Sausalito, CA (February 17, 2006)–The Talking Heads Brick (Rhino Entertainment), a DualDisc box set, garnered several awards at the 4th annual Surround Music Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, including “Best Mix: Non-Orchestral,” “Best of Show,” and “Best DualDisc Release.” Producer Jerry Harrison and engineer Eric “ET” Thorngren spent close to a year completing the massive 90-plus track opus–all eight of the Talking Heads studio albums. Now, they are creating surround mixes for the DVD and film of Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s Ten Days Out: Blues from the Backroads, set for release in September 2006.
Producer Jerry Harrison (left) with engineer ET Thorngren at Sausalito Sound Studios.Harrison said, “We have been bitten by the majesty of surround sound and are interested in taking on other surround mixing projects.
“We’ve developed a core set of practices for surround mixing,” continued Harrison. “When we started the Talking Heads surround mixes we spent a lot of time listening to what others had done, and created our set of preferences for the way a 5.1 mix should sound. Rock music has an appeal that comes from power not clarity.”
Thorngren added, “I feel there is a unique advantage to mixing with analog compressors. You get the fullness or ìmeatinessî that rock needs.” Harrison continued, “We make sure to retain the power of the band, and keep it on a stage in front of you. We use more subtle techniques in the rear speakers, but you definitely feel immersed in the music; that’s the joy of experiencing surround production.”
The first surround project Harrison and Thorngren completed was remixing the 1984 live Talking Heads Stop Making Sense for DVD release from Palm Pictures in 1999. Harrison and Thorngren will use all the tools and techniques from earlier projects to mix Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s Ten Days Out: Blues from the Backroads.
The team works out of Harrison’s Sausalito Sound studio in Sausalito, CA, which is uniquely equipped for surround mixing using two Pro Tools HD systems and 48-channels of Dangerous 2-Bus and 2-Bus LT for analog summing of the 6 channel mixes. Mixes are recorded onto the second Pro Tools system at 192kHz or 96kHz depending on the project’s needs. The studio also has two sets of surround speakers to check mixes, a Blue Sky SAT 6.5 and a special set of 5 Yamaha NS-10M speakers with vintage Hafler 220 amps and a carefully matched Meyer Sound subwoofer. Outboard gear includes a host of classic analog EQs, compressor/limiters, console pre-amp and EQ modules and more.