2005 Surround Music Awards Nominees Announced

New York, NY (November 28, 2005)--CMP Entertainment Media, producers of the Surround Music Awards (SMAs), have announced the list of nominees for this year’s event, which is taking place December 15, 2005 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The fourth annual SMAs are presented by surround sound pioneers DTS.
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New York, NY (November 28, 2005)--CMP Entertainment Media, producers of the Surround Music Awards (SMAs), have announced the list of nominees for this year’s event, which is taking place December 15, 2005 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The fourth annual SMAs are presented by surround sound pioneers DTS.

The finalists were chosen from more than 100 submissions, and are being judged by a distinguished panel of surround sound journalists and producers.

In addition to the judged awards, there are several awards decided by the SMA Steering Committee and one award chosen by the public. This year, the SMA Steering Committee will award Phil Ramone the Surround Pioneer Award and Jackson Browne the Surround Artist of the year Award.

The public is eligible to vote for the Listener’s Choice Award, which is presented by High Fidelity Review. To vote for the nominees in this category, visit www.highfidelityreview.com.

The winners will be announced at the gala event taking place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 15, the first night of the two-day Surround 2005 Conference and Showcase.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the Surround Music Awards, visit www.surroundexpo.com.

This year’s nominated titles are as follows:

BEST ADDITIONAL FEATURES
A High Resolution Music Experience; Various Artists [AIX Records]
Guero; Beck [IGA/Interscope]
Rumor Mill; The Carl Verheyen Band [AIX Records]
Running on Empty; Jackson Browne [Rhino Entertainment]
Sheafs are Dancing/tancolnak a kazlak; Djabe [Gramy Records]

BEST CONCERT VIDEO
Coltrane's A Love Supreme Live in Amsterdam; Branford Marsalis [Marsalis Music]
Grateful Dead Movie; Grateful Dead [Monterey Home Video]
Live at the Apollo; Ben Harper & the Blind Boys of Alabama [5.1 Production Services]
Poncho at Montreux; Poncho Sanchez [Concord Picante/5.1 Production Services]
The Making of a Performance: Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony; The San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas [SFS Media]

BEST DUALDISC RELEASE
Feels Like Family; Lauren Ellis [Silverline Records]
Never Gone; Backstreet Boys [Jive]
Talking Heads DualDisc Box Set; Talking Heads [Rhino Entertainment]
The Downward Spiral; Nine Inch Nails [IGA]
With Teeth; Nine Inch Nails [IGA]

BEST MADE-FOR-SURROUND TITLE
Crossing; David Elias [Sketti Sandwich Productions]
Deadwing; Porcupine Tree [DTS Entertainment]
Guero; Beck [IGA/Interscope]
With Teeth; Nine Inch Nails [IGA]
Poncho at Montreux; Poncho Sanchez [Silverline Records]

BEST MENU DESIGN
A High Resolution Music Experience; Various Artists [AIX Records]
Deadwing; Porcupine Tree [DTS Entertainment]
Guero; Beck [IGA/Interscope]
Talking Heads DualDisc Box Set; Talking Heads [Rhino Entertainment]

BEST MIX: NON-ORCHESTRAL
Crossing; David Elias [Sketti Sandwich Productions]
Genius Loves Company; Ray Charles [Concord Records/Hear Music]
Girl in the Other Room; Diana Krall [Verve]
Running on Empty; Jackson Browne [Rhino Entertainment]
Talking Heads DualDisc Box Set; Talking Heads [Rhino Entertainment]

BEST MIX: ORCHESTRAL
Reich at the Roxy; Alarm Will Sound [Sweetspot Music]
Rosza: Ben-Hur Suite, Cincinnati Pops [Telarc]
Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, London Symphony Orchestra [DTS Entertainment]
The Making of a Performance: Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony; The San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas [SFS Media]

BEST MULTICHANNEL REISSUE
461 Ocean Blvd.; Eric Clapton [Polydor/Chronicles]
Captain Fantastic; Elton John [UME/Chronicles]
Singles 1969–1981; The Carpenters [A&M/Chronicles/UME]
Tumbleweed Connection; Elton John [UME/Chronicles]
Willy Porter; Willy Porter [Six Degrees Records]

BEST STANDARD RESOLUTION TITLE
Deadwing; Porcupine Tree [DTS Entertainment]
In Search Of…; N.E.R.D. [Virgin Records/DTS]
One Soul; E3 [Sweet Spot Music Group/3 Bone Audio, Inc.]
Play; Peter Gabriel [Rhino Entertainment]
Talking Heads DualDisc Box Set; Talking Heads [Rhino Entertainment]

HORIZON AWARD [BEST NEWCOMER TO SURROUND]
Be My Love; Kip Wilborn [sam n rose, inc.]
Bold and Terrible; Pentamental [Subternal]
Feels Like Family; Lauren Ellis [Silverline Records]
Poncho at Montreux; Poncho Sanchez [Silverline Records]
The Downward Spiral; Nine Inch Nails [IGA]
The Making of a Performance: Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony; The San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas [SFS Media]

MOST ADVENTUROUS MIX
Coltrane's A Love Supreme Live in Amsterdam; Branford Marsalis [Marsalis Music]
Guero; Beck [IGA/Interscope]
In Search Of…; N.E.R.D. [Virgin Records/DTS]
Talking Heads DualDisc Box Set; Talking Heads [Rhino Entertainment]
With Teeth; Nine Inch Nails [IGA]

LISTENER’S CHOICE AWARD
Brothers in Arms; Dire Straits [Warner Bros.]
Crossing; David Elias [Sketti Sandwich Productions]
Master of Disaster; John Hiatt [New West]
Music for Organ, Brass & Timpani; Anthony Newman & the Graham Ashton Ensemble [Sonoma]
Brick; Talking Heads [Rhino]
Something to Be; Rob Thomas [Atlantic Records]

The Surround Music Awards honor the year’s finest surround music productions, and are part of the Surround 2005 Conference and Showcase, which takes place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 15–16, 2005.

For more information on the Surround Music Awards and the Surround 2005 Conference and Showcase, visit www.surroundexpo.com.

For SMA or Surround 2005 sponsorship opportunities, contact Margaret Sekelsky at 212-378-0491 or msekelsky@cmp.com.