Focusrite Wants You To Win A Recording Session With Guy Massey

Focusrite Audio Engineering this morning announced a ‘dream recording competition,’ in celebration of the company’s 25th Anniversary.

Focusrite is giving one entrant an opportunity, for the winner and three bandmates, to record a track with Grammy Award-winning producer Guy Massey at AIR Studios in London, UK.

The contest winners will spend an all-expenses-paid weekend in the legendary AIR Studios, where Focusrite’s original recording console modules, designed by Rupert Neve, still reside. Continue reading

Deconstructing Dad – The Music, Machines & Mystery Of Raymond Scott Gets Deluxe Edition

deconstructing-dad-dvdDirector Stan Warnow has released his expanded Deluxe Edition of his award-winning documentary on his father, bandleader, composer and electronic music pioneer Raymond Scott.

The Deluxe Edition of Deconstructing Dad – The Music, Machines & Mystery Of Raymond Scott includes all the content from the original release, plus:

  • A progress report on the Electronium restoration going on in Portland, Oregon by engineer Darren Davison. This includes views of the inner components of the machine and Davison explaining in some detail how things worked.
  • An interview with John Cool, an electrical engineer who formed a company with Raymond Scott in the early 1970′s. The company was meant to manufacture some of my dad’s many ideas for music related electronic devices. He had fascinating tales to tell about Raymond Scott and the mixed results of their business venture, hosting him for Christmas and listening to him compose one tune after another instantly at the piano (kind of like the human Electronium).
  • Directors Commentary by Stan Warnow.

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Vangelis And The Journey to Ithaka Documentary Now Available

Vangelis And The Journey to Ithaka is a new documentary on the Greek composer.

In this brief except from the film, we get a look at the custom set up that Vangelis uses and how he uses it to create improvised symphonic electronic compositions.

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Vangelis And The Journey To Ithaka – New Documentary

vangelis-documentaryGonzo MultiMedia UK has announced that it will release a new feature length documentary on Greek music legend Vangelis on September 23, 2013.

Vangelis And The Journey To Ithaka includes interviews with Vangelis and many of his friends and colleagues, including Sean Connery, Hugh Hudson, Jessye Norman, Oliver Stone, Akiko Ebi, Julian Rachlin and others. It also includes rare, historical footage, most of which has never been seen before and recent footage of Vangelis improvising new music.

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