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Music, Surround Sound : International festival of 5.1 Surround Sound artwork
International festival of 5.1 Surround Sound artworkRedhouse is a nonprofit cultural center, located in the trendy Armory Square district of Syracuse, NY. RedHouse will host an international biennial festival of 5.1 Surround Sound artwork, from September 17 through September 27. This program will travel to partnering organizations from Delhi, India to Providence, RI to Montreal, Canada through 2010.

((audience)) is an unprecedented project that explores the cinema as a 21st century concert hall. Conceived in 2006, ((audience)) is dedicated to the advancement of aural arts by providing wide distribution and new contexts for works by emerging and established sound artists and composers.

((audience)) at RedHouse will consist of six nights of programming, each exploring a different perspective on the cinema as concert hall.-->-->-->-->-->-->-->-->-->-->-->-->-->-->-->-->
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Surround Sound : Dolby Pro Logic IIz

At ICES 2009, Dolby is demonstrating Dolby Pro Logic(R) IIz, its newest matrix decoding technology designed to add new dimension and spaciousness to home entertainment systems. Dolby Pro Logic IIz utilizes front height channels to create three-dimensional effects for a 7.1 or a 9.1 channel listening experience and is backwards-compatible with Dolby Pro Logic IIx technology. Dolby is featuring a prototype Dolby Pro Logic IIz 7.1 AV receiver from ONKYO in its exhibit. Dolby is also showing Dolby TrueHD, a lossless compression technology developed for high-definition disc-based media and Dolby Digital Plus which delivers up to 7.1 channels of surround sound with better-than-DVD sound quality.

Dolby Digital Plus, recently adopted in France for high-definition television broadcasting, is featured in televisions from Grundig, Panasonic, Pioneer, and Sony, a set-top box from Humax, and Vudu's movie download service.

Nearly 70 home audio systems and 50 Blu-ray Disc players from 30 companies around the world use Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, or both.

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Surround Sound : New SACD from 2L: Chamber Music by ELLIOTT CARTER - Figments and Fragments
New SACD from 2L: Chamber Music by ELLIOTT CARTER - Figments and FragmentsFor this album of music by Elliott Carter, on GRAMMY award-nominated Norwegian label 2L, cellist Johannes Martens has assembled some of Norway's foremost young musicians. Tracing Carter's development through some of his most creative periods, these works - from the beautiful 1946 Elegy and the celebrated Cello Sonata from 1948 through to newer pieces for solo instruments, duo, trio and string quartet - constitute nearly a cross-section of musical evolution in the 20th century's second half.

Heard individually, the chamber works of Elliott Carter give the listener tantalising snapshots of the composer's style and technique; as a group, they represent a microcosm of his musical personality. Any selection of several pieces by the same composer will inevitably reveal similarities, traits, and preoccupations. But here is also great variety and resourcefulness: in one piece, an affectionate and playful tribute to a fellow musician; in another, a sustained grappling with the very substance of musical time; and in yet another, a dialogue or conversation between multifaceted protagonists that bring an unmistakably social aspect into musical discourse. And all the while, the music flows through a plethora of moods and characters, at one moment playful, the next impassioned, now agitated, now wistful. It is this dynamism that most distinguishes Carter's music from that of his peers; its restlessness and its ability to turn on a hair from the most skittish characterisations to the most poignantly human outpourings, but always flowing and always carrying the listener along on the tide of its composer's invention and ingenuity.

Hybrid Super Audio-CD 5.1 SURROUND + STEREO produced in DXD (Digital eXtreme Definition)
This compact disc looks like a normal CD and plays on all standard players and computers.
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Surround Sound : Cirlinca Launches First DVD-Audio Authoring Plug-in for Windows Media Player
Cirlinca, consumer and prosumer DVD-Audio authoring software company, announces today DVD-Audio Solo WMP, the plug-in version for Microsoft Windows Media Player of its press nominated DVD-Audio Solo authoring software.

Windows Media Player's users can now create high definition and surround music DVD discs, easily and affordably. Available as a plug-in, DVD-Audio Solo WMP features a streamlined user interface within Windows Media Player to burn playlists to DVD-Audio discs in as few as three clicks.DVD-Audio Solo WMP meets the increasing excitement and awareness for high definition media with support for audio tracks up to 24 bit/192 kHz, 5.1 channels, from a variety of audio file formats. As an option, still pictures can be associated to tracks. In a typical use case, DVD-Audio Solo WMP provides the last but not least step in a download to burn delivery chain from a high definition music download site.

Essential DVD-Audio Solo WMP Features:

  • User interface in the "Now Playing" pane of the Windows Media Player
  • Direct import of Windows Media Player's playlists, 1 to 9 playlists, 1 to 99 tracks per playlist, for a maximum total track count of 314.
  • Gapless playback between tracks
  • Input audio file formats supported: WAV, WMA (non DRM), FLAC, AIF, MP3 and OGG
  • Sampling frequencies, sample sizes and channels supported: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, 16 bit or 24 bit sample size, 1 to 6 channel (not all combinations permitted, 5.1 up to 16/96)
  • Integrated DVD writing engine to write directly to DVD disc using a standard DVD writer. Disc types supported : DVD /-R/W and DVD R DL (Double Layer)
  • Supported operating systems: Microsoft's Windows 2000, NT, 2003 server, XP, Vista
DVD-Audio Solo WMP is priced at U.S. $39.95
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Surround Sound : NAB Show to Feature New Surround Broadcast Conference
altThe National Association of Broadcasters and Pro Sound News have teamed up to offer the Surround Broadcast Conference on April 16 at the NAB Show in Las Vegas. This new conference will focus on the production of digital, multi-channel broadcast audio and related issues including capturing and mixing, the consistency of the listener experience and transmission and distribution of 5.1-channel audio, which will accompany high definition video.

The Surround Broadcast Conference will feature some of the biggest names in broadcast audio and surround technology. Leading companies in the development of broadcast surround tools will offer presentations and demos dispersed between sessions.

Conference panelists scheduled to participate include Jim Starzynski, principal audio architect of the NBC Universal Advanced Engineering group; Jim DeFilippis, senior vice president and principal engineer for the FOX Entertainment Group; Robert Seidel, vice president of engineering and advanced technology for CBS Television; Sean Richardson, post production manager and audio engineer for Starz-Encore; and Michael Nunan, director of post production for CTV; among others.
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Equipment, Surround Sound : Sony RHT-G900 TV Stand Doles Out Virtual Surround Sound

Youve heard of plenty of all-in-one devices, so heres an interesting all-in-one piece: the RHT-G900 A/V furniture coming from Sony Japan in May, designed for its Bravia line of TVs up to 46 inches.

If you dont have room for a booming sound system with tower speakers and mega subwoofer, dont fret. This baby comes with built-in left, center and right speaker channels and a subwoofer right in the rack. And theres 5.1-channel virtual surround provided by the S-Force PRO technology.

The RHT-G900 also features HDMI inputs, digital audio inputs, digital media port, preset equalizers and a digital audio decoder that can do Dolby Digital, DTS, MPEG-2, AAC and PCM.

Dimensions for this 119-pound unit are roughly 44 by 16 by 19 inches. Were taking the word from, which hopefully translated Sonys Japanese press release pretty well.

Sorry, no details of cost or shipment to the U.S.

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Surround Sound : Super Bowl XLII Broadcasts Globally in Neural-THX Surround
altFirst Time International Television Audiences will Experience the Super Bowl in 5.1 Surround Sound

Neural Audio Corp., THX Ltd. and the NFL have teamed to deliver the HD international broadcast of Super Bowl XLII in Neural-THX Surround. The Neural-THX Surround technology will enable international TV viewers to experience the game in 5.1 surround sound for the first time ever.
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Music, Surround Sound : U2 3D concert film to get cinema release

U2 have confirmed details of the release of their much-anticipated 3D concert film, 'U2 3D'. alt

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Surround Sound : 5.1 Surround Sound Experience Event
Bay Area Sound Studios, 85 Mitchell Blvd., San Rafael, Calif., 6:309:30 p.m.

The Recording Academy San Francisco Chapter, in association with the Producers & Engineers Wing and JBL Professional, presents 5.1 Surround Sound Experience. Come visit the new Bay Area Sound Studios for a discussion and listening session with artist/producer Jerry Harrison and engineer Eric "ET" Thorngren (Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Talking Heads, O.A.R.). The discussion will be moderated by Joel Jaffe (Santana, David Gray, Wayne Shorter). Following the discussion, guests will experience demonstrations in stereo and surround on JBL's LSR Linear Spatial Reference studio monitors with Room Mode Correction that help turn any room into an accurate mixing environment. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, drinks and networking at this unique P&E Wing event.

No admission fee. Space is limited and RSVP is required. RSVP to or call the San Francisco Chapter office at 415.749.0779 by Dec. 6.

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Music, Surround Sound : Surround Grammy Award Nominees Anounced

Grammy AwardsField 28 - Surround Sound
Category 95 - Best Surround Sound Album
(For vocal or instrumental albums. Albums only.)

  • At War With The Mystics 5.1

The Flaming Lips & Dave Fridmann, surround mix engineers; The Flaming Lips &
Dave Fridmann, surround mastering engineers; The Flaming Lips & Dave Fridmann,
surround producers (The Flaming Lips)
[Warner Bros.]

  • Fear Of A Blank Planet

Steven Wilson, surround mix engineer; Darcy Proper, surround mastering engineer;
Porcupine Tree, surround producers (Porcupine Tree)
[Atlantic Records]

  • Grechaninov: Passion Week

John Newton, surround mix engineer; Jonathan Cooper, surround mastering
engineer; Blanton Alspaugh, surround producer (Charles Bruffy, Kansas City
Chorale & Phoenix Bach Choir)
[Chandos Records]

  • Love

Paul Hicks, surround mix engineer; Tim Young, surround mastering engineer;
George Martin & Giles Martin, surround producers (The Beatles)
[Apple/Capitol Records]

  • Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5; Fantasia On A Theme By Thomas Tallis; Serenade To Music

Michael Bishop, surround mix engineer; Michael Bishop, surround mastering
engineer; Elaine Martone, surround producer (Robert Spano & Atlanta Symphony
Orchestra & Chamber Chorus)

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