John Morton, the classical composer known for his music box compositions, recorded his new composition Wanooski Falls, for music box and sextet.
Long time pals They Might Be Giants were in the studio to score an animated scene in the upcoming Christmas film of Harold and Kumar. The sessions showed the guys at their most versatile, maneuvering multiple compositions between onscreen image, and the input of sundry movie moguls, and their own indefatigable originality.
Dubway and They Might Be Giants shared auspicious beginnings with the recording of their first two albums, "They Might Be Giants," and "Lincoln," back in the days of analog 8 track in the Music Building on Eighth Ave. Great to see you back here, guys!
The Young People's Chorus of New York City spent several days in Dubway's Mezzanine recording a series of original compositions. The pieces were commissioned by the YPC and featured several prominent contemporary composers, including Meredith Monk, Paquito D'Rivera, Bora Yoon, and Rob Kapilow and Fred Newman, all of whom attended the sessions. Canteloupe Music plans to release the performances in January of 2012. John Thayer assisted the engineer on the sessions, which involved choruses of up to 45 voices.
An ADR session was scheduled for MRB Productions (LA) for the upcoming release Grassroots, had actors Lauren Ambrose, Chris MacDonald and Emily Bergl in the studio. Directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal (the father to Jake and Maggie), Cobie Smulders and Jason Biggs also star in the movie, which is based on a true story: "A short-tempered, unemployed music critic who likes to dress as a polar bear thinks he can harness the power of the people to ride the monorail to political victory in Seattle. And he’s right. Almost."
Theater legend Liz Swados (The Runaways) tracked & mixed two entire musicals, Revolting Rhymes and The Incredible Feelings Show at Dubway Studios this season.The Mezzanine space hosted the tracking sessions, while the main floor studios accommodated the mixes. Chris Abell engineered the sessions.
Journalist Steve Pressman was working on his documentary, "To Save a Life." The film tells the story of Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus, a Jewish couple from Philadelphia who traveled to Nazi Germany in 1939 and, with the help of the B'rith Sholom fraternal organization, saved 50 Jewish children in Vienna from likely death in the Holocaust by finding them new homes in Philadelphia. Peter Riegert (The Sopranos, M.A.S.H.) performed narration.
Songwriting legend Chip Taylor (Wild Thing, Angel of the Morning) was back in the studio with his great band surreptitiously donned "The BogieMen" during the sessions, as they were cutting an album dealing entirely with golf one of Chip's several disparate and successful career paths. The whole album was tracked in two days, live (including lead vocals), in Dubway's Mezzanine recording space.
Randy Hobler made use of Dubway's myriad recording environments to demo up his musical, The Spirit of River City. In development for years, the piece has already garnered awards and acclaim.
NPR’s World Café returned to Dubway for an exclusive performance/interview with songwriter and performer Steve Earle, and his electric live band, The Dukes (and Duchesses) featuring Allison Moorer. The six-piece band recorded live in the studio’s Mezzanine, comfortably spread out with easy sight lines. WXPN’s host interviewed Steve between songs and monitored the mix via an ISDN connection. Steve is promoting his new album I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive and debut novel of the same name, kicking off a tour through the US and Europe that will occupy him and his band through Christmas. Mike Judeh and Keith Rigling engineered the session.
Congratulations to Nick, Jr. on the January premier of its new children’s animation series "Bubble Guppies." Dubway was responsible for all NY dialog recording, and in partnership with affiliate Rhumba Recorders, provided the final broadcast mix for all 20 episodes. "Bubble Guppies" is currently the #1 most popular kid’s pre-school TV show. Dubway and Rhumba are currently hard at work on Season 2.
Breakthru Radio, in partnership with Dubway Studios, recorded alt country darlings Ollabelle as they crafted a song from scratch with writer Ben Arthur, and recorded and produced it, all in a single day. (No fooling – there was no song at the day’s start!) The whole process was video taped, and is currently viewable as a 5 part episode online. The series is called Dubway Days, and will involve a succession of artists presented in a similar manner. It’s an intimate look at the songwriting and music recording process, as evidenced by some real pros. The premier episode of Dubway Days featured artist Vienna Teng.
Soundworks and Crest Animation booked Dubway to track Lord Rogers (Joseph Medrano) character’s dialogue for Sony's animated film "The Swan Princess 4."