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January 2013 l 17 UNITED KINGDOM Studio


Sir George Martin to win Outstanding Contribution prize, while Paul Epworth receives another nomination for Producer of the Year, writes Dave Robinson


XFM DJ and champion of new music John Kennedy announced the shortlist for the 2013 MPG Awards at the soon-to- open ME Hotel in London in mid-December. Albums by Florence & The Machine, The Maccabees, Alt-J, Ed Sheeran and Paloma Faith delivered nominations for UK producers Paul Epworth, Bruno Ellingham & Tim Goldsworthy, Charlie Andrew and Jake Gosling, while in the international categories, The Black Keys and Jack White delivered multiple nominations for their producers and engineers. PSNEurope is the sponsor of the Studio of the Year award for the first time in 2013; the shortlist of four comprises Black Wookie, Rak, Snap! and Sphere. Now in its fifth year, the Music Producers Guild Awards recognises the essential contribution made by recording professionals to the success of the UK’s music industry. The winner of the MPG’s Producer of the Year Award also receives a BRIT


UNITED KINGDOM New school: €3 million investment for Tech Music By Erica Basnicki


WORK HAS begun on Tech Music School London’s (TMS) new £3 million (€3.7 million) facility in Fulham, UK scheduled to open in September this year. Construction on the new


building, Barclay House, began at the end of November. When completed, the 1,765sqm building will provide state-of- the-art facilities for TMS’s courses in performance (drums, vocals, guitar and bass) and its new courses in music production, music business


and songwriting launched earlier this year. The investment will facilitate the


creation of three large live rooms, dedicated drum, vocal, guitar and bass teaching studios, and a series of pre- and post-production studios and music suites. TMS principal Andrew Bates commented: “I am delighted that Elliott Thomas Construction has started work on Tech Music School’s new £3 million home in Fulham. Barclay House will provide students with world-class contemporary music facilities when it opens in September 2013.”


“Tech Music School London’s


investment in Barclay House Fulham will ensure that all TMS London students will have the opportunity to develop their skills in a state-of-the-art, industry- standard learning environment located in central London – the music capital of the world.” TMS alumni have gone on to


work with One Direction, Adele, George Michael, Brian May, Jessie J, The Saturdays, Public Enemy, Pet Shop Boys, Kylie Minogue and Joe Strummer, among others. n www.techmusicschool.co.uk


John Kennedy announced the shortlist in the the ME Hotel, formerly Marconi House


(L-R): Dave Stewart (British Grove Studios); Korda Marshall (Infectious Records, nominated in the A&R category); Steve Levine (MPG chairman); PSNEurope’s Dave Robinson


Award for Best Producer, and both awards will be presented at the Music Producers Guild’s Awards ceremony, which takes place on 7 February 2013 at the


Café de Paris in London. This year, the night will be hosted by 6Music’s Lauren Laverne. Introducing John Kennedy at the Broadcast Bar presentation


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MPG Awards shortlist announced


on the 10th floor of the hotel (formerly the Marconi building, and the site of the original BBC 2LO radio transmitter), MPG Awards committee head Tony Platt revealed that this year’s event had attracted three times the number of nominations of previous years. He reported that XFM will


broadcast a series of features in Kennedy’s shows over the course of one week in February, focusing on a different shortlisted producer. Platt also disclosed that Sir


George Martin will receive the PPL Outstanding Contribution to UK Music honour at the Awards, which also marks the 50th anniversary to the day when the Beatles’ single Please, Please Me was released in the US. Producers Jake Gosling and


Charlie Andrew, plus Infectious Records’ Korda Marshall, Funky Junk’s Mark Thompson, mastering engineer (and former winner) Mandy Parnell, recording engineer Guy Massey and The Movement’s Sarah Liversedge were all present at the lunchtime bash to hear themselves nominated. To see the shortlisted nominees, go to mpgawards.co.uk. n


SOUNDBITES


UK pro-audio distributor Sound-Link has donated the Microtech Gefell Trophy to the 61st International Recording Contest, held at the end of October in Rotterdam in the Netherlands. This year’s winner of the crystal trophy was Nico Warnaar from the Netherlands. Sound-Link plans to support the contest regularly, and will donate another trophy to next year’s event, which will be held in Baden-Baden, Germany. www.sound-link.co.uk


Nugen Audio’s ISL True-Peak limiter is now available in the 64-bit-ready Avid AAX format the company announced recently. With this ISL update, Nugen also introduced iLok licensing as an alternative to the existing licensing system. AAX updates will be coming to the rest of the Nugen Audio range in the coming months. www.nugenaudio.com


Thomas Newman, who composed the score for the latest James Bond film Skyfall, has revealed he used a pair of PMC IB2S XBD-Active monitors throughout the writing process. Most of the music was composed and arranged in Pro Tools, making monitors an essential part of the process. “I did have another room with a piano – but most of the music for this film was created at the computer,” said Newman.


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Sound Devices has changed its warranty policy from one to two years for both parts and labour. This retroactive change extends the product warranty for all Sound Devices products already in the field. “This warranty extension provides an additional year of coverage to our customers and also serves as a way to thank loyal users for choosing our products,” said Jim Koomar, VP of sales.


TMS London principal Andrew Bates (right), with Mark Varney of Elliott Thomas Construction


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