Archive for January, 2016

Leonard Cohen – Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Painter, Poet, and Novelist

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Leonard Norman Cohen, CC GOQ (born 21 September 1934) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, musician, painter, poet, and novelist. His work has explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships. Cohen has been inducted into both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame as well as the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is also a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation’s highest civilian honor. In 2011, Cohen received a Princess of Asturias Awards for literature. Continue reading →

15 Tips for Recording at Home


We regularly get questions on how to achieve the best recordings at home. While many Blue users are recording in professional studios, even more are recording in their home office, bedroom, living room, basement or garage. There are a few easy ways to get studio acoustic results, at home. (See our home recording feature in the November issue of Stuff Magazine, on stands now!) Continue reading →

Making of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” Studio Cast Recording


The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a dramatic telling of the famous love story on a grand scale, with a lush, emotionally rich score featuring music by Alan Menken (Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast) and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin). The only stage collaboration from two masters of the American musical, Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz. Continue reading →

The Hateful Eight Soundtrack – Golden Globe for Best Original Score

The Hateful Eight is the soundtrack album to Quentin Tarantino’s motion picture The Hateful Eight. The soundtrack includes the first complete original score for a Tarantino film and is composed, orchestrated and conducted by Ennio Morricone. Morricone composed 50 minutes of original music for The Hateful Eight.

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Yuri Lowenthal

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Yuri Lowenthal (born March 5, 1971) is an American actor and voice actor known chiefly for his work in television and film animation. Some of his prominent roles in anime and cartoons include Sasuke Uchiha in the Naruto series, the teenage Ben Tennyson in the Ben 10 franchise, Suzaku Kururugi in Code Geass, and Simon in Gurren Lagann. In video games, he voices The Prince in Ubisoft’s Prince of Persia series produced in the 2000s; The Player in Sunset Overdrive; Sandal in the Dragon Age series, Alucard in the Castlevania series; and Haseo in the .hack series. He has a production company Monkey Kingdom Productions with his wife, Tara Platt, where they have produced several feature films and a live-action web series called Shelf Life. He authored the book Voice-Over Voice Actor which gives career tips. Continue reading →

Interactive Seesaw Installation Turns Montreal into a Musical Playground


Design studios Lateral Office and CS Design collaborated with EGP Group’s engineers to produce 30 interactive seesaws that emit radiant light and sweet sounds. The entire installation, called Impulse, is located in Montreal’s Place des Festivals, where visitors can now embrace these playground toys to create their own art. Once they’re in motion, the seesaws generate harmonious tunes and illumination through their built-in speakers and LED lights. These pieces constantly change as they move up and down, allowing visitors to become spontaneous composers with one-of-a-kind instruments. Continue reading →

“Blackstar” – Bowie’s final album


Blackstar (stylised as ) is the twenty-fifth and final studio album by English musician David Bowie. It was released worldwide through Bowie’s ISO Records label on 8 January 2016, which was Bowie’s 69th birthday, two days before his death. Continue reading →

Sound Effects: Foley

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Foley is the reproduction of everyday sound effects that are added to film, video, and other media in post-production to enhance audio quality. These reproduced sounds can be anything from the swishing of clothing and footsteps to squeaky doors and breaking glass. The best Foley art is so well integrated into a film that it goes unnoticed by the audience. It helps to create a sense of reality within a scene. Without these crucial background noises, movies feel unnaturally quiet and uncomfortable. Continue reading →

The Lego Movie – Making Of


The Lego Movie (stylized as The LEGO Movie) is a 2014 computer-animated live-action adventure comedy film directed and co-written by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, and starring the voices of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson, and Morgan Freeman. Continue reading →

Soundtrack Album to the film Christiane F. by David Bowie

Christiane F. – Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo is a 1981 German film directed by Uli Edel that portrays the drug scene in West Berlin in the 1970s, based on the non-fiction book of the same name written following tape recordings of teenage girl Christiane F. The movie immediately acquired cult status (which it still retains today) and featuresDavid Bowie as both himself and the soundtrack composer, which gave the movie a commercial boost.

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