The Alltech Celebration of Song 2015

Dynamix teamed up once again with Alltech and AVT for two live performances of "Alltech Celebration of Song" in The Square, downtown Lexington. The concerts were streamed live on the web and later broadcast Christmas Day on WKYT-TV. The concert featured an orchestra, vocal soloists and ensembles, several choirs, and two music groups (UK's steel drum group Blue Steel, and the brass group Zeb Harrison and Sounds of Praise. Listen to highlights here.

HELLO...Hello...hello - December 2014 News

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"Any effects created before 1975 were done with either tape or echo chambers or some kind of acoustic treatment. No magic black boxes!"

Alan Parsons

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Echo, reverb, delay, and ambience. There's a difference between them (see "Tech Notes" below) and they're often confused with each other or used incorrectly. But each one has an important place in recording with technology often dictating their use. Reverb/echo/delay can make or break a recording. Thanks to the American Legion Hall in New York City, Decca Records found the perfect effect for Bill Haley's "Rock Around the Clock." Columbia Records built their own "echo chamber" for such hits as Dave Brubeck's "Take Five" and Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue." And U2's Edge has created a patented sound for his guitar with electronic delay.

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2-Bits, 4-Bits, 6-Bits...November 2014 News

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"People don't appreciate music any more. They don't adore it. They don't buy vinyl and just love it. They love their laptops like their best friend, but they don't love a record for its sound quality and its artwork."

Laura Marling, musician

2-Bits, 4-Bits, 6-Bits...

We love convenience. Drive thrus, same-day delivery, automatic transmissions, instant coffee. Uh, maybe not that last one. Convenience often drives technology. And when it does, something has to go. What are you willing to give up for convenience? Taste, comfort, money, quality?

Convenience also influences new audio technology, and the result is portability, because we are a society on the go. By lowering the bit rate of audio, we reduce the size. But we also drastically reduce the quality.

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Second #ShareTheLex Video Launched by VisitLex

Second #sharethelex video released. Produced by Cornett, shot/edited by Ian Friley of Kong Productions, and sweetened by Neil Kesterson of Dynamix Productions.

http://bizlex.com/2014/10/second-sharethelex-video-launched-by-visitlex/

Recording History - October 2014 News

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“There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep.”
Homer, The Odyssey


Humans have long been documenting events with paintings on cave walls; sculptures; writing on papyrus; photographs; records and tapes; and film and video. One way we're doing it today is with oral histories. From John Lomax recording southern folk and blues songs in the 1930's, to modern digital recording of oral histories, historians have always had a problem researching the recordings...until now.

Read more about that, and find out what's been happening at Dynamix by reading our newsletter:

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Star Wars With One Major Piece Missing

This is a great example of how important sound is in film.

Circuit Bending - September 2014 News

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"I don't appreciate avant-garde, electronic music. It makes me feel quite ill."

Ravi Shankar

When you think of electronic music, you often think of the straightforward synthesizer, electric piano, or loops and samples. But some musicians like to rewire, alter, or downright reconstruct electronic equipment to make sounds they weren’t originally intended to do. At the forefront of these experimentations was BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop, a special music lab that gave us unique sounds and music for hit TV shows such as Dr. Who.

Also in this issue, find out about some the exciting projects we’ve been working on.

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A Sound Education - August 2014 News

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“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”
Socrates


What young person really knows what they want to be when they grow up? Very few of my childhood friends are still on the path they laid out early in life. Most of us have zig-zagged through careers, including me. Unlike today, if you wanted to be an audio engineer in the 70's like I did, there were very limited educational opportunities.

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3D Audio on the Right Track - July 2014 News

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“Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.”

Will Rogers


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It's said that when an early motion picture was first shown to the public, women fainted and men ducked from an approaching train. The director made a bold new decision that would alter the course of filmmaking for the next century. Instead of just placing the camera in front of all the action like an audience watching a stage, the director moved the camera to a new position - within the action - to create perspective. That’s been happening in filmmaking ever since. But the same has been happening in sound as well. And now with emerging technologies, virtual 3D sound is now here.

Plus, find out tidbits of information you may not have known in our Did You Know? segment

Dig a little deeper into technology and technique in our Tech Notes column.

And check out our latest projects we’ve been working on.

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Get in the Groove! - June 2014 News

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The new generation is discovering what the old generation stopped loving - LPs. LP sales are the highs they’ve been in 22 years. Records aren’t just for hipsters anymore, everyone, including the older generation that gave them up, are groovin’ to them.

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The Color of Sound - May 2014 News

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What if we could see sound? Aside from graphical representations of sound like waveforms and meters, we can't just look at an orchestra and see sounds flying out of the trombones. I wish we could watch the beautiful tones flow from Itzhak Perlman's Stradivarius.

But we can - sort of. As reported by NPR, we can see certain sounds using a technique invented in the mid-19th century.

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Leftover Beethoven - April 2014 News

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WIth the recent news that the Library of Congress is inducting 25 entries into the Library of Congress National Recording Registry, I was excited to see U2, Linda Ronstadt, and Isaac Hayes get their due. Perusing the list, I saw a very influential (at least personally) album - Copland Conducts Copland: Appalachian Spring (1974).

I was a music major in college and always found Aaron Copland to be the quintessential American composer. He seemed to capture what Americans idolize about America: hope, boldness, charm, intrepidness, looking forward but not forgetting the past.

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Dynamix Hired for ESPN Feature

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Neil Kesterson of Dynamix Productions was recently hired by P1 Productions in Carmel, IN for location audio recording. Kaline Schounce of P1 Productions is a frequent videographer for ESPN and other networks. Producer John Minton of ESPN was in Kentucky during the Women’s NCAA Basketball 1st and 2nd round tournaments to produce a story about an inspiring young Kentucky fan, Marlana Van Hoose. The “Loud and Proud” feature is part of ESPN’s e :60 program and was featured during the broadcasts of the tournament.

Watch the story here: http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=10703950

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Documentary by Dynamix Receives Silver Telly Award

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The self-produced documentary from Dynamix Productions, “The Beat of a Different Drummer: The Story of America’s Last All-Female Military Band,” has just been named a Silver Telly Award winner.

The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world.

A prestigious judging panel of over 500 accomplished industry professionals, each a past winner of a Silver Telly and a member of The Silver Telly Council, judged the competition, upholding the historical standard of excellence that Telly represents. The Silver Council evaluated entries to recognize distinction in creative work – entries do not compete against each other – rather entries are judged against a high standard of merit. Less than 10% of entries are chosen as Winners of the Silver Telly, our highest honor.

“The Beat of a Different Drummer” is the story of America’s last all-female military band - the 14th Army Women’s Army Corp Band. The other military branches fielded all-female bands, but the WAC Band survived longer than any. Through four decades, the WAC Band offered a woman the rare chance to have a career as a professional musician.

The standards were very high for WAC Band members. They were not only elite musicians, they were representatives of the United States Army. Their audiences were diverse - they marched out recruits for morning drills; they performed for enthusiastic audiences in small town America; and they played for presidents.

The struggle for equal rights has been a familiar burden for women throughout history. But these women chose to follow their own dreams. They marched down a road that would usher in a new era for women in America. They marched to the beat of a different drummer.
To learn more about the documentary, click here.

To learn more about the Telly Awards, click here.

The Birth of Recording - March 2014 News

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Dreamers in the 19th century seemed to be driven by the need to capture things. Animals were captured and put into the first American zoos In Philadelphia, Chicago, Cincinnati, and New York. Light was captured by Joseph Niépce and Louis Daguerre in France. And sound was captured in France by Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville. Scott? De Martin--who? I always thought Thomas Edison had been the first. He was the first to record and play back sound, an important distinction.


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Rupp Arena Reimagined Unveiled

The unveiling of the new $310 million renovation plans for Rupp Arena was bolstered by a video that features 3D architectural renderings. The video, produced by Bullhorn Creative of Lexington, featured an original music track by A.J. Hochhalter. Neil Kesterson of Dynamix Productions post-produced the soundtrack. Watch it here:

UK Football Spot Runs During Superbowl

Produced by Cornett-IMS, a 60-second spot for UK Football ran during the first local halftime commercial break during Super Bowl XLVIII. Shot and edited by Cornett-IMS, the music was composed by A.J Hochhalter. Neil Kesterson of Dynamix Productions recorded Coach Mark Stoops and post-produced the soundtrack. Watch the spot:

When Recording Writes the Music. February 2014 News

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When commercial radio really took off in the 1920's and 30's, it was fueled by advances in recording. You could even say that each drove the other. Early music recordings were mostly documents of what was already being played to live audiences - classical, early jazz, folk, etc. As bands got bigger and louder, the music got more exciting. Dixieland was new, records were all the rage, and radio was just beginning to transport the new sounds across the country, just like the transcontinental railway brought the ideas of the gilded age to America a half-century earlier.

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National Avenue Corridor Lauded



A recent article by the Lexington Herald-Leader looks at why our neighborhood is so special.

http://www.kentucky.com/2014/01/20/3042916/national-avenue-corridor-has-become.html

Owner Neil Kesterson Featured in Business Lexington



A recent article in Business Lexington about how local business professionals use achieve goals.

http://bizlex.com/2013/12/local-business-professionals-share-the-organizational-methods-they-use-to-achieve-their-goals/

A Sound Economy. January 2014 News

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I am about to offer a very un-scientific view about the economy, as seen through the eyes (and ears) of an audio engineer. In the production business, we often see a correlation between the types of production and the state of the economy. If the money is tight, then the most common projects are bare-bones, foundational, and to-the-point. When people have money, they like to have fun, experiment, and put lots of icing on the cake.

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