Archive for February, 2013

Javier Navarrete – Pan's Labyrinth

Pan’s Labyrinth (Spanish: El laberinto del fauno, “The Labyrinth of the faun“) is a 2006 Mexican dark fantasy film written and directed by Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. It was produced and distributed by the Mexican film company Esperanto Films.

Pan’s Labyrinth takes place in Spain in May–June 1944, five years after the Spanish Civil War, during the early Francoist period. The narrative of the film interweaves this real world with a fantasy world centered around an overgrown abandoned labyrinth and a mysterious faun creature, with which the main character, Ofelia, interacts. Ofelia’s stepfather, the Falangist Captain Vidal, hunts the Spanish Maquis who fight against the Francoist regime in the region, while Ofelia’s pregnant mother grows increasingly ill. Ofelia meets several strange and magical creatures who become central to her story, leading her through the trials of the old labyrinth garden. The film employs make-up, Animatronics and CGI effects to bring life to its creatures.

Del Toro stated that he considers the story to be a parable, influenced by fairy tales, and that it addresses and continues themes related to his earlier film The Devil’s Backbone (2001), to which Pan’s Labyrinth is a spiritual successor, according to del Toro in his director’s commentary on the DVD. The original Spanish title refers to the fauns of Roman mythology, while the English, German, and French titles refer specifically to the faun-like Greek character Pan. However, del Toro has stated that the faun in the film is not Pan.

The film premiered at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. It was released in the United Kingdom on November 24, 2006. In the United States and Canada, the film was given a limited release on December 29, 2006, with a wide release on January 19, 2007. Pan’s Labyrinth opened to widespread critical acclaim. The film won numerous international awards, including three Academy Awards, three BAFTA Awards including Best Film Not in the English Language, the Ariel Award for Best Picture, the Saturn Awards for Best International Film and Best Performance by a Younger Actor for Ivana Baquero and the 2007 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form.

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What makes a great TV voiceover?

Michael Buerk on Pineapple Dance Studios sets the bar for deadpan delivery

Pineapple Dance Studios
Fromer newsreader Michael Buerk adds voiceover verve to Sky’s Pineapple Dance Studios: Photograph: Sky1

“It’s not just about looking hench,” deadpanned Michael Buerk this week. “These fly boys will have to bust some crisp moves if they want to get their swagger on.” Pineapple Dance Studios is preposterous enough already – all botox, baby oil and bizarre fantasy sequences. And then just when it couldn’t get any odder, in comes the voice of Ethiopian famine coverage and Radio 4’s Moral Maze.

We’re in a golden period for televisual voiceovers right now – with Buerk one of three primetime practitioners in their pomp. Over on Dancing On Ice, Tony Gubba blends technical geekery – “the rotating oxtail there, segued into a triple nipple with spatula jump to finish” – with wince-worthy wordplay and the odd trouser-rub at lady contestants’ costumes (watch here four minutes onwards for the full effect). The result is pure Partridge-like genius. Thirdly there’s Dave Lamb, whose acidic asides on Come Dine With Me have gathered their own cult following. At last count, there were 71,123 fans in the Facebook group declaring him a “fucking legend”. There’s something of tipsy Terry Wogan at Eurovision about Lamb; high praise where we come from. Continue reading →

Famasloop, Grammy -nominated venezuelan rock band.

Famasloop is a Latin Grammy-nominated electronic music band from Caracas, Venezuela. The band’s members are Alain Gómez, Luis Daniel González, Ricardo Martínez, Rafael Urbina and Vanesa Gouveia. The group’s first album, Tres Casas, which was released in June 2006, experimented with electronic music to integrate several genres such as pop, Latin, rock, hip-hop, trip-hop, Afro-Venezuelan, classical, Hindu, tango and jazz.

Tres Casas, which literally means Three Houses in Spanish, was released with a surrounding concept represented in the album’s art and multimedia content, designed by the Venezuelan artist collective Keloide. Famasloop has described to the press that the album is divided into three houses, each one with a different theme (commercial, intellectual and spiritual). All of these houses include a half-a-minute introductory Puerta (Spanish for door), and three songs, making a total of twelve tracks. The album received production and post-production guest contribution from well-known musicians, such as Tweety González (keyboardist of Fito Páez), Nené Vázquez (percussionist of Aterciopelados), Guille Vadalá (Bass guitarist of Fito Páez), Oswaldo Rodríguez (Sur Carabaela) and more.
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'Bohemian Rhapsody' as you have never heard it before

The world’s most awesome karaoke song, “Bohemian Rhapsody” (natch), got all classed up recently by the players of the Indiana University Ad Hoc Orchestra, who rocked (as much as, you know, a symphony can rock) Queen’s classic hit. Instead of Freddie Mercury’s vocals, however, was viola player Sarah Harball, who beautifully filled in for Mercury. Trumpeter Patrick Hunninghake filled in for Brian May. The result was am awesome tip of the hat to the iconic original, which the orchestra paid appropriate homage to — “All due credit to Queen in their infinite glory,” the YouTube clip’s credits read.

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Recording Bass Guitar: Getting The Perfect Low End


What’s the one thing that’s completely key to a solid rhythm section, and extremely important in the overall feel of a song? If you guessed the bass guitar, then you’re completely right. Recording the bass is an often-confusing topic, mainly because there’s so many options. Let’s take a look at the easiest way to get a great, solid bass sound on your recording with as little hassle as possible. Continue reading →

Making of The Black Album – Metallica

Metallica (also known as The Black Album) is the eponymously-titled fifth studio album by the American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released on August 12, 1991 through Elektra Records to critical acclaim. Metallica produced five hit singles that are considered today among the band’s best-known songs: “Enter Sandman”, “The Unforgiven”, “Nothing Else Matters”, “Wherever I May Roam”, and “Sad but True”. The band promoted the album with a series of tours. In 2003, the album was ranked number 255 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The album marked a change in the band’s sound to one less harsh than the thrash metal style of their previous four albums.

The recording of Metallica was troubled, with the band frequently entering conflicts with Bob Rock, the band’s new producer, during production. The album debuted at number one in ten countries, and spent four consecutive weeks at the top spot of the Billboard 200, making it Metallica’s first album to top album charts. Metallica is the group’s best-selling album, selling 30 million copies worldwide. It is the best-selling album of the SoundScan era. The album was certified 16× platinum by the RIAA on December 13, 2012. On November 10, 2011, Lars Ulrich revealed (on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show) that Metallica will be playing the album, in its entirety, during the 2012 European Black Album Tour.

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Nuevas crónicas de América, HBO – Original Music by

Voices For All's Mike Elmore uses voices to make wishes come true

VFA’s Mike Elmore makes wishes come true for children across the country.  We asked him to tell us a little more about this and how it sometimes involves the voice of SpongeBob….Tom Kenny

“Well I have been working with Make a Wish for a little over a decade now.  The work that I have done with them has largely stayed under the radar. I have just never felt a need to tell anyone around me that I do it.  My mother doesn’t even know…lol.  My wife knows that I am a devoted volunteer but that’s about it.  It’s just something that I have always kind of liked keeping private for some reason…I don’t really know why off the top of my head.

The work I have done has mostly been as the middle man who reaches out to various celebrities in the music industry. I have always been well connected in that industry which largely comes from my years and years in radio…and partly from my years playing in a touring band.  If I don’t know them I probably know someone that does…or that knows someone that knows someone type thing.  You can bet your last dollar that if I get a wish request from a child I won’t stop until contact is made. Continue reading →

Alberto Iglesias – The Skin I Live In

The Skin I Live In (Spanish: La piel que habito) is a 2011 Spanish psychological thriller film written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar, starring Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Marisa Paredes, Jan Cornet, and Roberto Álamo. The Skin I Live In is based on Thierry Jonquet’s novel Mygale, first published in French and then in English under the title Tarantula. The film premiered in May 2011 in competition at the 64th Cannes Film Festival, and won Best Film Not in the English Language at the 65th British Academy Film Awards.

Almodóvar has described the film as “a horror story without screams or frights”. The film was the first collaboration in 21 years between Almodóvar and Banderas.
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Foals, English Rock Band with Electronic influences

Foals are an English rock band from Oxford, England. They are currently signed to Transgressive Records in the United Kingdom and Sub Pop in the United States. They released their debut album Antidotes on 24 March 2008 in the UK, and 8 April 2008 in the US. The band’s second album, Total Life Forever, was released on 10 May 2010. The band’s first mixtape Tapes was released on 3 July 2012 as part of the !K7 series. The band’s third album Holy Fire was released on 11 February 2013.

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