Archive for November 8th, 2012
The creative process of the great guitarists, and the psychology, spirituality, and personalities behind the most
influential guitar music of the 20th and 21st centuries
MONTCLAIR, NJ – The guitar, particularly in its electric form, is the most influential instrument of the past 60 years. Guitar Masters:
Intimate Portraits by Alan di Perna (November 2012, Hal Leonard Books, $29.99) spotlights the players who made it that way: the
visionary talents and living legends who developed the sound and style of the electric guitar as we know it and love it.
Guitar Masters traces the life stories and assesses the musical legacies of superstar guitarists as well as lesser known, but equally
influential sidemen: Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck, Steve Cropper, Dick Dale, Pete Townshend, Billy Gibbons, James Burton, David Gilmour,
and Keith Richards. Veteran music journalist
di Perna draws on three decades worth of experience as a writer and interviewer to extract the essence of what makes each of these
gifted guitarists unique.
As di Perna writes in his preface, “Much has been written – a good deal of it by me – about how the electric guitar changed the sound
and essential nature of popular music in the middle years of the twentieth century, launching a counterculture youth revolution as a
sideline. And much of this cultural history has focused on the tremendous advances in guitar technology that took place from roughly
the 1930s to the 1970s, and the work of pioneers like Leo Fender, Ted McCarty, Paul Bigsby, Jim Marshall, Roger Mayer, and others.”
“All this is undeniably true,” di Perna concedes. “But none of it would mean a damn thing if it had not been for the visionary guitar
players who adopted this fledgling technology and, each in his own way, made glorious, game-changing, populist, heart-wrenchingly
beautiful art out of the stuff.”
The stories di Perna tells are as diverse as they are inspiring, yet what each of these guitar masters shares is an unshakable dedication to
his craft and a deeply intuitive connection with their chosen instrument. Guitar Masters gives fans and players new insights into the
lives and music of the guitarists who showed us what a guitar can sound like and how it can move us like no other instrument can.
About the author
Alan di Perna is a senior editor of Guitar World magazine and media consultant to the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix. In a
journalism career that has spanned 30 years, his writing on music, pop culture, and musical instruments has appeared in publications as
diverse as Rolling Stone, Guitar Aficionado, Guitar Player, and the San Francisco Examiner Magazine. Di Perna’s CD liner notes have
graced releases by artists ranging from AC/DC to Santana. His prior books include The Guitarist’s Almanac and Fender Classic
Moments. He lives in Phoenix.
Guitar Masters: Intimate Portraits
Hal Leonard Books
Color Photographs Throughout
Width: 8.5″ Length: 11.0″
Arriving in time for Hendrix’s 70th birthday is this collection featuring
never-before-seen songs, photos, and handwritten lyrics.
MONTCLAIR, N.J. – Jimi Hendrix was such an extraordinary guitarist, it is easy to forget that just as much passion, soul, and precision went into his lyrics. Inspired by Bob Dylan, Hendrix was a fearless lyrical innovator, willing to let his imagination guide him to uncharted landscapes within the pop music realm.
From the existential euphoria of “I Don’t Live Today” to the elusive beauty of “Little Wing” to the psychedelic blues of “My Friend” to the otherworldly “1983 (A Merman I Should Turn to Be),” his lyrics remain among the greatest in the pantheon of rock, infused with the same inventiveness, virtuosity, and courage that informed his guitar playing.
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Jimi Hendrix: The Ultimate Lyric Book (Backbeat Books, November 2012, $40) contains all the words to the Hendrix classics fans have rocked along to for years, as well as unpublished songs from “Valley of Neptune” and other previously undiscovered sources. Compiled by Jimi’s sister, Janie L. Hendrix, Jimi Hendrix: The Ultimate Lyric Book is extraordinarily personal, and includes numerous examples of Jimi’s handwritten lyrics, often scribbled on hotel stationery, as well as photos of him that accompany every song. Much of the material has never been seen before.
“When I was a child, I was always fascinated by my brother Jimi’s handwriting,” recalled Janie Hendrix, who compiled this collection. “It was an art form in and of itself. I remember the feeling of being captivated the first time I saw his handwritten lyrics, thinking how beautiful, how complicated both the writing and the words were on paper. Even now they offer such an insight into who my brother was and is.”
Jimi Hendrix: The Ultimate Lyric Book will give fans a glimpse of the lyricist behind the songs, a songwriter whose words were just as searing as his solos.
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Janie L. Hendrix, is president and CEO of Experience Hendrix, LLC, the official Jimi Hendrix Family Company, and sister of the legendary guitarist. Her mission as head of the family company is to continue Jimi’s legacy and to preserve the integrity of his artistic contribution to musical history. She lives in Seattle.
Janie Hendrix talks about Jimi Hendrix: The Ultimate Lyric Book at http://www.jimihendrixlyricbook.com
November 13, 2012
304 pages, 12″ x 12″
Heavily illustrated throughout
Backbeat Books is an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group
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Redefines popular Wave Editor with new interface, features and functionality
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., (Nov. 5, 2012) – Audiofile Engineering, creators of professional audio software for Mac OS X and iOS, announce Triumph, the long awaited sequel to their popular Wave Editor audio editing application. Available as an app for Mac OS X, Audiofile has redefined audio editing with Triumph as an “audio designer”, sporting a newly redesigned interface and a host of new features and functionality.
Triumph is much more than just a new version of Wave Editor, which is also the reason for the new name. “Our goal is to always be on the cutting edge of technology and interface design. We completely rewrote Wave Editor. We rethought everything, not only how to improve on what we built in Wave Editor, but how we could bring the concept of an audio editor forward”, says Matthew Foust, founder of Audiofile Engineering, “Triumph takes full advantage of all of the latest technologies Mac OS X has to offer.”
Musicians and audio professionals who are already fans of Audiofile Engineering’s Wave Editor will be delighted in seeing the new Triumph’s single window and full screen support, experiencing the completely rewritten audio system and the significantly improved arrangement & mastering features, all fully 64-bit.
Triumph features a unique and patented method for editing audio: Layers. It’s similar to image editing in technique, but is specifically tailored for audio. The Layers method is an innovative way to create combinations of sounds and saves time by keeping everything live and editable until the final product. This results in less guesswork and more speed.
The new FHX™ effect in Triumph solves a number of the issues often associated with listening to music on headphones. FHX creates a more spacious, natural soundstage over headphones—enabling an exceptional listening experience that will truly inspire and engage.
Audiofile Engineering has teamed up with iZotope and now includes iZotope Restore & Restoration as well as the advanced iZotope MBIT+ and 64-bit SRC options for disc burning in Triumph.
Key new features include:
- Redesigned Meters inspired by the beautiful UI from the Spectre, Audiofile’s real-time analysis application
- Auto Save & Versions – automatically save your projects with browse history
- Multi-Touch Gestures
- Full Apple Script Support for complex workflows, automation and interacting with other Applications
- Actions for a clean, uncluttered interface and intuitive workflow
- Effects Groups – save a group of Effects including their settings for use on future projects
- Effects Automation – new Shapes feature can automate the parameters of an effect
- High performance scrubbing and innovative FHX™ headphone listening plug-in
- Hardware Output & Channel Mapping for greatly improved system configuration
- Full Support for iXML
- Support for Retina displays
- Analog Simulation
Triumph is the go-to solution for sound design, editing, mastering, and CD layout. A unique application that fulfills a real need, allowing users to work with Layers, SmartEdits™, all within a beautiful and clean user interface. When it comes to mastering in Triumph, audio professionals can streamline their workflow with greatly improved layout tools, DDP 2.0, and Red Book CD burning.
Pricing and Availability
Triumph requires Mac OS 10.7.0 or higher (10.7.5 recommended). It is available via Audiofile Engineering’s online store and is on sale for $59.99, 25% off the regular price of $79.99, through November 16th. Users who purchased Wave Editor 1.5 on or after May 1st, 2012 may request a license key for Triumph 2.0 at no charge.
To learn more about Triumph, visit: http://www.audiofile-engineering.com/triumph.
About Audiofile Engineering
Developing applications exclusively for Mac OS X and iOS, Audiofile Engineering is redefining the standards for Mac-based audio software. Its growing catalog of essential audio tools makes full use of the core technologies available in the latest Apple platforms. Audiofile Engineering products include FiRe 2 – Field Recorder, Sample Manager, Spectre, Quiztones, Rax and Fidelia. More information is available at http://www.audiofile-engineering.com.
Première Artists Bring Good Vibrations To Classic Venue
WHITE PLAINS, NY: An entrepreneur with a wide range of music business interests, Irwin Kornfeld has sparked new awareness for the eighty-year-old Westchester County Center. An adroit upgrade of the facility’s acoustics, coupled with a state of the art sound system, has landed the WCC and its new “Pepe Infiniti Concert Series” on the radar of booking agents and performing artists seeking viable venues for tri-state concert dates. The series’ launch featured The Beach Boys in concert in mid-May, nearly fifty years after their first WCC gig. The Johnny Winter Band and Edgar Winter Group, Boston, Il Volo, Whoopie Goldberg, Aretha Franklin and others are booked through November.
A long-time Pleasantville resident, Kornfeld recognized the need for a larger local performance venue. But, having seen shows at the WCC years ago, he knew the County Center couldn’t attract discriminating artists (or audiences) until the acoustics and sound system were improved. “I approached the County with a carefully considered proposal,” he says. “Our company, Westchester Media, Inc. would help improve the County Center’s acoustics, and in return have a wonderful venue in which to present premier entertainment,” he said.
Kornfeld’s next move was to contact the Walters-Storyk Design Group, a NY-based architectural/acoustic design firm whose credits range from Jazz At Lincoln Center to such top NY clubs as Le Poisson Rouge and the just completed 54 Below. “A few years ago I read an interview with WSDG principal John Storyk in In Tune Monthly, a music education magazine we publish,” Kornfeld says. “In addition to their high profile performance venue credits, WSDG has created recording studios for stars ranging from Jimi Hendrix to Alicia Keys. We were delighted when WSDG agreed to take on the Westchester County Center. After partner/project manager Joshua Morris provided us with their analysis and recommendations, we knew we could make this venue work for concerts and theatrical productions.”
The WSDG proposal addressed a number of significant sound distortion problems, including poor intelligibility and a lack of acoustic accuracy. “The Westchester County Center had some acoustic work done in 1988, but the critical listening issues weren’t adequately addressed,” Joshua Morris reports. “Our modeling and measurement tests determined the problems could be ameliorated through a combination of electro-acoustic solutions. The 57′ high curved ceiling and the truss cavity beneath needed to be treated with a total of 1,120 2′x4′ 4″ thick perforated PVC lapendary panels, providing almost 9,000 sq. ft. of broadband absorption. QuietStar Industries suspended these units from the ceiling with cables, which have greatly improved upon the existing ceiling reflector treatments that remained from the 1988 acoustic effort, reducing our reverberation time, especially in the lower frequencies, to manageable levels.”
WSDG also recommended that 270 sq. ft. of Rosebrand Charisma velour curtains be hung on strategic sections of the balcony edge. Additionally, WSDG worked with pro audio expert Chuck Ballantine of Pleasant Valley-based, Ballantine Communications & Staging to select an package of 11 ElectroVoice subwoofer rows, two vertical stacks of four subwoofers each, and stereo line arrays to assure the best conceivable audio system for the WCC. “We’ve worked with WSDG on other projects, and I’ve worked shows in the WCC for years, so we were very familiar with the venue,” Ballantine says. “ElectroVoice has a solid, product line and an excellent support team. This new sound system, coupled with WSDG’s acoustic treatments makes the WCC a extremely viable performance option.”
“We’ve been monitoring shifts in live performance trends, and felt the WCC had enormous potential for artists capable of filling halls with between three and five thousand seats,” Kornfeld said. “Acts fall into three basic booking categories: Those who can fill a 200-300 seat club, megastars who can sell-out 35,000+ seat stadiums, and performers who can draw fans to convenient, competitively priced shows in mid-sized venues that offer great sound, a sense of intimacy and a clear site-line. There are only a handful of halls that meet those specs in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut,” he adds. “The County Center sounds great now. Fans that have been attending events here for years commented on the marked improvement to the acoustics. After our Beach Boys sell-out, we know we can compete for the best shows that come to our area.”
Commenting on the project John Storyk remarked, “Acoustic restoration is an art and science. Virtually everyone on our staff of designers and engineers started out as musicians, myself included. A wealth of products and options exist today, which are capable of ameliorating negative acoustic issues. The process of eliminating reverberation, enhancing sound and speech intelligibility, fine-tuning a hall like the Westchester Community Center requires precise measurements and the ability to make effective, reasonably priced recommendations. Our goal is to provide audiences with a high quality listening experience. We were delighted to be associated with this project, and we look forward to enjoying the benefits of our advice. We’ll be there for Aretha!”
Photos: Four views of WSDG WCC Acoustic Upgrade. Please credit photos by: Andrew Stein Videography, www.Drewvideo.com
Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3000 media production facilities in the U.S., Europe, the Far East and Latin America. WSDG credits range from the original Jimi Hendrix Electric Lady Studio in Greenwich Village to NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center performance complex, broadcast facilities for The Food Network, CBS and WNET, over twenty teaching studios for The Art Institutes around the US, and corporate clients such as Hoffman La Roche. Recent credits include Jungle City, NY’s major new destination studio; private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composer Carter Burwell, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk, Beth Walters, and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications. WSDG is a seven-time winner of the prestigious TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design, including 2012 for Jungle City. WSDG maintains offices in NY, SF, Miami, Argentina, Brazil, Beijing, Germany, Mexico City, Spain and Switzerland.
BUENA PARK, Calif.—Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina has experienced remarkable growth, perseverance, and maturity since it began as a movement initiated by the Kings Mountain Baptist Association in 1905. The University began as Boiling Springs High School and later became a junior college in 1927, and renamed Gardner-Webb College in 1948. The institution officially became known as Gardner-Webb University in 1993, culminating years of preparation. Today, Gardner-Webb is flourishing with five professional schools, two academic schools, and 11 academic departments that offer just over 5,000 students, 60 undergraduate and graduate fields of study.
Recently, the University installed Yamaha CL1 and CL5 digital consoles and two RIO3224s purchased by Full Compass and installed by University staff in cooperation with the ASE Group. The consoles are located in their new 110,000-sq. ft. Tucker Student Center in Stewart Hall. Stewart Hall is unique in that it can be separated into three separate spaces.
“The performance space is non-traditional and very flexible,” states Wayne E. Johnson, Associate VP for Operations, Gardner-Webb University. “Stewart Hall works in either a coffee house/club setting by lowering electric disappearing Skyfold walls, or in an auditorium or banquet setting by raising the walls. When lowered, the center room has a balcony on three sides with bistro table seating.”
About the new CL consoles, Johnson says that the system sounds great and has a superb operational design. “We had previously been using an LS9 in older venues, but the CL Series offers much more flexibility. We also integrated with Symetrix for Dante distribution and are using MYMIX cards as well, so there are no traditional audio connections. The entire project (audio, video, monitor, lighting) is all running off Cat5. Due to the flexibility of the space, we wanted to be able to re-patch anything from speakers to light fixtures over one single wiring network.”?
For more information on Gardner-Webb University, visit www.gardner-webb.edu.
For more information on Yamaha CL Digital Consoles, visit www.yamahaca.com.
About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Celebrating 125 years of Passion and Performance, and 25 years in the manufacturer of high quality digital audio consoles, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.
Award-winning documentary film score benefits from Ventura, REDDI and other outboard processing
Mr. Christmas music composer Jim Briggs (left) and director/producer Nick Palmer in Speakeasy Sound's Studio A with the A-Designs processors
LOS ANGELES — Directed by Nick Palmer, Mr. Christmas is a new independent documentary film about Concord, California’s Bruce Mertz, a man who both figuratively and literally brightens his community each December with the 50,000-plus lights decorating his house. Already sweeping up awards at film festivals in Aspen, Philadelphia, Palm Springs and Providence, the short 15-minute documentary features a score composed by Jim Briggs, who tracked all of the instrumentation through a collection of A-Designs Audio processors. more
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