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    Andy Barlow: Recording Between Darkness & Wonder

    Lamb

    Since Lamb first came to prominence at the height of the mid-'90s trip-hop movement, Andy Barlow and Lou Rhodes' distinctive blend of electronica and organic songwriting has gone from strength to strength.

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    Rich Costey: Producer

    Recording Muse's Absolution

    With their number one album Absolution, British three-piece Muse have established themselves as one of the most ambitious and innovative rock bands in the world — and in Rich Costey, they've found an engineer and producer who understands their aims and encourages them to experiment.

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    Mouse On Mars

    Jan St Werner • Organic Electronica

    Over the last decade, Mouse On Mars have become one of the leading names in European electronic music. Their experimental approach brings together analogue and digital, lo-fi and hi-fi, real instruments and samples to create an organic-sounding whole.

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    Kevin 'Caveman' Shirley

    Mixing Led Zeppelin's Live DVD & Recording Iron Maiden

    When Jimmy Page decided to mine a massive archive of decaying Led Zeppelin live footage for a DVD and double CD, the epic task of restoring, editing and mixing the audio went to rock specialist Kevin Shirley — who has gone on to help veteran metallers Iron Maiden return to the upper reaches of the charts.

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    Sam Phillips: Sun Records

    The Man Who Invented Rock & Roll

    With the death of producer Sam Phillips, the music industry has lost one of its greatest pioneers. In an interview given towards the end of his life, he looked back on his work with greats like Elvis Presley, Howlin' Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash, most of whom were unknowns before they signed to his Sun Records label.

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    Liam Watson & Toe Rag Studios

    The White Stripes

    Liam Watson went against the grain to build a studio with the retro sound he loved. And now that sound is back in fashion, he's had a number one album with the White Stripes.

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    Readerzone: Robbie M

    Another look inside an SOS reader's home studio...

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    Four Tet

    Kieran Hebden: Recording Rounds

    Kieran Hebden of Four Tet is a producer who puts the intelligence into Intelligent Dance Music.

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    Recording Solomon Burke's Don't Give Up On Me

    S Husky Hoskulds

    The success of soul legend Solomon Burke's comeback album is a testament to the virtues of keeping things simple in the studio.

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    MuskaBeatz: Chad Muska & Dave Roen

    Recording Rappers In The SoHo Grand Hotel

    A gaggle of famous MCs, a star of the extreme sports world, and a laptop recording setup in a hotel bedroom: could the MuskaBeatz project show the way ahead for rap music?

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    Joe Zawinul

    Jazz Keyboardist

    Joe Zawinul is perhaps the best-known and most influential keyboardist in jazz. He pioneered the use of electric keyboards and synths with Weather Report, and at 70 he's still at the peak of his powers.

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    Chad Kroeger & Nickelback

    Pieces Of Silver

    Heavy rockers Nickelback have enjoyed amazing success with their multi-platinum album Silver Side Up. Frontman Chad Kroeger is not only their main songwriter, but also plays an active role in production and looks after an expanding business empire.

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    Richard Chappell: Recording Peter Gabriel's Up

    Catching Up

    Engineer Richard Chappell has been at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios for over 15 years — and he's spent seven of them working on Gabriel's latest solo album.

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    Neil Davidge: Recording 100th Window

    Massive Attack

    A new Massive Attack album is always an event, and this year's 100th Window was perhaps the most eagerly anticipated yet. Like its predecessor Mezzanine, it was co-produced and co-written by Neil Davidge.

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    Rob Jackson & The Low Country

    Readerzone

    Rob Jackson's latest project is a band called The Low Country, with a sparse, American sound that calls to mind the likes of Lucinda Williams and Low.

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    Sheryl Crow & Her Producers

    The Crow Road

    Sheryl Crow's rise to the top has seen her use — and lose — the talents of a lot of people behind the glass, from world-famous producers to unknown songwriters.

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    Declan Flynn (aka Alpha-X)

    Readerzone

    SOS reader Declan Flynn has been pursuing a career in the industry for a long time, since he became fascinated with electronic music as a teenager and bought his first synth and drum machine.

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    1 Giant Leap

    Duncan Bridgeman : Travels With A Laptop Studio

    Many people love the idea of laptop recording, but few have put it into practice like 1 Giant Leap. Their acclaimed album and DVD project was recorded on an Apple Powerbook during a six-month journey round the world — with a little help from some friends...

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    John Scofield & Avi Bortnick

    Überjam

    Well-known jazz musician John Scofield has spent the last five years updating his sound with the help of modern technology and new collaborators - including innovative guitarist Avi Bortnick.

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    Future Bible Heroes: Stephin Merritt, Chris Ewen & Claudia Gonson

    No More Love Songs?

    With the cult triple album 69 Love Songs, Stephin Merritt established himself as one of the most remarkable songwriters around. The Future Bible Heroes' new album sees his trademark lyrical cleverness paired with Chris Ewen's distinctive, organic electronica.

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