New York, NY (December 30, 2004)–Responding to a reluctance of some audio/music professionals to upgrade to Apple’s OSX operating system, the Manhattan Producers Alliance–a cooperative of award-winning composers–will utilize their midtown facility as an “incubator” to explore 0S9/OSX migration issues as they pertain to professional music and audio post-production.
The Manhattan Producers Alliance “OSX project,” will consist of a facility-wide multi-staged migration from OS9 to OSX, then to the G5 platform, and eventually to a fully centralized, multi-user, SAN-based environment. The transition will be documented, with the focus being on the real-life, day-to-day production issues as the alliance’s diverse community of composers employ the new systems in their daily work.
The information gleaned will be made public via published technical documents, a series of interviews with the participants, and various other releases in the media.
“The alliance is a unique situation. We have many composers working on a wide range of projects, and all sharing the same studios,” described Alliance founder Joe Carroll. “Yesterday, we had music sessions for two different television shows, post production work on a CD release of Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, a voice recording for a home video, pre-production on a TV spot, and a recording session featuring Steve Horowitz (Super Size Me) and his band The Code International. Problems and weak spots surface very quickly in this environment.”
New Alliance member Rick Baitz (Vagina Monologues/HBO) commented, “It’s sort of like reality TV–we want to show the trials and tribulations of a group of busy composers attempting a complex transition in the middle of production deadlines.” Carroll added, “OSX has been around for two years and there’s still no knowledge base that addresses our concerns as composers. Our goal is to create one.”
Founded in August of 2004 by award-winning kid’s composer Joe Carroll (Zoom–PBS/WGBH, Kermit’s Swamp Years–Columbia Tristar/Jim Henson), the Manhattan Producers Alliance is a new cooperative business model for composers, producers and sound designers. New members include Baitz (Heart of Africa/National Geographic), Horowitz, and Stuart Kollmorgan (JoJo’s Circus/Cartoon Pizza and Kenny the Shark/NBC).
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