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You Bet! California Lottery And Warner Bros. Records Make Music Together September 3, 2009

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Warner Bros. Records and the California Lottery announced a unique partnership that will be music to players’ ears. On September 1, 2009, Warner Bros Records Scratchers will hit stores. The first-ever music promotion offers players the opportunity to win the usual instant cash prizes, but also includes unique second-chance prizes, such as music downloads and concert tickets.

“We are excited to partner with Warner Bros. Records to bring a one-of-a-kind game to our players by combining the fun of winning with the excitement of music,” said California Lottery Director Joan Borucki. “Our players have expressed great interest in music-themed prizes, and this game, coupled with our interactive Web site, will bring a new level of playing to our customers.”

Four Warner Bros. Records artists will be featured on the Scratchers: internationally acclaimed musician Seal, singer and songwriter Michelle Branch, veteran rockers Goo Goo Dolls and buzz band Taking Back Sunday. These marquee artists represent the diversity and uniqueness of Warner Bros Records, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. As part of the special second-chance drawing, download winners will have access to the entire Warner Bros. roster and catalog of songs to choose from.

“Warner Bros. Records was born in California, and we have a rich history and heritage in the state. In celebrating our 50th Anniversary, partnering with the California Lottery was a perfect match,” said Warner Bros. Records Brand Partnerships Vice President Andrea Kinloch. “It’s always nice to be first—and since this is the first music-based promotion that the California Lottery has done we are even more pleased.”

The top cash prize for the Warner Bros Records Scratchers is $10,000. Non-winning tickets may be entered into the online second-chance drawing, which has a top prize of an all-expenses-paid trip to a 2010 summer music festival. In addition, 2,400 winners will win 100 music downloads each. Tickets can be purchased at 21,000 retailers throughout California beginning September 1, 2009, and are $2 each.

http://www.calottery.com/Games/Scratchers/2ScratcherGallery/WBRecords.ht

Future Of Music Coalition Announces Additional Speakers For Policy Summit 2009 September 3, 2009

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Washington, D.C. — Top names in music, law, technology and policy will gather in Washington, DC from October 4-6, 2009 for the eighth Future of Music Policy Summit, which provides an unprecedented forum for artists, advocates, policymakers, attorneys, entrepreneurs and industry leaders to discuss the crucial issues facing the music community.

Future of Music Policy Summit 2009
http://www.futureofmusic.org/events/summit09

Widely praised by advocates and industry alike, FMC’s Policy Summits have gained a reputation as “a kind of Geneva where all sides in any number of contentious music industry fights can get together and play nice for a few days.” As the Washington Post wrote while covering FMC’s event in 2004, “[Policy Summit] offers pinstriped Washingtonians a rare opportunity to hear musicians articulate their concerns in person instead of relying on competing lobbying groups that claim to espouse their interests.”

At Policy Summit 2009, a spectacular mix of speakers and panelists will come together for thought-provoking conversations about the future of music and the artists who will shape it.

FMC is particularly thrilled to announce that U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) will be joining us on Monday, October 5.

On Tuesday, October 6, attendees will hear from Daniel Ek, founder of Spotify — the potentially game-changing music service that’s sweeping Europe and generating incredible buzz in America, where the service is expected to launch this year.

Also appearing at Policy Summit 2009 is Brian Message — a partner in Courtyard Management, the team that represents Radiohead, Supergrass and the 22-20s.

Another exciting speaker is Ian Rogers of Topsin Media, a company that lets artists directly market to their fans using a variety of innovative techniques. Topspin recently assisted David Byrne and Brian Eno in self-releasing of their critically acclaimed album Everything That Happens Will Happen Today.

Throughout the Summit, prominent musicians from a variety of genres will also give their direct thoughts about how they’re adapting to an increasingly networked (and noisy) world. Artist participants in Policy Summit 2009 include jazz pianist Vijay Iyer, Wayne Kramer of MC5, Dave Allen of Gang of Four and Mac McCaughan, co-owner of Merge Records and member of Superchunk and Portastatic.

The programming at this event will include both practical, musician-focused workshops and inspired panel discussions featuring the sharpest minds in the music/technology space. Visionary presentations will highlight new approaches to a sustainable music ecosystem. Breakout sessions, working groups and interactive technologies like webcasting and social media will give participants multiple ways to engage in these important conversations. Opportunities for networking will come via cocktail parties, a documentary film screening and a live music event.

Policy Summit 2009 Registration:
http://www.futureofmusic.org/eventrelated/registration-pricing

As with all FMC events, a limited number of musician scholarships are available:
http://www.futureofmusic.org/eventrelated/scholarships-working-musicians

Press credentialing:
http://www.futureofmusic.org/eventrelated/press-credentialing

Confirmed speakers (as of August 31, 2009):

Ken Abdo – Vice President and co-chair of Entertainment Law Department, Lommen Abdo Law Firm
Dave Allen – Musician, Gang of Four
Tony Berman Founder, Berman Entertainment and Technology Law
Michael Bracy – Policy Director, Future of Music Coalition

Helen Bruner – Producer, Songwriter, and Grammy-nominated artist, Phil’erzy Productions
David Carson – General Counsel, U.S. Copyright Office
Ann Chaitovitz – Owner, Ann Chaitovitz Consulting

Candace Clement – Campaign Coordinator, Free Press

John Crigler – Owner, Garvey Shubert Barer
Peter DiCola – Assistant Professor of Law, Northwestern University

Daniel Ek – Founder and CEO, Spotify
Harold Feld – Legal Director, Public Knowledge
Senator Al Franken – D-Minnesota
Duncan Freeman – Founder and President, Band Metrics
Scott Goodstein- Founder, Revolutionary Messaging

Jim Griffin – Founder, Choruss

Jordan Hirsch – Executive Director, Sweet Home New Orleans
Seth Hurwitz – Chairman, IMP
Ariel Hyatt – Founder and Owner, Ariel Cyber PR
Vijay Iyer – jazz pianist
Peter Jaszi – Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Clinic, American University

Roberta R. Katz – Special Advisor, Technology, U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division
Rob Kaye – Founder and Lead Developer, MusicBrainz 
Greg Kot Columnist, Chicago Tribune
Wayne Kramer – Musician, MC5

Mac McCaughan – Co-founder, Merge Records; Musician, Portastatic, Superchunk

Alex Maiolo – HINT Program Coordinator, Future of Music Coalition

Charlie McEnerney – Founder and Producer, Well-Rounded Radio 
Kembrew McLeod – Associate Professor, University of Iowa 

Brian Message – Partner, Courtyard Management
David Oxenford – Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Tim Quirk – Vice President of Music Programming, Rhapsody 
Paul Rapp – Owner, The Law Offices of Paul C. Rapp

Ian Rogers – CEO, TopSpin Media

Patrick Ross – Executive Director, Copyright Alliance; Chairman, Copyright Alliance Education Foundation

Jim Selby – CEO, Naxos of America

Johanna Shelton – Senior Policy Counsel & Legislative Strategist, Google Inc.

John Strohm – Associate Attorney, Johnston Barton
Kristin Thomson Education Director, Future of Music Coalition

Marcy Rauer Wagman – Associate Professor, Drexel University; CEO and Founder, MAD Dragon UNLTD
Emily White – Partner, Whitesmith Entertainment
Brian Zisk – Co-founder, Collecta; Founder and Executive Producer, SanFran MusicTech Summit and Future of Money Summit

About Future of Music Coalition
Future of Music Coalition is a national non-profit education, research and advocacy organization that seeks a bright future for creators and listeners. FMC works towards this goal through continuous interaction with its primary constituency — musicians — and in collaboration with other creator/public interest groups.

Email: casey@futureofmusic.org
Url: http://futureofmusic.org/events/future-music-policy-summit-2009

JamLegend Trumps Guitar Hero — Play Your Own Songs September 3, 2009

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JamLegend.com has launched its system that allows anyone to play any song they own in an online Guitar Hero-like game. Whether it’s Lady Gaga, the Black Eyed Peas, or Michael Jackson, users can upload and immediately play their favorite songs in JamLegend’s Guitar Hero-style game.

“We started JamLegend to unleash music games. If you missed out on Guitar Hero: Metallica, can’t wait for Rock Band: Beatles, or want to experience music in a new way, JamLegend gives you the power to choose what you want to play and how you want to play it,” said CEO and co-founder Andrew Lee.

Users enjoy a free personal library of 5 songs and can upgrade to JamLegend Pro for 100 songs at $4.99 a month ($29.99 a year) or 500 songs at $9.99 a month ($49.99 a year). Users can still challenge their friends as long as their friend has the same song in their library. For users who do not own a song, JamLegend provides easy links to purchase the song online.

Always free to play is JamLegend’s massive 500+ song collection from nearly 300 independent artists, major labels, and aspiring musicians. The collection is more than double the number of songs available in Rock Band 2 and triple the number of songs available in the most recent Guitar Hero. Launched last year, JamLegend’s network of users and artists has brought players into the creation process, assisting emerging artists who wished to increase engagement in interactive music games. MTV Games and Harmonix recently announced the creation of their Rock Band Network similar to JamLegend’s community.

JamLegend Features

* Turn-based Multiplayer Duel your friends through Facebook, E-mail or IM and let them play on their schedule.
* Real-time Massive Multiplayer Take on thousands of users in live, real-time showdowns.
* New Songs Experience new songs as artists join the JamLegend Platform
* Compete Against The World Become JamLegendry as you see how you rank against other players from around the world
* Tournaments Earn prizes for being the best

For more information:
http://www.jamlegend.com/about

British Music Label Abandoning CDs To Release Songs As Open Format Music PlayApps September 3, 2009

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British music label, Re-Interpreted Performance Records, foreseeing the eventual demise of plastic disc media, CDs and DVDs, has partnered with PlayApp to release all their upcoming artists’ records as downloadable, multimedia, open format playapps.

As the music industry lost billions of dollars and music fans have turned away from CDs to easy-to-use and portable songs in the MP3 file format, PlayApp, a Dallas, Texas-based business has released a new multimedia, open format that is even easier to use, and collectible, unlike MP3s. Playapps are custom designed and custom programmed multimedia programs that don’t require any installation whatsoever. They run by themselves or by remote control, using a media player program.

“We create these playapps, one app at a time,” said John Willsey, inventor and developer of playapps. “Each one is unique, unlike any other. We prefer to get in direct contact with the music artist and try to understand their style and direction. We then put what we’ve learned into their playapp, making it a unique and valuable collectible that their fans want to download and purchase.”

James Sutherland, owner of Re-Interpreted Performance Records, is eager to put the past turbulent years of the music industry behind him. “It’s quite refreshing to see these playapps come out at this time. Of course, we’ll still sell music CDs to fans who want them, but those days are fading fast, and we need a real solution yesterday that can keep up with the public’s ever-changing, insatiable demand.”

Playapps are not only available as music apps, but also book, video and game apps. They’re developed for Windows PCs, of which over 95% of the PCs world-wide run on. Music playapps contain songs, pictures, lyrics and artist bios. Songs and pictures can be extracted from playapps as MP3 and JPG files. They’re collectible and meant to be playable forever. No adware or spyware is contained in any playapp and all are digitally signed by the publisher PlayApp to show who they’re from and haven’t been tampered with.

“We welcome anyone else wishing to create and sell playapps as well. The format for playapps is open and can be easily updated by developers,” said John Willsey.

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Ferrari Introduces My Very Next Car–the 458 Italia. I Pick One Up Next Week September 3, 2009

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This has absolutely nothing to do with music. I just thought it was cool. Ferrari has just introduced the 458 Italia. In 1:32 Ferrari’s most famous employee Michael Schumacher talks about why this “una bella machina” kicks ass.

It’s my very next automobile. I pick one up next week.

Video: Guitar Hero(R) 5 Now Available for Consumers to ‘Rock Any Way They Want’ September 3, 2009

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Continuing to transform the way people experience music, the highly-anticipated Guitar Hero(R) 5 video game hits store shelves today with unprecedented music variety featuring an expansive, pulse-pounding 85-song on-disc set list, more than 150 songs available via downloadable content, and the capability to import select songs from other Guitar Hero(R) games.

Featuring some of music’s leading bands and artists across a multitude of genres, the ability for players to rock any way they want with any combination of multiple guitarists, bassists, drummers and singers in any game mode, Guitar Hero 5 allows players to step into the spotlight as iconic rockers of the past, present and future with an all-star line-up of in-game playable characters, including Kurt Cobain, Johnny Cash, Carlos Santana, Garbage’s Shirley Manson and Matt Bellamy of Muse.

For a limited time, consumers who purchase Guitar Hero 5 will receive the unreleased Guitar Hero(R) Van Halen(R) when they mail in their proof of purchase.

To view the Multimedia News Release, go to: http://www.prnewswire.com/mnr/guitarhero/39809/

Berkleemusic Unveils New Online Course “Audio Mastering Techniques” September 3, 2009

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Berkleemusic, the online school of Boston’s renowned Berklee College of Music, is debuting the new online course “Audio Mastering Techniques” for their upcoming fall term, beginning September 28th. Students will gain a thorough understanding of what is involved in creating a final master recording ready for duplication, replication, or online distribution.

Course authors and instructors Marc Einstmann and Jonathan Wyner have over 40 years of professional mastering experience between them.

Wyner, associate professor in the Music Production and Engineering department at Berklee College of Music and owner of M Works Mastering Studios in Cambridge, MA, explains: “We’ll take students through the entire process of mastering a record on a step-by-step basis. We also pause to really dive into the details of the technical aspects and give students a chance to practice at different tasks and get direct feedback.”

Einstmann, senior mastering engineer at MasterLab Mastering Studios in Hamburg, and owner of Sonic Silver Mastering in New York City, continues: “This course is not just geared towards people who want to get actively involved in mastering. It’s for anyone who wants to improve his or her mixing skills in general. Realizing and understanding what happens post-production will help you pay more attention to what’s possible during the whole process and, ultimately, give you a better result.”

Audio Mastering Techniques will equip students with a professional level understanding of the day-to-day mastering process, which will enable you to create a level matched, hi-fidelity, error free, and duplication-ready master with associated documentation.

“Mastering is not a magic trick,” says Wyner. “It is something that you can practice and understand. By the end of this course, you will be equipped to do a job that may look like a mastering trick to other people but you’ll understand what its really about.”

This new course joins more than 130 other online music courses and multi-course certificate programs in music production, guitar, bass, voice, music business, songwriting, and more. Fall term begins September 28, 2009.

To learn more, visit: http://www.berkleemusic.com

Sony Promises Introduction of 3D Compatible LCD TV As Soon as 2010 September 3, 2009

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We have received word that Sony will introduce a 3D compatible LCD TV in 2010:

Sony announced that it would introduce a 3D compatible BRAVIA LCD TV in 2010. Incorporating frame sequential display and active-shutter glass Systems(1), Sony’s proprietary high frame rate technology will enable the reproduction of full High Definition(2) high-quality 3D images, and will form the centerpiece of Sony’s 3D entertainment experience for the home.

In addition to 3D movies, Sony’s range of professional 3D products is also driving the growth of 3D production and distribution across a range of entertainment industries, from theater and music performances to sport and beyond.

In the growing industry of 3D cinema, Sony has supported and driven the expansion of 3D by providing a wide variety of professional equipment for the shooting, production and screening of movies in 3D. The number of digital 3D screens is increasing rapidly, and is expected to reach 7,000 by the end of 2009(3). Sony will leverage its wealth of technology and engineering resources spanning both professional and consumer markets to bring the optimum 3D viewing experience to the home, from 2010 and beyond.
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What I am waiting for is the introduction of the home-based holographic 3D image so real that you think you can reach out and touch it. As this would apply to live music presentations, this will give you a feeling of being front row center well worth the 49.95 they now charge for pay-per-view.

It could happen.

For more on this: http://presscentre.sony.eu/

Tens of Thousands of Music Videos to Return to Youtube (UK) September 3, 2009

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YouTube has agreed a multi-million pound (UK) deal with the Performing Rights Society for Music after six months of negotiations, paving the way for tens of thousands of music videos to return to the site today.

In March 2009, Google-owned YouTube deleted thousands of music videos from its site, after a breakdown in licensing negotiations with the PRS.

The PRS is responsible for paying out royalties to composers, publishers and songwriters.

Patrick Walker, YouTube’s director of video partnerships, said at the time that the amount of money the PRS wanted was too high and would cause YouTube to lose money every time a video was played.

UK music publishers, composers and writers alike are remaining tight-lipped over the amount YouTube has paid out but The Daily Telegraph understands both sides were forced to make compromises on their requests.

Mr Walker declined to disclose any of the commercial details; however, he did confirm the deal was a “lump sum” arrangement considered a “win-win” outcome for both sides.

Both sides had to make sure any deal reached covered all premium and independent music videos, TV material which included music soundtracks in the background and user-generated content. “Essentially we have created a framework for the YouTube platform playing music moving forward.”

Tens of thousands of music videos will return to the site from today onwards, taking approximately a week to restore all the lost material, plus all the latest music videos to have been released from the major music labels with which YouTube has commercial deals.