New York, NY (December 9, 2005)–Phil Ramone will be presented with the 2005 Surround Pioneer Award at the 2005 Surround Music Awards, to be held next Thursday, December 15 during the Surround Conference and Showcase 2005. Ramone was one of the first producers to leap into the world of surround sound music, and is responsible for many of the format’s highest profile releases, including Ray Charles’s Genius Loves Company, which won the Grammy for Best Surround Album.
With 30 Grammy nominations, 12 Grammy Awards, an Emmy, and numerous honors and accolades to his credit, Ramone is acknowledged as one of music’s top creative producers. Ramone has also played an integral role in pioneering many of the technological developments in the music industry over the years. He ardently supported the use of the compact disc, digital video disc, high-definition recording and surround sound.
His impeccable list of credits includes collaborations with such diverse artists as: Burt Bacharach, Tony Bennett, Bono, Ray Charles, Chicago, Natalie Cole, Bob Dylan, Gloria Estefan, Renee Fleming, Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Elton John, Quincy Jones, BB King, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Liza Minnelli, Sinead O’Connor, Luciano Pavarotti, Peter/Paul and Mary, Andre Previn, Carly Simon, Paul Simon, Frank Sinatra, Phoebe Snow, Rod Stewart, Sting, The Rolling Stones, and Barbra Streisand.
Ramone is currently producing the surround remix of Paul Simon’s Graceland and Rhythm of the Saints.
Past Surround Pioneer Award winners have included Elliot Scheiner, Frank Zappa, and Herbie Hancock.
For more information on the Surround 2005 Conference and Showcase, taking place December 15-16, and/or the Surround Music Awards, visit www.surroundexpo.com.