Soundfield The Pipes
SPS422B microphone captures the Drums and
Bagpipes of "The Worlds"
As has been tradition since 1930, August saw the World
Pipe Band Championships (known amongst pipers as The Worlds)
taking place in Glasgow, Scotland. Featuring their traditional line-up
of bagpipes with rhythmic accompaniment provided by bass, tenor
and snare drums, the competing pipe bands traveled from all over
the world to take part.
The BBC formerly
recorded only the vision for the event, the sound being recorded
separately by another company for later release on CD. However,
this year the BBC team were entrusted to record the sound and the
vision. Both were used for the televised highlights of the Worlds,
broadcast a few weeks after the event. The audio was transmitted
on Radio Scotlands weekly Pipeline program and will be released
on CD in the near future.
The BBC Scotland
sound engineer responsible for capturing the sound of the massed
pipe bands elected to use a single SoundField SPS422B microphone
for the job. Traditional pipe bands play in a circle, and the engineer
was concerned that once the mic was erected in the center above
the bands, it would be impossible to make any necessary adjustments
without getting in the way of the TV cameras.
allows the virtual orientation of the microphone to be changed without
physically moving the mic, by adjusting controls on the associated
SoundField decoder unit (for more details on how this works, see
the SoundField microphone technology sheet accompanying this release).
The BBC engineer was therefore able to fine-tune the sound and even
change the pickup pattern of the microphone without going near the
four-channel SoundField B-Format signal output by the SPS422B was
recorded by the BBC Scotland team, as well as being simultaneously
decoded to stereo for audio and video transmission. Talks are currently
underway about releasing a DVD of the 2006 competition, and the
stored B-Format signal from the event can be decoded to 5.1 Surround
Sound for inclusion on this disc if required.
is in the process of moving into new headquarters at Pacific Quay
in Glasgow, which will be fully capable of High Definition broadcasting.
The BBC Scotland sound engineer from the World Pipe Band Championships
is currently evaluating both SoundFields small portable ST350
mic and also the companys top-of-the-range microphone, the
new digital DSF-2, for possible use at BBC Scotland High Definition
Outside Broadcast events.
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Pop Art Meets
The Classical Masters
Van Hamersveld Paints The New West Symphony Red On Limited Edition
is best known for his Day-Glo poster style on the 1964 film, Endless
Summer and rock legend, Jimmy Hendrix drawings. Along with Griffin
and Mouse, he created the psychedelic genre displayed on the New
West Symphony's collector series posters he was recently commissioned
to produce. "John's bright colors and bold lines give a modern
twist to the images of the classical masters. The look precisely
matches the lively performances New West musicians and Maestro Boris
Brott give at each concert," said Nelson Dodge, executive director
of the New West Symphony.
The posters are
available for purchase at each concert and on New West's web site:
$40 unsigned and $60 signed by Van Hamersveld
John is said to be the inspiration for what later became the Rolling
Stones' "tongue logo". Hamersveld, originally started
the skull tongue drawing for the Grateful Dead's manager, Rock Skully.
Little did he know it was going to be wanted for a ton of album
covers and advertisements. His Native American image was originally
featured on a gig poster for Jefferson Airplane in 60's and Hamersveld
gave a large original print to Andy Warhol, which is still part
of the Warhol Foundation Archive. His work is featured in the Museum
of Modern Art in New York City and numerous galleries around
pop artist, Van Hamersveld will be at the Countrywide Performing
Arts Center, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza to sign posters on Saturday
January 20, 2007 at 7:30 PM Pre concert dinners begin at 7. To reserve
contact symphony's office: All concert goers are invited to meet
and greet Van Hamersveld, NWS conductor, Boris Brott, guest pianist
Christopher O'Riley and New West principal players. Program includes:
Smetana, Borodin, Brahms
Saturday, January 20, 2007 - Countrywide Performing Arts
Center/Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
19, 2007 -- Oxnard Performing Arts Center
Thursday, January 18, 2007 -- Wadsworth Theatre, Brentwood
Enhancers Used By The Pros
and Nelson Hear The Difference With M600's
Rafa Sardina (Stevie Wonder, Dr Dre, Macy Gray, Sheryl Crow) and
Producer/Engineer Ken Nelson (Coldplay, Badly Drawn Boy and Kings
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the mic from resonating at frequencies within the range of the sound
it's capturing, thereby reducing mud. So there is some real science
behind it, but your first reaction after seeing the $275 retail
site for special offer) might be that science doesn't come cheap.
Well, think of the M600 as something that can upgrade the sound
of every single mic in your cabinet, and then it becomes a great
deal," says Tape Op's Andy Hong.
"I finally got to try out the M600's and we were all very impressed
especially using my new Microtech Gefell UM75 mics as a stereo pair.
We did a comparison with the shockmounts provided with the UM75's
and the M600's provided a more stable and solid image. They enhance
the low mid frequencies to the great benefit of the source. By enhance
I don't mean make louder, I mean make more present. I believe this
is the beauty of the M600's they make my recordings sound more present,
more transparent. In short, I am very pleased," says Producer/Engineer
Ken Nelson (Coldplay, Badly Drawn Boy and Kings of Convenience)
records using the Enhanced Audio M600. "I
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the M600's for one of the songs and I can really hear the difference.
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Grammy Award winning producer/mixer/engineer, Rafa
Sardina (Stevie Wonder, DR Dre, Macy Gray, Sheryl Crow).
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The Hollywood Kitty Zunes In...The
Snowflake Gala The 2006 Audrey
Hepburn Humanitarian Award will be presented at UNICEFS's
annual Snowflake Gala in New York City on Nov 28th. Hosted by
Bryant Gumbel, this year's honoree is Amy Robbins recognized for
his leadership on behalf of children worldwide. Established in 2004,
past recipients include Sir Roger Moore, Pamela Fiori and special
award recipients Bob Geldof, Bono and One org. Give the gift of
2006 UNICEF Crystal Snowflake Ornament-- Baccarat Limited Edition
Spot The Rolling
Stones' A Bigger Bang tour is now the top-grossing tour in history.
U2's brief stint holding the title of top-grossing tour ever is
over for now. Since the fall of 2005, the Stones have grossed a
staggering $437 million and drawn 3.5 million people to 110 shows
and it's only Rock'N Roll!
Wins Congrats to all Latin Grammy winners including Shakira
and the Puerto Rican rap duo Calle
13, the big winners at the 7th Annual Latin Grammy Awards, which
celebrated for the first time in New York. Shakira introduced her
friend and musical partner Alejandro Sanz, who performed the power
La Primera Persona" before both joined for a spicy version
of their hit "La Tortura," which featured Shakira now
sporting a bare midriff, tight pants and boots, the better to show
her moves. She won Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Record Of
The Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Album and also managed to make
a political comment.
Billy Corgan who has released all of his post-Pumpkins work
on Reprise is expected to release as-yet-untitled album produced
by Roy Thomas Baker and Terry Date, in late spring, with a tour
to follow. No label affiliation has yet been announced.
American Music Awards The
Black Eyed Peas took home three awards at the 2006 American
Music Awards (Nov. 21), held at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium and
broadcast live on ABC. The Peas, which accepted the awards via satellite
from Costa Rica, were named favorite group in the soul/R&B and
rap/hip-hop categories, and picked up honors for favorite album
("Monkey Business") in the rap/hip-hop genre. Red Hot
Chili Peppers, Rascal Flatts, Mary J. Blige and Kelly Clarkson were
double-winners at 34th annual ceremony, which was hosted by late-night
talk show host Jimmy Kimmel.
This year's three-hour ceremony boasted live performances from Beyonce,
Lionel Richie, Jay-Z, Fall Out Boy, Gwen Stefani, Barry Manilow,
Foxx, Pussycat Dolls, Josh Groban, Snow Patrol, Dixie Chicks, John
Mayer, Underwood, Blige, Nelly Furtado, Rascal Flatts, Tenacious
D, and a duet from Snoop Dogg and Akon.
American Classic Directed by Rob Marshall, The
"Tony Bennett: An American Classic," celebrates the 60-year
musical career of the legendary performer, who turned 80 in August.
Aired on NBC on November 21 it coincided with the release of Bennett's
latest album, "Duets:
An American Classic" which features many guest vocalists.
special was filmed in HD and mixed in 5.1 by Dae Bennett, who recorded
the album tracks at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, London's Abbey
Road and Bennett Studios in Englewood, New Jersey earlier this year.The
microphones used in the late November special lend period authenticity.
They also capture the live vocals of Bennett and a host of singing
stars, including Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera,
Diana Krall, Michael Bublé and Barbra Streisand, in a rare
TV guest appearance. The Neumann U 47, KMS 85, KMS 105, and Bennett's
preferred live performance mic, a Sennheiser SKM 5000 wireless handheld
with a Neumann KK 105 capsule, all make appearances during the one-hour
Young, Bennett's live sound engineer for many years, was in charge
of production audio and also worked as an audio supervisor on the
shoot, which took place in the L.A. Theater in downtown Los Angeles.
13, the Texas chapter of the Recording Academy, honored Texas
Music Legends, Yolanda Adams, Swishahouse, ZZ Top, and South By
Southwest Co-Founders at the Austin Convention Center Ballroom.
Performers included singer/songwriter Billy Bob Thornton, Crystal,
Coota Bang, E-Class, Alejandro Escovedo, Archie Lee, Lil Keke, Mary
Mary, Yung Redd, the Robert Fortune Band, and Paul Wall. Nine-time
GRAMMY-winner and leader of Asleep At The Wheel Ray Benson hosted
the event. The Texas Chapter salute for outstanding
individuals and institutions contributions was a gala benefit for
the Chapter's music advocacy, education and professional development
United for Safe Energy, or MUSE,
was an activist group founded in 1979 by Jackson Browne, Graham
Nash, Bonnie Raitt, and John
Hall of Orleans. The group advocated against the use of nuclear
energy, forming shortly after the Three Mile Island nuclear accident
in March 1979. MUSE organized a series of five No Nukes concerts
held at Madison Square Garden in New York in September 1979. They
also staged a large rally in downtown Battery Park. Other musicians
performing at the concerts included Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Bruce
Springsteen and the E Street Band, James Taylor, Carly Simon, The
Doobie Brothers, Jesse Colin Young, Gil Scott-Heron, Tom Petty,
and others. An album and a film, both titled No Nukes, were released
to document the performances. In the 2006 midterm elections, John
Hall was elected to the United States House of Representatives from
New York's 19th congressional district, on a platform that included
intensive investment in alternative energy.
It ! An LA based company allows artists to sell music by premium
text messaging. Textango found that about 89% of teenagers in the
US do not have credit cards, a requirement when buying music off
of digital download services. They also found that only 1% of phones
can handle full Mp3 tracks, let alone albums. Textangos solution?
Let the biggest music buying demographic in the world bill the music
to their cell phones, and get the music on their computers. Textango
has already entered into an agreement with Victory records, and
is said to announce other major label agreements soon. Unsigned
artists can go to www.textango.com
and sign up for an account.
You A ZuneEE?!
From Apple rival Microsft in-time for holiday shoppers, comes
Zune at the same price as the standard full-size iPod ($249) and
same storage capacity.
Zune isn't nearly as pretty as iPod (industrial looking and available
in black, white or a Soviet-brown). It's a little bigger, but the
screen is three inches diagonally, compared to the current iPod's
2.5 inchesa big plus when video plays, the orientation changes
so you can turn the unit sideways, to take advantage of the rectangular
jukebox software isn't nearly as convivial as iTunes. And the store
isn't as well stocked as the iTunes store, and lacks videos, TV
shows and podcasts (you can load your own videos and podcasts onto
Zune). Strangely, Microsoft has begun offering such content to Xbox
Live users, who use basically the same platform as ZuneEES.
Unlike iTunes, Zune offers users the chance to subscribe to an "all
you can eat" subscription service for $15 a month. The biggest
advance in the Zune is wireless connectivitybuilt in Wi-Fi.
In future versions of the Zune this could be exploited for all sorts
of interesting uses, from downloading songs direct from the Web,
to scenarios where a concert artist beams a song to every Zune-equipped
audience member. But for now, the Wi-Fi has a single use: you can
send a song, podcast or photo from your Zune to anyone else's within
a 30-foot range.
-- Casino Royale The
latest Bond flick Casino
Royale, is all about going back to the roots of the 007
story and creating a darker, more faithful interpretation of Ian
Flemings books. The new Bond, Daniels Craig portrays a man
haunted by his past and the questionable role he plays as a secret
agent On Her Majestys Secret Service. Casino
Royale keeps the conventional Bond trademarks including the
advanced weaponry and gadgets, the gorgeous Aston Martin and, of
course, Bond babes. Chris
Cornell, the singer/songwriter behind Soundgarden, Audioslave
and Temple of the Dog, has written, in collaboration with Bond composer
David Arnold, and will perform the main title song entitled "You
Know My Name," for the new James Bond adventure Casino Royale.
"Their attitude was that they wanted somebody who vocally would
be unapologetically masculine. David Arnold's quote was that they
didn't want the 'bird with the broken wing' type of singing,"
says Cornell. According to the songwriter, the music was partially
inspired by the story, as acted by Craig, and partially from personal
feelings and experience. For
Casino Royale, Cornell wrote and performs the theme song, "You
Know My Name," which will be featured on the new Audioslave
album planned for a 2007 release by Suretone
Records, a record label founded by Jordan Schur, former president
of Geffen Records and founder of Flip Records. The label is currently
in a joint venture with Interscope, one of the labels for Cornell's
band, Audioslave. Another song which will make an appearance is
an acoustic rendition of "Disappearing Act" a song which
appears on the movie Bug. Cornell's film music credits include Mission:
Impossible II - "Mission 2000" and Collateral in 2004.
He joins such distinguished performers as Madonna, Sheryl Crow,
Paul McCartney & Wings, Carly Simon, Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones,
Tina Turner, Gladys Knight, Sheena Easton, Duran Duran and Garbage
who have performed title songs for previous James Bond adventures,
though he will be among the select few who have both written and
performed an "007" title song (others include McCartney
& Wings, Crow and Madonna).
One of the world's most influential electric guitars, the Fender
Stratocaster® guitar once owned by Eric Clapton and affectionately
known as BLACKIE®, has been recreated by Fender's renowned Custom
Shop and was made available to the general public on November 24th
in the U.S. exclusively from Guitar Center. At an MSRP of $24,000,
185 of the instruments are being offered with a portion of the proceeds
benefiting the Crossroads Centre, Antigua. The original BLACKIE®
- which has not been seen in public since it was sold to Guitar
Center for $959,500 at a 2004 Christies auction - will be
on display at the Hollywood store through April 2007 while the recreated
BLACKIE® guitars are currently on display at 46 select GC locations
including Austin, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los
Angeles, Nashville, New York City, Richmond, San Francisco and Seattle.
For other locations please visit www.guitarcenter.com/clapton
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Sound Productions designed by Manzella will be relocating in
2007 and the existing studio facility is now available for sale
including the facilitys top-of-the-line acoustic construction
and built-in furniture, combined with the rights to the existing
commercial lease plus an extension. The sale price starts at $50,000
with a turnkey recording package (high end new and vintage studio
equipment) available at $150,000. Gear includes Otari MTR90 II 24-track
2-inch recorder, Soundtracs Studio Megas analog console, outboard
by Urei, Summit, Tubetech, TC Electronics, Lexicon, mic preamps,
microphones, synthesizers and instrument amplifiers.
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Fisher has accepted a new role as Dean of All Music Industries
at the McNally Smith College of Music. "Mr. Fisher has a substantial
background in the music industry and joins us from the University
of Southern California," says Jack McNally, President of McNally
Smith College of Music in Saint Paul, Minnesota. For more info.
1-800-594-9500 651-291-0177 www.mcnallysmith.edu
BMG Masterworks Gilbert Hetherwick, president of Sony BMG
Masterworks -- the classical division of Sony BMG Music Entertainment--
has exited the company along with three divisional VPs. Masterworks
artists include cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Joshua Bell and composer
John Williams. The label will now be jointly run by senior VP marketing
Alex Miller and senior VP A&R David Lai. According to Susan
Schiffer, a spokeswoman for Sony BMG Masterworks. is now part of
Sony BMG Music Entertainment Commercial Music Group. "This
will make the label leaner, more responsive and more effective in
adapting to the new realities of reaching the classical music consumer.
As a result of this change, there will be more resources in digital
sales promotion and A & R. Masterworks is totally committed
to being a leader in classical and Broadway music as well as soundtracks,"
she added. The Commercial Music Group also includes Legacy Recordings,
the Strategic Marketing Group and the Custom Marketing Group The
reorganization followed Tower Records' liquidation by weeks. Tower,
which operated sizable classical departments, was the
largest specialized retailer in the genre, which accounts for a
sliver of the total music market.
drummer Norm Block with a rare vintage Telefunken Ela M 250E and
singer/songwriter Scott Thomas with the newly manufactured Telefunken
| USA Ela M 251 at At Harvest Sound Studios. Photo by David Goggin.
whose self-titled debut on Geffen Records yielded the hit single
"Tired of Being Sorry," and the track "Struggle,"
which has become a widely heard jingle for Pontiac, is now in the
studio working on their sophomore effort. The band is using two
microphones, one a rare 1950s vintage 250E two-pattern version,
and the other a new Telefunken | USA 251E three-pattern model manufactured
to original specs. "It's
perfect for my voice and I'm using it for my guitar, too. It's my
main mic in the studio now and I really don't need much more,"
says lead singer Scott Thomas, whose distinctive gritty singing
style is well-suited to the newly manufactured tube microphone.
drummer Norm Block recently discovered a vintage Telefunken 250E
on eBay, and has contracted Telefunken | USA to refurbish the mic
and fabricate a vintage style power supply and cabling.
With Your Dragnet?
MBC Media Cafe Brings TV & Radio History into the Digital
The Museum of
Broadcast Communications (MBC)
in Chicago unveiled plans for enhanced public access to its collection
of over 85,000 hours of historic radio and television programming.
As the centerpiece of the new 70,000-square-foot, hands-on museum
being built in downtown Chicago, the MBC Media Café will
open in 2007 and provide resource for both the casual visitor and
serious researchers. "With Touch-screen technology in a visitor-friendly
café setting where guests will engage the collection at their
fingertips while they enjoy a cup of gourmet coffee and a snack,
said Bruce DuMont, Founder-President and CEO of Americas newest
The MBC Media
Café collection (Comedy, Drama, Music-Variety, Games-Reality,
Children, Talk, News and Sports) will also connect to the museums
extensive holdings of documentaries and commercials with offerings
constantly updated as new digital content is added to the collection.
Located on the same floor as the Media Café, the A.C. Nielsen,
Jr. Research Center will provide access to material still residing
in non-digital formats.
project has the support of The Walt Disney Company, NBC/Universal,
Viacoms TV Land, CBS 2 Chicago as well as The Oprah Winfrey
Foundation, Lee Phillip Bell, Paul and Angel Harvey, Jerry Springer,
the State of Illinois and all major Illinois foundations. The MBC
is part of a national archival effort to preserve radio and television
history and additional support is sought from all those who contribute
to, enjoy, study and care about radio and television.
year, veteran television producer-director Al Schwartz donated his
collection of American Music Awards (created by Dick Clark in 1973)
shows to MBC."We are pleased to accept this remarkable collection
of music television to our collection, said Bruce DuMont,
MBC Founder and President. Hosts for the annual show have included
Elton John, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Glen Campbell, Sean
P Diddy and Natalie Cole.
The new MBC
at State Street and Kinzie in downtown Chicago will be located right
next door to the famed House of Blues.
An Upright Bass
With TV/film music composer David Schwartz
TV/film music composer David Schwartz withNeumann TLM 49 on his
Noted LA TV/film music composer David Schwartz whose original and
quirky music style is very much in demand, began writing for television
in 1990 and has cores and songs for a wide variety of series, including
"Northern Exposure," "Arrested Development,"
"Deadwood," "Wolf Lake," "Leap of Faith,"
"The Two Of Us" and "Magic in the Water." The
Neumann TLM 49 has additionally streamlined his usual recording
workflow. "I normally go in and record my parts after the other
players leave. Before the 49, I would have three mics up and I'd
be EQ'ing and compressing them. But with this mic, I just put it
in front of the bass in the classic miking position - by the f-hole
- which I never was able to use before. It's great that way - not
only is it a great sounding mic, but it's easy to set up. And now,
when I'm writing, a lot of the time I keep it set up and I go in
there and instead of doing it in MIDI first, I just record it, so
I only have to do it once." The TLM 49 is available at Coast
Recording in Hollywood
Mastering & Recording Brews
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(above) moved to a new mastering facility designed and built by
Studios (located on its 3rd floor) in 2005 where he continues
to provide mastering services with credits to include: albums by
Willie Nelson, Ryan Adams, The White Stripes, Dave Matthews Band,
Phish, Trey Anastasio, Iggy Pop, The Walkmen, moe and Jesse Malin
as well as Sonny Rollins, Cassandra Wilson, Dave Holland, Clark
Terry, Danilo Perez and many others.
More recently Kevorkian mastered a double CD album, Tribute to "Sandinista!",
a 37-song tribute to The Clash by different bands produced by Jimmy
Guterman to be released by 00:02:59 Records. Fred also mastered
albums by Addison Groove Project, The Alternate Routes, The Hint,
and Keith Marks.
On the studio
side, Avatar was busy hosting a slew of top artists to include:
In Studio G- (SSL4000G+) Rich Costey mixed a track for U2 with Green
Day produced by Rick Rubin.
Costey also mixing albums by Blonde Redhead and The View. Michel
Camilo Trio recording in 5.1 Surround, DSD format for Telarc with
Michel Camilo producing in Studio A (NEVE 8068). Other sessions
in A include: Bei-Xu recording with Producer Norihide Shiota; Composer/producer
Alex Wurman recording the score for the film "The Baker".
Chris Shaw produced, recorded and mixed with Willy Mason on the
SSL 9000J in B where producer/artist, Roberta Flack was busy recording
with Avatar's Roy Hendrickson. In Studio C (NEVE-VRP72), Columbia
Records' Tina Sugandh was recording with producer Angelo Montrone,
O'Reilly engineered. Kurt
Elling recording with producer Joe
Chicarelli, engineered by Dave O'Donnell. Studio
E (Pro Tools Suite) hosted Thwak! Music Tony Verderosa mixing spots
for V8 and The Metropolitan Opera Guild editing and mixing music
and dialog with Avatar's Anthony Ruotolo, and producer/ engineer
Dick Baxter. Word Records' Nicole C. Mullen working out parts with
arranger David Hentschel, and producer Tony McAnany. Swedish band
KANE writing with producer Gregg Wattenberg, Ross Petersen operating
Call Kirk Imamura
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Spell Out The "G" Word
Documentary Follows Rock band System Of A Down in Europe/US
Tour And Explores The Subject of "Genocide"
December 8, 2006
Running Time: 91 Minutes
Directed by: Carla Garapedian
Grammy-winning rock band System
of a Down's world tour is the starting point for documentary
filmmaker Carla Garapedian's look at international efforts to formally
recognize 20th century's first genocide. Through the band's personal
campaign to stop present and future genocides, Pulitzer prize-winner
author and historian Samantha Power, survivors and whistleblowers,
take the viewer to a reality journey documenting historical events
and contrasting views on the Armenian genocide by the Turks. The
doc explains the unfortunate vicious cycle that has lead to the
Jewish Holocaust, Rwanda, Bosnia, the Iraqi Kurds and Darfur genocides
today. "History does and will repeat itself, unless we stop
that cycle." says Tankian. Garabedian soon realized that her
film was turning into something "bigger". "You see,
Turkey has been desperate to join the European Union and participate
in Europe's economic boom, but leaders of Britain, France and Germany
were demanding that it first admit to the mass killings of 1.5 million
Armenians between 1915-23," says the director. It's said that
the event lead Adolf Hitler to conceive the idea for the Holocaust.
Asked by his underlings in 1939 how he planned to kill six million
Jews without getting caught, Hitler replied, "Who remembers
Maker: The LA Times Calendar section probably best descripes
her work to-date -- "Documenting Truth in Dangerous Places."
Award-winning film maker, humanitarian activist Ms Garapedian ("Lifting
the Veil," "Dying for the President" "My Friend
the Mercenary", "Children of the Secret State") is
a past BBC director and anchor and an NBC Nightly News correspondent
who started shooting Screamers in Los Angeles last year.
features SOD lead singer Serge Tankian who confronts the humanitarian
issue from the perspective of his own family's history. Serge visits
his 90+ year-old grandfather, one of the few remaining eyewitnesses
of genocide, in a nursing home. Together, they're putting together
the puzzle...so many family member lives were lost during the mass
killings. Tankian Sr. recounts horrific details. One can hear the
voice of loss and anger in SOD's sold-out performances. The subject
has also found its way into songs like "P.L.U.C.K. (Politically
Lying, Unholy, Cowardly Killers)," from the band's self-titled
1998 debut, which states "A whole race of Genocide/Taken away
all of our pride/A whole race of genocide/Taken away, watch them
all fall down."
first started playing the club circuit as a band (SOD), I had a
couple of major label people approach me, and said, you guys are
really great -- really great, creative, innovative. But, if you
keep screaming and growling the way you do, you probably won't get
signed by a major label.
I said, thank you for the advice, and kept doing what we do. I mean,
I sing, scream whatever. To me you can't put a limitation on expression,"
A Human Rights
Cause System of a Down has campaigned tirelessly to raise awareness
of the historical tragedy and to raise money for political organizations
like Amnesty International, Center for the Prevention of Genocide
and Axis of Justice -- which Tankian co-founded with Audioslave's
Tom Morello. Sod's "Souls" benefit concerts since 2000
are attended by thousands. System of a Down's latest album, Hypnotize,
the companion album to their top-selling Mezmerize, debuted at Number
One last November. The Los Angeles quartet headlined at Ozzfest
alongside Ozzy Osbourne and Disturbed this summer.
Moore Moment Serge approaches Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert
in the Capitol's rotunda and asks about the letter he sent him.
Tankian and SOD drummer John Dolmayan met with members of Congress
last April to lobby for legislation recognizing the genocide. The
bill has been blocked by Hastert, who, according to Vanity Fair,
has received $500,000 in campaign contributions from the Turkish
government to block the vote.
who rallied for peace, Tankian says as long as we put profits ahead
of people, we will allow this violation to human rights.The film
shows how successive Presidents and corporate interests have conspired
to turn a blind eye to genocide. "We say never again, but we
don't mean it," says Garapedian.
Jeff Atmajian (Batman, The Passion of the Christ, Collateral, King
Kong) is credited for orchestarting and composing the score for
Screamers.The members of System of a Down, all of whom are grandchildren
of genocide survivors, also contributed 7 songs to the film.
The film will
premiere at the AFI Film Festival, prior to its theatrical release
in Los Angeles on December 8th. Beginning January 12, 2007, "Screamers"
will be hit theaters in New York City, Detroit, Washington D.C.,
San Francisco, Fresno and Boston.
In a world where
the Dixie Chicks are castigated for their "controversial"
comments, it's good to see that some bands are still willing to
take a stand for self-expression. This is not a film for the faint
hearted, but you leave the theater thinking it's about time for
a change. The film shows how we can all make a difference by telling
a friend, learning more about the subject and be a screamer!
You may rsvp
to an advance
screening in Hollywood here -- Wed., Dec. 6 7:30 p.m. Hollywood
To Blues & Jazz Legends Lockwood Jr & O'Day
Lockwood Jr. A pioneering Mississippi Delta blues guitarist
and singer, Lockwood Jr. died of respiratory failure on November
21, 2006, at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland,
Ohio. He was 91. The legendary bluesman was born in Turkey Scratch,
Arkansas. At 11, he started guitar lessons with Robert Johnson,
who briefly moved in with Lockwoods mother. In 1960, he moved
to Cleveland. Lockwood
was an uncommonly inspired artist whose playing came from the heart.
His GRAMMY® nominated solo recording, Delta Crossroads (Telarc
2000 release) features a set of Robert Johnson classics, along
with new and old songs of his own, and several associated with other
great Delta players.
O'Day Jezebel of Jazz...The wild chick who could sing...her
sassy renditions of "Honeysuckle Rose," "Sweet Georgia
Brown" and other song standards made her one of the most respected
jazz vocalists of the 1940s and '50s. She died at 87 in her sleep
at a convalescent hospital in Los Angeles on Nov 23. "When
I'm singing, I'm happy. I'm doing what I can do and this is my contribution
to life," she said in a June 1999 interview with The AP. O'Day
who had no children ir immediate family, received a lifetime achievement
award from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1997.
The Love Team
With A Little Help from Martin & Martin
This year, ring
in the New Year surrounded by love. Born from a personal friendship
and mutual admiration between the late George Harrison and Cirque
founder Guy Laliberté, LOVE
brings the magic of Cirque
du Soleil together with the spirit and passion behind the most
beloved rock group of all time to create a vivid, intimate and powerful
the exuberant and irreverent spirit of The Beatles, as interpreted
through the youthful, urban energy of a cast of 60 international
artists. Using the master tapes at Abbey Road studios, Sir George
Martin and Giles Martin have created a unique soundscape of The
Beatles music for LOVE. The custom-built theatre at The Mirage features
360° seating, panoramic video projections and surround sound
which will envelop the audience, who will experience The Beatles
music like never before...using the master tapes at Abbey Road Studios,
the Martins have spent the last two years constructing the music
for LOVE by combining every facet of The Beatles recordings.
"This album puts the Beatles back together again, because suddenly
there's John and George with me and Ringo," said Paul McCartney.
"It's kind of magical." We tend to agree.
Safe & Happy New Year!
next studioexpresso ezine is delivered in January
'I have this
sort of semi-serious joke now that I only want to sign acts that
don't want to be with a major label."
--Warner Bros.' Watts-Russell