Gettin' In Over My Head
It's no exaggeration
to call Beach Boys' Brian Wilson one of the most influential pop
composers of the last 50 years. Wilson who got inducted in the Hollywood
Bowl Hall of Fame on June 25th '04, returns with first New Studio
Album in Six Years. "Gettin' In Over My Head" on Rhino
Records is engineered and mixed by long-time collaborator Mark
Linett and is being met with glowing reviews from critics and
Mr Bill Clinton was not the only one making book (My Life) signing
appearances this last week in Los Angeles - Mr Wilson dropped in
Tower Records in Sherman Oaks on Saturday to sign his brand-new
CD. Next CD signing is in London (HMV, 150 Oxford Street) on Thursday,
July 29th at 6.00pm. Yup, he even autographed a studioexpresso coaster.
Wilson who was the subject of a cover story in the new Ice Magazine
( Mark Linett, Van Dyke Park, Andy Paley, and David Leaf are featured
in the article) will be touring with his band throughout the United
States this summer and fall. He'll be performing the music of SMiLE
(Nonesuch Records), as well as selections from his brand-new album.
Once In A Lifetime
Also available from Rhino, retailing at $64.98 is the boxed set
of Talking Heads with 50 tracks on 3 CDs; this unique set features
hits as well as previously unreleased rarities, outtakes, and more.
Designed by Stefan Sagmeister, the Talking Heads' boxed set
got points for the extraordinary quality of the cover art. the images
-- scaled-down versions of enormous canvases by Russian muralists
Alexander Vinogradov and Vladimir Dubosarsky - have a lightstruck,
Garden of Eden quality, but with a touch of the macabre (bleeding
body parts). Rhino's sales dept wanted the set to fit in standard
six-inch CD bins. The designer complied by creating an extra-wide
case that slips into bins - on its side.
Los Lobos, drops their long-anticipated album Street Signs on Concord
Records. Well worth the wait. This disc finds this LA-based band
in full party mode, mixing the hottest elements of hip-hop, funk,
Latin, rock and beyond. On the traces of Middle Eastern influences
on the album, the band says: "Naturally, especially in a warlike
state, theres a certain level of dehumanization going on with
whoever is the enemy, and in a lot of ways I think that by representing
this sound, were lending out support to all the people who
obviously have nothing to do with whats been going on and
all the beauty thats come from that region of the world."
Ozo, Kinky and Plastilina Mosh will hit the country starting Aug
4 in Los Angeles. Tour
Uh Huh Her
and produced by PJ
Harvey, 'You Come Through' is the second single to be taken
from Harvey's new album 'Uh Huh Her' which entered the charts at
#12 this week. The album was also recorded and mixed by Harvey,
who chose Head to assist in additional recording and mixing and
Rob Ellis, long time collaborator, to play drums and percussion
on the album. Multi-instrumentalist, Harvey, played everything else.
Live dates also include Glastonbury Festival on Friday 25th June,
a headline slot at T in the Park, a European festival tour and a
trio of sold-out solo shows in London: Somerset House on 13th and
14th July, and Brixton Academy on 15th July.
The new buzz
band from sin city (Las Vegas) released their debut on Island this
month. This album is very reminiscent of 80's new wave sound influenced
by New Order, Smiths & Duran Duran. The band came to the attention
of London-based independent label Lizard King, and they made their
way over to the UK for their first ever gigs outside of Las Vegas
and a limited edition release of "Mr Brightside" in September
2003. Right now few bands are a safer bet than The Killers",
glowed NME), while the groups subsequent appearance at New
York industry fiesta CMJ in October saw a swarm-sized buzz surround
the band and a worldwide (ex-UK) deal inked with Island Records.
Based in Burlington,
Jersey is proper punk in the tradition of the Clash, Rancid
and Bad Religion infused with elements of U2 and even a little Tie
Domi. All four members are proudly working-class guys who took day
jobs in places like steel plants, warehouses and hockey arenas to
finance the band. Since they formed in 1996, Jersey's DIY work ethic
has seen them cover tens of thousands of miles through Canada, the
US and the UK, including four tours of duty with the Warped Tour
and road trips with punk warriors like Less Than Jake. Now after
a series of singles, two indi EPs and two independent albums, Jersey
makes their major label debut with Generation Genocide.
Now out in stores is the latest artist album by the #1 DJ in the
titled "Just Be". The album features the smash single,
"Love Comes Again" featuring fellow Nettwerk artist, BT.
Tiesto will be touring in support of his new album throughout North
America this summer.
So far release
parties are scheduled for Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, the
UK, North America and Spain.
HeadsUp - 6.22.04
Miriam Makeba's Reflections, released in time to celebrate the historic
ten-year anniversary of the end of apartheid, is the latest installment
in the Heads Up Africa series. The first release in four years from
legendary South African musical treasure and Grammy Award winner
Miriam Makeba, a pioneer who blended different styles long before
anyone even began to talk about "world music."
Listen to her
"Mas Que Nada" and tell us if you can stop dancing!
Congrats to Telarc and Heads Up who scored three awards at
the annual JazzWeek Awards held Saturday, June 5, at the Crowne
Plaza Hotel in Rochester, N.Y.
* Michel Camilo: Artist of the Year
* Word of Mouth Revisited (Jaco Pastorius Big Band): Record of
* Telarc Records: Label of the Year
Neil and Tim
Finn, The Finn Brothers, are set to release their first collaborative
studio album in eight years, Everyone Is Here, on Aug. 24th.
Recorded in Los Angeles, the title reflects not only the musical
reunion of the former Crowded House and Split Enz front men (Neil
and Tim respectively) but also the involvement of both former and
current musical cohorts. On the production side they recruited Adam
Kasper to record (Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age) with string
arrangements by Tony Visconti (David Bowie, T. Rex, Mercury Rev),
then the brothers went one step further and brought in some familiar
faces, producer Mitchell Froom (Elvis Costello, Phantom Planet)
and mixer Bob Clearmountain (The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The
Cure), both of whom many will remember as the production team behind
Crowded House's catalogue. This marks the first time The Finn Brothers
have been in a studio with Froom and Clearmountain since Crowded
House's critically lauded album, Woodface. As Tim said, what would
the Finns be without their live shows and to that end they will
set off on a July run to give North American audiences the first
listen to the new songs.
In an agreement
announced late this month, Warner Music said it would buy Madonna
and her partners Guy Oseary and Ronnie Dashev (Maverick's COO),
out of their share of the label. Madonna, Oseary and Dashev controlled
60 percent, while Warners owned the remaining 40 percent. Madonna
will have no role in the company, while Oseary will keep his share
and stay with Maverick as CEO and A&R chief.
This will end
the legal battle that pitted the music conglomerate against their
biggest star, Madonna who co-founded Maverick Records 12 years ago.
The deal does not affect Madonna's own recording contract with the
Warner Bros. record label, which is a part of Warner Music and has
been her home since 1984. She's sold more than 60 million records
with the label.
"It was an
effective way of settling the lawsuit. It's clean and equitable, and
it doesn't have anything to do with her record contract." said
lawyer Bert Fields, who represented Maverick.
joint venture agreement is clearly a win-win for both WMG and Maverick,
and we are pleased that Guy Oseary, one of the most successful A&R
executives in the industry, is continuing his relationship with
both companies," said Lyor Cohen, Warner Music's chairman.
optimism about his new arrangement with Warner Music. "The
new independent spirit at Warner Music is a perfect fit for a stand-alone
label like Maverick," he said. A representative for Madonna
did not comment.
it that Maverick turned down Warner earlier buyout offer of 80 Million
only to settle for less than 20 Mill -- not good for the material
girl living in a material world; But, Madonna's currently living
the "American Life" with her sold-out Re-Invention Tour
($300 for a top-tier face-value ticket in San Jose). Madonna's 2001
tour sold out 47 venues and grossed $75 million. The CD debuted
at number one with lackluster sales of 700,000 copies in the United
States, according to Nielsen SoundScan data. From the lady who invented
re-invention...stay tuned for more!
Commercial P2P Service to Promote and Distribute Indie Music
Wraptor -- a new peer-to-peer offering from several of the original
developers of Morpheus -- plans to sell Indie Music during its Summer
combines the power and efficiency of p2p technology with the security
of digital rights management to bring the consumer the best of both
worlds. The MediaForge WRAP is a Comdex award-winning media
application that supersedes traditional audio-only files such as
MP3, WMA and AAC. WRAPS deliver not only higher quality compressed
audio, but as well offers added features such as lyrics, tour dates,
album artwork, biographies, discographies and artist photos.
WRAPs also fully
supports the latest in digital rights management, allowing content
owners to set usage and playback rules.
Users of WRAPTOR
will use a powerful search engine to download secure, encrypted
WRAPS to their computer's hard drive. Each WRAP will include a license
which allows the user to listen to the song in its entirety an unlimited
number of times until the license expires, at which time the user
is prompted to "unlock" the file using funds in their
WRAPTOR account. No reloading is required. The user simply
purchases the file, and a high-quality MP3 is extracted from the
WRAP. Each purchased MP3 will be stamped with a digital watermark
and unique customer ID number upon extraction, allowing the customer
to redownload the file for free should it be lost or damaged after
company, Free Radical Networks (FRN) has inked a content distribution
deal with Unborn Media (UM), developer of an Indie Music site called
Under the agreement, PureVolume will offer the WraptorLAB and Wraptor
solution to its more than 15,000 featured bands.
"By providing an attractive solution for online retail environments
offering legal downloads, Wraptor has positioned itself to be the
leading community for online consumers looking to purchase legitimate
indie music," said FRN president and CEO Benjamin Osgood. "Striking
a deal with PureVolume was a natural fit because of our shared commitment
to supporting indie artists. Like Wraptor, PureVolume is truly an
PureVolume have explored several options for making online digital
music sales available for indie artists. Nothing came close to the
affordability and robustness of Wraptor; we're very excited to be
offering this tremendous resource," remarked Unborn Media president
and CEO Brett Woitunski. Wraptor and PureVolume have teamed up to
release the official 2004 Vans Warped Tour unsigned music compilation,
which will be distributed on this year's tour.
Mix Open Tea Off with Friends!
A beautiful day at Malibu Country Club
Mix Open Golf Tournee on your callendar next year!
Pictures worth a thousand words.
The winners, Chairman Cherney
with Rose, The "Was" Cart
Zen moments, Hilltop are Paula
(Capitol), Hillel, Maureen Droney and our fearless cart racer/guide,
A Green Pose, The trophy, The Mix Women
Resner with Eddy, the World Link Digital Party, The Studio Management
Party with David Schwartz in the background, Madam
Dunn offering the goods!
studioexpresso's Claris swanked
by mixer Ralph Sutton (R) and drummer Greg Fields (L), the Cello
and The Harry Fox Agency to License Digital Jukeboxes
Under a recent
fox Agency will provide licensing for songs from its affiliated
music publishers for Rowe AMI's secure digital jukebox network (AMI
Entertainment Inc.). HFA represents more than 27,000 music publisher
pleased to be able to extend to our affiliated publishers this agreement
with Rowe AMI," said Gary Churgin, President and CEO, The Harry
Fox Agency. "Rowe, AMI and HFA go back to the days of the player
piano, and this relationship is another example of how companies
can transition their businesses to take advantage of the new opportunities
that digital delivery brings."
The Rowe AMI
network will be launched with an all digital jukebox, which is essentially
a special-purpose PC with a touch-screen color LCD or CRT monitor
and a moderately sized 40, 80 GB hard drive. The all-digital model
allows patrons to search for songs by title, artist, album or genre
using graphical search and navigation tools. It will use a broadband
connection for both Music on Demand requests as well as for remote
Internet-based management of its resident inventory of encrypted
MP3 song files stored on the jukebox's internal hard drive. All
song play events are tracked by the central music servers.
20th Anniversay promises a spectacular show During 117th AES Convention,
engineer Jack Joseph Puig accepts theTEC Award for Record Production/Single
or Track for his work on Sheryl Crows Soak Up The Sun;
Presenters and Hall of Fame members Phil Ramone (l) and Al
Hall Of Famer Eddie
October 30, the TEC Awards will celebrate its 20th anniversary honoring
the achievements of technical professionals in recording and sound,
and the innovative products that they employ in their work. The
ceremony will be held in San Francisco on the third night of the
117th AES Convention.
to all the nominees announced this month!
Awards Technical Achievement Nominees for 2004
Awards Creative Achievement Nominees for 2004
The Mix Foundation
is planning a spectacular show that will draw many of the biggest
names in music production from around the world. In addition, Mix
magazine is publishing a 20th Anniversary TEC Awards Special Edition
with an exciting Web component.
is an impressive array of talent and ingenuity involved in producing
the music that surrounds us and the tools employed to create and
deliver it," says Mix Foundation president, Hillel Resner.
"Each of the 2004 TEC Awards nominees are true stand-outs,
and we're privileged to have the opportunity to recognize their
The Mix Foundation
contributed $42,000 to hearing conservation and audio scholarships
in 2003. Two students awarded were: April Cech is in her second
year of the Masters program in Sound Recording at McGill University
in Montreal, Canada and Laurie Covarrubias is studying Sound Engineering/Recording
at the Los Angeles Recording Workshop. To be eligible and apply
for 2004 scholarship, you must currently be enrolled in an audio
program full-time and have a grade point average of 3.5. Download
and ticket information, contact Executive Director Karen Dunn at
(925) 939-6149 or email Karen
your calendars early...and look for updates in the coming studioexpresso
Los Angeles Film Festival Music Highlights
Los Angeles Film Festival painted the twon red with Opening and
Closing Night Galas earlier this month June 17-26. A total of 195
films, including 83 features representing 31 countries, screened
at the Festival. This year the Festival received more than 2,800
submissions from filmmakers around the world. On June 22nd 2004
Los Angeles Film Festival's Artist in Residence, the legendary Neil
Young was on hand for for an intimate conversations discussing his
cinematic and musical influences. Featured both Classic and new
films with music topics included:
Directed by: George Dunning
psychedelic, pop-art extravaganza of animations and music, Yellow
Submarine is a tripped-out animated classic about how the Beatles
save the world, or rather, Pepperland, armed with wit, whimsy, and,
or course, some of the finest pop songs ever written.
Directed by: Ondi Timoner
years in the making, this portrait of two rock bands the
Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre offers up
a heady brew of mad musical geniuses, triumphant world tours, disingenuous
death threats, disastrous gigs, and elusive record contracts.
Some Kind Of Monster
Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky
and hilarious documentary that you dont need to love the music
to enjoy, the latest film from the directors of Paradise Lost and
Brothers Keeper follows the worlds most successful heavy
metal band through midlife crisis, group therapy, and the creation
of a new album.
of the First
Directed by: Anja Baron
the hardworking Harlem Blues and Jazz Band, whose legendary members
include Fats Wallers guitarist, Louie Armstrongs pianist,
and Frank Sinatras drummer, this captivating documentary is
a reverent and emotional look at jazzs living history.
year we have become a more important platform for filmmakers to
showcase their work, said Festival Director Rich Raddon. Films
selling out of the Festival and the large cash prizes of $50,000
and $25,000 make us one of the few festivals in the country that
can deliver in a major way for filmmakers. Watch
Here With Great Live Music
Old is new again
with legendary bands on the road...Van Halen, Earth Wind And Fire,
Talking Heads' David Byrne, Chaka Khan and yes Rufus!
Tell Me Something
Rufus Hitting the Road With The Great American Talent Contest
originals Andre Fischer, Bobby Watson, with Niki Haris (Madonna),
Ray Parker Jr. (Raydio, Ghostbusters, Stevie), Kandace Lindsey (Marc
Anthony), Lee Curreri (Fame), Fred Jenkins (Gap Band), Bill Cantos
(Phil Collins) will play:
July 9th at
BB Kings Live at Universal Citywalk, Los Angeles (9 p.m. and 11
July 23 Santa Cruz Boardwalk (6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.).
RUFUS, one of
the famous pop and R&B super groups with lead singer Chaka Khan
that toured with George Clinton and the Funkadelic, Stevie Wonder,
The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Labelle, Sly and the Family Stone,
Earth, Wind and Fire and others, has launched "The Great American
RUFUS seeks vocalists, from this nationwide talent search, to continue
their musical legacy of original Neo Soul, bridging their brand
of old school with hip-hop, jazz, pop, and funky rock songs.
Two winners will be selected to record a single, participate on
the national tour, win a 2004 Scion and other cool prices.
Will the winner have the vocal chops, style, and talent to be the
next Chaka Khan? "We're not looking for Chaka Khan clones;
no one can replace what Chaka contributed to the band," say
original founding group members Andre Fischer and Bobby Watson,
"We're looking for exceptional vocal talent that will blend
effortlessly with the sound and legacy of RUFUS."
RUFUS has won two Grammy Awards for Tell Me Something Good and Ain't
Nobody, multiple RIAA certified platinum and gold albums, and generated
record sales of 25 million+ units.
Rules and to book the band - details Here
Your taste is
Classic Rock and Blues? Then call the Circutbreakers!
Based out of Los Angeles, this high-energy seven-piece band with
Horn Section, features some of LAs finest studio players,
songwriters, producers and recording artists. The Band members have
played with the best of the best, and are now available for your
event, or venue. This band has played all over the world, and will
definitely rock the house. "Our goal is to play great music
with great players so that everyone can have a great time! Simple
as that!," says John March. The band: Tamara Champlin - Vox;
Steve Ferrone - Drums; Milen kirov - Kbds; Steve Madaio - Trumpet;
John March - Guitar; Tom Saviano - Saxes; Tim Scott - Bass and Vocals
or listen to Mp3's
Live Battle Of The Bands
Services is now taking submissions
for the Third Annual Acoustic Live talent series, an acoustic
battle of the bands / songwriting competition, presented by the
LAmusicScene.com. 42 artists will be chosen by a submission panel
of industry professionals to take part in the Acoustic Live competition.
Industry professional judges will advance artists to the final Acoustic
Live showcase, for a chance to win great prizes provided by Acoustic
Live sponsors. Submissions are being accepted now through August
1st. Artists are encouraged to review official rules before submitting.
Acoustic Live is open to all genres of music, artists and bands
alike; submissions do not need to be acoustic. Submissions are $15
dollars and will be accepted via acousticlive.net and Sonicbids.
info email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Motion Soundtrack Video Vancouver July 18th
music fans who would like to be part of Motion
Soundtrack's video shoot should drop by downtown Vancouver by
the CBC Studios (located at 700 Hamilton Street) on Sunday, July
18th to be an extra in the video for the Nettwerk Management act,
Motion Soundtrack. Their new cd, The Bridge will be released nationally
on July 6, 2004 on Cazart!
Records and MapleMusic.
need to arrive promptly at 12pm, remain on location between approximately
12pm and 5pm, and should bring their own lunch or lunch money. Extras
should also dress as if they were planning on attending a concert.
For more information, e-mail
or phone 604-461-5466.
On BMI Award
Christian Music Awards in Nashville
Adrenaline members Mark Stuart, Will McGinniss and Bob Herdman,
each received two BMI Christian Music Awards, sharing the top Songwriter
of the Year title with Steven Curtis Chapman.
The band is
recognized for their CHR hits Ocean Floor, and Pierced,
from their critically acclaimed ForeFront albums, Lift, and the
GRAMMY-winning Worldwide, respectively.
Other BMI award-winning
songwriter/artists who contributed to the most-performed list were
Rebecca St. James, Jars of Clay, Vickie Winans, Donnie McClurkin,
John P. Kee, 12 Stones, Relient K, Big Dismal, Gerald Crabb, Marc
Byrd, Dorinda Clark Cole, Richard Smallwood and Greater Vision.
A complete list of 2004 BMI Christian Music Awards winners can be
found at BMI.com.
Line of Telefunken Mics Shipping
U 47M (Short Body); U 47M (Long Body); Ela M251 (with AC701K Tube)
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Award Winner, Studio Microphone Technology; Ela M12 -- 2004 TEC
Award nominee, Studio Microphone Technology; Ela M14 - The first
in a new line of affordably priced studio microphones.
Telefunken North America has completed its initial line-up of new
microphones which faithfully recreate the legendary vintage Telefunken
sound. Detailed reverse engineering has produced not imitations,
but meticulous reissues of the classic Telefunken microphones, featuring
precious new old-stock vacuum tubes. Telefunken vintage reissue
microphone systems include wooden mic box, flight case, external
power supply, swivel connector cable, owner's manual, and 5-year
limited warranty. Prices range from $2,995 to $14,995. Call 860.882.5919
or visit the Web
Reunites At Ardent in Memphis
Jeff Powell and band members Jon Auer, Jody Stephens, and Ken Stringfellow
Big Star, which had all three of their albums included in Rolling
Stone's recent 500 Greatest Albums of all time, has reunited at
Memphis' renowned Ardent Studios. Recognized as the quintessential
American power pop band, Big Star stands today as one of the most
daring and revered cult acts in all of rock & roll, with bands
such as R.E.M and The Replacements citing them as an influence.
Big Star's last studio album, Sister Lover's/Third, was completed
30 years ago, but not released until 1978. Big Star was also honored
this year with the first annual Heroes Award presented by the Memphis
Chapter of the Recording Academy. The band co-produced the new Rykodisc
album with Jeff Powell (of Afghan Whigs fame), who also engineered
with assistant Adam Hill. Pictured are
(l-r) at the Nashville Sounds ballpark are: Jeremy Noel and Ashley
Jett, Palisade; Natalie Grant, Curb Records Recording artist; and
Brandon Peffer, Palisade.
WTCR Radio (Cattlesburg, KY) Program Director, says, "I look
to the skies and plead, Send me something fresh, and exciting,
and ramped-up about you
and the next thing you know,
the new Palisade
single hits my desk. Amazing."
The radio tour took them through such major markets as Chicago,
Indianapolis and Grand Rapids in support of their self-titled, Fervent
Records debut releasing July 20. The new Modern Pop Group performed
for 2,000 at Nashville Sounds Game. Congrats!
Kutch on Mastering
API 2500's offer tone, color and more...
Kutch, mastering engineer at Masterdisk in midtown Manhattan
With Pro Tools
becoming an increasingly common production medium, mastering engineer
Dave Kutch reveals that he has found himself equalizing significantly
more in the analog domain over the last couple of years, rather
than he did five years ago, when he was equalizing 50 percent in
the digital domain. The API 2500 fits that paradigm perfectly, says
Kutch, who expresses dissatisfaction with the inability of many
compressors to pass transients. "It gives me a little bit of
tone, a little bit of color and, most importantly, it's preserving
my bass and kick transients better than any other compressor that
Herb Power's House of Sound and Hit Factory Mastering prior to that,
Kutch has mastered some of Hip-Hop and R&B's top artists, including
Notorious B.I.G., Puff Daddy, Kanye West, Outkast, Pete Rock, Missy
Elliot, Lauryn Hill, Jaheim, Whitney Houston and Nelly & the
St. Lunatics. Having mastered Outkast's "Stankonia" album,
Kutch was among the first group of mastering engineers to be recognized
by the Recording Academy when the
Grammy Award categories were expanded in 2002.
For more info
Arms At Avatar
Bashiri Johnson and Kimati Dinizulu
Photo by Hisao Oka taken 5.18.04
Studios in NY hosted recording of a four-part public television
series called Slavery And The Making Of America. . The series is
set to air in the first quarter of 2005. Dante James is the series
producer. Music for the series was recorded in Studio C with producer
Michael Whalen and engineer Roy Hendrickson assisted by Peter Doris.
on Festival Circles
Wilco at Bonnaroo
Bands were recorded and Mixed on Digidesign's
ICON during Bonnaroo
Festival in Manchester, TN June 11-13. Familiar and new names like
Dave Matthews & Friends; String Cheese Incident; Yonder Mountain
String Band; Calexico; North Mississippi Allstars; Wilco; David
Byrne, Los Lobos, Bob Dylan, to name a few.
Bonnaroo offers downloads of high fidelity, mastered, soundboard
recordings of entire sets from many artists performing at this year's
Bonnaroo Music Festival. Sets are available in both MP3 and CD-quality
lossless formats (FLAC), powered by nugs.net's state-of-the-art
Also new from Digidesign: Real-time Web Licensing for Plug-ins and
Other Software Options. Plug-In Rentals offered through the same
Sanctus Real Give World Vision
and this years Modern Rock Song and Album
Of The Year Dove Award nominees, Sanctus
Real, presented a check for $75,000 to World
Vision during Gospel Music Week held in Nashville in April.
The donation came from a portion of the proceeds from the critically
acclaimed In The Name of Love: Artists United for Africa recording
and through Sparrows retail partnerships.
The monies from
the project have already fully funded World Vision relief efforts
in the Mwakankomba Village in Zambia, Africa, a village devastated
by the HIV/AIDS virus. The village is being given core community
development aid focused on improving basic long-term health needs.
Most importantly, AIDS prevention education for children and mentoring
for orphans will be provided to encourage them to stay in school,
learn how to survive and thrive as adults.
honor to have helped the people of this village in Zambia and to
spread the word about the efforts of World Vision in Africa,
says Matt Hammitt, lead vocalist for Sanctus Real, a band featured
on In The Name of Love with its rendition of U2s Beautiful
Day, which also became the bands first No. 1 Rock R
& R hit single. We are so grateful to have been chosen
to be a part of this recording and look forward to the stories of
hope it will generate.
Re-recording mixers Michael Minkler and Myron Nettinga (pictured
above) of Todd-AO
West have commenced work on the mix for Michael Manns COLLATERAL,
scheduled for a August 6 domestic release. COLLATERAL
stars Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx.
Scott Millan Comeback! Scott who left Todd-AO
in 2000 to accept a position with Sony Pictures Studios Post Production,
will be returning to Todd-AO effective as of August 1, 2004. Scott
will be combining his mixing talents with a management role as Senior
Vice President, Creative Sound Services, Studio Operations.
Line of Home Theater Products From Quincy Jones and SLS
known in the music and film industry as Q, will co-develop
a new line of high quality home theater and entertainment products
for global markets under the name, The Q Line. The
Q Line will combine SLS
proprietary ribbon driver technology, which provides
some of the marketplaces highest level of sonic engineering
with Jones innovative design for optimum sound. Future Q Line
products may also incorporate SLS Patented Evenstar digital
amplifier technology. Q Line products, which include headphones,
will be targeted for distribution in mass-market retail outlets
around the world with an expected launch date of fourth quarter
has always enriched my life and empowered me, says Jones.
SLS is in that tradition. Theyve come up with a technology
that should change our industry. Their speakers deliver sound in
its most natural form and at a very affordable price. This breakthrough
can be compared to the evolution of sound from mono to stereo. I'm
excited to be involved in its future.
many as the 20th and 21st centurys most prominent composer,
arranger, record producer, artist, film producer and instrumentalist,
Quincy Jones' career is unprecedented. 79 Grammy nominations and
27 awards, multiple Oscar nominations for film scores and producer
of the best selling single of all time, We Are The World,
and the best selling album of all time, Thriller, are only a few
of his extraordinary achievements.
Quincy has been
a master inventor of many of the musical hybrids in shuffle pop,
soul, hip-hop, jazz, classical, African and Brazilian music; presenting
it to the world as some of the ingredients of a musical gumbo.
He has also
been a major force in virtually every medium including records,
live performances, movies and television. Quincy won an Emmy for
the music score of the landmark TV miniseries, Roots
and is the recipient of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and
Sciences Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award as well as the Grammy
Living Legend Award.
He has received
honorary doctorate degrees from over 15 major colleges including
Berklee College of Music, Harvard University and The American Film
achievements are also monumental. Jones was a successful record
company executive at Mercury Records and then later the founder,
chairman and CEO of Quest Broadcasting. In 1990 Quincy formed Quincy
Jones Entertainment (QJE) with Time Warner, Inc. and produced NBCs
Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
Quincy has also
been instrumental in launching the careers of countless stars, including
Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey, who starred in the film The Color
Purple, which Quincy also produced.
he currently serves as a consultant and advisor to Time Warner and
XM Satellite Radio.
In 2001, Quincy
added the title of Best Selling Author to his list of
accomplishments when his autobiography Q: The Autobiography of Quincy
Jones entered The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Wall Street
Journal Best-Sellers lists.
efforts have changed the lives of millions around the world and
he has received countless national awards from foreign countries.
He was named a 2001 Kennedy Center Honoree for his contributions
to the cultural fabric of the United States of America.
he produced a live international concert in Rome to introduce the
world to his newest humanitarian effort, called We Are The Future.
Its designed to help children from in-conflict cities throughout
the world and hes already planning next years concert.
Carlos Santana to be honored in August as the Latin Recording Academy's
Person Of The Year for his professional, cultural and social accomplishments.
and Love it too!
Thanks to Isabelle Ulrich and Duke Sakiyabu for sending us these
fab images from their adventures in Mexico this summer. Two brilliant
architects behind some notable studios and homes in Los Angeles
who know how to vacation. Ciao Muchachos!
Birth of a Verna!
Congrats to Paul Verna & Ellen Dooley for the joyous arrival
of their new daughter, Alexandra Emily Verna!! Born on May 7, 2004,
at Ballard House in Portland, Maine, weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces,
and measuring 21 inches. She's so lovely!
Farewell to a Legend
1930 - 2004
is the feeling that comes through in the music...that's the essence
public appearance was alongside Clint Eastwood on April 30, when
the city of Los Angeles designated the singer's RPM studios, built
40 years ago in central Los Angeles, as a historic landmark. Charles'
swan song, "Genius Loves Company," a collection of duets
due Aug. 31 on Artemis, was recorded primarily at RPM, according
to the artist's longtime personal producer/engineer, Terry Howard.
nine of his 12 Grammy Awards between 1960 and 1966, including the
best R&B recording three consecutive years ("Hit the Road
Jack," "I Can't Stop Loving You" and "Busted").
Jerry Wexler, who recorded "What'd I Say," said he has
worked with only three geniuses in the music business: Bob Dylan,
Aretha Franklin and Charles.
been around a long time, and there's going to be music long after
Ray Charles is dead," Ray told the Washington Post in 1983.
"I just want to make my mark, leave something musically good
behind. If it's a big record, that's the frosting on the cake, but
music's the main meal."
thanks for the main meal and the frosting too!
and Happy 4th of July Weekend Everyone
here for some e-fireworks!