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Hearne's Stem
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Trilogy For A Pansy         


Pansy Division founder Jon Ginoli has recorded the Audible.com version of his memoir "Deflowered -- My Life in the Pansy Division."  Formed in 1991, the band was the prototypical SF gay punk band and has shared the rock stage with such acts as Rancid, The Vandals, Jimmy Eat World, Supergrass, and Green Day.

"It was great coming to Studio Trilogy to record the audio book version of my memoir," remarked Jon Ginoli. "It was especially nice because my engineer was Willie Samuels, who recorded Pansy Division's most recent album a few years back.  We had a fun time in the studio, hooray!  There may be 5 million people in the Bay Area, but it's nice how paths can unexpectedly converge."

Pansy Division's sound was heavily influenced by 1960s pop and 1970s punk rock, most notably bands such as the Ramones, the Buzzcocks and early Beatles: short, catchy pop punk numbers with humorous, in-your-face lyrics that dealt with various aspects of both gay life and life in general.

In 2008, the band was the subject of a documentary film entitled "Pansy Division: Life in a Gay Rock Band," directed by Michael Carmona. The film has been touring internationally, playing at various LGBT film festivals, and is now available as a DVD.

Located in the creative heart of San Francisco, Studio Trilogy offers producers, artists and engineers a World Class recording environment. The 8800 square foot facility houses three state-of-the-art control rooms, four integrated isolation booths, San Francisco's most versatile large tracking rooms, and an experienced staff.

Designed by John Storyk , Studio Trilogy features Northern California's only 80-channel SSL 9000K mix console with Ultimation. The tracking suite is outfitted with a 32-channel API 1608 and the post-production suite features a Digidesign ICON D-Control.  Included is a prize collection of microphones, plus a full complement of vintage and modern instruments.  An onsite 1200 sq.ft. luxury apartment with media lounge and chef's kitchen is also available.





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L-R: Jonah Tolchin and Producer Marvin Etzioni at Sheldon Gobmerg's studio (seated

Tolchin Sessions 

Remember this name: Jonah Tolchin, now managed by Gold Mountain Entertainment's Peter Wark and Ron Stone. 
Before Tolchin was signed, he went in the studio with Producer Marvin
Etzioni (Lone Justice, Toad The Wet Sprocket, Tom Petty, Peter Case). 
The new album: "Clover Lane" is a collection of original gems recorded in Nashville by Mike Anderson earlier this year with musicians to include: Evan Hutchings, Eamon McLoughlin, Chris Scruggs, Michael Rinne, Lucas Hamren, Anderson East, and special guests.
The album was mixed by Sheldon Gomberg (Ben Harper) in Silverlake and mastered by Bernie Grundman.

Tolchin, 19, may just be the reincarnation of Woody Gutrie with an mpeccable musicianship, deep resonant voice, foot-stomping rhythms, and lyrical original songs. His voice stands firm with the poor, the hungry, and promises healing to a new generation facing injustice, inequity, and loss.
His wisdom touches Bob Dylan where things not so pretty are said as they are, raw with poetry. His soul is that of a musician with patience, playfullness and simplicity that spells elegance. More to come...




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Ted Hearn's Stem


Ted Hearn (b. 1982, Chicago) is one of today's prominent composers getting deserving attention. Just one look at his busy 2013 calendar and you find renowned orchestras and conductors performing his works.   A dynamic composer, conductor and performer with polyglot sensibilities in new and traditional classical music, Hearn is comfortable in operatic and orchestral works as in rock and choral music. 
Hearne's compositions are socially engaging, exploring the complexity of contemporary experience with visceral power and raw emotional beauty. 
Ted received the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2008, the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award in 2008 and 2012, and a commission from the Barlow Endowment in 2012. He was an artist in residence at the MacDowell Colony in Fall 2009 and Chicago's High Concept Laboratories in 2012, and has recently completed collaborations with composer J.G. Thirlwell, jazz musician René Marie, harpist/composer Zeena Parkins and renowned filmmaker Bill Morrison. 


This month on April 21, I got to hear The Los Angeles Philharmonic premiering his new 15-minute work, "Stem" for orchestra. Also on the program was the equally impressive Christopher Cerrone's Invisible Overture. 

Joshua Weilerstein conducted at the Disney concert Hall.  

I often don't read the program notes and hear the music first to feel music's effect sans explication de text. "Stem" truly hits your gut. You know when tears are welling up and you're hit by music's sheer beauty and novelty. "Stem is a constellation of movements. Each gazes from a different angle at the network of relationships (real and made up, historical and spontaneous) between music, education, and violence. We live at or around the intersection of these forces, where teenagers kill one another, where kids die soon," writes the composer. Seven movements and a tribute to the voice that vividly portrayed seven kids that die soon.


The form of Stem is a multiple choice problem. (From the Wikipediaentry on Multiple Choice: "The stem is the beginning part of the item that presents the problem to be solved. The options are the possible answers that the examiner can choose from, with the correct answer called the key and incorrect answers called distractors.")

While educational testing takes place in countries around the world, the multiple choice test is uniquely American. It is both the most economical and most limited form of standardized test. Ambiguity is a contaminant. The multiple choice test allows no space for partial knowledge. It is a sanctuary to the objective.


Look for upcoming premieres with Erykah Badu and The Brooklyn Philharmonic performing a 45-minute set weaving together new compositions of Hearn with his arrangements of five songs from Badu's 2008 album New Amerykah Part One. Mos Def will also make a guest appearance on June 8th at 7:30 at BAM Opera House, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY.










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Photographs by Olivier Mirguet 

Music performance by musician, Freddy Koella (Bob Dylan)


Opening reception -- May 3, 2013  7-10pm

706 N. Heliotrope Dr.  Los Angeles, CA, 90029  (323) 522 5654 


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Freddy's new album "Undone" (2011) with the label  www.totoutard.com was recorded at Sunset Sound In Los Angeles with Jay Bellerose on drums and David Piltch on upright bass. It was recorded and mixed by Ken Allardyce


Lacen Project explores artistic expression through photography, music, and writing. Lacen hosts art shows, performances, screenings, readings, mixers, and more. The non profit is supported by Lacen,  a Paris-based photo production studio in Los Angeles. 



Recording Industry Gold Tournament (RIGT) 
Monday June 24 Details coming soon! 









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Recently Joel unveiled the Studio SuiteX 10.0 version at NAB - click here to hear the latest. And contact studio suite 1-800-450-5740 or sales@studiosuite.com  to hear about special offers and the new features.


jason New General Manager at The Record Plant. 
Since it opened its doors in the late 1960's, the Record Plant Recording Studios have been responsible for some of music's hugest hits. The studio has built its reputation by providing top-quality service to some of the music industry's biggest names, The Eagles, AC/DC, Michael Jackson, Nine Inch Nails, Kanye West, Lady Gaga, and countless others. 

Last month Rose Mann-Cherney, Record Plant Recording Studios President, announced the new appointment of Jason Carson as Vice President/General Manager. In his new position, Jason Carson will work closely with Rose Mann-Cherney and C.E.O. Rick Stevens, continuing to implement the strategic business plan that has made the Record Plant a legendary part of the history of the modern music industry. Additionally, Carson will continue tending to his responsibilities for all aspects of the Record Plant's operations, engineering, staff and finance.

"During his tenure at Record Plant, Jason has exhibited true leadership, with commitment to and passion for music and an exemplary work ethic," stated Rose Mann-Cherney. "He has been a tremendous asset to our organization, and it is with great pride that we can now call him 'Vice President/General Manager."


 Jackson Trials Begin


 Portrait of Michael Jackson by (oil on canvas 26"x30") by Merryl Jaye "Jazz Art"


Many other private moments from the singer's life will be exposed in the civil case between Michael Jackson's mother and concert giant AEG Live, as the case progresses over the next several months. Witnesses expected to testify about secret medical treatments, lavish spending, work and family.

AEG attorney Marvin S. Putnam countered that Jackson's stardom provided a cover to receive multiple, secret medical treatments, many involving propofol, the hospital-grade anesthetic that killed the singer.

Katherine Jackson and two of the superstar's children, Prince and Paris, are potential witnesses whose testimony will likely focus heavily on their grieving and losses. Paramadic, Senneff, who responded to the 911 call on June 25, 2009 told the panel he found an IV pole, oxygen tanks and a nightstand with several medicine bottles in Jackson's room. The attending doctor Murray told the paramedic that he was treating Jackson for dehydration. It's reported that Murray received monthly checks for $150,000 from AEG for his services. With the start of testimony on Tuesday this week, the panel was transported by paramedic Richard Senneff into the singer's bedroom, a place he kept locked and where his treatments were administered out of sight of everyone but Murray. Attorney Brian Panish, who is representing Katherine Jackson in her wrongful death lawsuit against AEG Live, told jurors that officials with the concert promoter were so focused on beating the competition with Jackson's "This Is It" tour that they relentlessly pushed the King of Pop to perform despite numerous warning signs about his health, and negligently hired Dr. Conrad Murray, the man convicted of involuntary manslaughter for giving Jackson a fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol.      



Meaning is only ever produced by friction between things. It is the space between stars in a constellation, the adjacency of tiles in a mosaic, the ambiguity of simultaneous correct answers.
--Ted Hearne, Composer


Until next month,

Music Lives & Moves! 




 Claris Sayadian-Dodge, Founder I Editor studioexpresso



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