted 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,
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Mar Vista Home with Recording Studio - $839,000
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of 3 bedroom, 2 bath home is bright with wood floors throughout
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The studio is
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Studio with the following equipment : Pro-Tools HD2 workstation
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for detailed list of equipment).
Studio in The Big Apple For Sale
Located in the
highly desirable NOHO area of Manhattan and Custom-designed by renowned
acoustic designer Francis Manzella of FM Design, the studio was
highlighted in MIX MAGAZINEs Best New Rooms issue
since its construction in '94. . With its beautiful studio finishing
and solid construction, the studio is considered world-class; yet
its moderate size of 1,500 square feet allows an individual or small
group to operate a profitable business without taking on the strain
of a massive overhead. It provides music recording and audio post
There are two
sale options available. The facility can be purchased as without
equipment, or it can be purchased as a Turnkey Studio Package.
Studio Package (reduced to $125K) equipment includes: Pro Tools
24 Mix Plus, Otari MTR-90 MKII 24-track 2-inch recorder, Soundtracs
console, Tannoy & Yamaha speakers, Hot House amps, Neumann U87,
vintage gear including Urei 1176LN Blackface, API rack, & DBX
compressors; other gear by Lexicon, Sennheiser and AKG.
For price details
and more information, call us at 818-990-3031.
Orchestra Sessions Made Affordable
Want a real
orchestra but don't have the budget to hire top players or a nice
stage in the big city? Enter the new on-line age and do it real-time
with a top orchestra/conductor from the heart of Prague, without
having to leave the comfort of your home studio!
founder/composer/arranger, Steve Salani, budgeting and booking your
recording sessions couldn't be easier. Simply call a few weeks in
advance of your preferred scoring date to schedule your session
time (typically one hour of session time is required for 3-4 minutes
of finished music). You will be receive a session contract (PDF
file) via email which must be returned with 50% deposit to hold
the session date.
You may attend
the session at OrchestraNet's Los Angeles studio, or work from any
location of your choice using the SESSION application for Mac OS
X (broadband internet access required). In either case, you can
monitor the orchestra in stereo, view the orchestra during performance,
and control the monitor mix in realtime, including up to 24 tracks
of live orchestra plus click and prerecorded tracks. You will speak
directly to the conductor during the session to provide instructions
or make changes.
If you are using
the SESSION application in your own studio you will speak with the
conductor via phone call to Los Angeles. One week prior to your
recording date, OrchestraNet will conduct a test to insure that
your computer and network are properly configured for the application,
then they will provide an FTP account for you to upload music and
other files needed for the session. They ask to receive your scores
and parts (PDF files) 48 hours before the session. Please refer
to our online
notation guidelines for very important music formatting information.
Call Jennifer Goldstein
Orchestra.Net for more info 310-392-4756
Elfman's Corpse Bride Mastered By FourStar
In session: Danny Elfman and mastering
engineer Patricia Sullivan FourStar.
Photo: David Goggin.
Film composer Danny Elfman, recently mastered the soundtrack album
for director Tim Burton's new film, Corpse
Bride, at Bernie Grundman Mastering with Patricia
Sullivan FourStar. Elfman has previously composed scores
for Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Big Fish, Planet
of the Apes, Sleepy Hollow, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and
Batman Returns. The film opened nationwide on September 23.Bernie
Grundman Mastering -- 323.465.6264
Move Closer to the Mainstream
By Jake Coyle,
As the CMJ
Music Marathon - the Sundance of rock 'n' roll - descended on
New York late September, hundreds of unknown indie bands got their
shot at fame.
Lately, their odds are a little better. With the success of groups
like Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse and Bright Eyes, indie rock
is seeping into the mainstream - a mixed blessing for a genre that
prides itself on being underground.
been a real zeitgeist in the last couple years with kids and shy,
quiet indie rock bands who are connecting with people en masse,"
says Death Cab guitarist Chris Walla.
who fronted the quintessential '90s indie band Pavement, is now
a solo artist. "I started when it was still college rock,"
he says. "It seems to have become more institutionalized in
big cities ... I'm glad to be a part of it."
is blended into TV shows like "The O.C.," movie soundtracks
like the upcoming "Elizabethtown" and a healthy amount
of commercials. Unlike sellout-conscious Kurt Cobain wannabes, today's
indie fans are mostly rooting for the success of the music - and
often exasperated at the relative anonymity of their favorite band.
Portman says of the Shins in "Garden State": "They'll
change your life."
independent scene has come to the fore," says Bobby Haber,
founder and CEO of CMJ, or College Media Journal. "I think
it's a watershed moment."
fifth album, "Plans," has sold 128,000 copies in two weeks
after debuting at No. 4. Modest Mouse's "Good News for People
Who Love Bad News" has gone platinum. Last November, singer-songwriter
Connor Oberst's band, Bright Eyes, had two songs top the Billboard
singles chart - knocking out a duet by Usher and Alicia Keys and
sending the indie rock world into a tailspin.
"Universe reveals plan to self-destruct," wrote Ryan Schreiber
arguably the critical epicenter of indie music.
like alternative music in the early '90s, is a vague term meant
to characterize progressive, underground rock 'n' roll.
to mean, especially in the late '80s, early '90s, that you were
on an indie label like Matador or Sub Pop," says Sia Michel,
editor-in-chief of Spin magazine. Now, she says, the term defines
a specific sound, "this kind of smart, but tuneful and passionate
kind of rock music."
which was focused on grunge and anti-corporate anger, indie rock
is a much broader sound that can incorporate forms of folk, country
and electronica - but is mostly in the tradition of groups like
Velvet Underground and Talking Heads.
bands also rarely have the desire for cultural change like alternative
acts did. "There is NOTHING about what we're doing that screams
cultural revolution," Walla says.
more acceptance of the corporate world. Though they still carry
the indie flag, Death Cab, Modest Mouse and semi-indies like Franz
Ferdinand and the Killers are all signed to major labels.
ago, an indie rock band wouldn't have been caught dead being signed
to a major," says Nic Harcourt, host of the influential radio
show "Morning Becomes Eclectic" on Los Angeles' KCRW.
Today, "the sensibility is more of an aesthetic than it is
"It's almost seen as kind of cool to score an iPod commercial."
which, iTunes and Internet downloads have made it easier for music
fans to connect with underground artists. For Postal Service (a
collaboration of Death Cab's Ben Gibbard and Dntel's Jimmy Tamborello)
Sub Pop received more than 4 million downloads of "Such Great
Heights" through MySpace.com. The album, "Give Up,"
has now sold over 650,000 copies, the label's biggest seller since
Then there are
TV and movies, which are often being created by young people who
like indie bands. The long-haired, reverb-heavy My Morning Jacket
are featured in Cameron Crowe's upcoming film "Elizabethtown,"
and Aqueduct's quirky lo-fi can currently be heard behind pictures
of plush Jaguars.
If there's one
band iconic of the scene, it's Arcade Fire. Hailing from Montreal,
a bastion of indiedom, their debut, "Funeral," blew away
critics and has sold over 200,000 discs.
they're like the best band, period," says Carl Newman, frontman
of the New Pornographers, echoing the feelings of many indie rockers.
Some point to
Arcade Fire as the obvious candidate to sell like Modest Mouse.
that (indie rock) is strange, it's not that bizarre - it's simply
a little ahead of its time," says Haber. "In late 1978,
the Police sounded pretty strange ... but six months later, it was
on Top 40 radio with `Roxanne."'
Death Cab's switch to Atlantic (from indie Barsuk) in part to the
creative contract they were offered. He says some majors are starting
to rethink their role, turning away from "producing" bands
in favor of simply distributing them.
So are majors
now trying to sign "the next Death Cab"?
of a sudden, that becomes the flavor of the month and all the labels
want to sign a band like Death Cab for Cutie, then we're onto the
next cycle of alternative rock and it's dead as soon as they start
it," says radio host Harcourt. "So I hope not."
Art, Religion, Music and Architecture
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.
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.
of Letterman's Late Show to Host 21st Annual Tec Awards
Beyond his widely
visible weeknight gig with Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra, Will
Lee is one of the music industrys most in-demand performers,
having toured and recorded with many of the worlds leading
pop, rock and jazz artists. He has toured with Horace Silver, Bette
Midler, Barry Manilow, the Brecker Brothers and others, and recorded
with hundreds of artists, from Ringo Starr, Frank Sinatra, Carly
Simon, and Steely Dan to George Benson, Mariah Carey, Natalie Cole
and Luther Vandross. He has one solo project, OH!, to his credit,
and has also recorded a tribute to Charlie Parker called BirdHouse,
with his pianist father and other jazz artists.
honored to have Will serving as the host of our upcoming show in
New York, says Mix Foundation president Hillel Resner. Not
only is he a local luminary and one of the top bass players in the
world, but his sense of humor and experience in the industry make
him the ideal host for the TEC Awards. Resner points out that
Lee has recorded no less than 26 projects with renowned producer
Arif Mardin (Aretha Franklin, Bette Midler, Norah Jones), who will
be inducted into the TEC Hall of Fame by Atlantic Records founder
Ahmet Ertegun during the nights festivities. Also to be honored
is Talking Heads founder David Byrne, who will receive the prestigious
Les Paul Award from the legendary Les Paul, himself.
The TEC Awards,
to be held on Saturday, October 8 at the New York Marriott Marquis,
the worlds foremost awards event recognizing achievements
of recording and sound professionals.
the TEC Awards support hearing health programs of the House Ear
Institute of Los Angeles and Hearing Education Awareness for Rockers
(H.E.A.R.) of San Francisco, as well as numerous audio scholarship
Hall Of Fame
Ceremony in NYC Pays Tribute To Eighty Years of Audio Innovations
The Mix Foundation
for Excellence in Audio, presenters of the Technical Excellence
and Creativity (TEC) Awards, will induct 15 innovations and products
into the 2005 TECnology Hall of Fame. The awards will be presented
on Friday, October 7, at the 119th Audio Engineering Society Convention
at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center . "The 2005 TECnology
Hall of Fame inductees exemplify some real revolutions in the way
audio has been recorded and reproduced, from the introduction of
microphones and electronics into the recording process in 1925 to
the first affordable digital mixing boards some 60 years later."
says Mix editorial director, George Petersen. Noteworthy innovations
include the RCA 44 Ribbon Microphone, the Ampex ATR-102 Mastering
Recorder and Dolby Stereo Theater Surround. There is also a high
number of electronic musical instruments represented, including
the Minimoog synthesizer, the Fairlight CMI (Computer Musical Instrument),
the Linn LM-1 drum machine and the MIDI standard.
For ticket information
call Karen Dunn at (510) 985-3263, e-mail Karen@tecawards.org,
or visit www.mixfoundation.org.
Music Machine: The Unwritten Rules of the Country Music Business
by Dan Daley
and journalist Daley has written an insider's book that hits the
nail on the head: country music is a big money maker, with Nashville
as the focal point, but to succeed you must follow some "unwritten
rules." Daley points out that in spite of dollar signs everywhere,
Southern qualms about social propriety dictate that you don't talk
about money, you just make it. To this end, successful songwriters,
producers, music publishers, and musicians in Nashville have learned
the rules he sets down here. Daley claims that even outsiders can
learn to play this game. Order
it from Amazon
Music: 25 Years of Lunching with Legends
A must have for your studio lounge coffee table! Mr. Bonzai takes
you through the inner sanctums of the recording industry to meet
artists, producers, and engineers who have shaped some of modern
music. Over 400 photographs, many never-before published, and 160
interviews with popular music artists and engineers/producers including
Jimmy Buffet, Ed Cherney, Leonard Cohen, Devo, Geoff Emerick, Peter
Gabriel, Herbie Hancock, Eddie Kramer, k.d. lang, David Lynch, George
Massenburg, George Martin, Robert Moog, Willie Nelson, Phil Ramone,
Carlos Santana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Al Schmitt, Bruce Swedien,
Don Was, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, and Frank Zappa.
Order at Amazon.com
today and hear an audio version of the Mr B's interview with Mark
O'Devo and a new organcentric version of "Whip It!" Mr.
Bonzai will be at the Thomson Course Technology PTR / Artist Pro
booth, number 775, on Friday and Saturday October 7th and 8th at
2 PM to sign copies of the book at AES. Books will be on sale and
will feature a 25 % discount for the duration of the AES show. Champagne
will be served. Such a deal!
What used to be Quad Studio's Penthouse is now Tainted
Blue Productions. The space was recently purchased by Andrew
Koss and partner, Patrick Shaw. Tainted Blue hired Lawrence Swist
and Evenfall Acoustics to balance the tracking room and create a
phenomenon in live sound.
Koss and Shaw
took a look at the space with its storied history (past clients
include: Paul McCartney, Elton John, David Bowie, Mariah Carey)
and decided to give it the sonic and aesthetic makeover it deserved,
bringing back the big space intrigue with the cutting edge digital
recording technology plus the vintage gear.
nominated studio in Lexington, KY
A unique outlook on the recording industry
of Will Parks and his 26-year-old recording engineer son John, the
Parks believe that "enhancing musicians creative output"
is job one at the newly built studio that boasts guest accommodations
akin to a luxury hotel. Saint Claire's "retreat" complex
was completed at a cost upwards of $3 million. The center-piece
of Saint Claire's spacious control room is an 80 input SSL 9000J
mixing console. All- digital recording is done via industry standard
Pro Tools HD3 and RADAR systems. Rounding out the studio's extensive
equipment array are pieces from NEVE, Tube-Tech, Lexicon, API, and
UREI. Equally impressive is the main tracking room which features
18 foot ceilings and 4 isolation booths. "I wanted to build
a facility here in Kentucky to compete with major studios all over
the country," says John Parks. "The people who reap the
greatest rewards are those who stick their necks out and do the
unbelievable," says John
The Hollywood Cat (THC) Spotted.. in Bankok, Thailand, USSR &
back at Nashville?!
Thanks to our
friends Marina V, Nick, Duke and Isabelle for the inspiring Intl.
Monastery in Moscos, MariaV & Nick, Big Star at Ardent, Nashville
GuitarViols" features guitar duo Jonathan "TogaMan"
Wilson of Bowed
Guitar (recently featured in Guitar Player Magazine Oct issue)
and fellow GitViol Player Oscar Islas; literally two GuitarViols!
"We are having a great time and adding drums, percussion &
Bass, polishing our set and hope to record and gig in the near future.
It is difficult to peg our music. It falls somewhere between Led
Zep and smooth jazz," says the TogaMan.
Keith Maples; Granian, Chloe White,
(above L), a young emerging guitar virtuoso in the tradition of
Joe Satriani and John McLaughlin, wowed audiences with a TogaMan
GuitarViol with his band at the Young Artist Awards April 30th 2005.
Garen of Granian
has a new site and is even getting some podcast
love..The Scene Zine, Accident Hash, and many many more podcasters
have been playing Granian. NJ's Modern Rock Station G106.3
has begun spinning "Mark My Words"... Keep Calling 1-866-76-G-ROCK.
Mark My Words was also added to several other Major Radio Playlists
in Beckley, WV. Check Granian for tourdates and more...The guys
even donate ALL PROFITS from CD Sales at CDBaby
will for the next two weeks to the Red Cross to help the victims
of Hurricane Katrina.
self-produced CD, L'epanouissement's sales will go to the Red Cross
disaster relief fund to aid the hurricane victims. Visit her at
You can find a list of all the musicians donating their profits
to the RED CROSS by going to www.cdbaby.com and clicking "for
thousands of artists coming together to make this effort, I believe
it will help a LOT of people to put their lives back together after
this disaster," says White.
Check two shows
Eyes 10/23 San Francisco, CA. Red Devil lounge and
11/11 Hollywood, CA. Viper Room. Between shows, Pete is recording
" Fumbling With The Covers " The Naked Eyes acoustic album.
It will be released in January.
recently taped an epsiode of the Pepsi/Yahoo! Music-sponsored Internet
series "100 Concerts in 100 days," a show that follows
the adventures of Dave & Shappy, a pair of buddies travelling
across the US for 100 days watching concerts. Hypnogaja was featured
in day 72 of the show. Visit the link below to view the episode,
which features a live clip of "Normal on the Outside."
The Below Sunset tour has been extended until early November. Check
the tour page regularly for new dates.
Big Star was
honored last year with the first annual Heroes Award presented by
the Memphis Chapter of the Recording Academy. The band co-produced
the new Rykodisc album with Jeff Powell (of Afghan Whigs fame),
who also engineered with assistant Adam Hill. The CD recorded at
Ardent is slated for release on September 27.
Weep not that the world changes - did it keep a stable, changeless
state, it were a cause indeed to weep.
--William C. Bryant
Until next month, Dance Like Nobody's Looking