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Music Headline News

Cars 2 Locks Star Musicians From U.S., U.K., France & Japan

Fully loaded with global locales, fast-paced racing, international espionage and a touching tale of friendship, “Cars 2” also features an amped up score by Oscar and GRAMMY-winning composer Michael Giacchino, plus music from alternative rock legends Weezer, country music hitmaker Brad Paisley, bestselling British singer/songwriter Robbie Williams, French superstar Bénabar and the power pop Japanese girl band Perfume.

Blogs

Hear Ye, Hear Ye: The Importance of Digital Sound

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 1:58pm

New processors and advanced graphics are always a hit at the Game Developers Conference, but digital audio companies like Cakewalk, Dolby, and DTS also have a presence. With new PC games starting to take advantage of Dolby 7.1 surround sound -- and DTS’ unveiling of 11.1 surround sound with DTS Neo:X technology at the Consumer Electronics Show 2011 -- sound is playing a more important role in today’s video game landscape.

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Deschanel To Provide Three Songs to Winnie the Pooh

He’s a bear of very little brain. She’s half of the acclaimed band She & Him. This year, they come together on the big screen in “Winnie the Pooh,” which hits theaters in select international markets in Spring 2011, and in the U.S. on July 15, 2011. Actress/Musician/Singer/Songwriter Zooey Deschanel (“Almost Famous,” “(500) Days of Summer”) joins Winnie the Pooh and all of his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood, performing three songs for the film, including her own take on the classic “Winnie the Pooh” theme song, “A Very Important Thing to Do” and the original end-credit song “So Long,” which was written by Deschanel and performed with She & Him bandmate M. Ward.

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Her Morning Elegance Creators Launch the First Global Excision Art Project

The Her Morning Elegance Gallery (www.hmegallery.com) has, for the first time ever, taken a music video apart frame by frame and begun to distribute the video as photography all over the world.

Sound Blogs

Sound Design For Animators - free webinar

David Sonnenschein, professional sound designer and author of “Sound Design: the Expressive Power of Music, Voice, and Sound Effects in Cinema” has invited me to co-host a free sound design webinar for animators (all filmmakers are welcome!) on March 17, 2011 at 9:00 am PST / noon EST.

Blogs

Steven Woloshen: At the Heart of Experimental Animation

Steven Woloshen creates animation in cars, at work, in airports, on planes… in other words wherever and whenever he has ten consecutive minutes to play. We chatted over bottled water at the Ottawa International Animation Festival this past October, and continued by email after his return to Montreal.

Digital Blogs

Dark Ages: The Sequel - Is our Digital Art Future-Proof?

During the first Dark Ages, folks living in the shadow of the Roman Aqueduct said, “What the heck is that thing?” They yanked stones from it to build their huts, it became a landmark, but as far as they knew, IT was created by wizards—or maybe the more advanced thought aliens were responsible. The records of what IT was, and how and why IT was built were either lost, destroyed, or irretrievable through the methods of the day.

Headline News

Going Absolutely Naked

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at 3:35pm

If you're tired of watching music videos featuring people with clothes on, or, worse yet, videos in which people's bodies are constructed according to the basic laws of biology, then you need to check out the Klaxons' Twin Flames, which both dispenses with the excess outerwear and gives us a whole slew of new ways to look at the human body.

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BATMAN LIVE Worldwide Arena Tour

Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP), DC Entertainment and Nick Grace of Water Lane Productions Ltd (WLP) announced today that BATMAN LIVE – a unique action-packed live show - will tour arenas for the first time ever across the UK and Europe, beginning in summer 2011 and arriving in North America by summer 2012.

Blogs

Disney’s 'A Goofy Movie' (or at least part of it) lives – Live!

By Joe Strike | Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 11:39am

Disney’s 1995 backup animated feature A Goofy Movie – and one of its songs in particular – struck a chord with a generation of school kids who are now in college. Fan videos and mash-ups are nothing new, but one student took it a step – or two – further…

Youtube Headline News

Not To Scale’s Birdy Nam Nam Animated Video Part of YouTube Play

Announced last night in New York from the infamous Guggenheim Museum, Steve Scott's 'Parachute Endings' for Birdy Nam Nam is to be shown at the Guggenheim Museums around the globe (New York, Bilbao, Berlin, Venice & Abu Dhabi) as part of YouTube Play.

Animation Headline News

O’Reilly’s 'The External World' Takes Grand Prix at Ottawa

By Guest (not verified) | Sunday, October 24, 2010 at 4:42pm

The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) comes to an end with a highly anticipated closing ceremonies which were held this evening at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. OIAF organizers announced the 2010 winners of the official competition during the ceremonies.

Blogs

Ottawa 2010 - Just the right note with Lou

By Dan Sarto | Saturday, October 23, 2010 at 9:44am

I spoke with Lou Pomanti to get his take on music for animation. Lou Pomanti is an award-winning, performer, arranger, and producer. He’s a keyboard wizard, and worked with Blood Sweat and Tears, James Taylor, Gordon Lightfoot, Leonard Cohen, and Michael Buble. He even was the arranger for the finalists for the Hockey Night in Canada Anthem Challenge, which, in Canada, is pretty much the national anthem.

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