Parr wins at Surround Awards

US: Steve Parr was announced the winner for Best Orchestral Mix for Reich at the Roxy at the CMP-produced Surround Music Awards in Los Angeles in December.
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US: Steve Parr was announced the winner for Best Orchestral Mix for Reich at the Roxy at the CMP-produced Surround Music Awards in Los Angeles in December.

Reich at the Roxy is a DVD of a concert by radical ensemble Alarm Will Sound playing the compositions of Steve Reich at the eponymous venue in the meatpacking district of New York in February 2004. The concert was filmed in high definition video and recorded at 96k directly into MOTU_s Digital Performer by Parr. After editing by producer Mike Roberts, Parr and Roberts mixed the concert in both 6.1 surround and stereo at Parr and partner Sharon Rose_s Hear No Evil studio in London.

Parr said, _This was probably the most difficult mix I have ever had to accomplish. It was like rescuing a child from a burning building; the material was so complex and demanding on the ears that Mike and I could only work for very short periods of time before audio fatigue would set in; it took the best part of a year before we were happy with the mixes._

Steve Reich added that he considers it the best performance and recording ever of his work. []

Tara Maxwell


Paul Epworth takes top producer prize at MPG Awards

UK: The second edition of the Music Producers Guild Awards took place at the Caf_ de Paris in London last week, writes Dave Robinson. Established to recognise the skills and talents of music recording professionals, the MPG Awards this year saw Paul Epworth receive the Producer of the Year award - and, as a result, the coveted BRIT Award for Best Producer.

Awards Update: Tchad Blake wins Grammy with ICON; still no Oscar for Kevin O_Connell

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Award season rolls around again

UK/US: This year's BAFTA Film Awards brought a special award for Pinewood and Shepperton Studios, writes David Davies. The studios - which joined forces in 2001 - were acknowledged for their Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema at the 2009 event, which took place at the Royal Opera House in London on February 8th. Meanwhile, the technical categories of the Grammy Awards saw recognition for producers Rick Rubin and David Frost.

MPG (UK) extends 2010 Awards nomination deadline

UK: People wishing to nominate producers and engineers for the next MPG Awards now have until October 19, reports PSN-e. Summer holidays and hectic work schedules were among the factors that informed the Music Producers Guild's decision to accommodate requests for an extension.

Brian Eno to receive first Joe Meek Award

UK: The producer and ambient pioneer will be one of the winners at the MPG's inaugural awards event, writes David Davies. It has also been revealed that the first-ever Music Producers Guild (UK) Awards - scheduled to take place at the Caf_ de Paris in London on February 12th - will be hosted by BBC 6 Music DJ Nemone Metaxas.

MPG and The BPI to co-ordinate producer awards

UK: The Music Producers Guild (UK) and The BPI have announced a new collaboration, writes David Davies. Formerly known as British Phonographic Industry, The BPI organises the annual BRIT Awards show. Now, as the result of a newly announced agreement, the winner of the MPG's Producer of the Year Award will also receive the BRIT Award for Best Producer.

European Festival Awards shortlist announced

UK: The final set of winners will be determined primarily by a public vote, reports David Davies. The shortlists in the Best Major, Medium Sized, Small and New Festival categories were shaped by 30,000-plus music fans, while a panel of industry experts - including Music Week's Christopher Barrett and IQ editor/occasional PSNE contributor Greg Parmley - produced the roll-calls for Best European Festival Line-Up, Best Artist Newcomer, Best Headline Artist and Anthem of the Year.