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Waves Audio, Abbey Road Studios Unveil REDD Console Plug-Ins

Waves Audio teamed with London’s legendary Abbey Road Studios once again to create two new REDD Console plug-ins, which emulate the sonic characteristics of EMI/Abbey Road Studios' REDD.17 and REDD.37 in-house mixing consoles that recorded The Beatles, The Hollies, Pink Floyd, and other top ... More

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Restless, Featuring Original Music by Lorne Balfe, Airs on Sundance Channel

On Friday, December 7th, the Sundance Channel premiered the first part of the two-part mini-series Restless, featuring original music by composer Lorne Balfe (The Sweeney, Assassins Creed 3 video game). "Restless is a truly unique project,” said Balfe. Having characters in two ... More

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Joe Hisaishi: Studio Ghibli 25 Years Concert

These days there are a plethora of concerts featuring great film and video game music being performed all over the world. Many of them I truly wish I was able to attend, but there is one, above just about all others, that I've desired to see for years....and the only way to do so has been via a Japanese ... More

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey with composer Howard Shore

Howard Shore successfully adapted the words and themes of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings into a truly iconic score for one of the most successful film franchises of the decade. Now he's returned to the studio with the London Philharmonic Orchestra to record the latest soundtrack to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey , released next month. Tolkien's ... More

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Dolby Atmos Cinema Sound System: First Impressions

The scariest part of a mortar round isn't just the fact that it can rend your limbs off with consummate ease. A sniper interdicted with mortar fire knows the morale-breaking potential of an incoming shell's tell-tale banshee wail. It's the same case with the massive boom of an MOAB bomb, the terrifying ... More

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Contenders – Sound Mixers Scott Millan and Greg Russell, Skyfall

From blasting bullets and the purr of an Aston Martin to propulsive music and exotic atmospherics, the suave and kinetic sound world of the 007 films has long been an alluring aspect of the popular film franchise, now celebrating its 50th year with the recent release of Skyfall. “Sound has ... More

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Inside Abbey Road: the Best Studio in the World

We are pleased to announce 'Inside Abbey Road: the Best Studio in the World' - a new series of talks to be held in the famous Studio Two during March 2013. Brian Kehew and Kevin Ryan (authors of the critically acclaimed, definitive book ‘Recording the Beatles’), will give their second series of fascinating ... More

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The record label is dead: long live the record label

How has the internet changed the role of record companies? To many, it seemed the digital world would render record labels obsolete, in an age when artists could self-publish and self-promote their work. However, a new report we have published at IFPI today suggests a very different story. Far from ... More

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Spielberg & Williams: Inseparable tandem

Thirty-eight years ago, Steven Spielberg wanted musical Americana for his first feature, "The Sugarland Express." He hired John Williams on the strength of the composer's folksy scores for "The Reivers" and "The Cowboys." "Lincoln" marks their 26th film, one of the longest-running director-composer partnerships in ... More

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Critic's Notebook: Thoughts on the Year's Strongest Scores by Some of Hollywood's Best Composers

Where film music is concerned, has any year since 2008 been anything other than the Year of Alexandre Desplat? The composer is as brilliant as he is indefatigable. In 2012, he has his name on eight films, and it's an extraordinarily eclectic bunch: Moonrise ... More

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2012 Annie Award Nominations for Best Music

One of this year's first list of award nominees are the Annies. Over the years, the Annies were one of the few organizations that didn't appear to automatically hand the latest Pixar feature every award possible, which, among other things, made their annual awards interesting to follow. This year, I find them ... More

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Top 5 Stunning Soundtracks from Awful Movies

There’s nothing quite like the long, insufferable wait before a film’s release. You sit at your computer desk, counting the days as they slowly roll by, devouring every bit of leaked footage and exclusive clips that the internet has to offer. When your excitement has reached a level beyond any normal human’s ... More