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    Reader's music reviewed.

    This month's artitsts: Gish, Michael Egan, Rough Citizen, Give Her The Gun, Crumbs For Comfort, Laetoli Steps, Zeni Danussi and Mike King.

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    CLASSIC TRACKS: Dire Straits 'Money For Nothing'

    Producers: Mark Knopfler, Neil Dorfsman • Engineer: Neil Dorfsman

    The Brothers In Arms album turned Dire Straits into one of the biggest-selling bands of all time, thanks to some technical innovation, tough decision-making, and that guitar sound — which was created by accident. Find out how they did it...

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    Massive Attack's New Studio

    Robert Del Naja & Neil Davidge

    Production pioneers Massive Attack are going through exciting times — they've built an awesome recording studio, moved into surround soundtrack work, and they have a new album on the way. We take a spin around their new workspace.

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    Brian Eno

    Recording Another Day On Earth

    For his latest album, musician/producer Brian Eno has returned to the world of songwriting. But his ideas about music are as radical as ever...

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    Steve Albini

    Sound Engineer Extraordinaire

    Steve Albini has become a legend in the world of alternative music by championing traditional engineering skills, respecting the opinions of the artists he records, and doing business ethically.

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    Demo Doctor

    Readers Tracks Analysed

    Our resident specialist offers his demo diagnosis and prescribes an appropriate remedy.

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    Demo Doctor

    Reader Recordings Analysed

    Listen to these tracks from SOS readers and see whether you agree with the good Doctor's prognosis...

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    The Dust Brothers

    Sampling, Remixing & The Boat Studio

    The Dust Brothers changed the course of record production with a new approach to sampling. In their first ever in-depth technical interview, John King and Mike Simpson explain their unique way of making records and open the doors of their remarkable LA studio, The Boat.

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    Greg Ladanyi

    Jackson Browne, Don Henley & The SoCal Sound

    Greg Ladanyi showed up at the right time in rock history to chair sessions for Jackson Browne, Don Henley, Warren Zevon, Toto, Fleetwood Mac and the Jacksons — but while 50 percent of life may be simply showing up, the other half requires a lot of hard work.

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    Allan Walker & Craig Connor: Grand Theft Auto

    Sound & Music For Rockstar Games

    Imagine selling a million copies of your music in just over a week, with no video, no radio play and no touring. Impossible? Not if it's the soundtrack to one of the most successful computer games of all time...

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    Composing & Recording With Vanessa-Mae

    Walter Taieb

    Walter Taieb enjoyed worldwide success as a dance producer, before reinventing himself as a classical composer. Working with violin prodigy Vanessa-Mae tested both his orchestration skills and his music technology expertise.

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    Demo Doctor: February 2005

    Reader Recordings Analysed

    Think your own music is good? Listen to these tracks from SOS readers and see whether you agree with the good Doctor's prognosis...

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    Max Richter

    Recording The Blue Notebooks

    Max Richter combines chamber music with ambient recordings, spoken-word pieces and experimental electronica, creating a distinctive and beautiful blend of the traditional and the futuristic.

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    Ian Broudie

    The Art Of Production

    Since emerging from the Liverpool music scene at the turn of the '80s, Ian Broudie has juggled parallel careers as an artist and a producer. He has a new solo disc in the shops, and with albums by the Coral and the Zutons riding high in the charts, his production services are in greater demand than ever.

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    Mark Nevers

    Producing Lambchop

    Fed up with being treated badly by spoilt divas, engineer Mark Nevers abandoned the country music establishment to start his own studio, and has made a name for himself on the 'other side' of Nashville.

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    The Prodigy

    Liam Howlett: Recording Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned

    Nowadays, plenty of hit albums are recorded in bedroom studios — but Liam Howlett of the Prodigy has gone one better, by recording his latest in bed.

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    The Engineers Who Changed Recording

    Fathers Of Invention

    Some of the legendary names in engineering and production didn't just make great records — they also invented equipment and techniques we take for granted today.

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    The Resurrection Of Brian Wilson's SMiLE

    Mark Linett & Darian Sahanaja

    The Beach Boys' SMiLE album was to have been the pinnacle of Brian Wilson's groundbreaking recording and production achievements — but it was never completed. This year, in an extraordinary tale of emotional drama, tape-vault archaeology and recording technology, Brian finished it, debuted it live, and then re-recorded it in the studio. SOS brings you the full story...

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    Jim Sutherland: Producing Aberfeldy

    Mono Forever

    Recent years have seen a revival in back-to-basics recording techniques, but few engineers or producers have taken things as far as Jim Sutherland did with Edinburgh folk-pop band Aberfeldy...

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    Recording Shania Twain's Up!

    Bob Bullock: Engineer

    For his third album with Shania Twain, reclusive production legend Mutt Lange introduced an ambitious concept: different mixes and instrumentation for different markets. And as engineer Bob Bullock found, even the 'country' version left Nashville and its conventions pretty far behind...

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    Unkle: Recording Never, Never, Land

    James Lavelle & Richard File

    With help from their galaxy of high-profile collaborators, Unkle have embarked on an ambitious attempt to reinvent dance music.

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