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Queensland Performing Arts Centre refurbishment

Posted on 30th June 2009

Pro Audio Asia Magazine - July/August Issue 2009

Based in Brisbane, the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) further cemented itself as a world-class performance space and facility with a recent $34.7 million refurbishment. Comprising the 2000 seat Lyric Theatre, the 1800 seat Concert Hall, the 850 seat Playhouse and the 312 seat Cremorne Theatre, this is the first major renovation and upgrade since it opened its doors in 1985.

For QPAC director John Kotzas, the whole refurbishment was about inclusion, a strong desire to include as many people in the refurbishment as possible. With past experience as a freelance stage and production manager, and a 20-year career with QPAC (starting out as an education officer), Kotzas has a great understanding of the physical shape and layout of the facility and the need to upgrade.

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Rancom Street Studios

Posted on 24th June 2009

CX Magazine - June 1 - July 15 Issue 2009

When I think of country music in Australia, I conjure up images of the outback, cattle stations, country pubs, blokes and sheilas strumming guitars, dusty utes, large weather-beaten Akubra hats, western shirts, blue jeans and Tamworth. I think of artists such as Lee Kernaghan, Troy Cassar-Daley, James Blundell and Gina Jeffreys. I certainly don’t think of inner-city Sydney, a vintage analogue audio gear collection to knock your socks off, and the iconic 1970s Australian band Sherbet.  However there is a connection, and that is Rancom Street Studios in Botany.

Situated in Sydney’s inner-city, the studio is owned by former Sherbet songwriter and keyboard-player Garth Porter. No stranger to picking up numerous gold and platinum albums and awards in Australia and overseas as part of the supergroup, Porter has continued his previous pop success in the country music genre.

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Audio Roundtable

Posted on 18th June 2009

Australian MacWorld Magazine - June 09 Issue

Welcome to the first of what will hopefully be a regular series of roundtables on everything audio, with Australian MacWorld (AMW) readers providing the topics of discussion. If you’d like something answered, the ‘Macs and Music’ section on the AMW forums is the place to put your hand up (see Hotlinks). This month’s roundtable participants are Stephen Bruel and Brett Kingman, who both work in the music tech industry as well as being musicians of note.


Australia Post Production Seminar

Posted on 1st June 2009

Integrate Show - Sydney, July 6 2009

Hear first-hand on how the sound for the film Australia came together from executive music supervisor Anton Monsted, supervising sound editor/sound designer Wayne Pashley, supervising music editor Simon Leadley, composer David Hirschfelder and Deluxe StageOne Sound sound manager Angus Robertson.

Integrate is Australia and New Zealand's only national event bringing together the worlds of concert production, recording, broadcast, lighting and entertainment technology, post production, AV installation, MI, staging, DJ technologies and multimedia.

Seminar ticket information here


Posted on 23rd April 2009

Pro Audio Asia Magazine - May/June Issue 2009

Revelations from the past shake Nicolas Cage’s on-screen world in Knowing, while its sound calls on classic past and present technology in the studio.

Filmed in Melbourne with audio postproduction completed in Sydney, the new Alex Proyas-directed Nicholas Cage thriller Knowing centres on a time capsule buried in 1959 and later recovered to reveal Nostradamus-like predictions. With Melbourne providing the backdrops for Boston and New York City, it may be another time capsule from Sydney and a former Beatles’ recording engineer that steal the show for audio enthusiasts.

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Bulletin Place HDTV

Posted on 22nd April 2009

Pro Audio Asia Magazine - May/June Issue 2009

Situated in Circular Quay, neighbouring Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House, resides The Basement. Opened in 1972 as a jazz club, The Basement developed over time into a venue offering an eclectic mix of musical styles six to seven nights a week. Hence, many famous artists from different genres have performed here including Muddy Waters, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock and James Morrison, country stars Keith Urban, Kasey Chambers and Jimmie Little, as well as contemporary rock and pop favourites Jimmy Barnes, The Whitlams, Tex Perkins and Neil Finn.

Set up to run in tandem with Sydney’s Basement nightclub, Bulletin Place HDTV produces high-definition recordings of live music.

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Jack & Rai

Posted on 22nd April 2009

Pro Audio Asia Magazine - May/June Issue 2009

With live performances on TV, songwriting credits for film and TV programmes, a recently released album and regular live performances five nights a week on the Singapore bar circuit, the vocal/ guitar-playing duo Jack & Rai are living and breathing the music dream.

Formed in 2002 when Jack Ho hooked up with Sivadorai Sellakannu to secure regular work at the Wala Wala bar in Singapore’s Holland Village, the local duo have gone from strength to strength.

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SSL enrols at Griffith Uni

Posted on 21st April 2009

Pro Audio Asia Magazine - May/June Issue 2009

Australia’s Gold Coast is famous for its sunshine, golden sands and stunning surf beaches. A popular choice for local and international students, the recent installation of a Solid State Logic AWS 900 console into Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus might have students swapping surfboards for mixing boards.

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The Making of Australia - 5 page feature article

Posted on 10th March 2009

AudioTechnology Magazine Issue 66

Having already lined up telephone interviews the next morning with Australia’s Executive Music Supervisor, Anton Monsted; Composer, David Hirschfelder; and Scoring Mixer, Shawn Murphy, I thought it might be wise to see the film first. Rushing down to the local cinema with pen and paper in hand, I felt like a real ‘Nigel no mates’ sitting on my own in the dark. I didn’t know what to expect.

Trying to capture a subject so diverse and eclectic as Australia; dealing with such hot issues as the stolen generation, racism and our own inherent cultural cringe is a big ask. As the screen curtains widened I sank a little lower in my seat, anticipating a possible meltdown. I needn’t have worried. By the time the house lights came up again I was on the edge of my seat, proud of what our local film and post-production industries can produce.

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Karekare and Fairlight, pioneers together

Posted on 2nd March 2009

Pro Audio Asia Magazine - March/April 2009 issue

Nestled in the hillside overlooking the picturesque Karekare beach, 40km from Auckland, New Zealand and made famous by the movie The Piano, sits Karekare Recording. Built in 1992 on land originally purchased from pioneer explorer Sir Edmond Hillary to record pioneer New Zealand band Crowded House, it is no surprise the facility opted for an upgrade with the new Fairlight Constellation XCS fully integrated large-scale digital recording, editing and mixing system, pioneers in digital audio technology.

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