Archive for 2012

Daft Punk – Tron: Legacy

Tron: Legacy is the soundtrack to the 2010 film of the same name, released by Walt Disney Records on December 3, 2010. It is the first film score by French music duo Daft Punk.

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Manson MB1, Guitar of the future

Matthew James Bellamy (born 9 June 1978) is an English musician, composer and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the lead vocalist, lead guitarist, pianist, and main songwriter of the rock band Muse. He is often recognised for his high vocal range, as well as his piano and guitar playing abilities.

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Muse – Follow Me

Muse are an English rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, which formed in 1994. The band consists of school friends Matthew Bellamy (lead vocals, lead guitar, piano, keyboards, keytar), Christopher Wolstenholme (bass, vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar, harmonica) and Dominic Howard (drums, percussion, synthesisers, sampling).

Since the release of their 2006 album Black Holes and Revelations, keyboardist and percussionist Morgan Nicholls has performed live with the band. Muse are known for their energetic and extravagant live performances and their fusion of many music genres, including space rock, progressive rock, alternative rock, heavy metal, classical music and electronica.

Muse have released six studio albums: Showbiz (1999), Origin of Symmetry (2001), Absolution (2003), Black Holes and Revelations (2006), The Resistance (2009) and The 2nd Law (2012). They have also issued three live albums, Hullabaloo Soundtrack (2002), which is also a compilation of B-sides, Absolution Tour (2005), and HAARP (2008), which documents the band’s performance at Wembley Stadium in 2007.

Black Holes and Revelations earned the band a Mercury Prize nomination and a third place finish in the NME Albums of the Year list for 2006. Muse have also won a collection of music awards throughout their history, including five MTV Europe Music Awards, six Q Awards, eight NME Awards, two Brit Awards—winning “Best British Live Act” twice, an MTV Video Music Award, four Kerrang! Awards and an American Music Award. They were also nominated for five Grammy Awards, of which they won Best Rock Album, for their fifth studio album The Resistance (2009). Muse have sold over 15 million albums worldwide.

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Regal, Valentina Quintero – Original music by soundtrackmakers.com

Andy Serkis talks about reprising Gollum in the Hobbit

I play Gollum like a junkie…his addiction is this magical ring

– Says Andy Serkis

WHEN filming on The Hobbit began last year, it had been nearly a decade since Andy Serkis had last played creepy creature Gollum.

But luckily, regular travel on public transport had made it impossible for him to forget his role as JRR Tolkien’s famous character.

For hardly a day had passed when he had not been asked to do Gollum’s voice by friends — or quite often by fans he met while travelling in London, his home city.

Grant Rollings with Andy Serkis

Serkis act … Andy Serkis and our man Grant Rollings
DARREN FLETCHER

In an exclusive interview with The Sun he says: “I am fine with doing Gollum. Sometimes people ask me to record voicemail greetings, and do video messages if it’s somebody’s birthday. Continue reading →

Rush – The Making Of Snakes & Arrows

Snakes & Arrows is the eighteenth full-length studio album by the Canadian rock band Rush. Co-produced by Nick Raskulinecz, it was Rush’s first studio outing since 2004’s Feedback, and their first complete studio album since Vapor Trails in 2002. The album was recorded in five weeks between November and December 2006 at Allaire Studios in New York’s Catskill Mountains and mixed and mastered at Ocean Way Studios in Los Angeles, California. Snakes & Arrows was released on CD on May 1, 2007, as a double LP album on June 19 (limited to 5,000 copies), as well as the new MVI (Music Video Interactive) format (limited to 25,000 copies) on June 26. Snakes & Arrows debuted at #3 on the The Billboard 200 chart where it remained for 14 weeks. It was certified gold in Canada in September 2007. The track “Malignant Narcissism” was nominated for a Grammy Award under the category Best Rock Instrumental Performance. The album was named as one of Classic Rock‘s 10 essential progressive rock albums of the decade.

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Sound Mixing: 10 Essential Tips to Know

Kicking-off with 10 digestible nuggets of sound mixing essentials you should be practicing when either shaping sounds or balancing the mix.

You might know all, or some of these tips already – cool. However, they’ve been chosen precisely because they are ones we most-often let slide from our thoughts when dancing with the fairies in laa-laa-land (Note: I’m talking about you here – I’ve personally never been to laa-laa-land, preferring STRICTLY HETERO nightclubs instead, HTH).

1: Use MONO Sound Sources

That’s right!

Some of you might be shocked to learn this – I know I was when first told. I mean, MONO is crap right? We’re into (what is it now?), 9-Channel surround-sound or sommat daft like that, aren’t we! And what about your synth? I bet it sounds amazing in full-width panoramic swirling stereo doesn’t it? Continue reading →

Philip glass and his masterpieces

Philip Glass (born January 31, 1937) is an American composer. He is often said to be one of the most influential composers of the late 20th century. His music is also often controversially described as minimalist, along with the work of the other “major minimalists” La Monte Young, Terry Riley and Steve Reich.

He has distanced himself from the “minimalist” label, describing himself instead as a composer of “music with repetitive structures.” Though his early mature music shares much with what is normally called “minimalist”, he has since evolved stylistically. Currently, he describes himself as a “Classicist”, pointing out that he is trained in harmony and counterpoint and studied such composers as Franz Schubert, Johann Sebastian Bach and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with Nadia Boulanger.

Glass is a prolific composer: he has written works for the musical group which he founded, the Philip Glass Ensemble (with which he still performs on keyboards), as well as operas, musical theatre works, ten symphonies, eleven concertos, solo works, chamber music including string quartets and instrumental sonatas, and film scores. Three of his film scores have been nominated for Academy Awards.

Glass counts many artists among his friends and collaborators, including visual artists (Richard Serra, Chuck Close), writers (Doris Lessing, David Henry Hwang, Allen Ginsberg), film and theatre directors (including Errol Morris, Robert Wilson, JoAnne Akalaitis, Godfrey Reggio, Paul Schrader, Martin Scorsese, Christopher Hampton, Bernard Rose, and many others), choreographers (Lucinda Childs, Jerome Robbins, Twyla Tharp), and musicians and composers (Ravi Shankar, David Byrne, the conductor Dennis Russell Davies, Foday Musa Suso, Laurie Anderson, Linda Ronstadt, Paul Simon, Joan LaBarbara, Arthur Russell, David Bowie, Brian Eno, Roberto Carnevale, Patti Smith, Aphex Twin, Lisa Bielawa, Andrew Shapiro, John Moran, Bryce Dessner and Nico Muhly). Among recent collaborators are Glass’s fellow New Yorker Woody Allen, Stephen Colbert, and poet and songwriter Leonard Cohen.

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Howard Shore – The Hobbit

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a 2012 fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson. It is the first of a three-part film adaptationof the 1937 novel The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, to be followed by The Desolation of Smaug and There and Back Again, due for theatrical release in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

Set sixty years before The Lord of the Rings, the story is about the hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), who is hired by the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) to accompany thirteen dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on a quest acrossMiddle-earth to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from Smaug the dragon. The film premiered in New Zealand on 28 November 2012 and was released on 14 December 2012 at over 4,000 theatres.

The film is written by Peter Jackson and his longtime collaborators Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, and Guillermo del Toro, who originally was chosen to direct the film before leaving the project in 2010.

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Chapman Stick

The Chapman Stick (the Stick) is an electric musical instrument devised by Emmett Chapman in the early 1970s. A member of the guitar family, the Chapman Stick usually has ten or twelve individually tuned strings and has been used on music recordings to play bass lines, melody lines, chords or textures. Designed as a fully polyphonic chordal instrument, it can also cover several of these musical parts simultaneously.

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