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Icons never die. Michael Jackson's legacy of pop music will live long after we can remember.
Independence defined by the US Constitution entitles all Mankind...endowed by their Creator with...Rights of "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness." People want to be free all around the world. Equality, prosperity, freedom of speech and press reign supreme globally. This is the will of the people. Internationally, we hear the news of the recent Iranian protests during elections.
At home and closer to our industry, our friends' careers are often based on uncertainty. So, in this uncertain economic times, we can be certain of one thing. Doing what you love is the greatest freedom of all. Happy 4th of July!

Those of us who are not expecting a stimulus package must rely on sponsors and customers. Whether you're a performing artist or a service provider, your customer base is as good as your value proposition. Scroll down to read five easy ways to grow your business during an economic downturn. Stay with us!

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Curt Bisquera
Drummer l Drum programmer l Writer Streaming Show Host

Affectionately known to many as Kirkee B. Curt Bisquera has become one of the most sought after drummers in recording business. What may not be common knowledge, however, is that Curt also writes music. He co-wrote music for the Denise Richards show "It's Complicated" for the E! Channel.

Look for Curt hosting "DC LIVE" podcasts streamed online at www.drumchannel.com and hear him on the up coming movie: Despicable Me produced by Pharell and Hans Zimmer. Curt's CD entitled "CMB"....Designed for licensing for TV and Film is available at: http://cdbaby.com/cd/dailygroove Read more here


ADR Session with Nicole Kidman For Schweppes
Academy Award-Winning Actress Featured With Slumdog Millionaire Star

Paragon Studios recently completed ADR work for Nicole Kidman’s role in a new Schweppes beverage commercial. The process was streamlined using Paragon’s SSL C300 digital film/post console in its Studio B. The international Schweppes beverage commercial, which features Kidman with Slumdog Millionaire star Rubiana Ali and Bollywood actor Arjun Rampal, was produced by Ridley Scott and filmed at the Lake Palace in Undaipur, India.



Marilyn Manson
"The High End of Low"

A prolific speaker and brilliant thinker, Manson synthesizes and bends harsh realities and off-limit ideas and ideals of our times into an artform.
Often misunderstood for encouraging violence in his "Explicit" lyrics, Manson and and his label take the resulted multi-million records sales, sold-out tours with protests and legal battles to the bank. Above all, Manson offers some of the most enduring and genre-defying music in the rock era ("Lunchbox," "The Dope Show," "This Is The New Shit," "Heart-Shaped Glasses,"etc.). You might say, we keep drinking his award-winning distilled spirit (Mansinthe)!

Manson's new album on Interscope, "The High End of Low" was recorded at his Hollywood Hills studio and co-produced by the artist with Sean Beavan and the new line up: Twiggy Ramirez (reunion with longtime friend and foil for the first time in close to a decade), plus keyboardist Chris Vrenna (CO-wrote and engineered), and drummer Ginger Fish.

Take the songs "We're From America," and "I Want To Kill You Like They Do In The Movies [Explicit]" off of "The High End of Low" which scored Interscope a #4 Hot Shot Debut on the Billboard Charts earlier this month. "15" could be playing on your teen's next Birthday party!
The album's official first single "Arma... geddon" arrives on radio in Spring. Manson who kicked off his world tour with a headline festival in Europe plans to close the main stage at the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, this July through August. Manson says of the new album, "I think my life definitely ended and began. The record sounds very final, but it's almost optimistic - though that feels like a strange word to use. It's a phoenix from the fire and a redemption resurrection." You've got to appreciate the sense of humor missed by most present in "Four Wooden Horses" which opens with: "Everyone will come to my funeral to make sure I stay dead."
Manson, an "Unkillable Monster!

Meantime, busy producer/mixer Beavan is currently finishing up his production and mix of ENVY ON THE COAST's new recording "Low Country", which will be followed by mixing The SHINING's forthcoming album. Long Island faves, Envy On The Coast, embark on a national tour
in May, supporting Taking Back Sunday, who have held the #1 Most Added track at Alternative with "Sink Into Me" for two weeks running.
Beavan is also producing and mixing
8mm’s much-anticipated tribute album, “New Tales To Tell”, set for release on August 18. Luminaries such as FRANK BLACK, THE FLAMING LIPS and THE DANDY WARHOLS join the effort. The album is the first release for tastemaker Christopher The Minister’s new label, Arsenal Rock N Roll/Justice Records through Fontana. To hear “Judgment Day” along with other amazing tracks from the album, visit the myspace profile: http://www.myspace.com/loveandrocketstribute

Brooks, Goh!

We met up with Bobby Brooks (Black Sabbath, Def Leppard, Tina Turner)
at House of Blues where he has been working on a debut album "It Doesn't Matter" by a 13-year-old newcomer, Kaile Goh.
Born to a Chinese father and an American mother, Kaile lived in Singapore until she was 5 years old. Upon moving to Los Angeles, she was signed to Ford Modeling Agency and got booked on major campaigns for Target, Disney, JC Penny, Wal-Mart, Kohl's, Barbie, Sony, Kodak, to name a few.. However, Kaile's passion has always been music. She has written over 30 original songs and been in countless commercials and ads and is performing around the globe.
Brooks who did a 7 year stint with Stevie Wonder as his personal engineer, has shifted to education and artist development. "K is the real deal. And, I know what it takes," he says.
Stay tuned for news of the release of "It Doesn't Matter." Watch Kaile on YouTube



Le Mobile At MTV Awards

You could expect that Eminem and Bruno’s MTV Awards Stunt was staged. Just like you can expect Le Mobile - Guy Charbonneau's iconic jet-black remote recording studio - back again for the 2009 broadcast on May 31. Parked backstage at Universal City's Gibson Amphitheater, Le Mobile provided audio mixing facilities for the show's musical performances, which included Eminem, the Kings of Leon, and a "Lonely Island Medley" sung by Chris Isaak, Lee Ann Rimes and Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker.

Behind Le Mobile's immaculately restored and updated Neve console was veteran New York-based engineer Jay Vicari, best known for his work on Saturday Night Live "We certainly get invited back more often than the hosts- at least ten or twelve times, "says Le Mobile owner and chief engineer Guy Charbonneau. Since 2007, the show has aired live. With the sole exception of comedian Mike Myers, no personality has hosted the show more than once.



Millard Powers Gets REDDI To Go Natural
Finding the real deal with A-Designs Audio's D.I. unit

In addition to serving as Counting Crows' bass player for the past four years, Millard Powers is a Grammy-nominated recording engineer, record producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist that has worked with everyone from Ben Folds and Butterfly Boucher to Amy Grant and Keith Urban. Recently, Powers has become a fan of the fire-engine-red direct inject device from A-Designs Audio known as the REDDI.

Powers' signal chain in his Nashville home studio starts with his trusty early '70s Jazz bass feeding into the REDDI, API 312, Empirical Labs Distressor and then either a Daking or Arsenal Audio EQ. When seeking a more aggressive sound, he puts a SansAmp pedal in between his bass and REDDI.

Although Powers purchased his REDDI back in March, Counting Crows headed out on international tour legs shortly thereafter curbing his time to experiment with the unit as much as he'd like. "I love the REDDI for bass, and I've already used it for a couple of synth parts, which it naturalized beautifully. But I'd like to try it on many other things. When the band goes into the studio next, I'll be taking it with me, subversively lobbying to use it at every opportunity. Plus, I'm now planning to get another one that I can use in my road rig for our summer tour."

The musician/engineer's overwhelmingly positive experience with the REDDI inspired him to investigate A-Designs' other product offerings, including the Pacifica. "When I'm back in the saddle recording at my place in the fall, I'd like to get a Pacifica into the mix. I have the 'basic food groups' of pres--Vintech, API, and Daking for the Trident thing--but the Pacifica has that naturalizing thing that's all its own. It has a unique 'moodiness' as well as great transients and 'solidity' in its sound. I'm also most likely going to get an A-Designs HM2EQ Hammer. I haven't personally used one yet, but I'm so impressed by Peter Montessi's products that, well, it's pretty inevitable!"

Powers adds, "Speaking of Peter, his passion for great audio is obvious and inspiring. I got the impression that he's overflowing with love for what he does, and it comes through 150 percent in his products. It's always affirming to connect with people who share the 'affliction' of lifelong love for surpassing quality in music. Plus, I accused him of being a crack dealer and he immediately admitted his guilt. So he's an honest man as well."

For more information on A-Designs products, phone (702) 307-2700 or email Brad Lunde More info at www.transaudiogroup.com










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"I was vaguely aware of the REDDI from reading some reviews and posts on Gearslutz, but it was Richard Bowman at Las Vegas Pro Audio that properly introduced me to it," says Powers. "I was immediately impressed with how natural it sounded and how well it stood up in a track with the other instruments. Until then, I had been a fairly devoted fan of another company's DI, which provided a very flattering voicing for my electric bass. But the REDDI was just so natural in comparison to the vibe of the other box. It was way more B-15-ish and well rounded."

TransAudio Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become the premier US importer/distributor and/or US sales and marketing representative for high-end audio. Success hinges on TransAudio providing dealers and end users with a higher standard of product expertise and support far beyond the norm. TAG product line includes A-Designs (USA),ATC Loudspeakers (UK), Bock Audio (USA), Geoffrey Daking & Co. (USA) Drawmer (UK), George Massenburg Labs (GML USA), SABRA SOM (Brazil), SoundField Microphones (UK), Tonelux, True Systems, Tube-Tech . LasVegasProAudio.com is a division of TransAudio Group, is the launch pad for the brands of tomorrow. The goal of LasVegasProAudio.com is to provide unique equipment, useful information and long-term support to their clients.
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Transaudio Group Tees Off In Support of AudioMasters Health
12th annual AudioMasters Benefit Golf Tournament

In what has become a much-anticipated industry mainstay of hobnobbing, shenanigans, and sun-drenched good times, the Nashville Engineer Relief Fund (NERF) hosted the 12th annual AudioMasters Benefit Golf Tournament on May 21 and 22 at the Harpeth Hills Golf Course.
In excess of 200 audio professionals showed up to demonstrate their golfing prowess (or, in many cases, lack thereof!) and, perhaps more importantly, to contribute money to NERF.

Established thirteen years ago by the Nashville chapter of AES, NERF raises funds for Nashville engineers that experience serious health or financial crises. TransAudio Group, distributor and importer of high-end professional audio equipment, has sponsored a hole at the NERF tournament for years. This year TransAudio-sponsored Hole Five and organized the donation of several (drool-inducing) pieces of gear for golfers.

Golfers arriving at Hole Five registered for three different drawings one for a REDDI Tube DI, courtesy of Peter Montessi at A-Designs Audio, a P-SOLO mic pre-amp, courtesy of Tim Spencer at TRUE Systems, and a Bock Audio 195 studio condenser microphone, courtesy of David Bock Audio and TransAudio Group. Stan Dacus won the A Designs REDDI, which many engineers claim to be the world's very best DI. Neal Cappellino walked away with the Bock Audio 195, the studio workhorse found in most studios. The super-neutral True Systems P-SOLO mic pre was won by Pete Abbott.

But TransAudio Group didn't stop there. The silent auction generates much needed cash for NERF and TransAudio donated gear here as well. Sean Sullivan walked away with a Daking & CoMic Pre One as the highest bidder at the event's auction!

"TransAudio Group is proud to support the important work of the Nashville Engineer Relief Fund," said Bowman. "Of course, the tournament is a wonderful opportunity to catch up with friends - a most enjoyable form of charity! Unlike so many of us, the lucky winners that walked away with TransAudio Group-donated gear were excited to get back to 'work' so that they could put their new toys to use!"

For A-Designs, Bock Audio, True Systems, and Daking & Co products email Brad Lunde or Phone (702) 307-2700 or visit www.transaudiogroup.com

TransAudio Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become the premier US importer/distributor and/or US sales and marketing representative for high-end audio. Success hinges on TransAudio providing dealers and end users with a higher standard of product expertise and support far beyond the norm. TAG product line includes A-Designs (USA),ATC Loudspeakers (UK), Bock Audio (USA), Geoffrey Daking & Co. (USA) Drawmer (UK), George Massenburg Labs (GML USA), SABRA SOM (Brazil), SoundField Microphones (UK), Tonelux, True Systems, Tube-Tech
LasVegasProAudio.com, LasVegasProAudio.com, a division of TransAudio Group, is the launch pad for the brands of tomorrow. The goal of LasVegasProAudio.com is to provide unique equipment, useful information and long-term support to their clients.LVPA product line includes: Accusound Cable, Economy 50mm Shockmount,
Enhanced Audio (Ireland), PAULY Superscreens (Germany)Sonodore Microphones (Holland)

























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No Limit Texas Hold 'Em Charity Poker Tournament

The Village Studios, Los Angeles

Karen Margroff Dunn of KMD Productions and engineer/mixer Dave Reitzas are organizing the charity event to benefit Sound Art LA (www.soundartla.org). West L.A. Poker will provide all the tournament essentials for this professional event that requires a $100 buy-in per player. "We feel strongly that children are the future of our industry. It was important for us to find a charity that involves kids and music."
For more information about the tournament, to register as a player or to donate products visit them online at www.ri-pt.net or call Karen Dunn at 925-708-0307


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Matt Wallace Interviewed At his Delux Studios in LA for Record Production
L-R: Producer Matt Wallace,
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Ken Allardyce - Sarm West, UK
Lenise Bent - Village Studios. LA, CA
Niko Bolas - Watersound Studios, Studio CIty, CA
Pete Byrne - Glenwood Place, CA
Andre Fischer - Village Studios, Los Angels, CA
Chris Fogel
- Fig, Glendale, CA
Brad Gilderman - Little Big Room, Burbank, CA
Greg Ladanyi - Maple Jam Productions, Studio City, CA
Joseph Magee - O'Henry Studios, Burbank, CA
Scott Mathews - Tiki Town Studios
Oscar Paul - Roundhouse Studios, London
Greg Penny - Sphere Studios, London
Steve Parr - Hear No Evil Studios
Michael C Ross - Royaltone Studios, North Hollywood, CA
Rafa Sardina - Abbey Road, UK
Elliot Scheiner - Presense studios, CT NEW!
Al Schmitt Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA
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Robert Shahnazarian Jr.
-- Sony Music Studios, Santa Monica
Tolbert & Sutton - Studio Atlantis, Hollywood, CA
Matt Wallace - Delux Studios, Van Nuys, CA
John Wooler - Village Studios, Los Angels, CA

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Grow Your Business In Tough Times
Five Tips to Help You Keep Your Connection to Customers & Opportunities

During tough economic times, most people will say: Time to do some housecleaning and cut expenses.
When you want to grow good crops in your garden, you start with good healthy soil and cover the plant bases with mulch to cut down on watering. ... good results are guaranteed when you take the time to learn how to grow plants.
Your business is not much different!

During World War II when times were tough and money was tight, most businesses around the world were forced to make immediate cost-cuts. The first thing to go was their marketing budget. However, surveys conducted a few years later found that those businesses that had continued to advertise during the war became the market leaders. A downturn in the economy doesn’t mean a downturn in business - think smarter, be creative and don’t cut your marketing budget - you too could be tomorrow’s market leader. You do, however, have to become a great deal smarter on how you spend your advertising dollar.
To summarize an article by Tony Eades, 20-year veteran of business and marketing, he reminds us how you can use certain resources (studioexpresso gets a shamelss plug here) to connect to artists and service providers and manufacturers that can offer a healthy niche --meaningful and direct reach to your target audience. .Here are five things you can do right now:

1. Ignore Conventional Wisdom. Don't be Conservative.
When creating strategies in times of recession, conventional wisdom should be thrown out the window. Instead of locking up your assets and stopping growth activities, you need to create new strategies that foster growth. Because finding the right opportunities during economic downturn can propel your company ahead as a market leader. Instead of hunkering down to weather the recession, look for opportunities to grow and acquire.

2. Increase Marketing Expenditures
Take advantage of connecting to online communities & niches that are proven good values. In an economic downturn people become hungry for information, so they read more, watch more and browse the Internet more. This means your advertising has a better chance of being seen and absorbed. You can make actual cost savings by looking at less expensive alternatives for marketing your business like having strong presence in online communities. Industry leaders actually spend more money during a recession. Marketing is an important component to growing business. So don’t be afraid to ramp up your marketing budget.

3. Think Outside the Box - define your ideal target market and work with organizations that cater to these audiences.

4. More Bang for Your Buck. Measure what works and what doesn’t. Sophisticated online marketing can give you real-time results like who has received your e-newsletter, etc. Focus on a large amount of small deals.

5. Build and Enhance Customer Relationships. There's no substitute for getting your customers to know and like you. Learn what they want and how you can help them better. Stay visible so they recognize you as an expert and remember to call you in time of need.

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Ok. This is what fans need to say about you: Astonishingly good looking or captivating, Incredible voice, writes good music
Tamar has all the qualities with an Interscope debut out this Fall. We add star power! Tamar at MySpace

Berklee's Online Music School Opens its Doors in the UK
Over $45,000 in Celebrity Honoree Scholarships Announced

Pictured in his Los Angeles studio is London-born Paul Oakenfold, a Berkleemusic UK Scholarship Honoree. Photo by David Goggin.

Berkleemusic is also releasing a unique music scholarship program that will award 50 UK-based students the opportunity to study online with some of the most notable music instructors in the world. An illustrious list of patrons including Sir George Martin, Jeff Beck, Paul Oakenfold, Simon Napier-Bell and Steve Vai join Berklee in bringing online education opportunities to the UK. Each patron's scholarship will be awarded to two outstanding students every year for five years.
Debbie Cavalier, Dean of Continuing Education at Berklee, said, "Berkleemusic has a unique global approach to online music education, bringing world-class musicians and instructors together in a creative and collaborative environment. The British contribution to music has been remarkable, and our UK launch is designed to expand on our commitment to nurture and develop the world's greatest talent.
Applications for the scholarships are being taken now with a deadline of July 27, 2009. Berkleemusic's summer term will begin on June 29, 2009.
Berkleemusic's online course catalog currently features more than 80 individual courses in music production, music business, guitar, bass, voice, theory, technique and songwriting courses. Each course is 12-weeks in length and combines a number of interactive digital demonstrations and video instructions to support the lesson content.
Visit http://www.berkleemusic.co.uk to apply for a scholarship and learn more about Berklee's online school.

Sanken in "Expedition Africa"
Sound Supervisor Jacob Smith Praises COS-11D Lavaliers

Explorers in the 19th century were the rock stars of their day - and Dr. David Livingstone was the biggest of them all. A true hero of his time and perhaps the greatest explorer ever, he dedicated his life to stamping out slavery. Then, he disappeared. To recreate this journey we had to have complete concealment of the mics," remarks sound supervisor Jacob Smith. "The vertical design of the Sanken mic capsules allowed us to use a rubber band around a Rycote softee and hide it in the clothing in a way that there was no clothing noise, even with quick-dry synthetic fabrics.
"Expedition Africa: Stanley & Livingstone," a new 8-part History Channel reality/documentary series, employed Sanken's rugged COS-11D lavalier microphones during the arduous 970-mile journey through unforgiving rainforests and desert terrain. The four elite modern-day explorers in EXPEDITION AFRICA relive Henry Morton Stanley's perilous journey to find Dr. David Livingstone. They are: navigator Pasquale Scaturro, wildlife expert Mireya Mayor, survivalist Benedict Allen, and journalist Kevin Sites. Using only compasses and period maps, they confronted obstacles and dangers similar to those encountered by the great explorers before them."We had 11 Sankens for the journey equipped with Lectrasonic MM-400 waterproof transmitters," Smith continues. "We never had any humidity problems - the mics were even doused with water a few times but they came right back to life. We had a few other brands of mics as backup but they did not hold up under these conditions at all." Sound supervisor Jacob Smith was contracted from Adrenaline Films for the Mark Burnett Production. Superb audio was recorded by sound mixers Rian Engelen (South Africa), Mark Krupka (Canada), David Tofler (Australia), and Michael St. Hilaire (USA). For info about Sanken, visit distributor plus24: http://www.plus24.net
or phone 323.845.1171

Expresso Reads -- Books Recommended by studioexpresso

The Reel World: Scoring For Pictures
by Jeff Rona

For aspiring composers looking to break into the field of film scoring, it’s a long road from the blank page to hearing your music come alive on the big screen. Author Jeff Rona draws on his wealth of experience writing music for such films as Traffic, Blackhawk Down, Mission: Impossible 2, Gladiator, Thin Red Line, and more with his offering of this expanded Second Edition. The technology changes at breakneck speed, and the relationships between all parties involved—from music directors and screenwriters to editors, producers, and agents— can be difficult for beginners to navigate. Rona is a seasoned veteran of film and television scores. He has worked with Steven Soderburgh, Barry Levinson, Robert Altman, Steven Spielberg, and many others. Rona can be reached on the web at www.jeffrona.com.

In this new and fully revised edition of The Reel World, Jeff Rona—one of Hollywood’s busiest composers—details the technical, business, and creative aspects of becoming a successful film scorer. He shows how to work with the many different professionals involved in filmmaking while never diluting your own creativity. The book includes a wealth of new interviews with some of Hollywood’s top film scores including John Williams, Carter Burwell, James Newton Howard, Hans Zimmer, Mark Isham, Wendy and Lisa and more.

Covering everything from setting up a studio and managing the business side of a film career to learning how to write music that shapes the tone, character, and pacing of a film, The Reel World is packed with case studies and practical tips.

Behind The Glass Volume II
Top Record Prdoucers Tell How They Craft The Hits
by Howard Massey

Foreword By George Massenberg

This companion volume—an essential read for both veteran and aspiring producers—features over 40 all-new, exclusive in-depth interviews with many of the world’s top producers and engineers. The host of topics ranges from the future of digital platforms to commanding the right vocal inflections out of Amy Winehouse; from capturing the perfect amount of low end to the current state of the music industry. Massey’s interviews mix practical advice on the day-to-day minutia of recording sessions with more esoteric philosophical concepts that any good engineer should keep in mind.

Forefathers such as Bruce Swedien, Daniel Lanois, and T-Bone Burnett share their studio-tested secrets on how to craft their signature sounds while the next generation of young upstart hit-makers, guys like Michael Bradford and Rafa Sardina, Mark Ronson, Darryl Swann, and Patrick Stump, talk shop about current techniques and where we are headed.

With Forward by George Massenburg, this book offers firsthand interviews with the world's top record producers and engineers, sharing their creative secrets and hit-making techniques - from the practical to the artistic. In these pages you'll find Daniel Lanois (U2, Bob Dylan) discussing the future of digital recording; T-bone Burnett (Robert Plant and Alison Krauss) sharing his unique view of creating complex low end; and Hugh Padgham (Police, Genesis) analyzing the state of the business today.

"The recording quality is no more important than the monitoring quality you achieve in the headphones, because that is what truly excites and inspires an artist."-- Rafa Sardina, Behind the Glass vol II

"My favorite mic technique is, first, picking a studio with a decent-sounding room--you'll save a lot of time and money in the long run!" --Michael Bradford, Behind the Glass vol II


Iris Nights at The Annenberg Space For Photography


City of Angeles. Boulevard of Dreams. When Patrick graduated from college, he set out to discover his passion with few cameras and a vision.... the chief of police with a helicopter silhouetted against the sun behind ... the 31-year-old LA photographer Patrick Ecclesine knows how to combine talent and composition to create a unique style that spells Ecclesine! He stages scenes to capture the drama of a subject’s life or job.A commercial photographer whose images for DreamWorks, Fox, Warner Brothers, TNT, TBS, CNN, CBS, and CW have appeared in newspapers, magazines, and on billboards and bus benches around the world, Patrick currently lives in his hometown, Hollywood, just around the corner from the street on which he was born—Sunset Boulevard. We met up with Patrick at The Annenberg Space for photography early June during Iris Night where he spoke about how Faces of Sunset was conceived.

For the past three years, Ecclesine has been shooting portraits of Angelenos who live and work along Sunset Boulevard: plastic surgeons, crack addicts, illegal immigrants, movie producers and city officials, including Police Chief William Bratton and the recently separated Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. The project is a work in progress. He estimates he has shot more than 170 portraits so far and has 100 more to go. He’s financed the ambitious project himself, working as an on-set still photographer for shows like The West Wing, Gilmore Girls and E.R. Though he says 50 percent of his images are spontaneous moments, many of his cinematic photos are heavily influenced by the industry in which he earns a living and require storyboards, crews and a massive amount of supplemented light. \

James Newton Howard Studios Get a studio bau:ton Make-Over

Peter Grueneisen who was elevated to the American Institute of Architects' prestigious College of Fellows (inducted at the 2009 AIA National Convention, May 2009, in San Francisco) has been busy with rewarding projects that includes composer James Newton Howard's studios (Photos above by Juergen Nogai) .

After the complete remodel of Studio A in Howard's Santa Monica facility, the common areas also underwent a renovation. The facility had originally been designed in 1996 by studio bau:ton. The main entrance, reception and lounge areas received a make-over while maintaining their generous layout and wide open spaces (left and bottom). The more private lounge in the rear of the building was outfitted with a kitchen area and bar, lit through a glazed overhead door (picture below). Mr. Howard, who, together with Hans Zimmer, won a Grammy for the score for 'The Dark Knight' and was nominated for an Oscar for last year's movie 'Defiance', recently premiered his concerto 'I would plant a Tree' with the Pacific Symphony at the Segerstrom Concert hall in Orange County. Current clients include the City of Santa Monica CityTV, Hans Zimmer's Remote Control Productions, 740 Sound Design, 9WG Red Amp Studios in Richmond, VA, as well as several private project studios and residential projects. Dakota Pictures: A facade renovation and facelift for Dakota Pictures in North Hollywood was completed late last year. The design incorporates sustainable tropical hardwood, stainless steel and aluminum and has completely transformed the building and its surroundings. At night, blue neon light accentuates the corner and the entrance. Dakota is well known as the producer of HBO's hilarious series 'Flight of the Conchords'. Check out nonzero\architecture on Facebook! Now featuring a selection of residential projects, with more building types and projects constantly being added. Click here for more information about nonzero\architecture or studio bau:ton, or call 310-453-8000 for a free initial consultation.

Bottle Village
Endangered American Folk Art in Simi Valley, California

Monuments within Bottle Village gained cult status. Her Dolls Head Shrine, for example, was reproduced on the cover of Wall of Voodoo's chart-topping single. Call her an early recycling queen, green dame or rock'n roll inspiration.

Tressa “Grandma” Prisbrey began building the Bottle Village in 1956, when she was sixty years old. During World War II, she was employed as a parts assembler for Boeing Corporation in Seattle. She and her husband had moved their trailer onto a 1/3 acre lot in Simi Valley, California. Prisbrey had not meant to become a cult icon. Nor had she intended to build what would become Simi Valley’s most popular tourist attraction. Her original idea was to build a wall to keep away the smell and dust of the adjacent turkey farm and to simply create a structure where she could store her commemorative pencils, all 17,000 of them. Since there was no money left for construction materials, Grandma Prisbrey drove her Studebaker pickup truck to the town dump and came back with a truck full of bottles. She just kept on building – some 23 buildings and structures made of glass and other odd materials, a mosaic sidewalk throughout her village. Other buildings soon included the Leaning Tower of Bottle Village, the Dolls Head Shrine, Cleopatra's Bedroom, the surround house, and many more. She even gave visitors a tour which would end in the Meditation Room where she would play the piano and sing risqué songs from the 1920s. In February, 1981, Bottle Village was declared a California State Historical Landmark. At the age of 92, Tressa "Grandma" Prisbrey died in a nursing home outside of San Francisco, California.

A reporter who talked to her just the day before she died reported that Grandma had this to say: "I'm going home to my Bottle Village". Damaged by the Northridge earthquake, Bottle Village is need of repair. Grandma's Bottle Village is part of the "Visions of Paradise" series on contemporary folk artists directed and produced by Irving Saraf and Allie Light. The film is an exploration of Grandma Prisbrey's creativity, pizzazz and sense of the absurd. Watch it here Just goes to show you there's life after 60! I'm told when the wind blows at dusk, you can hear the bottles chiming. Rumor has it that Beck camped out at Bottle Village for few days. Maybe "Ship In A Bottle" was inspired there? Few good Samaritans have gathered to save the village, a true California Twentieth Century Folk Art endangered. Write to studioexpresso, to learn more about Preserve Bottle Village. Or you may write to: Preserve Bottle Village PO Box 1412 Simi Valley, CA. 93062

Sade (full name Helen Folasade Adu) has reunited with her former band members and is in the studio cutting new tracks. She hasn't had a new release since 2000's 'Lovers Rock,' which sold 3.8 million copies in the U.S. Band member, Stuart Matthewman, also known as Cottonbelly, confirms that new material is being recorded and that the process was still in its "early days" and won't be close to being finished until "later in the year."

Arista, announced that Whitney Houston will release her seventh studio album on Sept. 1, the much-buzzed-about video clip – of her live performance in Kazakhstan during an anniversary concert in July of 2008 – is a classic that continues to generate commentary daily.

Artists & Radio
U2's album, "No Line on the Horizon," was released in March with its leadoff single, "Get on Your Boots."
In April, Bono issued a statement on behalf of pay for musicians, saying, "It's only fair that when radio makes money by playing a recording artist's music ... the recording artist should be compensated just as songwriters are already." Soon after, it said, "several stations within a major radio broadcast group notified the artist's label that they would no longer play his single on the air." The controversy centers on legislation in Congress that would require radio stations to pay musicians royalties. Satellite radio, Internet radio and cable TV music channels already pay fees to performers and musicians, along with songwriter royalties. AM and FM radio stations just pay songwriters, not performers. The National Association of Broadcasters http://www.nab.org opposes the bill, called the Performance Rights Act. The NAB says it amounts to a tax on US radio stations and threatens thousands of jobs.
The filing by musicFIRST http://www.musicfirstcoalition.org , made late Tuesday, also said: A Delaware radio station boycotted all artists affiliated with musicFIRST for an entire month.
Other artists involved with musicFIRST include Don Henley, Celine Dion, Christina Aguilera and Wyclef Jean.

R.I.P. King of Pop -- Michael Jackson

The sad news of Michael Jackson being rushed to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Thursday afternoon by Los Angeles Fire Department spread on the Internet in matter of minutes. He was reported not breathing when paramedics (Capt. Steve Ruda) arrived at 100 block of Carolwood Drive off Sunset Boulevard (his rented Bel-Air French chateau estate)

Jackson, 50, was planning a comeback (including 50-city European tour) after years of tabloid headlines, most notably his trial and acquittal on various charges. Ne-Yo and Will.I.Am were to complete Michael’s album.

"Very sad. I spoke with Bruce Swedien and some people working on the concert prep for London. Everyone is in shock, so unexpected, so tragic," says Matt Forger who worked on Michael Jackson ‘Special Edition’ albums; ‘OFF THE WALL’, ‘THRILLER’, ‘BAD’, and ‘DANGEROUS’. His label, Sony/Columbia posted "We express our deep sadness and sorrow at the unexpected passing of Michael Jackson and extends wishes of sympathy and condolences to all of Michael's family, friends and fans around the world."
"Michael will be remembered as one of the greatest entertainers of our time. He was born with a talent that had no racial or cultural barriers. Michael's legacy will live on. I have no doubt that he's up there with his beloved Fred Astair; and they're dancing up a storm," says studioexpresso's Claris Sayadian-Dodge.

The millions of fans in mourning worldwide have taken comfort in his music. Social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook have been flooded with tributes, while Jackson's videos on YouTube are being inundated with emotional user comments. This footage from Sonny & Cher Show is our pick.
Watch Michael Jackson & Jackson 5
Watch Billie Jean - Motown 25 (Moonwalk) 2,078,460 views

His philanthropy and goodwill were unrivalled, and grew in correspondence with his wealth. Quincy Jones, not only Jackson's producer but a friend and one of his biggest supporters, saw his emergence as a beacon of hope for the black community, whose music "had to play second fiddle for a long time." "Michael has connected with every soul in the world," Jones said.

His musical legacy will not tarnish -- not in the years to come, not likely ever.
Gone too soon. Farewell, dear Michael. May you watch over Michael Jr, Prince and Paris.

"The Love You Take Is Equal To The Love You Make." -- John Lennon

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