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BreakThru Radio Introduces the Fall Season of Dubway Days With Special Guest Star Jonathan Spottiswoode











Dubway Days


New York, NY (PRWEB) October 03, 2011

BreakThru Radio Introduces the Fall Season of Dubway Days with Special Guest Star Jonathan Spottiswoode

Watch the episode premiere right here: BTR/Dubway Days

BreakThru Radio is pleased to announce the Fall Season of its new web-TV show, Dubway Days episode that documents the creative process of the best musicians and songwriters working today. The show is about the magic that happens when two artists are thrown together in a recording studio to write and record a song in a single day.

Producer Mike Crehore is hunched over his vintage mixing board in the control room of Dubway Studios. His eyes still on the video monitors, Mike says, “The question is not just whether can we write and record a great song…”

Singer-songwriter Ben Arthur, who is working nearby on a laptop, finishes his thought, “But can we do it in one day?”

That question will be put to the dramatic test as Dubway Days launches its fourth episode on Monday, October 3rd, 2011, featuring celebrated musician Jonathan Spottiswoode on BTR

The tagline for Dubway Days, “Two Artists…One Day…One Song,” sums up the mechanics of the show, but its drama hinges on the immensity of that task. Ben Arthur and a guest begin a day of taping in the morning with absolutely no preconceived ideas for a song. Viewers get a front row seat to witness the false starts and eventual magic that evolves from the creative. Once the song is written, producers Mike Crehore and Al Houghton take the lead to engineer and orchestrate a polished recording of the song using the amazing tools of Dubway Studios.

“The whole process is wild and scary, with the potential for huge payoffs or embarrassing letdowns,” says Arthur. “Just the opportunity to work with Spottiswoode was a kick. Simply put, he’s one of the most fascinating and inventive musicians out there.”

Usually performing with his band under the moniker Spottiswoode and His Enemies, he has toured all over North America, performing residencies at New York’s best clubs and even playing Lincoln Center. A favorite of critics and fans alike, Spottiswoode has been featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition and his albums often make year’s end top ten lists, including CMJ’s and Performing Songwriter. Three of Spottiswoode’s songs were included in Matthew Chapman’s THE LEDGE, starring Liv Tyler and Terrence Howard, and Spottiswoode himself wrote and directed the short film THE GENTLEMAN, which played frequently on the Independent Film Channel.

“We jumped at the chance to have Spottiswoode into Dubway,” says producer Al Houghton, who co-owns the studio with Mike Crehore. Dubway Studios is often described as one of the few remaining great studios of New York City. Tucked away on the 22nd floor of an office building on Wall Street, Dubway possesses an all-inclusive wish list of legendary musical instruments and recording equipment, both vintage and new.

“We provide a great sounding room and the best recording equipment money can buy,” says producer Al Houghton, “but what the musicians do with those tools…well, that’s always the thrill!”

Check out the premiere of episode 4 with Spottiswoode or the BreakThru Radio site!

Also, don’t miss the first three episodes of Dubway Days featuring John Wesley Harding, Vienna Teng, and Americana darlings Ollabelle.

ABOUT BREAKTHRU RADIO

BreakThru Radio is “Radio Rediscovered” in a world where FM is out of frequency. In today’s overly saturated music market, it is often difficult for listeners to find what they are looking for. BreakThru Radio has the solution. Listeners are given access to independent music from an expansive and diverse pool of genres, in addition to an innovative comedy & culture platform. Offering the best in music from around the world, BreakThru Radio brings its listeners tracks recorded exclusively for the BTR audience from our live studio. BTR offers on-demand access to its shows and on-the-go iPod capability. More information can be found at http://www.breakthruradio.com

ABOUT DUBWAY STUDIOS

Dubway Studios works with VH1, MTV, Nickelodeon, HBO, and practically every label out there, having recorded Ryan Adams, Patti Smith, Janet Jackson, Vampire Weekend, Bjork, John Legend, and many others. More information can be found at http://www.dubway.com

ABOUT BEN ARTHUR

Rolling Stone says, “Ben Arthur has the looks and hooks of John Mayer.” Ben has released five albums and a novel, and has performed alongside Dave Matthews, Bruce Hornsby, Tori Amos, and many others. More information can be found at http://www.benarthur.com

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Photo attachment: On the set of Dubway Days are Al Houghton and Spottiswoode.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Avi Ben-Zvi, BreakThru Radio, Phone: (914) 260-4012

email: abraham.benzvi(at)gmail(dot)com

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ION Festival Introduces Machinima, a New Blending of Film, Computer Technology










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Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) July 20, 2005 – Looking to nurture the brilliance and innovation found within the convergence of animation, gaming and film, the upcoming 2005 ION International Animation, Games and Film Festival features an all new competition category entitled Machinima.

This groundbreaking form of filmmaking utilizes computer game technology to shoot films in the virtual reality of a game engine, said festival founder Chris Davies, adding that it will bring another unusual dimension to a blossoming festival now entering into its second year. The festival will also feature its usual categories of animation; live-action short films, short documentaries, game trailers, music videos, TV spots, movie trailers and films made for mobile devices such as cell phones and PDAs.

“Our mandate is to discover and nurture the brilliance and innovation found within the convergence of animation, gaming and film,” Davies said. “In order to best do this, we have also created a summit where the challenges and potential of such innovation can be explored as well as examined by industry professionals, creative entrepreneurs and forward thinking story-tellers. ION encourages the boldness and courage integral to vision. We support creative risk-takers by exhibiting their work and we honor industry veterans who have blazed the trails for them to do so.”

This year’s ION International Animation, Games and Film Festival will take place in early December, in Los Angeles. Organizers are currently looking for submissions in all categories. To make a submission visit http://www.ionfilmfestival.com.

Last yearÂ’s inaugural ION program included Chris Landreth’s Ryan, which won ION’s International Animation of the Year Award and went on to win the Best Animated Short Oscar. The fest also screened Bill Plympton’s Academy Award-nominated toon short, Guard Dog, and featured the Los Angeles premiere of PlymptonÂ’s new feature, Hair High. Judges named LucasArtsÂ’ Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic Game of the Year.

Call for entries:

Submission guidelines are available at http://www.ionfilmfestival.com. Submissions are now being accepted for the 2005 ION International Animation, Games and Film Festival. Regular submission deadline is August 8, 2005. Late extended deadline is September 9, 2005. Over 100 films, including world and U.S. premieres, will be shown during the festival, as well as new game releases. this competitive event is open to the following categories: animation; short films; short docs; Machinima; game trailers; music videos; TV spots / commercials; movie trailers; mobile videos & films. Additional information about ION and the 2005 ION Festival is available at http://www.ionfilmfestival.com.

About the ION Festival:

The ION Animation, Games and Film Festival showcases and promotes high-quality animation, short films, Machinima, music videos, game trailers and games by filmmakers and gaming companies from around the world, and it is the first festival and conference dedicated to the merging business of animation, gaming and filmmaking. Its screenings, forums and focused networking allow creative and executive entrepreneurs in the animation, electronic gaming and filmmaking industries to explore and exchange ideas on the themes, issues and trends driving converging media production. In addition to bringing together international animators and filmmakers, ION provides a unique venue for gaming companies to release new products and technologies to eager audiences of early adopters. To learn more about ION, visit http://www.ionfilmfestival.com

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Rowena Zirbel

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