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Harvard Appoints Herbie Hancock Professor of Poetry

Harvard University has appointed Herbie Hancock the 2014 Norton Professor of Poetry. As part of the honor, the jazz legend will deliver six lectures on a variety of topics next month, though he told BBC Radio 5 – as reported by The BBC – those talks will mostly cover personal stories and his own ... More


In Pursuit of Silence Feature Doc Trailer

"In Pursuit of Silence" is a meditative feature documentary about the value of silence, our relationship with sound, and the implications of living in such a noisy world. From the monastic traditions of the world's religions to the universal practice of the "moment of silence" as an act of mourning, humanity has ... More


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Production Diary 14

Follow Peter Jackson in his Production vlog as they take over Wellington Town Hall to record the score for the second installation of The Hobbit

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"This is the story of Howard Cantour. A warrior, a film critic. He lives his live vicariously through movies and in movies. But Howard is no sell out, he's says it like he sees it. This is a story of his life and struggle about reviewing his film hero's movie." Cannes Film Festival Official Selection Palm ... More


Documentary Film WHAT THE F@#- IS CANCER Gets Sound Support

"This is hands down the most important movie I'll ever have had the opportunity to work on." - Gary Rizzo, WTF Sound Supervisor "WTF bridges the gap between a personal narrative and an informational documentary. Not only can it change the way you relate to the idea of cancer, but also how you ... More


BeautifulNow Competition to Find the Most Beautiful Sound in the World

BeautifulNow is a new website where people can discover, create, and share beautiful things happening in the world right now. BeautifulNow and The Sound Agency have teamed up for “The Most Beautiful Sound In The World” competition, powered by SoundCloud. Beauty can be hard to find ... More


The Sound of Hunger Games: Catching Fire with Dolby Atmos

In this exclusive video we talk with Director Francis Lawerence and Jeremy Peirson (Re-recording Mixer, Sound Designer, Supervising Sound Editor) about the sound teams work to create the second film in the blockbuster franchise based on Suzanne Collins’ hit novels. The Hunger Games: Catching ... More


TODD-SOUNDELUX Joins Forces with 424 Post

Post production sound company TODD-SOUNDELUX today announced it has entered into a multi-year strategic relationship with Culver City-based 424 Post. As part of this agreement, Sean McCormack and Kami Asgar of 424 Post will join TODD-SOUNDELUX as Supervising Sound Editors, including the addition of their ... More


Gravity short film 'Aningaaq'

In one of the blockbuster's most memorable sequences, Sandra Bullock found herself howling like a dog with a stranger on a space station radio. So who was that guy? During a pivotal scene in Gravity, Sandra Bullock's character Ryan Stone, ... More


Audio Engineering Society Welcomes New President, Dr. Sean Olive

The AES welcomes Dr. Sean Olive (pictured) as its new President, taking over from outgoing President Frank Wells. Currently serving as Director, Acoustic Research, for Harman International, and based in Northridge, Calif., Dr. Olive is in an ideal position to guide the AES into the 137th ... More


Michael Spitz of ATR Services, 1954-2013

The ATR group in York, Penn., comprising ATR Services and ATR Magnetics, announced that one of its owners, Michael Spitz, passed away peacefully on October 12 at age 59, following a courageous battle with cancer (according to Spitz founded ATR Services in 1991 after leaving Ampex, introducing a ... More


Regal Entertainment to add 20 Auro 11.1 locations

Regal Entertainment Group, the largest theatre circuit in the United States, will install Barco’s Auro 11.1 immersive sound system in 20 additional cinemas across the country. This new commitment builds upon the exhibitor’s initial installations of Auro 11.1 at locations in the New York and Los Angeles ... More


Fox announces four new Dolby Atmos releases

Twentieth Century Fox will be releasing several Dolby Atmos™ titles in a broad range of genres, including action, animation and comedy, with The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Rio 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Dolby Atmos gives filmmakers the ability to precisely place or move ... More


Daft Punk and Arctic Monkeys help vinyl sales reach 10-year high

New albums by Daft Punk, Arctic Monkeys, David Bowie and Boards of Canada have helped boost UK sales of vinyl LPs to a 10 year high, according to Official Charts Company data. The biggest-selling albums, including Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories and Boards of Canada’s Tomorrow’s ... More


Nearly a third of all tracks downloaded only sell one copy

Nearly a third of tracks all downloaded in the US sell just one copy in total, new data has revealed. According to Nielsen SoundScan, of the eight million unique digital tracks sold in the US in 2011, some 32 per cent sold only a single copy. Meanwhile, a massive 95 per cent of all tracks ... More


Kevin O’Connell Joins Todd-Soundelux

TODD-SOUNDELUX today announced that Re-recording Mixer Kevin O’Connell has joined the organization. In addition to providing mixing services, O’Connell will also assume a creative leadership role. Based at Todd-AO’s facility located at the Lantana Center in Santa Monica, O’Connell, who has been nominated for 20 ... More


Dolby and Real Image plan 50 Atmos screens in South Asia

Real Image Media Technologies, one of India’s leading digital-cinema integrator and technology providers, has agreed to purchase a minimum of 50 Dolby Atmos™ cinema processors and intends to install them within the South Asia region. Arvind Ranganathan, CEO of Real Image, stated, “We at Real ... More


Nielsen's Acquisition of Arbitron Complete

Nielsen, global provider of information and insight into what consumers watch and buy best known for its television ratings, has completed its acquisition of Arbitron Inc., the marketing and media research firm best known for its U.S. radio ratings. The deal sees Nielsen acquiring all common stock of Arbitron, ... More


Polly Anthony, Former Epic and Geffen Executive, Dead at 59

Polly Anthony, the Epic Records president who helped break and/or worked with such artists as Macy Gray, Shakira, Celine Dion, Rage Against the Machine, Michael Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Pearl Jam, passed away at her home in Beverly Hills, Calif., over the weekend surrounded by her family and ... More


Public Libraries Launch Media Streaming Service, 300k Albums Available

There’s a new source to stream movies and other digital content, and it’s not a tech company with tens of thousands of titles. It’s something more familiar, and might even be just down the street: the public library. Often thought of as stodgy brick-and-mortar havens for bibliophiles, ... More


Metallica Through the Never - IMAX Sound Mixing

Sound Mixers explain the dynamic range of Metallica, and the reality of hearing their music in IMAX theatres. Experience Metallica Through the Never one week early in IMAX 3D.


GameSoundCon Expands Format and Moves to Los Angeles: Grammy-nominated Composer Austin Wintory to Give Keynote

SoundCon, LLC announced today that GameSoundCon 2013 is doubling in size and is moving to Los Angeles, California. Featuring sessions, panel discussions and hands-on workshops with some of the game industry’s leading composers, sound designers and ... More


NIN new album "Hesitation Marks" was mastered in two different formats

Hesitation Marks was mastered in two different ways - the standard, “loud” mastering (which is what you’ll find on the CD, on iTunes, and everywhere else), and also an alternate “audiophile” mastering, which we’re offering as a free download option for anyone who purchases the album ... More


The Grammy Museum To Open John Fogerty Exhibit

On Thursday, September 26, the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles will unveil the exhibit "John Fogerty: Wrote A Song For Everyone." The new exhibit will offer visitors a unique look at the musical career of the Grammy Award–winning singer, songwriter and guitarist, who, for more than 45 years, has been making music ... More


Video Game Composer Agency Four Bars Intertainment Merges

Bob Rice, the founder and CEO of Four Bars Intertainment, the world's premier provider of music for the video game industry and highly respected game composer agency, has announced the merger of his company with the newly formed COOL Music Interactive, part of the COOL Music Group, based in Los ... More


"Breaking Bad" Composer Dave Porter's talks about the final season

The composer for the heralded AMC drama talks about his time with the show and what to expect musically during the final season.


Cinema Audio Society Announces Support for American Cinema Editors' Petition

Cinema Audio Society President, David E. Fluhr, CAS, sent a letter to all members of the CAS yesterday announcing the organization’s support for the current efforts of ACE’s petition to secure recognition for excellence in film editing from film festivals and awards presentations ... More


Shure Applauds U.S. Congressman Bobby Rush’s Efforts To Protect Wireless Microphone Users

Shure Incorporated President and CEO Sandy LaMantia today praised the efforts of Representative Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) in helping to protect wireless microphone users, including Houses of Worship, government facilities, schools and universities, convention centers, ... More


Andre 3000 channels Jimi Hendrix in 'All Is By My Side'

Music biopic fans were dealt a serious blow yesterday when news broke that Sacha Baron Cohen had dropped out of a long-planned film about Freddie Mercury. Thankfully, they’ve still got something else to look forward to: All Is By My Side, a film that covers Jimi Hendrix’s early years (and, ... More


Pacific Rim Premieres at the Dolby Theater

Pacific Rim marks the fifth film premiere to be hosted at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA, including Oscar®-nominated films Zero Dark Thirty and Brave, as well as the recently released Oblivion and Star Trek Into Darkness. Pacific Rim was mixed in Dolby Atmos at Warner Bros. Stage 10 The ... More