Heart's new album, Jupiter's Darling, was released over the TrustyFiles (www.TrustyFiles.com) P2P file-sharing software, which distributes to most major P2P sharing networks, including KaZaa, Gnutella and eDonkey. “Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart have always been an innovative force in music”, said Paul Angles, director of Internet marketing at Sovereign Artists. “Their first concern is reaching out to the fans they love. That's why they made Jupiter's Darling and that's why we're distributing over P2P, where they can reach the most people.” Fans can download the tracks in Windows Media format and play them on most major media player software and portable music player devices. The songs are packaged as Weed files, which provide five free Heart songs for new users.
SunSpot Productions (www.SunSpotsProductions.com) launched ezCAST, where ad agencies and others can search through more than 500 voice talent auditions in 50 languages and thousands of audio/video clips; 20 to 50 clips are added each day. Visitors can search by keyword or voice style and add voice talent to a “Talent Cart”; audio delivery is via SunSpots FileZap. Users can e-mail links of the talent A/V clips to clients or to themselves. At the end of each visit, users can “Checkout” and schedule a session online. The company uses terabytes of storage for instant retrieval of sessions by clients, a 20-Gigabit network, multiple T1 lines and 11 high-end servers in its in-house data center. The company's high-speed network allows audio engineers to download gigs of session files in moments and quickly preview/retrieve more than 14,000 effects via its Sound Effects server.
Relive the Abbey Road days online. At www.abbeyroadshop.com, the studio has launched a new range of T-shirts and souvenir items online. The line will be expanded in the near future with new products and special limited-edition collector's items.
Berkleemusic.com's September 2004 semester is now in full swing, with the school providing courses for college credit and 17 certificate programs in studio production, music theory, songwriting, arranging, electronic music production and music business. Certificate programs in Music Production include courses in mixing, mastering, producing with Pro Tools, MIDI sequencing, sound design and desktop music production. Winter semester online classes start January 10, 2005; enrollment deadline is January 6. For more info, visit www.berkleemusic.com.