MKV Lands On Hell's Half Acre from Legendary Guitarist Martin Stephenson
Ramseur's "Hell's Half Acre" with Martin Stephenson (left)
and Jim Hornsby utilized SoundField MKV for extraordinary
location recording authenticity; Stephenson of Dintees
in and around the one-stoplight town of Midland, North Carolina
know it better as "Hell's Half Acre." It earned its colorful
name during the 1930's, when an unusually large concentration of
moonshine stills attracted a rough bunch of hellions to the town.
The old hellions begot little hellions, and Midland stayed true
to its nickname for decades after prohibition ended.
It was against that storied backdrop that the legendary English
guitarist Martin Stephenson decided to record an album on the porch
and in the kitchen of Ramseur Records owner and engineer Dolph Ramseur's
Midland home. The album is called "Hell's Half Acre."
perhaps best known for his post-punk band, the Daintees, which were
contemporaries of U2, Echo & the Bunnymen, and The Smiths, but
he is most loved for his quieter, more intimate work that continues
to this day.
In recent years, Stephenson became enchanted with the endemic music
of North Carolina and wrote a beautiful album's worth of songs inspired
by the region.
native Ramseur was happy to release the album on his label, which
is distributed by Sony Red, provided they could record it with an
authenticity that no studio production could deliver. A location-recording
enthusiast, Ramseur suggested they use the ambience of his rural
home, and Stephenson happily agreed.
With the location
set and passion for the project running high, Ramseur researched
stereo microphones with the hope of upgrading his system. "I
only do location recordings, and I wanted a single microphone that
sounded amazing and that would be simple to set up," he explained.
"Everything pointed to the SoundField
MKV. The reviews were great so I arranged to get a demo from
While its use
is simple, any explanation of the SoundField MKV tends toward the
technical. The single microphone actually contains multiple capsules
that capture all three dimensions of an acoustical event and transmit
that information to a proprietary decoder in SoundField's "B-Format."
The B-Format signal contains ALL of the sound source's dimensional
Since every microphone pattern and stereo/surround format is simply
a special case where some dimensional information is kept and some
is discarded, the B-Format signal can be processed after the fact
(by discarding some of its information) to generate any microphone
pickup pattern or stereo/surround output that the user desires.
While the possibilities
of the SoundField MKV system are heady, Ramseur used a more important
organ to find his sound. "I know that the MKV has a lot of
different capabilities, figure-8, cardioid, surround, and so on,
but I threw all of that out the window and let my ears guide me.
I moved things a little bit while they were setting up, but I quickly
found what sounded right and didn't need to tinker with it after
his musician friends (including famed UK acoustic guitarist Jim
Hornsby) first gathered around the MKV on Ramseur's eight-foot by
forty-foot front porch. Ramseur set up his Alesis Masterlink two-channel
recorder with a pair of trusty headphones about twenty feet away
and let the feel of the place wash over the musicians and into the
"We taped birds, bugs, cars going down the road, and even a
thunderstorm. All of those ambient noises were absolutely beautiful
in the SoundField. There are five or six cars going by on the record
and you definitely hear them. The recording has a context that you
can practically feel."
But not all
ambient noises proved a blessing. "The recording was made in
the summer of 2004, which coincided with the hatching of 17-year
Ramseur laughed. "I don't know if you've ever heard those cicadas
when they get going, but there were times that it felt like we were
recording in a jungle! We had to stop seven or eight times and wait
for them to quiet down."
was recorded in one pass with no overdubs, Ramseur effectively mixed
each song by moving the musicians around the MKV.
Depending on the effect they were going for, it only took a shift
of a few feet closer or farther to achieve a pleasant, natural balance.
"Martin and Jim have recorded in some of the best studios in
the world," said Ramseur, "and they could tell right off
the bat that the sound was authentic. We had the sweet spot, and
it wasn't hard to find. I couldn't believe how easy it was to pull
Martin in just a little bit and bam, we had it!
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Aguilera picked up the 'Best Female Vocal Pop Performance' award
for 'Ain't No Other Man' at the 2007 Grammy Awards earlier in February.
Co-written by Aguilera, the albums sexy, upbeat first single
Aint No Other Man was produced by Christina and DJ Premier.
Recorded at Chalice
Studios in Los Angeles, it strikes a vintage sound, which perfectly
balances the old and the new and features mixes from Kardinal Beats
(Destinys Child, Pink) and FULL PHAT (Rhianna, Usher).
a concept album that follows a bold, set vision, says Christina.
The touchstones are Billie Holiday, Otis Redding, Etta James
and Ella Fitzgerald.... what I used to call my fun music
when I was a little girl.
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Expresso Cat Walk On The Red Carpet With Grammy Moments You Didn't
See or Hear...
The Staple center in Los Angeles was transformed into a multi-mega-studio
on testosterone in preparation for the 49th Grammy®
Award broadcast on Feb 11. All of us witnessed Dixie Chicks
become toast of town by taking five Grammys for "Record...,"
"Album..." and "Song of the Year."
"My Grammy Moment" winner, the new music darling, Robyn
Troup revealed backstage that it's her birthday and added that she
looked at Blige the entire time she was performing with Timberlake
to avoid getting nervous. "Blige's face was warm and welcoming,"
Everyone enjoyed the reunion performances by the Police
kicking it off in high gear with the Chicks, Mary J. Blige, Red
Hot Chili Peppers, Gnarls Barkley; medleys by Corinne Bailey Rae,
John Legend and John Mayer; Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts (in
tribute to Bob Wills and The Eagles) and more....
What was not seen by most, however, is how the largest night of
music goes on the air. studioexpresso went behind the scene to bring
you the stories not seen or heard.
While the star-studded performances, the party atmosphere and swag
bags provided by sponsors took center stage, we decided to put the
spotlight on the men and women of sound and picture who lift the
heavy weight. Oh yeah, we had to climb into remote trucks, high-strung
production rooms, roam the green and red artist lounges and even
got close and personal with the colosseum-scaled
stage and hall to bring you the knots and bolts of what it takes
to blast off a Grammy show into the stratosphere.
Five To Dixie Chics; Party vibe and Giselle Fernandez with the contents
of the 7th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards Gift Bag; "My GRAMMY
Moment" competition winner Robyn Troup and Neil Portnow, President
First of all,
this year The
Recording Academy®, CBS Television Network, and Cossette
Productions combined forces for the three-hour-long broadcast, utilizing
the latest in technology to provide television viewers worldwide
with a cutting-edge, high-definition surround sound event. "The
49th Annual Grammy® Awards marks the fifth year that the telecast
has been broadcast in HDTV/5.1 surround sound, states Neil
Portnow, President of The Recording Academy®. According to Portnow,
each year the bar is raised on the overall production, particularly
on the audio quality of the telecast. "We are moving to total
HDTV/5.1 broadcast in 2009, so this years show once again
helped set the stage for that transition and further extended the
boundaries of broadcast television," says Portnow.
L-R: Maureen Droney, Executive Director of the
P&E Wing; Phil Ramone, who also won a GRAMMY for his production
work with Tony Bennett; Ron Fair, Chairman - Geffen & President
- A&M (conducted orchestra for Mary J. Blige); Ken Ehrlich,
executive producer; Glenn Lorbecki, P&E Wing Co-Chairman; Jack
Joseph Puig, VP A&R - Geffen/A&M and a multiple award winner
producer/engineer. Music Mixers John Harris, Eric Schilling with
Phil Ramone, Chairman Emeritus of the Recording Academy's Producers
& Engineers Wing (P&E Wing), who supervised the broadcast
audio right before airtime. Courtesy of The Recording Academy®
Photograph by John Shearer /WireImage ©2007
At the helm
of the Grammy Awards' technical staff are two audio pioneers, co-supervising
the audio broadcast -- multi-Grammy producer, Phil Ramone (Chairman
Emeritus of the Recording Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing)
and Hank Neuberger (advisory council member of the P&E Wing).
"We are very proud that our members help contribute to the
overall production of the show, says Portnow.
Ramone and Tom Holmes, the production sound mixer (Ed Green handled
this last year) sit in
the production truck. Holmes is the last person in
chain before the sound goes out to the masses for the LT/RT feed.
He does the mix for all the production elements -- dialog, music
stems ATPB & audience reaction and sweetening. "We
created the 18-hours of rehearsal format which helps us manage the
complex operation and enhance the audience listening experience
in stereo and surround," says Neuberger.
Holmes, Sound Mixer;
Audience Reaction Mixer Klaus Landsberg
technicians we spoke to said that the 49th Annual GRAMMY Awards
was the most complex show to date and featured expanded staging
employing more than a 1000 microphone inputs, a new level of multi-channel
wireless complexity, and elaborate set changes.
trucks including the production truck where Walter Miller sits to
direct the show and the XM
truck (L7 truck utilized Genelec 8200 Series DSP Monitoring Systems)
where the tag-team of music mixers, John Harris and Eric Schilling
sit are linked from the parking space via miles of
snakes to the stage. Here's a sample of audio professionals who
make it all come together. Klaus Landsberg's job is to capture the
audience reaction to events throughout the show and generate a full
surround audio feed (for the XM Productions 5.1 truck) and front
and rear feed for the LT/RT mix. Klaus who also works on the Emmys
and Oscars says next to VMA's this is the biggest music show to
produce. "Anytime, over 110 decibel of sound is pushed onto
the stage floor, you have a lot to watch for," says Landsberg.
(FOH) Production Mixer Mikael Stewart ;One of the lighting team;
Michael Abbott of Splitzville; Music Man Jules Chaikin -- Courtesy
of The Recording Academy® Photograph by Alexandra Wyman/WireImage
sits in the ORB (a dedicated "mirror image" broadcast
truck) and does the sub-mixing of overflow inputs of orchestra that
will be passed to the music and house mixers. Paul Sandweiss in
the XM production OSR 5.1 truck handles all the surround sound mixes.
Don Worsham is in charge of real-time music playback, pre-records,
music and nominee packages. Mikael Stewart and Ron Reaves (ATK Audiotek)
are FOH production mixers. Mike Parker (stage right "A")
and Dave Velte (stage left "B&C") handle the monitor
mixing and Andrew Fletcher & Jeff Peterson are ATK system managers.
of the 49th Annual Grammy HDTV crew during rehearsals; ATPB Mixer
Don Worsham ourtesy of The Recording Academy® Photograph by
Alexandra Wyman/WireImage ©2007
consulting engineer and Recording Academy P&E Wing member Doug
Mountain, the amount of gear used to produce the show is astonishing.
Picture 150 tons of lighting on chained motors suspended from the
ceiling hall illuminating the two-sided stage. Two-weeks of "pre-hang"
or set up is required for the lighting alone. The 11 riggers are
actually experienced (presumably well-insured) climbers who wear
bungee-jumping type harnesses to install 13000 amps that light the
performers and the hall. Fiber optic and LED technology is everywhere
Ateam of graphic artists provide
images for the broadcast; Grammy XML media feed Courtesy of The
Recording Academy® Photograph by Alexandra Wyman/WireImage ©2007
Imagine 10 large screens, 19 high-DEF cameras, 23 stage managers,
150 technicians, and 500 plus microphones all going on-line live!
Backstage, you can bottle the energy...there's continues flow of
cartage crew transporting the prized musical instruments on drum
risers with grace and elegance of a well-choreographed ballet. Much
like Captain Kirk of the Enterprise, exec producers Cossette and
Erlich are strategically situated below center stage in a private
control booth where they can monitor the entire production during
the broadcast. Michael Abott makes audio recommendations and is
the overall audio coordinator for the broadcast working closely
with Erlich and Cossette.
with all the drum risers set, ready to go onstage Courtesy of The
Recording Academy; TV Production Truck where Walter Miller sits
-- Photograph by John Shearer /WireImage 2007
Then there are
extended shows like Musicares. Elliot
Scheiner who has received 16 Grammy Award nominations (five
wins; first took a job working for Phil Ramone in October of 1967)
was in LA helping record Musicare's Person of the year, Don Henley
at the convention center. Elliot's list of credits reads like a
Who's Who in the music business, from Aerosmith to Grover Washington,
Jr. and of coursre, Steely Dan and Donald Fagen. Most
will agree that he's breathed 5.1 life into such great recordings
as The Eagles' Hell Freezes Over and Sting's Brand New Day. We spoke
to super engineer/mixer, Scheiner who was in town to mix the new
Eagles album at Glen Frye's studio in LA. Elliot is also busy producing
couple of unsigned jazz acts back in his private studio which we'll
bring to you as soon as completed.
Vai and Tony Benett Backstage; Phil
Ramone, Tony Bennett, winner Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for
"Duets: An American; ;
Darcy Proper and Elliot Scheiner, winners Best Surround Sound
When asked what
type of preparation is required to get such a huge show off the
ground, Elliot says:
"Hire a good crew and let them do the work." Actually,
according to the vet engineer, he's somewhat new to the live production
scene and that's exactly why he's interested. "We anticipate
there will be breaks in between star studded guest performances.
Each act gets to sing a Henley song with him joining later. Then
there's auctions and other activities around the show. So, it should
keep us nice and busy," says Scheiner. And with Elliot getting
a helping hand from friend, Guy Charbonaugh and Le Mobil remote
truck, you know it's smooth sailing.
Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing puts out Recommendations
For Surround Sound Production which makes interesting reading for
those of you interested.
Jules studioexpresso met up with music vet/contractor Jules
Chaikin in the green room. Jules is a familiar name to stage and
studio managers and ace players in Hollywood. He just finished work
on Michael Buble' CD due out later this year. Jules continues work
with many arrangers and music directors to include: Jeremy Lubbock,
Johnny Mandel, David Foster, Randy Kerber, Michael Melvoin, Roger
Kellaway. You could say that over the past 53 years in the biz Jules
has worked with more artists than you can imagine --from Sinatra
, Bennett, Striesand, Ella, Sass, Carmen, Gerald Wilson, Bacharach,
Herb Alpert, Kenton, Harry James, Beach Boys, Van Dyke Parks, Jefferson
Airplane to so many more it would fill these pages. "Suffice
it to say I have had a very long, productive, successful and fortunate
career here in L.A," says Chaikin who provided the musicians
for the "Gnarls Barkley" Orchestra on the Grammy show
accompanying, Beyonce (strings), John Legend, John Mayer, Corinne
Bailey Rae, Justin Timberlake (strings), Smokey Robinson, Christina
Aguilera, Lionel Ritchie, Chris Brown, Dixie Chicks (strings). Jules
was the man in contact with all of the musicians and groups that
performed. "This was the greatest number of musicians on the
Grammys since I became the show's orchestra contractor some 17 years
ago. Three of the performances required big orchestral set ups (65
+ mic inputs) with a dedicated orchestra mixer. The miking and management
of the audio alone is a monumental task in itself. We had over 200
musicians not including the principal performers, e.g. The Police,
James Blunt, Dixie Chicks, etc," says Jules according to whom
the coordination of rehearsal times was a monumental job handled
by the talent executives. "You can imagine what had to be done
in order to reconcile the various schedules of the performing artists.
And whenever there was a slight schedule change I had to contact
all the musicians that were accompanying any particular act. It
was a very exhausting challenge, especially in light of the size
of the Staples Center and Center Staging, where most of the rehearsals
took place," says Chaikin.
Even after all of these years Jules is still amazed at how well
everything comes off, on time and on budget. "Hail, hail professionalism!!"
he shouts with enthusiasm.
with Johnny Cash & Tom Petty photo: Kevin Estrada Courtesy of
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(323) 882-8340; The record industry titan meditates on a Malibu
beach. (Béatrice de Géa / LAT); Elaine
Martone and her husband Telarc President Bob Woods at the Grammys.
Best Produced And Engineered...The Flaming Lips &
Dave Fridmann both won for "Best Engineered Album"
for At War With The Mystics. Jim Scott and his coconspirators,
Richard Dodd (mastered the album) and Chris Testa
got Grammys for their work on Dixie Chicks' "Not Ready to Make
Nice" and Taking The Long Way. Donald Fagen's Morph The Cat--Elliot
Scheiner (Darcy Proper was surround mastering engineer,
with Fagen serving as surround producer) who won the "Best
Surround Sound Album." Jacques Lu Cont won "Best
Remixed Recording" (Thin White Duke Mix) remix of the Coldplay
single, "Talk." Versatile super-producer, Rick Rubin
(JayZ, Johnny Cash, System of A Down, SemiSonic) who was nominated
four times won this year's producer award for his work with: Taking
The Long Way by Dixie Chicks; Stadium Arcadium by Red
Hot Chili Peppers; American V: A Hundred Highways and God's Gonna
Cut You Down by Johnny Cash; 12 Songs by Neil Diamond and Justin
Timberlake's Future Sexy/Love Sounds.
According to a recent Times article Rubin has such major presence
in the industry that Columbia Records has offered him co-chairmanship
of the label, which would add immense credibility to the company
in the competition for quality artists. Rubin is considering the
move, but no decision has been made, says someone close to him.
For now Rubin is back home after working with U2 in England on two
tracks for the band's latest greatest-hits album and three weeks
vacationing in Hawaii with his fiancée, model Amanda Santos.
Plans had also just been announced for Rubin to team with Kanye
West, the most compelling figure in hip-hop since Eminem, and writer-director
Larry Charles, whose credits range from "Seinfeld" to
"Borat," to develop a fictional comedy series for HBO
based on real incidents in West's life. Also on his immediate schedule:
going in the studio with best-selling rock-rappers Linkin Park and
heavy-metal marvels Metallica.
to Elaine Martone, Senior Vice President of Artist Relations
and Production at Telarc who won a Grammy for Classical Producer
of the Year. I share this honor with the remarkable artists
I have the privilege of producing in classical and jazz, especially
the visionary Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and
Chorus, Paavo Jarvi and the Cincinnati Symphony (both ensembles
are our longtime partners), Ben Zander and the Philharmonia, classical
guitarist David Russell, and jazz pianist Michel Camilo who lends
his amazing talents to Gershwins Rhapsody in Blue
these are the artists that are represented by this award,"
says Martone. Michael Bishop won for Best Engineered album,
classical (Elgar: Enigma Variations; Britten: The Young Person's
Guide To The Orchestra, Four Sea Interludes [Telarc]. Congrats everyone!
Birthday John Williams He turned 75 on Feb 8th and won two Grammy
awards in the Best Soundtrack category for his score to Memoirs
of a Geisha, as well as for Best Instrumental Composition for "A
Prayer for Peace" from Munich.
Directing: From Idol To the Grammys
Minor The Grammy Awards is a piece of cake. Best known for being
the music director for the smash American Idol series, Minor toured
the world as Whitney Houston's musical director and produced her
Super Bowl national anthem performance. He received an Emmy nomination
for music direction in 2005 for Genius: A Night for Ray Charles,
a concert tribute featuring Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Norah
Jones. He has helped assemble bands for artists like Usher, Christina
Aguilera, Britney Spears, and Mary J. Blige.
path to Idol started in South Central Los Angeles, where
he moved from Louisiana with his family when he was 9. It
was a low-income, drug-infested situation, Mr. Minor, now
47, said. But a high school music program, in which he played bass,
enabled me to move forward in life, not just career but in
At 19 he abandoned
studies in math and computer science at the University of California,
Los Angeles, to tour Europe with Gladys Knight. He had never flown
before. He said: I sat on the plane thinking: Theyre
paying for the plane and the hotel room, and theyre paying
me to play this piece of wood and these metal strings. I can do
Back in Los
Angeles, he was working in the pit of the musical Dreamgirls
when he received a career-changing call from John Simmons, then
music director for the singer Stephanie Mills. Mr. Simmons asked
him to put together a band to back a singer from his church who
was seeking a record deal. That singer turned out to be Whitney
The 49th Annual
GRAMMY Awards are produced by Cossette Productions in association
with Ken Ehrlich Productions for The Recording Academy. John Cossette
and Ken Ehrlich are executive producers and Walter C. Miller is
Herb Alpert & Jerry Moss
More Awards For Two Legends
duo: Herb Alpert, left, and Jerry Moss (Stuart Ramson / AP)
with partner Jerry Moss were honored earlier this month by The Recording
Academy with the President's Merit Award. "We are proud to
pay homage to this amazing duo and celebrate their incredible accomplishments
as one of the most respected and revered executive teams in music
history," says Recording Academy President Neil Portnow.
vision reverberates one note comprised of three simultaneous chords:
curiosity, integrity and excellence. An extraordinary musician,
Alpert's trumpet playing earned him five #1 hits, eight Grammy Awards,
fifteen Gold albums and fourteen Platinum albums.
Alpert and partner
Jerry Moss started A&M Records out of Alpert's garage in the
1960s, nurturing it into music's largest independently owned label
with a roster that included The Carpenters, Cat Stevens, Joe Cocker,
Sting, Sheryl Crow and Janet Jackson. Alpert and The Tijuana Brass
was the label's first signed act, selling more than 700,000 copies
of "The Lonely Bull" to put A&M on the map. Alpert
and Moss sold A&M Records to PolyGram for $500 million in 1989
and continued to run the label until mid-1993.
The duo received
The Recording Academy's Trustees Award in 1997 for their contributions
to the field of recording. They also received a lifetime achievement
award in the non-performing category from the Rock and Roll Hall
Supporting Music Education For The
During the last
two decades, Music legend, Herb
Alpert has emerged as a talented abstract expressionist painter
with international exhibitions. His canvasses are characterized
by flowing shapes, bold brushstrokes and exploding colors. Alpert
and partner Jerry Moss received the President's Merit Award on Feb.
11 at the 49th annual Grammy Awards. The executive duo were recognized
for their impressive four-decade career in popular music.
Herb Alpert painted a violin For The (New
West Symphony) Kids; February concert at the Wadsworth theater in
Brentwood. l-r: Alpert; Alpert violin shwon with singer/songwriter,
Victoria Robertson, producer/mixer Al Sanderson (Rolling Stone),
of us in the industry, Herb Alpert represents what's known as A
Class Act," says studioexpresso's Claris Dodge who got Mr Alpert
to paint and autograph a violin for a local symphony fundraiser
this month. Alpert
became one of the confirmed artists For the Kids. New West
Symphony's live and silent auction fundraiser on April 27, 2007
at Hotel Bel-Air allows very special guests the opportunity to bid
on one-of-a-kind collectibles, including hand-painted violins and
guitars signed by music and television celebrities to benefit the
Symphony education programs.
New West Symphonic Adventures at Thousand Oaks,
of a live performance, from the powerful sound of the music to the
foreign shapes of the instruments, is magical for third, fourth
and fifth graders. Our symphonic adventures each year transform
lives and educate and inspire children with great perfomances by
New West Symphony musicians under the leadership of Boris Brott,"
says Nelson Dodge, executive director of NWS.
Did you know
that Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley proclaims June 22 "Herb
"We salute you Mr Alpert and send our heartfelt congrats on
inspired living and giving," says Dodge.
The NWS Music Van and February's symphonic adventures at Thousand
The New West
Symphony is the resident orchestra of the Wadsworth Theatre in Brentwood,
the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, and the Countrywide Performing
Arts Center at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Celebrating its
12th season, NWS is one of the preeminent orchestras in Southern
California, and continues to thrill audiences with its virtuosity,
richness of sound and outstanding artistic excellence under the
leadership of Music Director Boris Brott. NWS supports educational
programs to include: Symphonic
Adventure concerts for over 100,000 school children, NWS's music
education DVDs reach 400 classrooms. NWS's Music Van, a nationally
acclaimed program, offers third grade classrooms "hands-on"
experience with orchestral instruments worth thousands of dollars.
The 2006/07 Masterpiece Series Performances offer virtuoso guest
artists to include: Pepe Romero (guitar), Jon Kimura Parker, Christopher
O'Riley, Antonio Pompa-Baldi (piano), Elmar Oliveira (violin), Cynthia
Jansen (mezzo-soprano.) For concert schedule and tix visit www.newwestsymphony.org
Kids from LA unified school attend the February New West Symphony
concert in Brentwood with guest soloist and trumpeter, Jens Lindemann
autographing program books and NWS posters.
or Support For The Kids program, contact Carl Schurtz, General
Manager, New West Enterprises directly via email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (310)
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Week In London
Manish Arora: OM The Absolute
2007 collection brought patterns and colors out and gave "painted
ladies" a new meaning with bold intricate makeup lines that
would make some Australian or African tribes blush.
show a creation from the Autumn / Winter 2007 collection of Indian
designer...photos courtesy of wireimage
brings you the Manish
Arora - Runway from the February 12, 2007 - at BFC Tent, Natural
History Museum in London, Great Britain. The Indian fashion designer
presented a vibrant autumn-winter 2007 collection, a futuristic
vision set out in technicolor that wowed the audience. With a rich
set of embroidered and psychedelic prints, the designer played with
materials to add a sense of relief and optical illusions to dresses
structured in a slight trapeze or tulip, inspired by the 1960s.
"To achieve the effect, fabrics chosen are stiff and glossy,
such as lurex, satins, wool and silks printed with metallic and
luminescent dyes," Arora said. The colors were bright and reflective,
employing every hue of the rainbow to color the black base of all
the garments. It was Arora's fourth show in London, and having launched
his line of fashion in 1997, he is now set to design a line under
the Levi's brand. View At Telegraph
Afternoon With Eddie Kramer & Friends
studioexpresso and Learning Annex presented Succeeding In Music
In Santa Monica
studioexpresso and Learning Annex
present Music Making For Success l-r: Eddie Kramer, Sayadian-Dodge
and LVPA's Brad Lunde who provided the ATC monitoring for the playback
Music making and marketing was the topic of a 1/2 day seminar and
networking event on Sat Feb 10. A roomful of attendees -- artists
and managers -- gathered at the Double Tree hotel in Santa Monica
and got plenty of networking opps with music experts presented by
studioexpresso and the Learning Annex. The audience took home inspired
advice and even few door prizes (autographed book by marketing guru
A&R and Film directories and more). The day ended on a high
note with a presentation of fine art photography with producer and
legendary engineer Eddie
Kramer (Hendrix, Zeppelin) telling his behind-the-photograph
stories. The highly sought-after collection taken of rock royalty
during 67-72 are available at Kramer
Archives and perfect for adding that extra vibe to your home,
studio, music office or club. "We ran
out of time due to attendees' wish to spend more one-on-one with
our music guests who answered questions from the audience and offered
to listen to artists' music," says studioexpresso's
Sayadian-Dodge, who moderated both sessions.
studioexpresso & Learning
Annex Present Succeeding In Music l-r: Claris Sayadian-Dodge; Anne
Litt; Tim Reid, Dean Serwin at Double Tree Hotel Santa Monica, CA
panel included: Session I - Marketing Music with attorney Dean Sheldon
Serwin (BMI, Capitol); KCRW host and music supervisor Anne
Litt, and Geffen Universal Music Group Marketing exec, Tim Reid
(Snoop Dogg, Common, Mos Def). Session II - Making Music with:
Grammy winner, mixer/engineer, producer
Rafa Sardina (Macy Gray, Stevie Wonder, Alejandro Sanz); mixer/engineer
Shahnazarian JR. (All American Rejects, The Killers, Kelly Clarkson);
Brad Lunde, president
who provided superb ATC
monitoring for the playback sessions." The goal
of LasVegasProAudio.com is to provide a personal long-term relationship
with top engineers delivering insightful and accurate advice, unique
equipment and long term support," says Lunde.
playback session began with a selection by Kramer who surprised
everyone with a recent production of Zeppelin. Say what...Recent?!
Then Eddie introduced the all-girl tribute band from NY,
Zeppelin who recorded the LED
covers and drive
club audiences to a frenzy, now
successfully touring in US and Europe.
Acclaimed Composer's Studio Maintains SuperAnalogue Sound
with DAW Integration
at the SSL Duality is Bernard Lohr, Mono Music's studio manager
Mono Music Studios,
owned by legendary composer/producer Benny
Andersson, has installed a Solid State Logic Duality console.
The 96-channel Duality allows the studio to maintain the classic
SuperAnalogue sound of SSL
consoles and take advantage of full integration with the latest
digital audio workstations (DAWs).
Mono Music is
integral to both the domestic music scene and the recent Swedish
phenomenon of recording international hit records for major stars.
Lohr, for example, works with major pop artists at Mono Music, having
recorded and mixed singles for Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys,
Westlife and Céline Dion, among others.
I've also been doing some special Abba projects," he adds,
"like the Abba In Concert DVD and the new release of Abba:
The Movie, which we've remastered in 5.1. One of the reasons we
needed a newer desk was 5.1-channel audio, and the surround facilities
on Duality are terrific. The new surround panning is great-no other
desk has anything like it. "I've
been working on SSLs since 1985," Lohr concludes, "so
I know them really well. Duality compares so well, with its sound
and also the EQ and dynamics. Even if I hadn't tried it before buying,
I knew that it would be top quality."
Duality Console At North America's first Solid State Logic
Aris Archontis has taken delivery of North America's first Solid
State Logic Duality console. The large-format Duality, which
combines the analogue sonics of legendary SSL E, G & K Series
consoles with extended Digital Audio Workstation integration capabilities,
is housed at his new, Chris Pelonis-designed private recording studio,
been working with recording artists and independent bands since
relocating from London to Boston, where he graduated from Berklee
College of Music. Migrating to Los Angeles, where he worked for
two production companies, he has now completed his personal studio
and resumes music production with SSL's next-generation Duality.
"It was like someone had finally answered my prayers. Groups,
plenty of busses and sends, automation, unparalleled routing, DAW
control and a great master section-all under one hood with incredible
sound quality, and no giant power supply in sight," says Archontis.
From SSL Solid
State Logic recently-introduced XLogic Delta-Link MADI HD,
a professional MADI converter for studio, live and broadcast applications,
now shipping worldwide. Delta-Link MADI HD facilitates direct interconnectivity
between Digidesign Pro Tools|HD® systems and MADI-enabled audio
Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band
Upcoming Scorsese Doc; Clearmountain at the Helm Of The Remote Recordings
Remote Recording's Silver Studio are (l-r) owner/manager Karen Brinton,
legendary engineer/producer Bob Clearmountain, and Remote Recording's
New York's Remote
Recording was on hand at New York's Beacon Theatre for the Rolling
Stones' Oct. 29 and Nov. 1 concerts, filmed by director Martin Scorsese
for an upcoming documentary.
Most recently, Remote Recording's renowned Neve VR-equipped Silver
Studio rolled up to New York's venerable Beacon Theatre for the
Stones' historic, celebrity-laden Oct. 29 and Nov. 1 performances.
Former president Bill Clinton and a huge contingent of his guests
were on hand to celebrate his 60th birthday at the Oct. 29 performance,
while legendary director Martin Scorsese filmed both nights for
an upcoming documentary on the World's Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band.
Bob Clearmountain, who mixed the Stones' Tattoo You, Still Life
and Stripped albums as well as individual tracks from their storied
catalog, was at the helm in the Silver Studio to record the latest
performances on the band's A Bigger Bang tour, as well as the many
afternoon and evening rehearsals in the preceding days. Clearmountain
estimated that he has recorded and mixed over 30 Rolling Stones
concerts since his first in 1981-the Still Life/Let's Spend the
Night Together concerts that also heralded Remote Recording's long
association with the band. "This is the second Stones movie
that David [Hewitt, Remote Recording founder] and I have done together,"
he noted, along with several pay-per-view broadcasts. "I was
a big fan of The Last Waltz and of the Band," Clearmountain
summarized, "and just watched it recently. If this comes out
half as great as that film, it will be really special."
with the Rolling Stones is always exciting, but having the opportunity
to work with them in such an intimate environment at the Beacon
made it even more amazing," commented Karen Brinton, Remote
Recording owner/manager. "Throw Martin Scorcese on top of that,
and you've really got something special. Having Bob Clearmountain
on the truck was fantastic as always, and I'm grateful for the experience.
I wish it happened more often!"
ELAN's 9 Lives
Music Video from At This Point
Elan may just be one of the most successful independent Latin artists
around. At age 4, she started writing her first songs and her father
recorded them in their makeshift-home studio. The story goes that
BMG International, Vice President of A&R, Richard Sweret (Sarah
McLachlan) flies Elan and band mate/producer Jan Carlo to meet then,
Arista Records President & CEO Antonio LA Reid. After a private
showcase in which Elan played "Perfect Life, LA Reid stated
that the song was "the story of my life" and offered her
a record deal. In 2003, after leaving Arista, Elan released her
first single Midnight in Mexico on her own label, Silverlight Records
(licensed through Sony Music Mexico) to unexpected and overwhelming
response. Midnight climbed the "Pepsi Chart" to #1. She had success
with MTV Latin America and Australian radio. Her second self-released
album, London Express finds its roots in the music of The
Beatles, which Elan has described as "the only band that really
changed everything." This Fool's Life" was the second
single released from Elan's latest album. It had the highest rotation
on the radio in many Latin American countries.The video for "This
Fool's Life" was also an outstanding success.
Now the band
has finished shooting (release date TBD) the video for her upcoming
single from the New Album "What Can Be Done At This Point,"
directed by Gulliver Parascandolo. This is Elan's ninth released
video. Six of the videos previously released have had active fan
votes and chart and digital download activity. Visit Elan at
myspace or at elan.com
Elan's NEW album "What Can Be Done At This Point" is available
Dave Matthews Band At Haunted Hollow
Employs Matched Pair of Telefunken
M16 MkII Tube Mics
at Dave Matthews' Haunted Hollow Studios is engineer Steven Miller
with the Telefunken | USA R-F-T M16 MkII large diaphragm tube microphone.
engineer and producer Steven Miller, before recording at Matthew's
Virginia studio, he
went through all the mics, including some very rare mics from Dave's
collection. "But when I put up the pair of M16s as room mics,
it was the perfect sound. Less cymbal splash, more low end and a
rock bottom that worked exactly the way I wanted in that room. I
immediately knew I had it." After
completing four tracks with the Telefunken
| USA stereo matched pair, Miller brought the band in for playback.
"There was one tune that really needed a rock drum sound,"
he continues, "and when I brought up the sound of those two
mics, the band was amazed at the sound we got in their studio. 'Whoa,
what's that? How did it turn into a rock sound,' they asked. I pointed
out into the room at the two mics -- which ended up giving me about
80% of the total sound I wanted for the record," Miller
Media inked a deal to deliver on-demand content for a selection
of HBO hits, including "The Sopranos" and "Six Feet
Under" to the U.K. market. Former Vice President Al Gore also
will make his user-generated content channel, Current
TV, available through Virgin. Further award-winning series and
mini series will include Curb Your Enthusiasm, Band of Brothers
and From the Earth to the Moon. The HBO subscription service will
be available as part of the standard monthly charge for Virgin Media
customers taking the top XL TV package. The agreement
sees Virgin Media strengthen its TV-on-demand offering with further
compelling content, following recent deals with Channel 4, The Walt
Disney Companys Buena Vista International Television and Alliance
chief commercial officer of Virgin Media, said: We are making
a serious investment in the range of on-demand programs we offer
and HBO has a reputation for producing some of the most original
and entertaining shows of recent years
Today; Sell It Tonight!
promote and sell your own songs, films, ringtones, and other content
online. The best part: You set the price for your content. Keep
up to 80% of whatever you sell. Plus you can drag & drop the
Musicane Player onto your social networking profile homepage or
blog, like Myspace, Tagworld
You can even manage your fanlist and send out custom email blasts...
all from one site
In The Game
music-distribution company Sumthing
Else Music Works had an inauspicious start until founder, Nile
Rogers discovered video-game soundtracks.
while, we just had a few titles; then Halo came into the office,
he said of the video game that made Sumthing Elses fortune.
Then, we started talking. The composer was great, the music
was magic. Sumthing Else got the distribution rights to American
composer Marty ODonnell's work on the sequel Halo 2. The two
are now collaborating on the soundtrack for Halo 3.
budding game composers to be prepared to go into movies as well.
He cites hip-hop act Organize Noize as video-game composers who
ended up producing the score to Hollywood movie Miami Vice. This
year, we are aggressively going after more game composers. I want
to get these composers out there, he said at a Midem conference
Noize Productions Members: Patrick Sleepy Brown,
Ray Murray, Rico Wade
have their origins in Wades Dungeon-esque basement studio.
It was there that their first string of classics was recorded, seeping
with ONPs trademark murky Southern soul. Additionally, the
trio has blessed more than a few artists outside the camp with hits,
including TLC (Waterfalls), En Vogue (Dont
Let Go) and Ludacris
William Morris Music agents will work alongside WMA's existing literary
and television agents in the London office, which is overseen by
Managing Director Caroline Michel. Among them: Ed Bicknell
former manager of Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler, Bryan Ferry, Gerry
Rafferty and The Blue Nile will serve as Worldwide Head of
WMAs International Music division. Bicknell will be joined
by David Levy, from I.T.B.; as well as Adele Slater and Russell
Warby, from The Agency Group; Nick Cave, Steve Hogan, and Solomon
Parker from Concorde International Artists; Diana Richardson, from
Sensible Events; and Hamish Crombie, who was already atWilliam Morris.
"Under the leadership of music industry veteran, Ed Bicknell,
WMA is now poised to provide an all-encompassing range of services
to managers, artists, andpromoters around the globe," said
Worldwide Head of Music, Peter Grosslight. "I am delighted
to announce a significant expansion of the William Morris Agency
in London, which underscores our commitment to the importance of
the international marketplace and gives the agency global depth
and breadth," said Chief Executive Officer Jim Wiatt.
Jim Wiatt; Gorsslight;
Founded in 1898,
the William Morris Agency is the largest and most diversified talent
and literary agency in the world, with principal offices in New
York, Beverly Hills, Nashville, London, Miami Beach and Shanghai.
The Agency represents clients in all segments of the entertainment
industry, including Motion Pictures, Television, Music and Personal
Appearances, Broadway Theatre and Theatrical Touring, Book Publishing,
Commercial Endorsements, Sports Marketing and Corporate Consulting
= Capitol Music Group
The new merger promotes Jason Flom as Chairman and CEO
Flom (BMI News)
It's no secret
that the A&R shuffle continues to accelerate. Ron Laffite exits
Capitol, Brian Postelle exits Virgin, Cliff Audretch III joins Universal
South, Caroline Records is reactivated with Jeff Rougvie as GM and
Jermaine Dupri joins Island as President/Urban. Former V2 President
Andy Gershon has moved to Epic and former Virgin President Matt
Serletic has opend a new label. In the Publishing world, Industry
veteran Steve Smith has formed Anthem Entertainment, EMI Music Publishing
names Stephen Dallas, Sr. as Director of Business/Legal Affair and
in the Film & Television Music world, Paramount TV and CBS TV
Music Departments have merged and moved to a new location.
As for the new
Capitol Music Group, Flom, who joined EMI as Chairman and CEO of
Virgin Records America in November 2005, now reports directly to
Eric Nicoli, the Chief Executive Officer of EMI Group and will now
oversee the combined Capitol and Virgin rosters in the United States.
Nicoli said: "The music business shows exciting growth potential,
but the environment remains extremely challenging. In order to thrive
and meet the demands of a rapidly evolving and dynamic music market,
we must re-think our operations, not only to make them efficient,
but also more effective and focused on creative excellence. By bringing
Capitol and Virgin into one label group, we will be better equipped
than ever to promote and nurture artistic talent. We remain strongly
committed to developing artists in the US.
who has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Capitol Records
in the US since 2001, has stepped down from his post. "I would
like to thank Andy for his contribution to Capitol and EMI over
the past six years and wish him well in all that he does in the
future," said Nicoli.
of this combined label group is part of EMI Groups recently
announced restructuring program, designed to deliver £110m
($217 million) in annual savings across its business.
President and CEO of The Blue Note Label Group, will continue to
report directly to Nicoli, as will EMI Music North America Chief
Operating Officer Ivan Gavin and EMI Music North America Chief Financial
Officer Colin Finkelstein.
EMI Music Marketing
President Ronn Werre, Capitol Nashville President and CEO Mike Dungan,
EMI Christian Music Group Chairman/CEO & President Bill Hearn
and Caroline Distribution General Manager/SVP Bill Hein will all
continue to report to Ivan Gavin.
Capitol Music Group under Jason Flom will become part of a portfolio
of labels that position us to be best-of-class in all genres in
the US market: the new Capitol Music Group, our very successful
Capitol Nashville label, the market-leading EMI Christian Music
Group, The Blue Note Label Group aimed at the adult music buyer,
our US Latin label EMI Televisa Music, EMMs terrific catalog
business and Caroline as a full service distribution and marketing
arm for the independent label area," said Nicoli.
& Scheiner Capture 40th CMA Awards
Digital Truck Handles 5.1 Mix for "Country Music's Biggest
The 40th annual
was broadcasted live on Nov. 6 from the Gaylord Entertainment Center
in Music City. Legendary engineer/producer Elliot Scheiner served
as the broadcast's Audio Producer and oversaw all aspects of the
production's audio from Remote Recording's Polar Express, the newest
truck in its fleet. The Polar Express is equipped with two Yamaha
DM-2000 digital consoles, a pair of 128-track AMD 64-bit Dual Processor
Nuendo systems, and Pro Tools|HD rig. This year, the CMA Awards
were broadcast in surround sound for the first time. The multichannel
mix was created in the Polar Express, Scheiner explains. "ABC
was sending viewer feedback to us while the show was on the air,"
he recalls.Vocal mics, as well as all announcers' microphones, were
handled in the Polar Express, which also hosted the audio sweetener.
The live bands' audio came from the MTV Nashville truck, which was
also on hand. "It's a lot to oversee," says Scheiner.
"There's so much going on."
a frequent presence in Remote Recording trucks, often recording
or mixing in the Neve VR-equipped Silver Studio. He has also worked
with Remote Recording founder David Hewitt on literally dozens of
projects. "I've worked with Dave since he had the Record Plant
truck," Scheiner recalls. "We've been working together
for some 30 years.
CMA Awards add to the long list of high-profile events Remote Recording
handled in 2006, including the Rolling Stones' first-ever concert
in Austin, TX, recorded by Ed Cherney for an upcoming DVD, and the
band's two-night stand at New York's historic and intimate Beacon
Theatre, recorded and mixed by Bob Clearmountain for Martin Scorsece's
upcoming documentary on the World's Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band.
Karen Brinton said, "We started the year with the Academy Awards,
and rounded out the year with the Rolling Stones and the CMA's.
David being inducted into the TEC Hall of Fame at the AES Convention
by Ed Cherney and Elliot Scheiner was the cherry on a hot fudge
sundae of a year!"
And Tim DuBois Exit Universal South
and DuBois founded Nashvilles first major startup label in
2002. During Brown's RCA years, he signed the super group Alabama.
Tony resigned as president of MCA Nashville, a post he held for
17 years prior to RCA. Brown began his music career as a 13-year-old
piano player with his familys gospel group. From there, Tony
performed for seven years with the legendary Stamps quartet as well
as the equally famous Blackwoods. In 1966, Tony moved to Nashville,
where he joined the Oak Ridge Boys, who were then beginning to move
out of their gospel roots and into what would become an enormously
successful country career. Perhaps his most celebrated music gig
was being the piano player for Elvis Presley from 1975 to 1977.
Brown was Elvis last pianist. When Elvis died, Tony thought
his career was over. After Presleys death, Tony toured as
keyboardist with Emmylou Harris now legendary Hot Band, making
key relationships with people like Rodney Crowell, Ricky Skaggs
and Vince Gill. Tony Brown has won every award in sight: Grammies
(including a nomination for the prestigious Producer of the Year
award), CMA awards, etc. Entertainment Weekly named him on of the
100 Most Influential People In Show Business. GQ profiled
him. He journeyed to LA to produce, at the singers request,
Barbra Streisand. Tony Brown has produced or CO-produced almost
150 albums ranging from Gold to Septuple-Platinum in sales. He has
produced almost 100 #1 singles.
was a joint venture with Universal Records in New York with Brown
and DuBois having autonomy to sign artists. Artists signed included:
Dean Miller, Holly Lamar, Allison Moorer, Bering Strait and Joe
who is largely credited with the early '90s resurgence in country
music, producing hit records for Vince Gill, George Strait, Reba
McEntire, Trisha Yearwood and Wynonna Judd, among many others
said he was open to continuing to produce those MCA acts. He expects
to produce records for Universal South once the new company is fired
up. He produced the single of the Year
Believe for Brooks & Dunn with Kix Brooks and Ronnie
Dunn for Arista Nashville which won a CMA Award last year.
Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of ultra-sexy women's
lifestyle fashion and apparel www.forplayonline.com;
and Water Music Records, a leading dance and chill-out record
label distributed by the Universal Music Group www.watermusicrecords.com,
have announced a joint-venture to produce Forplay branded
music for worldwide distribution. The announcement was made by Houman
Salem, the CEO of Forplay and Brad Pressman, the President
of L.A.-based Water Music Records.
Under the terms
of this multi-year agreement, Forplay and Water Music Records
will produce, market, and distribute two separate collections of
Forplay branded CDs simultaneously. The first collection titled
"Club Forplay" will feature a compilation of all dance
music, while the second collection titled "The Forplay Sessions"
will feature tracks of down-tempo, lounge, and chill-out genres
music with our particular style of fashion is an essential component
of our global brand strategy," commented Salem. "Music
adds a third dimension to Forplay by giving it a voice and
personality that will allow consumers to align with our brand. In
addition, we will now have the vehicle to exploit fast emerging
digital technologies such as YouTube, iTunes, and MySpace to create
awareness and further reinforce the Forplay brand," concluded
Records is an L.A.-based recording company operating under the Universal
Music Group family of companies. Founded in July of 2000 by record
industry veteran Brad Pressman, Water Music Records releases, markets
and distributes music in various sub-styles of Electronica including
Chill Out, Lounge and Down-Tempo music. Its sister label Water Music
Dance releases CDs, EPs and Singles in the Trance, Dance and Techno
genres. Considered one of the leading Dance and Chill Out labels
in the Unites States, Water Music Records has achieved over 15 Top
50 albums and 2 Top 25 singles. Since its inception, Water Music
Records has released over 110 projects, both artist albums and various
compilations. For more information about Water Music Records.
Think Tank is
the seventh studio album by English rock band Blur,
released in US and Uk in 2003. Freehand graffiti artist turned stenciller,
responsible for the cover art who is best known for featuring striking
and humorous images
occasionally combined with slogans. The anti-war messages include
animals such as monkeys and rats, policemen, soldiers, children
and the elderly. He also makes stickers (the Neighbourhood Watch
subvert) and sculpture (the murdered phonebox), and In 2006, Banksy
held an exhibition called Barely Legal, billed as a "three
day vandalised warehouse extravaganza" in Los Angeles on the
weekend of 16 September. The exhibition featured a live 'elephant
in a room', painted in a pink and gold floral wallpaper pattern.
After Christina Aguilera bought an original of Queen Victoria as
a lesbian and two prints for £25,000 , on 19 October 2006
a set of Kate Moss paintings sold in Sotheby's London for £50,400,
setting an auction record for Banksy's work. The six silk-screen
prints, featuring the model painted in the style of Andy Warhol's
Marilyn Monroe pictures, sold for five times its estimated value.
His stencil of a green Mona Lisa with paint dripping from her eyes
sold for £57,600. Banksy somehow managed to place one of his
pieces into New Yorks museum of modern art. The gallerys
security don't have the slightless clue how the artist did it. Guerrilla
artist", "art terrorist" or "prankster"
it's Banksy and you can ck it out here Artificial
Before and After The Grammy Show
Davis, Chairman and CEO BMG US Pre-GRAMMY Awards Party - Reception
and Dinner in Beverly Hills with special guests Houston, Manilow
and Mary J Blige
biggest night, the Clive Davis pre-Grammy gala at the Beverly Hilton,
was the traditional glittering affair this year, where nominees,
presenters, record industry executives and
celebrities rubbed shoulders as a string of A-list music performers
took to the stage. The Oscar-nominated, Jennifer Hudson thrilled
the Clive Davis party-goers with her performance of "And I'm
Telling You" and "I Am Changing" from "Dreamgirls"
using a Sennheiser
Evolution SKM935G2 wireless handheld microphone. Delicate Productions
of Camarillo, California once again provided the sound equipment
for the annual event, outfitting the stage with Sennheiser wired
and wireless microphones for performances by Smokey Robinson, Black
Eyed Peas, Akon and, the night's highlight, Jennifer Hudson.
Accompanied by an acoustic guitarist, Pink gave a rousing rendition
and Bobby McGee," made famous by Janis Joplin, but the star
of the night was
Jennifer Hudson. Davis will executive produce her debut album.
Nancy Wilson, winner Best Jazz Vocal Album for "Turned to Blue";
Rihanna and Antonio "LA" Reid; Rodney Jerkins and wife
Joy Enriquez; Wyclef Jean; Berry Gordy
Michael Bishop, winner Best Engineered Album, Classical; People
Magazine Post GRAMMY Party Hosted by Beyonce; Jason Flom, CEO of
Capital Music; Lee Trink, President of Capital Music; Eric Nicoli,
Chairman, EMI; Trish Sie, Director of OK Go's 2007 Grammy winning
Best Short Form Music Video "Here it Goes"
Music Group After Party - Arrivals, February 11 - l-r Sting and
Trudie Styler with Don Henley; Scarlett Johansson; Joe Satriani
and Steve Vai perform; Stevie
Wonder with Sting and Trudie Styler
Time -- 49th Annual GRAMMY Awards Gift Lounge: l-r: Natalie Cole;
Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls; Jennifer Love Hewitt;
Joe Don Rooney and Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts; Dawn Richard of
Danity Kane courtesy of wireimage
Shinoda can trace his roots as an artist back to age 3. "When
my parents would take me to dinner, they would give me a napkin
and pen when I was done eating so I wasn't squirming around,"
he recalls. Now, approximately 25 years later, Shinoda hosted the
first exhibition of his visual art, Diamonds Spades Hearts Clubs
last November at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles.
I first heard
rock and soul songs on a tiny crappy-sounding transistor radio,
and it changed my life completely. It was sonic, but it was also
a social and cultural message that electrified me. Now Im
not saying that tinny sound should be considered satisfying or desirable,
but its amazing how lo-fi or lo-rez information can communicate
a huge amount.
love things like Myspace and YouTube, but the essence of it to me
is: OK, just play the song,"
-- Ron Fair
try to find great new styles. I'm just being true to what I like."
-- Rick Rubin
Rule No. 1 in the studio: Relax.
Rule No. 2: Keep an open mind.
as music videos came along, people started listening with their
eyes as well as their ears. It's (today's music) ...lot more lawyer
and quarter-to-quarter-driven...Now people just want a song or two
for their iPods. It seems like it's just piecemeal. But the good
thing is that does entice people to explore catalogs."
"...Science serves the arts, arts serve ideas and ideas change
Feeney, winner of 2007 Gordon E. Sawyer Award (former Head
of the Sound department at Samuel Goldwyn Studios)
May 3, 1919 -November 23, 2006
in the Rain," "New York, New York." Comden
collaborated with Adolph Green on some of the greatest stage and
screen musicals and won seven Tony Awards together. A salute to
George Hickenlooper directed MGM film
Hilton, there was Edie Sedgwick (1943-1971), the original celebutante
who briefly took the world of 60s pop culture by storm. She
received her 15 minutes of fame courtesy of the man who coined the
concept. Andy Warhols downtown loft, The Factory, was a place
where musicians, artists, actors and all types of misfits gathered
to create art and movies, and to throw fabulous parties at night!
It was here that Edie takes her place as the Factorys most
alluring and irresistible Superstar. The Cult wrote a song about
her life called "Edie (Ciao Baby)" which was on their
Sonic Temple album released in 1989. The Velvet Underground song
"Femme Fatale" (on the album The Velvet Underground and
Nico) was written about her at Andy Warhol's request. She is rumored
to be one of the inspirations behind Dylan's seminal 1966 opus Blonde
on Blonde, "Just Like a Woman" and "Leopard-Skin
Pill-Box Hat." It's been told that the song "Like a Rolling
Stone" was also inspired by her. Here's to the poor little
rich girl who had it all and lost the most important part of the
equation. Herself. Now the filmmakers have taken her, the object
of the underground fascination for forty years and turned it into
a film. George Hickenlooper directed "Factory
Girl", released this month from MGM with Guy Pearce (Worhall)
and Sienna Miller (Sedgwick) may not capture the magic of the muse
but it details her human side. Watch a short on YouTube
The Ciao Manhattan Tapes
had a brief modeling career appeared in Vogue (1965 and March 15,
1966) and LIFE (September 1965)
A birth (Happy Birthday Ani), A marriage (congrats Mr
& Mrs Reid) and A gift of music.
All you need