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    Soft Cell: Dave Ball & Ingo Vauk

    Recording Cruelty Without Beauty

    Pioneering electro-pop duo Soft Cell are back with a new album, seeking to combine the best of old and new production techniques.

    People Dec 2002
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    The Avalanches

    Darren Seltmann & Robbie Chater

    The Avalanches' acclaimed debut album Since I Left You is composed almost entirely of samples from other records - but there's nothing lazy or unimaginative about their approach to recording...

    People Nov 2002
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    Mike Oldfield: Tres Lunas

    Combining Music And Virtual Reality

    One of the UK's most successful instrumentalists, Mike Oldfield is now embarking on a pioneering attempt to combine music and virtual reality.

    People Nov 2002
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    Bedrock

    DJ John Digweed & Nick Muir

    Internationally renowned DJ John Digweed and studio partner Nick Muir make cutting-edge dance music as Bedrock.

    People Oct 2002
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    Media Adventures

    Hans Zimmer & Jay Rifkin

    From Rain Man to The Lion King, and Gladiator to Mission Impossible 2, Hans Zimmer's music is known by audiences worldwide. With business partner Jay Rifkin, Zimmer is also responsible for Media Ventures, a music studio that offers a unique environment for media composers.

    People Oct 2002
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    Jimmy Douglass

    Sound Engineer

    Some engineers earn a reputation for classic recording techniques and live bands, while others help to create the cutting-edge sounds of modern rap and R&B. From Foreigner and the Rolling Stones to Timbaland and Missy Elliot, Jimmy Douglass has done both.

    People Sep 2002
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    Damon Albarn & Simon Burwell

    Recording Mali Music

    Mali Music is one of the most ambitious collaborations yet between European and African musicians. The brainchild of Blur frontman Damon Albarn, it also represented the first big break for producer Simon Burwell.

    People Sep 2002
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    Gary Miller

    Songwriter/Producer

    The creative force in the modern pop music business seems, increasingly, to reside with songwriter/producers like Gary Miller, who specialise in getting the best out of artists in collaboration.

    People Aug 2002
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    Sneaker Pimps

    Trip-hop Virtuality

    Dance-rockers the Sneaker Pimps have spent years in the studio together. For their next move, they're going to split up - virtually...

    People Aug 2002
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    Damien Egan

    Programmer & Sound Designer

    To be successful in the music business today, you need to be flexible and multi-skilled — but not many people take these qualities as far as Damien Egan...

    People Jul 2002
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    Herbie Hancock

    Creating Future2Future & Touring In Surround

    One of the most influential jazz keyboardists ever, Herbie Hancock is renowned for his innovative use of electronics and new production techniques.

    People Jul 2002
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    Recording Sigur Ros

    Ken Thomas & Jonsi Birgisson

    Over the years, Iceland has produced more than its fair share of innovative, experimental pop music. The country's latest hot exports, Sigur Ros, are currently recording an album in a disused swimming pool...

    People Jul 2002
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    Recording Garbage

    Butch Vig • Duke Erikson • Billy Bush

    What can you do when you've reached the limits of technical innovation? According to Garbage, the answer is to go back to the basics of songwriting.

    People Jun 2002
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    Howie B: Skelf

    Electronic Music For Live Performance

    For his latest solo project, innovative DJ and producer Howie B set himself a difficult challenge: to create live, improvisational dance music with a minimal setup.

    People Jun 2002
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    Queen: A Night At The Opera

    The Surround Mix

    Queen's seminal 1975 album and the worldwide hit from it, 'Bohemian Rhapsody', might almost have been tailor-made for surround sound. Now guitarist Brian May and engineer/surround specialist Elliot Scheiner have remixed this masterpiece for what promises to be a genre-defining DVD-Audio release.

    People Jun 2002
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    The Return Of Roger Linn

    Designer Drums

    Roger Linn's name may be forever associated with the birth of the first serious, sample-based drum machine in 1979, but now, after years away from instrument design, he's back with a new guitar-oriented product offering rhythmic filter effects.

    People Jun 2002
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    Mike Paradinas & Planet Mu

    Designer Label

    It's one thing to make music in your bedroom, quite another to run a successful record label from it. No wonder Mike Paradinas doesn't get much time to tidy up...

    People May 2002
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    Rob Davis

    Hit Songwriter

    Once Rob Davis was a pop star himself with Mud. Now his songs have taken Kylie Minogue and Sophie Ellis-Bextor to the top of the charts.

    People May 2002
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    Gordon Raphael: Producing The Strokes

    Is This It

    The Strokes' Is This It was many critics' choice for the best album of 2001, and has gone platinum in the UK. Remarkably, it was recorded in a basic New York project studio by a then-unknown producer.

    People Apr 2002
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    So Solid Crew

    Swiss: Approaches To Production

    UK garage is the biggest underground dance music phenomenon for years, and has taken London collective So Solid Crew to the top of the charts. Crew member Swiss talks to SOS about their approach to production.

    People Apr 2002
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    Recording Steve McLean's All This Love And Hate

    Producer: Mark Cunningham • Engineer: Grant Matthews

    One-time SOS writer Mark Cunningham hadn't produced an album for almost 10 years — until a soulful ex-prisoner inspired him to get back behind the desk...

    People Apr 2002

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