Third Annual Surround Music Awards Finalists Announced

New York, NY (August 9, 2004)--The finalists in all categories have been announced for the third annual Surround Music Awards (SMAs), which are produced by CMP Information and sponsored by Dolby. The winning titles will be announced at a star-studded event taking place August 31, 2004 at The Highlands in Hollywood, CA.
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New York, NY (August 9, 2004)--The finalists in all categories have been announced for the third annual Surround Music Awards (SMAs), which are produced by CMP Information and sponsored by Dolby. The winning titles will be announced at a star-studded event taking place August 31, 2004 at The Highlands in Hollywood, CA.

The evening will feature a musical tribute to 2004 Surround Pioneer Award recipient Herbie Hancock by an all-star band, as well as many other surprises. Tickets to the SMA ceremony are available for $99 per ticket, and includes admission to the pre-show cocktail hour, sponsored by DTS. A portion of the proceeds from the SMAs will be donated to We Are The Future (www.wearethefuture.com), a charity started by Quincy Jones. Tickets can be purchased at www.surroundexpo.com.

Like last year, Highfidelityreview.com will be presenting the People’s Choice Award, which is open to the public. To vote, visit www.highfidelityreview.com and vote for one of the eight nominated titles (listed below).

All of the other categories are decided upon by a panel of expert judges that include personnel from Sound & Vision, Pro Sound News, Widescreen Review, Surround Professional, NARAS, USA Today, Highfidelityreview.com, and Los Angeles-based radio station KCRW.

The finalists are:

BEST ADDITIONAL FEATURES
There and Back Again; The Grant Geissman Quintet [AIX Records]
Span; Bad Haggis featuring Ruben Blades [AIX Records]
Grateful Dead - The Closing of Winterland; Grateful Dead [Monterey Media]
Four Flicks; The Rolling Stones [TGA DVD]
Tommy; The Who [Universal/MCA/MCA Records]

BEST BROADCAST MULTICHANNEL LIVE PERFORMANCE
KAYOU Concert; Masashi Akikawa, Miyuki Kawanaka, Sayuri Ishikawa [NHK]
C'Mon America; Sheryl Crow [Universal/A&M]
Concert for George; Various [Warner Bros.]

BEST CONCERT VIDEO
SHOW: A Night in the Life of Matchbox Twenty; Matchbox Twenty [Coming Home Studios/SRS]
Loose in L.A.; The Pretenders [Eagle Rock Entertainment]
70th Birthday: Live at Liverpool; John Mayall [Eagle Rock Entertainment]
Grateful Dead - The Closing of Winterland; Grateful Dead [Monterey Media]
Four Flicks; The Rolling Stones [TGA DVD]

BEST HI-RES STEREO-ONLY PROGRAM
Yo Miles! Sky Garden; Henry Kaiser & Wadada Leo Smith [Cuneiform]
Scar; Joe Henry [Hi-Res Music]
Catch All; SWAG [Hi-Res Music]

BEST MADE FOR SURROUND TITLE
I Get Surround; The Surf City Allstars featuring Dean Torrence [AIX Records]
XXL; Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band [Silverline Records]
Brain; Hiromi [Telarc]
Four Flicks; The Rolling Stones [TGA DVD]
October; Larry Chernicoff [Windy Planet Music]

BEST MENU DESIGN
Baby Snakes; Frank Zappa [Eagle Rock Entertainment]
Cyclorama; Styx [Silverline Records]
Only You–The Concert; Harry Connick Jr. [Sony Music/Conn-X Productions]
Four Flicks; The Rolling Stones [TGA DVD]
Sea Change; Beck [Universal/IGA/Geffen]

BEST MIX: NON-ORCHESTRAL
Live In Japan; George Harrison [Capitol Records]
In Absentia; Porcupine Tree [DTS Entertainment]
Normality Killed the Cat; Brimstone Butterfly [Inzect Music]
XXL; Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band [Silverline Records]
Dancing in the Dark; Tierney Sutton [Telarc]

BEST MIX: ORCHESTRAL
Scott Hamilton with Strings; Scott Hamilton [Concord ]
JS Bach St. John Passion; Trinity Cathedral Choir and Baroque Orchestra [DTS Entertainment]
Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet; Paaro Jarvi/Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra [Telarc]
Mahler: Symphony No. 2; Kaplan/Vienna Philharmonic [Universal/Classics/DGG]
Bartok: Bluebeard's Castle; BFO Ivan Fischer [Universal/Classics/Philips]

BEST MULTICHANNEL REISSUE
Stankonia; Outkast [BMG/5.1 Production Services]
Live In Japan; George Harrison [Capitol Records]
The Shape of Punk to Come; Refused [Epitaph]
Gaucho; Steely Dan [Universal/MCA]
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road; Elton John [Universal/UME/Chronicles]

BEST STANDARD RESOLUTION TITLE
Seventy-Two & Sunny; Uncle Kracker [Lava Records/SRS]
Only You–The Concert; Harry Connick Jr. [Sony Music/Conn-X Productions]
Concert for George; Various [Warner Bros.]

MOST ADVENTUROUS MIX
In Absentia; Porcupine Tree [DTS Entertainment]
Fire and a Prayer; Studio Voodoo [DTS Entertainment]
Guitar Heroes; Los Angeles Guitar Quartet-LARQ [Telarc]
Sea Change; Beck [Universal/IGA/Geffen]
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road; Elton John [Universal/UME/Chronicles]

HORIZON AWARD (Best Newcomer to Surround Sound)
Span; Bad Haggis featuring Ruben Blades [AIX Records]
Fire and a Prayer; Studio Voodoo [DTS Entertainment]
Uninvisible; Medeski Martin and Wood [DTS Entertainment]
Normality Killed the Cat; Brimstone Butterfly [Inzect Music]
The Legend of Gugin; Shan Kill (Gugin) [First Impression Music, Inc.]
Bring Me Down; Pillar [Flicker Records]
XXL; Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band [Silverline Records]
Brain; Hiromi [Telarc]

PEOPLE’S CHOICE
Presented by Highfidelityreview.com
Symphony No. 4; San Francisco Symphony Orchestra (Tilson Thomas)/Mahler [Delos]
The Nine Symphonies; Berlin Philharmonic (Abbado)/Beethoven [Deutsche Grammopho n]
La Stravaganza 12 Violin Concertos; Rachel Podger/Vivaldi [Channel Classics]
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road; Elton John [Universal/UME/Chronicles]
Tommy; The Who [Universal/MCA/MCA Records]
The Girl in the Other Room; Diana Krall [Verve]
IV; Seal [Warner Bros. Music]
Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots; Flaming Lips [Warner Music Group]

More information on the Surround Music Awards, as well as registration information, can be found at www.surroundexpo.com.

The Surround Music Awards are part of the Surround 2004 Conference, taking place at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel August 31 through September 1, 2004. Presented by CMP Information, Inc., the annual Surround Conference is the premier, international networking and education opportunity for engineers and producers on the leading edge of the surround sound revolution. Professionals attend Surround 2004 to share ideas and techniques, and to immerse themselves in the latest technologies presented by showcase exhibitors.

For more information on how to exhibit, please contact Margaret Sekelsky at 212-378-0491 or by e-mail at msekelsky@cmpinformation.com.