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Codes are the belle of the technology ball this month. Meet Masters of
the Universe and take a coffee break with producer of Lit and OAR. We
get crazy with Favored Nation artists in LA and travel North where the
Dead are alive with music and new artists rising. Trans Audio Group has
all of 9 products from Dave Hill's Crane Song including the Europa One.
We make a stop at Olivia Broadfield's plug 'n play studio with Focusrite
and learn about their new small console with a big sound. Dreams can come
true (read the end).
engineer Erick Labson and production manager, Blair Milby at Universal
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We caught up
with producer Matt
Wallace this month who was in the studio to record Lit's new
album. Take a listen to what they've been working on band's
site. Just click in the TV above to check out a brand new song
Wallace listening in while Jeremy records his guitar tracks! Lit
in Van Nuys - July 2011
CRAZY SOUNDTRACK Inspired by the tragic life of legendary 1950's-era guitarist
Hank Garland, this soundtrack features songs performed by Roy Orbison,
Shawn Colvin, Mandy Barnett, Madeleine Peyroux, Stacy Earl, and
Kip Lennon. The soundtrack is produced by multiple Grammy award
winning producer Larry Klein. The Crazy soundtrack is executive
produced by Favored
Nations CEO/guitar virtuoso Steve Vai (Mothership),
and former Guitar Center-owner Ray Scherr. Crazy features beautiful
vocal renditions by Shawn Colvin, and Madeleine Peyroux as well
as blazing instrumentals by Larry Koonse, Dean Parks and many other
music at the Favored Nation label makes me fall in love with guitar
music again. Blast off FNs radio and hear Blue Passion by Neal Schon,
The Mystery or Enless Road by Tommy Emmanuel, Perpetually Hip by
Mimi Fox, Bloom by Eric Johnson. Wow, guitar is back in a big way
with virtuoso guitarists, including founder, Mr Steve Vai who says
Favored Nations was created with the intent of bringing you music
that's energetic and emotional, with performances by artists of
the highest caliber. Check out Favored Nation artists and enjoy!
Relies on ATCs for the New Shania Twain Single
After earning dual degrees in business and recording, Reid Shippen
worked his way up from an intern at Quad Studios in Nashville, TN
to one of the most sought-after young mix engineers around. In his
more than 10 years of experience in the studio, Reid has mixed multiple
gold and platinum records and hundreds of charting singles and albums,
including six Grammy Award-winners.
"After six months of ownership, I'm happy to report that I
love my ATCs.
They're one of the best mix tools I have and I'm constantly impressed
by the detail and the way they translate." said Shippen. "They
make the big stuff bang and they make the small stuff easy to pick
out. Shippen's notable discography would not be complete without
listing additional artists such as Clay Aiken, Jonny Lang, Flyleaf,
Switchfoot, Backstreet Boys, Third Day, MercyMe, and Newsboys. Reid
currently resides in Nashville, TN, where he works out of Robot
Lemon, his private SSL mix studio that recently received an upgrade
to ATC SCM150Pro monitors.
Audio Pro Awards Go to Dave Hill Designs Europa 1 & Crane Song
Audio Pro International
Awards Finalists are out and the Dave Hill Designs Europa 1 and
Crane Song STC8 are both among them for best new outboard studio
Crane Song owner,
founder and design engineer Dave
Hill Design has become one of the most respected inventors in
the professional audio business. Dave has been doing studio and
film sound recording since 1972. Early in the 1980's Dave was asked
by a used equipment dealer if he could design a tube compressor
that would have the sound of the older tube type devices and still
be clean enough to compete with modern devices. The result of this
request was the Summit Audio TLA-100. On the success of that first
design, Dave went on to design multiple tube devices for Summit.
In 1995 Dave founded Crane Song, a new company based on solid state
pro audio and innovative pro audio software. Dave introduced one
of the very first changeable color compressors, the STC 8. Other
products followed, including the unique Flamingo preamp with "tone",
"iron" and "sound" switches for variable tone
and saturation; and HEDD which creates tube and analog sound in
the digital domain. Dave later entered the software market with
his product called Phoenix, the first product to bring analog color
to Pro Tools TDM. Dave Hill's reputation continues to expand and
include multiple contracts with high profile hardware and software
manufacturers to design products or circuits that achieve unique
Blues guitar phenom Eric Gales was born and raised in Memphis, learning
to play at age four. Eric was voted best blues guitar this year
by Guitarist Magazine. His new release with 13 originals is due
out on August 29th, 2011 on Shrapnel's
Blues Bureau label (formerly signed with Elektra and MCA).
The new album "Transformation" offers the same all-star
line up as Eric's last album, Aaron Haggerty on drums and Steve
Evans on bass and was recorded at Prairie
Sun Recording with Mike
Varney at the helm. Music runs in the family as eric's grandfather,
Dempsey Garrett, Sr., was known to jam with the likes of Muddy Waters
and Howlin' Wolf. Gales last 4 albums were release on Mike Varney's
Blues Bureau Records: Crystal Vision in '06, Psychedelic Underground
in '07, The Story of My Life in '08 and Layin' Down the Blues, Relentless
the years, it would not be unusual to look out in the audience and
see artists like Carlos Santana, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, B.
B. King, and Eric Clapton, looking on with interest as Eric took
his God-given talent and worked crowd after crowd into a frenzy.
Eris will be wrapping up a tour on Sat, September 17 at Livermore
Valley Performing Arts Center, Livermore, CA. Buy Tickets with Reverb
Attitude of Gratitude at Prairie Sun Recording
At age 13 Lauren
O'Connell sports over 2,248,000 views on YouTube for her music
videos. A recent transplant to California (native of Rochester,
New York), Lauren came to Prairie
Sun to record her 3rd full length album. Teaming up with engineer
Oz Fritz in Studio C, Lauren recorded to 2" analog tape.
The story goes that she raised recording funds via Pledge Music.
Fans are able to make a monetary pledge to their favorite artist's
project. In return the fan receives various incentives from the
artist such as handwritten lyrics, etc. Musicians featured on this
recording are Dave Rollans (drums) Josh Fosgreen (Bass) and Ryan
Lerman (guitar/vocals). Retro rockers Radio
Moscow was at Prairie Sun via SXSW. With roots in an Iowa basement,
RM has taken their crazy rave-ups and fuzzed out psychedelic guitar
sounds touring Europe. Look for their second album recorded at Prairie
Sun with engineer Jason D'Ottavio -"vintage gear and all analog,
of course," says band founder Parker Griggs. Also mastered
at Prairie Sun's Mocking
Bird Mastering by resident engineer Tim Gennert. So, PSR owner
Mooka Rennick is grateful. What for? "First off, the Grateful
Dead!! Engineer and Grateful Dead archivist Jeffrey Norman mixed
the gargantuan Europe `72: The Complete Recordings box set. He spent
the last 6 months in Prairie Sun's Studio B, mixing every last minute
of every show recorded on the Dead's legendary 1972 tour of Europe.
For more information on this definitive box set, check out our blog
and Dead.net. For
some behind-the-scenes details check out KPFA's
interview with Jeffrey about his mixing process.
For his 6th album, Chris Duarte, brought in regular Shrapnel session
standouts Robert Watson (bass) and Aaron Haggerty (drums), working
with producer/ Shrapenel
Records chief Mike Varney and engineer Jason D'Ottavio. Prairie
Sun and Shrapnel have also teamed up with Eric
Gales for another fantastic album scheduled to be out August
29th, 2011. Eric was voted best blues guitar this year by Guitarist
All of this
services are conveniently located under one roof at Universal Mastering's
well-appointed building in Hollywood, California near Universal
City Walk, luxury hotels and 5-Star restaurants.
Engineer Doell demonstrate the new John Waitt single he mastered
w/ Universal Audio products. "Like butter on your toast,"
the resources for each client to deliver music in any commercial
format--with these services all performed within one secure mastering
from producer Matt Wallace #12 Billboard debut! "King"
by Of A
During the mix for Shania's new single (Today is Your Day), she
was requesting minute tweaks that we could have easily missed on
other speakers- they were obvious on the ATCs. I've spent years
trying all sorts of gear in what will probably be a never-ending
quest to improve the quality of my work. After living with these
ATC SCM150Pro monitors, I'm happy to say I've stopped looking for
For more info on ATC
Loudspeakers , contact Brad
Lunde byPhone (702) 307-2700 or visit www.transaudiogroup.com
Today the Crane
Song family of products has grown to nine pieces; the STC-8 compressor,
*HEDD (Harmonically Enhanced Digital Device), FLAMINGO, a stereo
microphone preamplifier, TRAKKER, a single channel compressor, SPIDER,
an eight channel microphone preamplifier, mixer and A/D convertor,
AVOCET, a discrete class A studio controller, IBIS, a stereo analog
equalizer, EGRET, a highly flexible digital audio workstation back
end and PHOENIX, an analog modeling TDM plug-in suite for Pro Tools
HD. "Crane Song Ltd. is able to provide the highest level of
quality due to the many years of experience of both Dave and the
people who have stayed with him. Some of these employees have worked
with Dave since 1988 and continue to have an intense interest in
developing the best audio devices possible. Crane Song's combination
of innovative design and uncompromising attention have helped the
company make its mark in the professional audio world," says
converted single-car garage at her home in the Midlands, UK,
Olivia crafts what she calls "weird, dream, lush, acousti-tronica-pop"
that has massaged the ears of music lovers and television
viewers the world over. She's
had TV placements on hit US shows such as The Hills, 90210
and Melrose Place, but she also writes commissioned pieces
for commercials. "I'm the voice of spreadable cheese
in Germany and dog food in France," Oliia
admits from the comfort of the sofa in her studio, surrounded
by a collection of her favorite instruments and a relatively
modest technical setup.
Comprising a Mac Pro running Propellerhead Reason/Record alongside
her pride and joy, the Focusrite Saffire Pro 24, it's a simple
but very effective rig. Olivia expands, "I like things
that I can pretty much plug and play. I need to know that,
without too much fuss, what's going to come is going to sound
really good." For Olivia, sound is everything, especially
because her musical style relies on very pure, clean recordings.
Her interface, featuring two award-winning Focusrite preamps,
provides this effortlessly. Olivia explains, "the best
thing about the Saffire interface is the instantly recognisable
shift in quality from other interfaces that I've used before.
In fact, a lot of the recent stuff that I've done since I've
got it has already made it straight on to TV without any sort
of post-production or mastering."
Little Console With The Big Sound Focusrite 2802
Mesa Recording is the first studio to take delivery of the
new Focusrite 2802. Here much of Green Day's "21st Century
Breakdown" was recorded. Other artists who have recorded
here include: Sublime, Wyclef Jean, The Rounders and Whitney
Houston. Studio owner/manager and mix engineer Nick Fainbarg
(right) is already enjoying his Focusrite
Control 2802 ."It totally rocks. Fantastic
headroom, very punchy and totally transparent," Nick
The studio is a 3000 sqft facility settled above Newport Beach's
Balboa Peninsula. The 475-sqft-control room is equipped with
API, Shaddow Hills,
and Neve front end feeding, and a 96 channel ioLynx-equipped
Pro Tools HD rig. Monitoring is handled through the new Focusrite
2802 summing mixer to Barefoot Micomain 27 monitors, Bryston
4b NS-10 pair, Genelec 1031's and Altec Mains. Typical 2-bus
chain is a Prism MEA-2 to a Neve 33609. Optional 2-bus compressors
installed are the C2 and the Vari-Mu. "I have a 1000
sqft drum room with high ceilings, approximately 25 feet,
and I have a lot of instruments -- drums, cymbals, and killer
basses, so we get a lot of drum and bass sessions here. I
also get a lot of vocal sessions. We have a nice choice of
mic selection, and have familiarity with Melodyne. Plus, I
work well with producers," says Fainbarg.
Hill Design introduces a totally unique design concept
in microphone pre amplifier technology, The Europa One. Included
are the standard functions such as phase, phantom power and
an instrument input. The microphone input has 3 input impedance
choices: 2.2K ohms for normal microphone operation, 300 ohm,
or different microphone sounds and a instrument input which
has an impedance of 1.2 Meg ohms -- ideal for guitars. The
gain over all is adjustable in 1db steps from 0 to 66db on
the mic input and 0 to 30 db on the instrument input. Gain
is displayed on a 2 digit led display. The low cut filter,
which is a 3 pole, 18db per octave, has 8 frequencies: 148
Hz, 130 Hz, 117 Hz, 100 Hz, 81 Hz, 63 Hz, 48 Hz, 33 Hz, and
off. Unique to the Europa pre-amp are 3 controls for changing
the color of the pre-amp: The first control is a SPEED which
changes how fast the pre-amp can respond. The control goes
from 0 to 8 with 8 being the fastest rate, and 0 being very
drastic. The even harmonic control provides 9 levels of color
from 0 to 8. The odd harmonic control which also has 9 levels
color with the 0 setting being the cleanest in both cases.
Tino Passante reports a busy month at Avatar
Studios, with sessions spanning pop, rock, jazz, and classical.
In Studio C, Joe
Jackson was recording his upcoming self-produced release
through the Neve VRP 72 console with engineer Elliot
Scheiner. Aki Nishimura assisted. GRAMMY Award winner
Spalding was recording her upcoming release co-produced
with Q-Tip in Studio A, with its legendary live room and custom
Neve 8088. Engineer Joe Ferla was assisted by Fernando Lodeiro.
VHS or Beta mixed in Studio G on the SSL 4000G+ with engineer
Martin Brumbach, assisted by Fernando Lodeiro. Honor
Society (right) recorded on the SSL 9000J in Studio B
with producer Adam Blackstone. Engineer Jon Smeltz was assisted
by Tim Marchiafava.
Broadfield racked up over 50 TV placements with
her first album with songs featured on shows such as The
Hills, Melrose Place and Ghost Whisperer and made fans in
both Perez Hilton and Jessica Simpson. Her debut album Eyes
Wide Open reached No. 3 on the iTunes electronica charts
and sold thousands worldwide following its release in 2009
with Vagrant Records. On June 20th 2011 her sophomore album
This Beautiful War was released. With a new
collection of 10 gorgeously personal songs all written and
recorded in her studio in the middle of the English countryside,
Olivias second album takes her back to her roots.
has just signed a new publishing deal with Sony ATV and
the first single to be taken from the album, Daydreams,
has already been heard on 90210.
2802 is a studio grade console offering features and performance
previously only available in consoles costing many times
more, says Phil Wagner, president of Focusrite Novation
Inc. Focusrite unveiled its Control
2802 (below) -- a small-format analogue recording console
and a DAW control surface in one. It forms both the digital
control nerve centre and the analogue heart of the modern
professional project studio.
three controls are a series analog process so that the even
harmonic control affects the sound of the speed control
and the odd harmonic control affects the sound of both the
speed and even harmonic controls. All the controls; gain,
speed, even harmonic, the odd harmonic controls are stepped
which makes it easy to recall settings. The level meter
has a 0 VU reference point of (+4dbu) with one dB steps
going to +20 dB above 0VU and to -25 dB below 0 VU with
the steps being larger than 1 dB below -16 dB The maximum
output level is +24 dbu balanced with the maximum balanced
input level of +24 dbu at 0 dB of gain. This allows the
Europa 1 pre-amp to be used in a mix environment for coloring.
2004 Edition of the
Recording Industry Sourcebook is out
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Beal has been working on a slew of new projects lately including
the upcoming Al Pacino project, Wilde
Salome. Beal scored the music for the high profile release which
will be directed by the Academy Award-winning actor. The movie,
which stars Pacino as well as Jessica Chastain and Kevin Anderson,
is based on Oscar Wildes most controversial works and centers
around a scintillating tale of lust, greed and one woman's scorn.
The movie is scheduled to premiere at the Venice Film Festival in
August. Beal also worked on the upcoming horse racing series on
HBO entitled Luck
which is directed by Michael Mann and stars Dustin Hoffman and Nick
Nolte. An air date has not been announced for the series
Beats New Lotus VP
Meet the newly named Vice President of Creative Design of Global
Marketing for Lotus. "He's a risk taker with considerable credentials,
including music producer, rapper, designer and painter," the
British car manufacturer stated. "He's the perfect man to add
to the Lotus lineup." Lotus explains the rationale behind the
decision with 3 simple statements:
1. Like Group Lotus , he means business: Hes a risk taker
with considerable credentials
2. Like our cars, hes multi award winning: This year he shared
a Grammy Award with Jay-Z.
3. Like Group Lotus he keeps good company: Regularly works with
the likes of Bono, Kanye West, Beyoncé and Alicia Keys.
I think few of ours producers at studioexpresso would dig the new
Lotus, no?! Anyhow, here's what a work day looks like for the new
Magnifier A New Music Blog from Google...Free downloads, videos,
images, interviews, songs of the day, exclusive live sets and recommendations,
with content updated on a daily basis. "Sometimes it will be
new artists we think deserve more attention," described Google
head of Music Programming Tim Quirk. "And sometimes there will
be video interviews and live performances. You can add any or all
of the songs to your Music Beta library instantly," Quirk says.
Currently Google remains without major label licenses on its cloud,
which prevents quick, iCloud-style scan-n-matching of user collections.
Instead, Music Beta users are forced to go through a laborious,
often multi-day uploading process. On Magnifier,
that is not an issue. Meantime, the US Government has just fined
Google $500 million for knowingly advertising Canadian pharmaceuticals
to American users.
Code Craze At Comic-Con San Diego was the site for more than
125,000 fanboys and geek girls and pop culture enthusiasts to indulge
in everything genre and sci-fi related. The big technology craze
at the show was scanning the QR code with smartphones. Enter to
win, sell tickets or want to watch the new WB trailer? Scan it to
pull it up on your phone. One booth was even having a scavenger
hunt throughout the convention center via QR codes, where one scan
would direct you to the next, and the first to the end won a box
set of comics and prizes. As far as technology goes, this year the
new belle of the ball is QR Codes.
Darrel Thorp (Radiohead, Beck, Charlotte Gainsbourg) and Universal
Audio's Jason Toney showcased UA analog hardware and UAD-2 Powered
Plug Ins at RSPE on August 18th. Darrell shared tips and tricks
and attendees heard UA analog hardware and UAD-2 Powered Plug-Ins
in action, including the latest plug ins like the Studer A800 Tape
Machine and Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb.
Pack (Ambrosia) is pictured with several of the 25 global female
semi-finalists of the Avon Voices talent search. The ladies flew
to Burbank from around the world to sing for a live audience backed
by David's supergroup. Go to www.avonvoices.com
to vote and make a difference in empowering women. Earlier famed
DJ Rick Dees tapped David as his music director for the launch of
his new L.A. radio Morning Show on the new Movin 93.9 fm. It debuts
with guest stars Jack Nicholson, Janet Jackson, and Justin Timberlake
surprise song for Rick, and several of David's themes including
a new "Rick Dees Mornin Show Theme Song."
Museum of Making Music at NAMM headquarters in Carlsbad, California
unveiled its new design at a reopening celebration on Aug. 20, 2011.
The museum honored Ruth
Charles for her gift to the museum (watch a short video interview
with Ruth about her humble beginnings that's now part of the oral
music history at NAMM). Ruth and her late husband Dick opened a
music store in Glendale, California, called Charles Music. They
enjoyed a long life together as music makers and teachers and retailers
of musical products. The couple pioneered many products in the southern
California area including those of Yamaha and Roland (Mr. Kakehashi,
the founder of Roland, is a cherished friend). In 2011 Mrs. Charles
became the first music retail gallery sponsor of the Museum of Making
Music in Carlsbad, California. "Since opening in 2000, the
Museum has exposed visitors to the history of music through educational
programs, exhibitions and our live performance series. This renovation
allows us to further expand the popular interactive portion of our
Museums vision, giving visitors a chance to pick up instruments
and explore their own musicality during their visit, says
Carolyn Grant, executive director at the Museum of Making Music.
Four of the Museums galleries, which showcase more than a
century of musical innovations, are enhanced to highlight a breakthrough
from each era. The Museums fifth gallery is fully renovated,
offering nearly 1,100 square feet of updated stories of instrument
innovation and usage as well as newly developed, state-of-the-art
interactive displays. The renovation which cost about $620,000 includes
a complete rehaul of the museums fifth 1,100-square-foot gallery.
Visitors are invited to sample music from around the world and play
a variety of instruments independently or with their friends and
family. Interactive instruments have been provided by Taylor Guitars,
Korg, Kurzeil, Moog, The Martin Guitar Company, Deering Banjos,
Roland, and many more. The project, designed by Academy Studios
of Novato, Calif., will also include the creation of a new space
to showcase temporary exhibits, which the Museum self-curates. This
important renovation project will further the Museums mission
to get people excited about the rich history of musical instruments
and encourage family and friends to explore music making,
said Dean Weldon, president and CEO of Academy Studios.The museum
is located at 5790 Armada Drive near Legoland. Admission prices
for the Museum of Making Music are $8 for adults, $5 for kids, seniors,
active military and students. The museum is open every day except
Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday is an Opera in Two Acts. Some have called it a rock opera.
But, according to the composer, Sam Ottinger, Black Friday
is outwardly intense, dark and meant to grab hold of unsuspecting
audience members and give them chills. Sam who composed libretto/score
for Black Friday and conducted the nine piece ensemble/cast of fourteen
for four sold out shows before an audience of 250, drew his inspiration
from Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal and Wagner's "Artwork
of the Future" -- a new vision for musical drama in which music,
poetry and painting would be combined to create a Gesamtkunstwerk
(complete work of art). Ottinger who's fluent in German, composed
the music for Black Friday amidst his interest in the operatic form
and a growing interest in the Broadway musical. "It was composed
as an answer to the fairytale endings of popular works in order
to revitalize the power of tragedy in theater. However, it was also
composed as an answer to the ever-growing American obsession with
consumer culture (Black Friday refers to the day following Thanksgiving
Day in the United States, traditionally the beginning of the Christmas
shopping season)," says Ottinger who saw his first opera, Simon
Boccanegra by Giuseppe Verdi, in the fall of 2004 at the Vienna
Staatsoper. "Like most of the cultural epiphanies in my life
I was introduced to the world of opera unexpectedly by my host-mother
Jenny, who like most Austrians, felt it her duty to enrich my life
with Austrian culture whenever possible," says Ottinger. The
music of the opera incorporate improvisatory elements of rock, jazz
and experimental music. This Wesleyan graduate believes that some
sort of orchestration is necessary in order for Black Friday to
truly be considered an opera. " What's next for Sam? He is
moving to LA this month and looking for a job. "I'm good with
people. So, anything in a studio, club or theater where there's
music would be welcome," says Sam.
Look for more chilling music from this young composer who was rushing
to see the Tim Burton exhibit at LACMA after his espresso with studioexrpesso.
You can find Sam on Facebook.
- TERRA NOVA: SINFONIA ANTARCTICA -- A Mediation About Landscape.
Antarctica has no government and belongs to no country. It's the
new destination for Paul
aka DJ Spooky who spins music Beirut to NY to Seoul, Hong Kong,
Berlin, Frankfurt, Beijing and more.."I'll be having launch
events to celebrate the new publication," he says. ICE is a
graphic art project that explores the cultural response to climate
change through art. "I took a studio to Antarctica and went
to several of the main ice fields to make what I like to call "acoustic
portraits" of the different kind of ice in Antarctica."
says Paul AKA DJ Spooky. More
than 170 million years ago, Antarctica was part of the supercontinent
Gondwanaland. Over time Godwin broke apart and Antarctica as we
know it today was formed around 25 million years ago. Using digital
media, video, and high tech recording equipment, DJ Spooky paints
an acoustic portrait of this rapidly transforming environment. Watch
of Protecting Your IP Just how much would Protect IP Act cost
the taxpayers? Try $47 million through 2016, according to the nonpartisan
Congressional Budget Office. That doesn't even include costs by
nonfederal groups like ISPs. In order to enforce the legislation,
the Department of Justice says it will need an additional 22 special
agents and 26 support staff. Once fully phased in, CBO estimates
the costs of the additional employees under the bill would reach
about $10 million annually, including salaries, benefits, training,
equipment, and support costs, says the CBO. By its very nature,
leading search engine Google will be affected by the new legislation.
Recently executive chairman Eric Schmidt spoke out against PROTECT
IP-style censorship during the companys Big Tent conference
in London, saying that the company would fight demands to carry
out web blocking. Law
enforcement costs money? ....Gee! we should do away with it!
is the jolting new documentary that takes a hard look at America's
perilous and unsustainable addiction to foreign oil and focuses
on a surprising solution to America's oil dependence, is from the
filmmakers of the award winning Sundance documentary "Fuel"
and will debut simultaneously in theaters and on DVD. The husband
and wife Freedom filmmaking team of Josh and Rebecca Tickell will
immediately embark on a three month, 30+ city North American Clean
Energy Tour in a fully customized Freedom Bus, a "green"
constructed, highly energy efficient vehicle. Freedom features an
eclectic array of personalities, including former Speaker of the
House Newt Gingrich, former NATO commander Wesley Clark, singer/songwriter
Jason Mraz, international author Deepak Chopra and such "green"
actors as Ed Begley, Jr., Amy Smart and Michelle Rodriguez.. Book
CDs Anyone? Gold has been going through the roof. Why not 24-karat
gold CDs?! Legacy remasterings is a Camarillo, CA-based Audio Fidelity
company, and the latest releases are James Taylor's Sweet Baby James
(1970) and Heart's Greatest Hits (1998) is you guessed it, Gold.
These are numbered, limited edition releases that will be available
starting this month. Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab "Original Master
Recording (TM)" has been doing the Gold CDs for well over a
Like the Audio Fidelity business above, Mobile Fidelity's business
has always been remastered reissues of classic albums. The claim
is that the gold won't oxidize so the disc will last forever. Mr
Taylor is giving guitar lessons, if you want to sign up on his site.
For Taylor fans, Concord/Hear Music has just released James Taylor
and Carole King's Live at the Troubadour CD & DVD set. Recorded
at the November 2007 reunion at West Holllywood's Troubadour Club
by JT's original producer Peter Asher, the show recreated their
A Heart 4 MusiCares:
Donate Today With Your Photo & Message
The fundraising campaign is aimed at the public to create the world's
largest photo mosaic comprised of 1 million photo tiles. According
to president/CEO, Neil Portnow, Bon Jovi, Melissa Etheridge, Martina
McBride, Rascal Flatts, Pete Stump, and Taylor Swift are among celebs
who have already uploaded their photos. MusiCares continue to provide
a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of
need. Established by The Recording Academy in 1989, MusiCares' services
and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal
emergencies. Participants can visit
www.beapartoftheheart.com and make a contribution of $1 or more
to receive an online tile, upload a photo and include their stories
and links to websites and social media platforms. When you donate
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is the author of "The Lefsetz Letter." Famous for being
beholden to no one and speaking the truth, Bobs insights are
fueled by his stint as an entertainment business attorney, majordomo
of Sanctuary Musics American division and consultancies to
major labels. On
the topic of why you still need recordings, we're quoting him with
permission. We hope it's useful to artists of all size and genre.
You need 'em once you've got traction. Quality is key. And quality
must improve as your career grows. New fans at the advent will overlook
your failings. But once you gain a name your music must be more
polished and be able to close those who barely care, who are only
doing a drive-by. If your music isn't good enough at any point in
the ascent, stop playing live and go back to practicing and writing.
2. You want an album for the gig.
Ironically, albums are most important when you're starting out.
Maybe it's just an EP, four songs, but people want something they
can bite into, can familiarize themselves with. Sure, start with
one track, but then you've got nothing to sell at the gig. A great
MP3 posted online, for free, so it can be traded, can rocket you
into the stratosphere almost immediately, if it's that good. But
that's a huge if. If your music is truly that great, and most isn't,
make that your calling card, maybe you don't even have to play live
at first, like Toronto's Weeknd. But most people don't emerge fully-formed,
you've got to build more slowly, more gradually. Chances are you
don't even know where you're going at first, you've got to find
3. Once you've gained huge success, release a steady stream of
The music stokes the fire of the enterprise. It's the kindling,
not the log. You're nothing without the music, which is why you
should constantly satiate fans with new stuff. That keeps your touring
numbers up, that allows you to sell merch. Taking a year or two
off to record an album causes you to lose momentum. Sure, it might
deliver a payday, but that paradigm is fading with the death of
physical product and the replacement of MP3s with streaming.
I really hope
you get this little note of gratitude from Australia. Thank you
so much for all the fabulous recordings and the blood sweat and
tears that you obviously put into your projects. I just wish everyone
cared as much as you. I am a big fan of "surround " and
I just despair at the lack of enthusiasm for it. What we get (MP3
crap ) sounds like it was recorded on a lawn mower. I read some
time ago that you have re-mastered all of the "Steely Dan"
discs?... got very excited and, eventually, disappointed by the
labels disinterest. You were also responsible for one of my all
time favorite discs, "The Hunter" ( Jennifer Warnes.)
Just took delivery of the new "gold" version, although
I suppose if it was recorded digitally, there won't be an improvement.
But I just had to have it anyway! ( What a surround disc that would
make.) I wish you continued success and I look forward to your future
Many thanks Elliot, Warren Davies
Appling. Charming and hard working musician we ran into at a
Coffee Bean near Hollywood and Highland. First you notice a well-dressed
man with a confident air. Rizen must have been Tweeting his fans.
Sipping his latte, with a healthy supply of CDs on his side. We
noticed and commented on the slick artwork on the CD covers (each
CD sported a different color jacket). "Thank you. My girlfriend
is a graphic artist," he says as he hands me a copy along with
his business card. The card looks sharp and has all the pertinent
info - phone: 818-297-2933 web site: www.rizenrecrods.com.
Yup, he's got his own label too!
Rizen we like your style, man. And as for your music, keep doing
it. God bless you too.
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Jerry Leiber April
25, 1933 - August 22, 2011
on Monday in Los Angeles. He was 78. The lyricist, with his
partner, Mike Stoller, wrote some of the most enduring classics
in the history of rock n roll, including Hound
Dog, (originally written for blues singer Big Mama Thornton,
the song became an enormous hit for Elvis Presley in 1956) Yakety
Yak, Stand By Me and On Broadway.
Leiber was a student at Fairfax High in Los Angeles while Mr. Stoller,
a fellow rhythm-and-blues fanatic, was a freshman at Los Angeles
City College. He contributed catchy, street-savvy lyrics to Mr.
Stoller, a pianist, composing infectious, bluesy tunes.
Mr. Leiber is survived by three sons, Jed, Oliver and Jake, and
two grandchildren. Atlantic's
Ertegan called them the first independant record producers. We salute
their American spirit and artistry. Watch
the Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller documentary here More on
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Come True. Mooka says he's grateful this month. Not only he
married the woman of his dreams, the Grateful Dead project got mixed
and mastered at his studio at Prairie Sun. "As a college student
I saw the lineup of that version of the Dead at the University of
Iowa in 1972. I actually wore out the vinyl in my dorm room tripping
to the guitar part of the song "I Know You Rider". I had
dreams then that I would someday have a chance to work with Jerry
Garcia!! In a roundabout way it came true. When I started my studio
in a slum- lord house in Cotati near Sonoma State, I was putting
my first advert together for BAM magazine and came up with the phrase
"Turn Your Dreams Into Reality". It was a hit and 30 years
plus later, I can only pray we have in fact turned some dreams into
reality and maybe touched a couple of our own on the way. What is
there to be grateful for? In August I am getting married and am
so excited I can't even express it," says Mark "Mooka"
Rennick of Prairie Sun.
is no stranger to making dreams come true. "Mooka gave me my
first chance to learn about studios by hiring me fresh off college.
I know he's still doing it today for a lot of people. That's why
he's loved by so many-- past and present clients, employees and
fellow musicians. Mooka's got big soul. Go check out his studio.
It's where dreams come true, really!" says studioexpresso's
Claris Dodge who managed Prairie Sun in the 80s. Congratulations
again to Pamela and Mooka! Here's a tribute to the happy couple.
With Pamela and Mark Rennick in
sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different
speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing."
is perhaps a sense of intellectual perspective: an awareness that
some things are really important, others not; and that the two kinds
are most oddly jumbled in everyday affairs."
always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet
my duties and expectations as Apple's C.E.O., I would be the first
to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come." --Steve Jobs I Apple