GEAR CHOSEN FOR PRESTIGIOUS RECORDING ARTS STUDIO
College, located between San Diego and the international border
with Mexico, recently unveiled a brand new recording arts studio
as part of its commercial music program.
Costing $6.5 million, the two-building complex is one of the most
technically-advanced media facilities in the nation's community
college system, and features a cross-section of high-end recording
equipment in the main studio, including a pair each of Tube-Tech's
CL 1B opto compressors and SMC 2B stereo multi-band compressors.
facilities are designed to give students a real world education
in analog and digital audio equipment, according to Arts & Communications
professor James 'Jay' Henry, who has been a recording engineer and
studio manager for 35 years, and took over the program about ten
years ago. "The whole philosophy was to build a real recording
studio that would actually draw professional engineers and producers
to come and work on projects.
Students can observe, interact and learn but, more importantly,
when they go into the real world, they're not going to be overawed
by the equipment they see in a modern studio."
Henry, who was first introduced to TUBE-TECH by Stevie Wonder while
working with him on a charity record project, continues, "TUBE-TECH's
stereo multi-band compressor is my favorite box. I use those as
program compressors, instead of the buss compressor on the SSL console,
simply because it adds a different color. What I also really like
about the TUBE-TECH is that it adds inherent warmth. We have an
SSL Duality and it's fabulous to throw that across the stereo buss.
It just warms things up."
Henry shares that he recently re-equalized and re-mastered a project
for a country music client using the SMC 2B. "The client called
me and said, 'The remix is amazing. The bass is amazing!' I said,
wait a minute. You sent me a stereo mix. All I did was re-EQ and
dynamically balance it. It's multi-band compression, thanks to my
analog friends there in Denmark," he says.
Group, based in Las Vegas, Nevada, recently acquired US and Canadian
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The new facility incorporates a video post-production room, two
Digidesign Pro Tools HD suites and a main recording room - Studio
A - which was designed by renowned acoustician Carl Yancher of Yancher
Design, all tied together by an Espial Evo nine terabyte server.
Tie lines to classrooms, animation facilities, and a computer lab
housing forty Macintosh G5 machines support data networking as well
as video broadcasts from the studio.
Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become
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or Not To SXSW
Dropping the roughly $700 (add travel expenses) on a badge is a
tall order for many who want the SXSW experience.
For developing artists, the choice to play SXSW is still very optional.
Good reasons are PR supported record release events or when you
play multiple showcases over the course of the week. Best moments
at SXSW, other than seeing Jane's Addiction from the front row:
Networking. The opportunities to meet agents, labels, managers and
sharing ideas are priceless. Discovering new music is always the
best part. Most agree. There will never be a widget to replace a
well put together team with experience and capital, but technology
and the social networking culture is absolutely allowing for smart,
savvy aspiring talent to get their art out to masses. Whether or
not they are successful (which is also a sliding scale) is no longer
up to gatekeepers rather, artists live or die by the ability of
their music to attract, grow and monetize a fanbase.
studioexpresso SXSW Live Picks!
l-r: Christopher Rees, The Cheek
Sign of a great
performer? When you see a fan (in this cae age 6, maybe 8) dancing,
no going crazy, in front of the act!
I was drawn to Christopher
Rees' rootsy rythms and storytelling at Java Jive room at
the Hilton. He switched from acoustic guitar to banjo and harmonica
and delivered the songs he had been writing like a true troubadour.
I later learned that Rees has his own label, RedEye.
He was shy to give an interview but made sure I was on his guest
list. The Llanelli (South Wales) man sounded more like a young Johnny
Cash. Rees said it's his third time at SXSW. Charmed.
Cheek (formerly known as Cheeky Cheeky And The Nosebleeds)
from UK all under 21 with loads of charm, tight sound and
good songs debuted their first set of American shows at SXSW. We
happen to cross the Irish pub, Riley's in Austin and the band stopped
us on our tracks with their raw energy and performance that you
don't expect to hear from a small club band.
These guys have loads of charm as in early Beatles. They like fun
and it shows. First of all, the lead singer prioritized their agenda
by having a visit to the Governor's Mansion in Austin. "It's
recognized as one of the finest examples of nineteenth century ante-bellum
architecture," says Dobney. "Kites are great too,"
he continues: "but can be a terrible distraction, as we have
found to our cost. We once flew Kites for four days, and Ali missed
his wedding." The band recently shortened its name. "It
takes about two seconds to say 'Cheeky Cheeky And The Nosebleeds',
and we say our band name sometimes 20 times a day. That's like four-and-a-half
minutes every week. More than four hours a year. "We're getting
an extra three hours a year back just by becoming The Cheek."
The band is currently holed up in the studio, recording with White
Lies, Pulp and Suede producer Ed Buller. Dobney said they are trying
to write "pop songs for the decade to come." Who do The
Cheeks like? Wavves, Thee Oh Sees, Black Lips, MSTRKRFT. We like
SXSW CD Picks (actually they picked us, gratefully)!
Kristoff Silva; The Webb Sisters, Lolli Zan, Josh Tatum
I shared an airport shuttle with Kristoff
Silva and his band mate on the way to my hotel in University
Village-- immediately recognized him from the CD I received when
we said our good-byes (sans his artful beard on the CD cover)!
Silva plays acoustic guitar and sings on this CD that bears no title
- a collection of 12 songs. Silva who also writes is quick to explain
that his 5-piece band could not play with him in Austin because
of the prohibiting travel expenses. So, we chatted about Brazil
and modern architecture. Then exchanged cards and I got invited
to their showcase on Friday (unfortunately my plans required that
I return one day before). As I'm listening to Silva's CD, haunting
sounds and melodies with pristine performance and arrangements dominate
the landscape...in fact the language barrier disappears. I don't
understand Portuguese, but can clearly hear the longing, loss, joy
and love that's in Kristoff's music who happens to be a decent whistler
too! Hints of classical, jazz and world sounds grow on you...he
sounds different but enjoyable. We should add that Kristoff's official
website and album graphics are superb and rival any major label
effort. Synchronicty in action meeting him on the bus! Nimesh ('Nimo')
Gandhi from New York via Mumbai was also in our shuttle to Austin.
He shared his CD,Lolli
Zan before reaching his destination. "Good Timing,"
Nimo says of his genre of music "our music is properly positioned
to ride on the success of Oscar winning Slum Dog Millionaires soundtrack,"
he continues. Actually, we found Nimo's music more nostalgic of
80s British bands. I ran into manager/producer and legendary artist
Peter Asher in front of Hilton while crossing the street. Two attractive
young ladies accompanied him. When you get an incredible name like
Asher attached to a developing artist, that begs the question. Who's
the act? They were quick to give me their CD, The
Webb Sisters Comes In Twos - a four song EP produced
by Asher himself. Musicians on this CD read like who's who in session
work: Leland Sklar, Russ Kunkel, Dean Parks, to name a few. Nice
harmonies and arrangements. Production is spars but pristine to
showcase the beautiful voices and writing that's mature and commercial.
These ladies get around. Just one look at their touring schedule
- Austin, Phoenix, San Diego - many other US cities in Canada and
UK. The sun was blinding on 6th Street and so is the future of The
Webb Sisters who tour with Leonard Cohen. I headed to Four Season's
for the Grammy reception. Good to see Jeff Greenberg of Village
Studios with fabu engineer/mixer Ed Cherney who has his private
studio at the facility there and Maureen Droney of Engineer/producer
wing. Met some new faces...crossed paths with James Wolff who told
me about his electronic rock outfit Scary
River from Baltimore. "We have a full length commercial
release called 'Eye Sweat Lightning' distributed through Morphius
Records, promoted by Good Cop PR, and Ariel Cyber Publicity (his
card has everyone's emails in FINE print)," says Wolff who
also manages a cabaret singer, Tom
Moore. A recent graduate of Peabody Conservatory, Wolff has
a degree in Composition. He studied with Grammy winner Nicholas
Maw and works in a studio engineering and A&Rs at Phoenix Group
(EMI Publishing) with Shawn Campbell who was recently nominated
for a Grammy in best RB album of the year (Karina Passian). Ok.
There's nice Grammy member for ya. I can't remember where I got
Tatum's CD. But, I immediately noticed that right on the
cover it says he's playing SXSW on March 19, 8pm at Rusty Spurs
(address and all) and below that, it says he's at the Viper Room
on March 23. Kudos to Josh and/or his manager for having and sharing
this timely information.
Good marketing and preparation, indeed! A Texan, Josh spent some
time in Studio City, California and is a self-confessed fan of Eagles
(though he sounds like Jason Mraz and could be John Mayer's brother).
Photo SXSW badge, Gerry Stober,
studioexpresso's Claris at Texas University, Austin, Famous IronWorks
Delivery: Quincy Jones keynote. He got everyone's attention
from the get-go by striking a personal and political tone--a flyer
sat on every seat inside the auditorium, promoting Jones's push
for a "Secretary of the Arts" in President Barack Obama's
Cabinet (I had gotten the email weeks before). "We' ve tried
iTunes and iPods, but we're still getting iScrewed," said Jones,
wearing sunglasses, white slacks, a brown plaid shirt, and a dark
"People either believe they deserve success in the music industry
or they think they are "fooling everybody," sats Jones
(Ray Charles, Michael Jackson, Count Basie) who advices to take
the emphasis off the self. "You're a terminal for a higher
power. You have to keep thinking like that," says the 76-year-young
producer. Hear the entire speech here.
Then he went on to introduce 14-year-old Philadelphia singer Bianca
Ryan (winner of the premier season of America's Got Talent),
who performed "God Bless The Child" accompanied by recent
Cuban emigrant Alfredo
Rodriguez, who followed with his own scorching Latin jazz
solo on piano.
It was time for an espresso, so I walked over to Four Season's hotel
lakeside (recommended by my Austin friend, Jay Aaron). Talk about
sixth degree of separation. Who sits next to me, but singer/songwriter,
Stober. We clicked from the start. We talked about Quincy's
keynote that Thursday afternoon. When you talk to Gerry or listen
to his music, you can tell he subscribes to the same high ethics
that Jones referred. Just when you think his songs fit Christian
artists like Amie Grant, he throws a hard rock curve at you. Gerry
is versatile! Want to hear the crazy part? We started talking about
this other cool music man back in Los Angeles and realized we both
know and work with him -producer/mixer/engineer, Michael
Michael and Jerry met when Stober read an article on studioexpresso
and came across Ross' profile. It lead to a long working relationship.
So, that's how good people connect -reading the paper, sitting next
to each other, or visiting studioexpresso.com! Singer Billy
Hufsey on Blaster
Records joined in the conversation and immediately recognized
Stober's name. "I've been singing one of your songs man,"
he says. Suddenly Jones' keynote took on a deeper meaning. Indeed,
we may be guided by this higher power as we make choices, then rewarded
when we respect and honor our commitments. All this philosophical
talk was making me hungry. So, we headed out to catch some good
Austin style BBQ
at Ironworks - now on everyone's list of "To Do's"
Most humbled to meet you Gerry. Sorry, the BBQ line was too long!
Icing On The Cake We shared a cab ride and hotel with Legendary
mixer/engineer Bob Clearmountain of MixThis! and partner and Apogee
cofounder/president Betty Bennett. Most enjoyable conversation to
the convention center where Apogee had a nice booth. "Say hello
to Lucas VanDerMee, my favorite tech and humanoid," I asked
Betty. He takes such good care of our fabu producers who dig Apogee
gear. And, thanks for picking up the taxi tab, Ms BB. Sweet!
Nashville Promotes Jason Owen to Senior VP of Artist Development
and Marketing. The country music division of Universal Music Group
(UMG), it was announced by Luke Lewis, Chairman of Universal Music
Nashville, to whom he reports. In addition to directing all of the
publicity, creative and video activities for MCA and Mercury Nashville,
Owen will now also oversee the digital and marketing departments
for both companies." His expertise, leadership qualities and
outstanding people skills have made him an invaluable asset to our
team and artists, and we are delighted to expand the playing field
for him even further, says Lewis. Most recently, Owen served
as Senior Vice President of Artist, Media Relations and Creative
Services for MCA and Mercury Nashville, where he was instrumental
in the break-through success of such chart-topping artists as Sugarland,
Julianne Hough, Josh Turner and Jamey Johnson as well as handling
all publicity/creative efforts for country superstars Shania Twain,
George Strait, Lee Ann Womack and Reba McEntire, among many others.
Prior to joining Universal, Owen enjoyed an extensive and successful
career in television, serving as Director of Marketing and Talent
Relations at Columbia TriStar Television. His background also includes
stints with Spelling Entertainment and New Line Cinema/Fine Line
has made three additions to their senior executive team including
SVP of Strategy and Global Marketing, a Chief Technology Officer,
and a VP of Business and Legal Affairs. Jamie Kantrowitz
was named SVP Strategy and Global Marketing. She will also oversee
content partnerships and original programming, label relations,
and marketing initiatives worldwide. She will be based in New York,
where MySpace Music will add an office. Jamie had served as MySpaces
SVP President, International Marketing and Content based in London.
Alex Maghen will serve as Chief Technology Officer for MySpace
Music. Previous positions include CTO at Yahoo! Music/Launch Media
and at MTV Networks Online. Nancy Taylor joins MySpace Music
as Lead Counsel, VP Business and Legal Affairs. Most recently she
was SVP, Office of the Chairman and CEO of Warner/Chappell Music.
"We are so excited to welcome these incredibly talented individuals
to our growing MySpace Music team, said Courtney Holt, President
of MySpace Music. Additionally, during the last few months the company
has made product enhancements designed to improve the user experience
on MySpace Music including a new music player, public playlisting,
unlimited number of playlists, album pages, artist activity feeds,
new music search functionality, artist authentication, and top search
Scalper site TicketsNow Troubles Customer Is The Boss.
Fans of Bruce Springsteen who signed on to Ticketmaster earlier
this month to buy concert tickets were told that they had sold out
within minutes, and were directed to TicketsNow, which had considerably
more expensive tickets. The Wall Street Journal reported that a
number of top artists, including Elton John, Neil Diamond, Britney
Spears and Bon Jovi, have been colluding with Ticketmaster to sell
blocks of premium tickets on one of Ticketmaster's online scalping
sites, TicketExchange, for a significant markup. Pressed on whether
Ticketmaster would sell TicketsNow, Azoff demurred at first, but
finally said that for the right price, "I would certainly vote
to do that." While the public relations black eye that TicketsNow
gave Ticketmaster would not normally be considered by the Justice
Department as it assesses whether the merger is legal under antitrust
law, the issue loomed large in hearings held by lawmakers troubled
by what they see are high and rising concert ticket prices. They
also seem troubled that a merger of behemoths would give the new
company excessive clout in the music industry. Azoff and Live
Nation Inc. CEO Michael Rapino argued that the merger was needed
because of economic woes in the music industry, partially caused
by widespread piracy. They predicted that a merger could create
jobs. Azoff, who came to Ticketmaster
Entertainment Inc four months ago, had previously said he disagreed
with the decision to buy TicketsNow.Ticketmaster
posted a loss of $1.07 billion for the fourth quarter after writing
down $1.1 billion for loss of goodwill. The company justified this
accounting manoeuver on the basis of falling share prices. Ticketmaster
has agreed to alter some of its business practices and pay $350,000
to cover the investigation. As part of the settlement, they will
stop linking customers to Ticketmaster-owned scalper site TicketsNow
for at least one year. After that, they'll need permission from
the Attorney General for any links.Ticketmaster will also now sale
tickets for general public on-sales only through their site, and
that tickets will not be sold or offered on TicketsNow until the
on-sale begins. As for the Springsteen show, Ticketmaster must run
a lottery that for 2,000 tickets at face value to fans who purchased
ducats to Springsteen's May 21 and 23 concerts in East Rutherford,
N.J. All fees and service charges will be waived. They must also
refund customers who purchased tickets through TicketsNow within
the first five hours of the Springsteen on-sale. Fans who do not
win the lottery will be given $100 Ticketmaster gift cards, and
preferential buying on the next Springsteen show in New Jersey.
Jolly Good Fellow Peter Grueneisen, studio
bau:ton founder and principal at nonzero
I architecture, was elevated by the American
Institute of Architects to its prestigious College of Fellows
He will be inducted at the 2009 National Convention, held this May
in San Francisco, CA. The honor is awarded to architects who have
made contributions of national significance to the profession of
architecture, and is considered one of the highest honors bestowed
to a select group of architects by a jury of their peers. From a
national membership of more than 80,000 architects, fewer than 2,500
AIA members are distinguished with the honor of Fellowship. Also
taken into consideration are an individuals contributions
to the advancement of living standards through an improved society
with significant public service. The new fellows are entitled to
use the designation of FAIA following their names. Photo
Above: John Ellis Peter Grueneisen's changes to a 1949 Richard Neutra
house followed two basic principles: blending the additions into
the original structure, and maintaining and reinforcing the open
flow between inside and out. Also check Soundspace
by Peter Grueneisenan, a book that offers an eclectic survey of
issues central to building for contemporary media. Renowned guest
authors from the fields of media and architecture have contributed
ideas and projects, and a detailed overview of architectural acoustics
serves as an integrated technical guide. practical applications
are presented in a beautifully illustrated portfolio of distinguished
projects by studio bau:ton, ranging from museums to recording studios
and film production facilities. Congrats PG!
Mansion Candy Spelling, the widow of Aaron Spelling and mother
of Tori Spelling, has put her infamous mansion up for sale. With
an asking price of $150 million, The Manor is the most expensive
home for sale in the US. The home has a bowling alley, beauty salon,
gift wrapping room, and a service wing with a kitchen, 5 bathrooms,
4 wet bars, 5 fireplaces, tennis court, fountains, a waterfall,
a pool and spa, a reflection pool and a pool house with a kitchen,
and 16 car ports.
The estate also boasts an 18th Century-style garden, a rooftop rose
garden and a citrus orchard.
"I have a lot of wonderful, wonderful, wonderful feelings about
this house and special things that I went through in building it,
with a love that you can't even imagine, yet I feel like I'm moving
on to a new chapter in my life," said Candy who purchased a
2 story penthouse condo in Century City for a record 47 million
dollars in July 2008. Her new bedroom is reported to be 4000sf.
The building is being built on the site of the old St. Regis Hotel
on Avenue of the Stars next door to the Century Plaza Hotel. The
mansion was the site of Bing Crosby's home, torn down to make room
for the Spelling Mansion. Sally Forster Jones with Coldwell Banker
(310)281-3999 is said to be the listing agent.
Artists COME TOGETHER
WARREN, Orange County 17 years old
Who Meets Who: Alt rock
Milestone: Maple Jam Records, Secured TV music licenses,
Won quarterfinals, moving to semi-finals for Battle of the Bands,
Southern California, Video "Never Wanted" on YOUTUBE filmed
by The Film Edge.com Director, Oscar Alvarez. Next Showcase April
7 @ The Knitting Factory - 8pm - Los Angeles
(RSVP to Maple Jam email@example.com
"We all need to move forward at an accelerated pace, create
new, sustainable partnerships, empower new models,
help 3 guys in a loft in San Francisco or a flat in Shoreditch to
- Ted Cohen on staff changes at EMI and the need for change
throughout the music industry on the MidemNet blog.
"My path to the music industry was an improbable one,"
said Jones, noting he grew up in Chicago in a neighborhood surrounded
by old-style gangsters who carried Tommy guns. "Truth is,"
he said. "We wanted to be gangsters." But, Jones said,
"Music would nourish my mind and soul, and it would save my
Jones, keynote at SXSW
You Need Is Love
-- The Beatles
proud parents, Mr & Mrs John
Rodd - baby, Frida now four months old!
John has been busy building a studio designed by world-renowned
studio designer, and acoustician Peter Grueneisen of nonzero l architecture.
He just returned from San Francisco where he was the speaker at
the Game Developers Conference and recorded, mixed, and mastered
the score for composer Cliff Martinez (Traffic, Solaris) for the
feature film Espion(s).
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