NORTHWEST Bongo Post & Music (Sacramento, CA) creative director Bob Smith recently mixed, edited and scored music for the Welcome to California tourism
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Bongo Post & Music (Sacramento, CA) creative director Bob Smith recently mixed, edited and scored music for the “Welcome to California” tourism campaign featuring Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and wife/journalist Maria Shriver…In addition to recent projects for Kenny Wayne Shepherd and ex-Candlebox singer Kevin Martin, producer/Talking Head Jerry Harrison recorded and mixed three songs each for local bands Thistle and Wake. Karl Derfler engineered; Matt Cohen assisted…At Outpost Studios (San Francisco), Spine Films writer/producer Josh Rosen finished audio post for two Discovery Channel shows. Studio owner Dave Nelson handled sound design and mix for Science Channel and Travel Channel projects…Mudvayne wrapped up a six-week stint at The Plant (Sausalito, CA) with producer Dave Fortman. The Kronos Quartet and Andrea Bocelli also stopped in….SF Soundworks (San Francisco) welcomed DJ Shadow, who was tracking songs for a new album with Count and studio owner Tony Espinoza at the board. The Count/Shadow duo also remixed a special “election-related” song for Radiohead. Espinoza engineered two Apple iTunes originals for The Cardigans, which were produced by Alex Luke. Todd Rundgren manned the SSL J for his own live 5.1 DVD.

Canadian world music artist/producer Matthew Lien (left) celebrates the final mix of The Jouney of Water, which was commissioned by Taiwan’s Yi-Lan county government and features traditional and aboriginal music. Using DPA hydrophones, Lien dove underwater to record volcanic events and other sounds. Michael Harris (right) engineered the project at Signature Sound (San Diego, CA).


Jessica Simpson finished vocals for her latest Columbia recording at the Steakhouse Studio (North Hollywood) with producer Billy Mann, and was followed by Mars Volta tracking their latest for Universal…Threshold Sound + Vision (West L.A.) chief mastering engineer Stephen Marsh completed album mastering for E-Factor/Universal group Mississippi's latest, The Book of Life…Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian visited SoundMoves Studios (Burbank) to record vocals for his new release with producer Beau Dozier and engineer/studio owner Michael Woodrum.


Engineer Steve Chadie tracked Ray Price's new release, My Old Friend, at Willie Nelson's Pedernales Studio (Austin, TX), and for Los Lonely Boys and Hilary Duff…WexTrax Mastering Labs (McKinney, TX) recently merged with Maximedia Recording Studios (Dallas), which hosted tracking sessions with Jack Ingram and mixing for The Tommy Flowers, produced by Jackopierce's Cary Pierce.


Trouble mixed his debut single, “Do Ya Feel Me,” at Circle House Studios (Miami) with engineer Niko Marzouca…Clover Productions (Louisville, KY) received a visit from film starlet Kirstin Dunst, who worked with ADR editor Dan Laurie for the film Wimbledon…Blues rocker C.C. Adcock got cookin' in Kitchen Mastering (Carrboro, NC), mastering his latest, The Lafayette Marquis, with producer Mike Napolitano and engineer Brent Lambert. The newly reunited Camper Van Beethoven mastered New Roman Times with Lambert, as did Indecision, Will McFarlane and Jeff Himmelman.


Dennis Tousana finished mixing an album for world/jazz artist Shannon Harris at Chicago Recording Co. Meanwhile, Octone Records artist Michael Tolcher worked on new materiel with engineer Jeff Lane; the Musical Outfit recorded new songs with producer/engineer Chris Steinmetz; and guitarist John Mclean brought in his septet to record with engineer John Larson.


MTV2 Headbanger's Ball host/Hatebreed singer Jamey Jasta stopped by Trod Nossel (Wallingford, CT) to add vocals to Brooklyn rap group MOP's latest…Producer Richard Barone and engineer/studio owner Al Houghton wrapped up the new Tracy Stark album in Dubway Studios' (NYC) Yellow Room, with songstress Phoebe Snow pitching in backing vocals on a track. Chip Taylor continues work on his album with The Late Show's Anton Fig on drums and Mike Presta at the board…Allaire Studios (NYC) helped wrap up Staind's latest with producer David Bottrill and engineer Brian Sperber. Co-producer Hans Wendi and engineer Tom Lazarus recorded the Don Byron Trio for an upcoming Blue Note release. Longwave and The Raveonettes also recorded new music at Allaire…At Sound on Sound (NYC), Beanie Seigel tracked and mixed with producers Bink and Boola and engineer Doug Wilson; Heather Hedley tracked with Swizz Beats and Brian Lodato; and 50-Cent recorded vocals with producer Kris Kraze and engineer Bojan Dugich…Sessions@AOL brought Ryan Cabrera, L.L. Cool J and others to Avatar (NYC) to record with engineers Greg Thompson and Anthony Ruotolo. Also in recently were Big Dismal, Mars Volta and production team Scrap 60…Producer Curt Frasca and engineer David “Dibs” Shackney mixed Samantha Moore's upcoming single at The Cutting Room (NYC). Head Automatica and Tynisha Kelli, Old Dirty Bastard, Mos Def and rock band Orange Park were also spotted…Engineer/mixer Kamel Abdo and producer Harold Lilly chose Quad Studios (NYC) to record vocals for American Idol star Fantasia Barrino's upcoming J Records release…Moby continues his extended stay at Loho Studios (NYC).