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28th Annual TEC Awards Nominees for Outstanding Creative Achievement

The TEC Foundation for Excellence in Audio based in Walnut Creek, Calif., has announced the nominees in seven categories of Outstanding Creative Achievement in sound production for the 28th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards, to be held at the Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif., on Friday, January 25, 2013. The TEC Awards are presented annually by the TEC Foundation, and is the professional audio industry’s most prestigious recognition of outstanding achievement, product innovation and sound production.

The Creative Achievement Nominees join the nominees in 20 categories of Technical Achievement announced in September, and comprise the producers, engineers, sound designers and editors, studios, tour companies and others behind the sound of diverse entertainment media. The nominees for Interactive Sound Production will be announced at a later date, and will complete the 28 categories of 2012 TEC Awards Nominees.

Nominations were made by a select panel of 130 professionals in numerous audio specialties, who chose among a wide variety of projects released during the eligibility year of September 1, 2011 to August 31, 2012. Online voting will begin in November among members of industry organizations and qualified professionals subscribing to audio and music products trade publications including Mix, Pro Sound News and Pro Audio Review.

Awards for both Outstanding Technical and Creative Achievement will be presented at the 2013 NAMM Show, along with the presentation of the Les Paul Award to renowned musician Pete Townshend and the induction of Record Plant Studios President Rose Mann Cherney to the TEC Awards Hall of Fame.

The 28th Annual TEC Awards Creative Achievement Nominees:

Record Production/Single

“Good Girl”, Carrie Underwood

“Lonely Boy”, The Black Keys

“Paradise”, Coldplay

“Somebody That I Used To Know”, Gotye

“We Take Care of Our Own”, Bruce Springsteen

Record Production/Album
Born and Raised, John Mayer
El Camino, The Black Keys
Mylo Xyloto, Coldplay
Wasting Light, Foo Fighters
Wrecking Ball, Bruce Springsteen

Tour Sound Production

Foo Fighters “The Wasting Light” Tour, Delicate Productions

Metallica “2012 European Black Album” Tour, Thunder Audio

Radiohead “The King of Limbs” Tour, Firehouse
Zac Brown Band, Special Event Services

Dave Matthews, Pro Media | UltraSound

Remote Production/Recording or Broadcast
54th Annual Grammy Awards, CBS
66th Annual Tony Awards, CBS
2012 CMT Music Awards, CMT
2012 Kennedy Center Honors, CBS
The Voice, NBC

Film Sound Production
Hugo, Paramount Pictures
Prometheus, Twentieth Century Fox
The Avengers, Marvel Studios
The Dark Knight Rises, Warner Bros.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Columbia Pictures, MGM

Television Sound Production
American Idol, Fox
Breaking Bad, AMC
Late Show with David Letterman, CBS
Saturday Night Live, NBC
Smash, NBC

Interactive Entertainment Sound Production
Nominees To Be Announced

Studio Design Project
Dreamworks Animation Studios, Glendale, Calif.
Architect or Studio Designer: Peter Grueneisen FAIA, nonzeroarchitecture & studio bau:ton
Acoustician: Charles M. Salter & Associates, Veneklasen Associates

Dallas Audio Post, Dallas, Texas
Architect or Studio Designer: Francis Manzella, FM Design Ltd.
Acoustician: Francis Manzella

Dolby, San Francisco
Architect or Studio Designer: Pelonis Sound & Acoustics
Acoustician: Chris Pelonis

MonkMusic Studios, East Hampton, New York
Architect or Studio Designer: John Storyk, Walters-Storyk Design Group
Acoustician: John Storyk

The MontAnna Mix Room, Nashville, Tenn.
Architect or Studio Designer: Carl Tatz Design
Acoustician: Carl Tatz

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