Audio News for August 23, 2005

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Film Music Radio Launch – Film Music Media Group is
launching a new Internet radio station playing a 24-hour stream of
soundtrack recordings, including hosted specialty shows and genre-based
block programs of soundtrack music. The station — at
www.FilmMusicRadio.com — went live earlier this month and the official
launch is scheduled for September 12. There will be two-hour segments
including Science Fiction, Drama, Comedy, Family, Action and Songs.
Original programs will include interviews with film composers, a news
and review show, a program of international soundtracks, and a feature
on music from classic films and TV. Film Music Media Group has also
relaunched Film Music Magazine — the only trade magazine specializing
in this area, and they cosponsor the annual Turner Classic Movies Young
Composers Competition, which provides young composers a chance to
compose a new score for a restored silent film premiering on TCM.

Hi-Fi Industry Podcast Launch – Another specialized new
broadcast source is the Hi-Fi Industry Podcast Series announced by
Boston Audio Design. They will be 30-minute podcasts in the form of
live interviews with leading industry manufacturers and personalities,
using questions submitted by the public. They are to be released
monthly beginning this fall at no cost, and may be downloaded
automatically via RSS or manually by visiting
www.boston-audio.com/podcast  Those without iPods [I’m happy with
my hundreds of Dolby S cassettes and portable CD player…Ed.] 
can listen to
the podcasts on their PC or burn them to a CD-R. Austin Jackson,
President of Boston Audio Design, wants to “help people better
understand the innovative points of view that make groundbreaking audio
products a reality.” Some of the first interviews will feature
turntable designer Simon Yorke,  Yoshi Segoshi from 47 Laboratory
and Jim Smith of Avantgarde Audio loudspeakers.

45% Increase in DTV Sales vs. Last Year
– The sales figures for
factory-to-dealer sales of digital television reported by the Consumer
Electronics Association (CEA)  show a 45% increase over last year
in unit sales of 3.8 million units. The average price of DTV sets has
dropped more than $200 since January, more HDTV programming is
announced daily, and Congress continues to keep the HD issue a top
priority. As consumers go digital, 86% choose HDTV, and to date seven
million U.S. households receive HD programming via OTA (over-the-air),
cable or satellite.

Robert Moog Dies – The engineering genius whose self-named
synthesizers created a revolution in music in the 1960s which
eventually developed into  today’s electronica genre has died at
age 71 at his home in Asheville, N.C.  Moog became interested in
the theremin as a child, and that blossomed into a business that made
the name Moog as important to music synthesizers as the name Les Paul
to electric guitars. [We recently reviewed a fine DVD documentary on
Moog Here…Ed.]

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