LES PAUL, 1915-2009

August 13, 2009

LES PAUL, 1915-2009

The Associated Press is reporting that Les Paul died this morning at the age of 94…

From the Associated Press:

“Les Paul, the guitarist and inventor who changed the course of music with the electric guitar and multitrack recording and had a string of hits, many with wife Mary Ford, died on Thursday. He was 94.

According to Gibson Guitar, Paul died of complications from pneumonia at White Plains Hospital. His family and friends were by his side.

As an inventor, Paul helped bring about the rise of rock ‘n’ roll and multitrack recording, which enables artists to record different instruments at different times, sing harmony with themselves, and then carefully balance the “tracks” in the finished recording.”

For more on Paul’s unparalleled career and wide ranging influence, check out Jesse Gress’ excellent “10 Things You Gotta Do to Play Like Les Paul” from the June 2009 issue of Guitar Player. The article can be found here.

via LES PAUL, 1915-2009.

Les was a true innovator and all of us in the industry owe him so much. He will be sadly missed.

Harman To Sponsor Music-Oriented TV Series – 2009-08-06 12:59:16 EDT | TWICE

August 13, 2009

Harman To Sponsor Music-Oriented TV Series

By Joseph Palenchar — TWICE, August 6, 2009

Stamford, Conn. – Harman International will be the title sponsor of a new music-oriented TV, online and in-flight series produced in cooperation with National Geographic and other broadcast partners.

The Music Nomad series will feature live and in-studio performances as well as artist interviews across several continents to explore diverse music genres, the company said. The upcoming series will be hosted by Jacob Edgar, a leading international music producer and CEO of the independent record label Cumbancha. For the series, the ethnomusicologist traveled the globe to seek out exceptional songs and musical talent, Harman said.

The new series will air in November on the Nat Geo Music and Nat Geo Adventure channels in cooperation with various cable and satellite providers. Nat Geo Music is a 24-hour music channel that debuted in 2007 and is available in Latin America, parts of Europe and Africa. Nat Geo Adventure is available in about 40 countries outside the U.S.

via Harman To Sponsor Music-Oriented TV Series – 2009-08-06 12:59:16 EDT | TWICE.

Should be interesting both to see what they come up with and how useful moving beyond traditional MI / Pro audio media works.