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A.R. Rahman Offers Scholarships At His Prestigious Music Conservatory December 17, 2009

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Oscar winner musician A.R. Rahman’s (Slumdog Millionaire) world-class KM Music Conservatory is offering scholarships.

Scholarships will be offered to deserving students from the A.R. Rahman Foundation. Scholarships are based on financial need and will be available to students with outstanding auditions, according to reports.

The first of its kind in India, KM Music Conservatory claims to meet international standards of music education. Conservatory offers Preparatory Program (2-5 years), Foundation Program (1-2 years), and Degree Program (three years) under affiliation of Middlesex University in United Kingdom (UK), and is planning “Masters Program” and a “Diploma in Indian Music and Music Technology”. Conservatory will teach entertainment icon Michael Jackson as a subject, according to reports. Many faculty members have degrees from USA and UK. Sound editor Joe E. Rand (Titanic) has lectured here besides demonstration by Vienna Chamber Orchestra.

Applauding Rahman for his contribution to the promotion of Indian music worldwide, acclaimed Indo-American statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, urged him not to refuse admission to any talented aspirant to the Conservatory who otherwise fulfilled all the admission requirements but was financially unable to bear the cost. With this gift of education, besides supporting the student, Rahman would also be helping student’s family and contributing to the entire nation, Zed, who is chairperson of Indo-American Leadership Confederation, added.

Founded by Rahman (who is also its Principal), KM Music Conservatory in Kodambakkam area of Chennai in Tamil Nadu state of India envisions expanding the horizon of musicians in India by offering education in both Indian and Western music besides music technology and its mission is to provide students with a strong artistic, intellectual, and technical foundation. T. Selvakumar is the Managing Director of this international school of music and music technology whose tagline is “Become the Future of Music”.

Rahman, who has reportedly recorded sales of over 300 million, was called “Mozart of Madras” by Time magazine. Rahman sees music “as a way to connect to spirituality and embrace it” and for “creating harmony in troubled times”.

Digital Media Wire And CAAMA Partner To Launch Digital Strategies Conference And Canadian Media Wire December 17, 2009

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Digital Media Wire is pleased to announce the launch of the Digital Strategies Conference and Canadian Media Wire, two initiatives the company has developed in partnership with CAAMA.

Taking place in Toronto on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, during Canadian Music Week, the Digital Strategies Conference is a one-day event focused on effectively marketing products and services in the Digital Age. From start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, online marketing is key to business success. At the Digital Strategies Conference, marketers and business owners will learn how to use the latest e-business tools and make smart investment decisions with limited marketing dollars.

“Ned Sherman and his team at Digital Media Wire have a firm place in the digital arena and have established a stellar reputation in producing digital media events,” remarks Neill Dixon, President of Canadian Music Week. “When we decided to incorporate a day-long series of seminars and workshops focused on e-commerce and e-business, it just seemed like a natural fit to team up with Ned.”

Confirmed to keynote at the conference are two best-selling authors Bob Garfield and Scott Fox, marking their first appearance in Canada.

Bob Garfield is a columnist, critic, essayist, pundit, international lecturer, and inveterate broadcaster. He recently published the book The Chaos Scenario which outlines the new landscape for media and advertising in a digital world. On television, he is the advertising analyst for ABC News and on radio, he is the co-host of NPR’s On The Media.

Scott Fox is an entrepreneur and online marketing and e-commerce success coach. A best-selling author, he has held the number one spot on both Amazon.com’s E-commerce list and Hi-Tech Careers list. Publisher’s Weekly calls his book e-Riches 2.0 “a godsend to those intimidated by digital media.”

NYU Unveils $6.5 Million 21st Century Music Technology Complex at Steinhardt School December 17, 2009

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NEW YORK: NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development has announced a ground-breaking new addition: The James L. Dolan Recording/Teaching complex at the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions is one of the most technically advanced audio teaching facilities in the United States. “The scale and depth of the technological and acoustical capacity of this facility is unparalleled,” said Robert Rowe, vice-chair, director of music composition. “In 2007 when the entire 6th floor of our 35 West 4th Street building was dedicated to the new facility we initiated a vigorous RFP process,” Rowe adds. “Having worked on a number of NYU and Steinhardt projects Gensler was an obvious choice as our primary architectural firm. The Walters Storyk Design Group was highly recommended for architectural and acoustical design. In addition to extensive high-end recording studio design credits, they have created many of this country’s finest audio teaching facilities.”

Describing their architectural program, Gensler principal and design director Keith Rosen comments, “The view into the Control Room through the Reception Area rear wall immediately establishes Steinhardt as an advanced teaching facility. Glass interior walls and doors provide Students and Faculty with natural light, a great asset in a facility with interior studios. Raised floor construction will ease changes in program and technology. The existing steel trusses slicing through the space were embraced as organizing elements for the Control Room and other critical sound isolation areas. The design constraints we encountered have been turned into powerful aesthetic and way-finding elements,” Rosen concludes.

Walters-Storyk Design Group associates: systems integrator, Judy Elliot-Brown; project manager, Joshua Morris; technology integrator, David Kotch and architect/acoustician, John Storyk worked closely with the Gensler design team: project principal, Joshua Katz; project managers, Alfonso D’ Onofrio and Kent Hikida; project designer, Kelly Combs; designer, Joshua Geisinger and design director, Keith Rosen to plan and execute the facility’s demanding recording studio and performance environments. In addition to a live room large enough to accommodate a small orchestra; the floor includes several research laboratories, offices, a conference/seminar room and a large iso/drum booth. The lab also boasts extremely low (.2 second) reverb time.

”The James Dolan Studio presented us with a number of inherent design challenges which required inventive solutions,” comments WSDG co-principal John Storyk. “Those issues were among our deepest concerns in developing this design program.”

WSDG systems integrator Judy Elliot-Brown emphasizes initial concerns over sufficient infrastructure to accommodate the massive conduit run throughout the ceiling. “The voluminous number of unwieldy cables coupled with the need to provide space for future technology and convenient access points for maintenance and systems upgrades required extraordinary preparation,” Elliot-Brown says. “Our REVIT building information modeling software played an indispensible role in putting this intricate system together.”

WSDG associate David Kotch collaborated with Masque Sound http://www.masquesound.com
on technology selection and integration. “The NYU Steinhardt complex required a huge number of tie lines to accommodate its vast arsenal of technology,” Kotch says. “Systems include two separate 10.2 surround installations, a Dangerous Music ST/ST Monitor Controller for the Recording Studio’s critical listening environment and a Renkus Heinz multi-configuration speaker system for the large-screen, HDTV projector-equipped conference/ screening room. HD/SDI & Composite video routing systems, a Yamaha DME 64 Controller, 2 Soundweb London Blue 16 Processors and extensive microphone /speaker wiring enable students to use the Loewe Theater, Conference Room, Research Lab, reception area, offices, even bathrooms as live recording environments. Virtually the entire complex is directly linked to the main control room. Accommodating and engineering this system called for a herculean effort from the entire design and installation group.”

”We are confident that the James Dolan Recording/Teaching Complex at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Music and Performing Arts Professions marks a significant advance in our ability to prepare students for successful careers in the expanding field of Music Technology,” Prof. Beyer said. “It is important to note that while previous generations have been primarily focused on the traditional arts of creating, recording and mixing music for theatrical, broadcast, film, television and radio productions, today’s professional music industry encompasses a considerably wider and more technically demanding curriculum.”

”A wealth of new fields ranging from forensic audio reconstruction to perceptual audio coding, virtual acoustics and video game sound development are expanding current and future employment environment horizons,” Dr. Roginska concludes. It was the teams’ intention that The Steinhardt School’s innovative Music Technology Complex will serve for many years as an invaluable training portal for our next generation of audio professionals.”

Photo 1: The James L. Dolan Recording/Teaching complex recording studio designed by WSDG. Please credit photo by: Cheryl Fleming Photography: http://www.cherphotos.com/architecture

Myxer Launches MobileStage, A Comprehensive Mobile Marketing Suite Available To The Music Industry December 17, 2009

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Launch Partners Include ReverbNation, Kedar Entertainment, Amie Street, SonicBids, OurStage, INgrooves,The Orchard, Audiolife and SellaBand

Deerfield Beach, FL (December 15, 2009) – Myxer, committed to connecting artists and fans through mobile, today announced broad expansion into the artist services realm with significant new offerings designed for enhanced mobile engagement and promotional opportunities, as well as several key strategic partnerships with music industry notables.

To complement the company’s music marketing offerings, Myxer is today launching MobileStage, the most comprehensive mobile marketing suite available to the music industry– featuring a music application distribution service for iPhone, BlackBerry and Android applications.

Myxer’s MobileStage offers the following tools to all artists:

– Free, enhanced mobile websites
– Mobile fanlist management and messaging
– Advanced data analytics
– Promotional initiatives for artists based on location and touring routes
– And, for independent artists, A&R opportunities with some of the industry’s top music management professionals

As part of Myxer’s application distribution service, the company will promote artist apps to its user base of nearly 30 million customers. On behalf of INgrooves, a MobileStage launch partner, Myxer will feature iPhone apps from electronic music heavyweights, The Crystal Method and revered rock “Mockumentary” subjects, Spinal Tap.

Myxer’s MobileStage is an evolution of the company’s core offerings, providing a one-stop shop for artists to use mobile music technology and tools to connect with fans in more personalized and engaging ways.

Brandon Hance, CEO of Audiolife, added: “Myxer’s size, features, and scalable platform made them the only logical choice as we looked for a mobile partner to power our artist services. They are the clear leaders in mobile content delivery.”

“Myxer currently works with more than 100,000 artists, from the fiercely independent to some of the industry’s biggest names, delivering customizable and feature-rich mobile content to help these artists connect with their fans in powerful new ways. For content providers and consumers, Myxer’s mobile platform enables radically simple and rapid delivery of content. Named a Top Wireless Company in 2009 by FierceWireless, Best Music Service at the 2008 Mobile Entertainment Forum, and Best Consumer Messaging Application at the Global Messaging Awards 2008–Myxer’s unique solutions continue to capture attention, both domestically and abroad. To learn more as well as see a sampling of brands that have used Myxer to power their campaigns, please go todemo.myxer.com.

Myxer, MobileStage, and the Myxer logo are trademarks of Myxer Inc.