Dateline Feb 10th 2011: Fox rocked on Wednesday night as Santa Cruz singer James Durbin blew away the American Idol judges on the final night of local auditions before the ‘Hollywood’ stage of the 2011 season begins.

Alan Parsons and the Keyfax production crew were equally blown away by James when he was filmed at Expression College in 2008 for the Recording Vocals section of ASSR.

Then only 19, James’ drive, power, and musical insight were all too evident as he and Alan worked on recording a lead vocal and backing vocals on the AP track We Play The Game from A Valid Path.

"James had it all going on even then," says producer Julian Colbeck. "He auditioned for Idol that year but didn’t make it through. He’s got a great chance this season. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a young singer more committed and more focused than James. He’s one of those ‘failure is not an option’ type of guys." "I was every bit as impressed with James Durbin's singing abilities when we recorded him in 2008 for our Art And Science Of Sound DVD series as the American Idol judges clearly were on the most recent auditions. If there is any justice he will take it all the way to the finals and I wish him every success - he clearly deserves it," commented Alan Parsons.

The whole ASSR production team will be rooting for this hugely talented singer as he enters the final stages of American Idol.

Check out this clip of James in the Recording Vocals Section.

James Durbin Links:

A.S.S.R. - Recording Vocals
USA Today - James Durbin ends the show on a high note
Santa Cruz Sentinel - Santa Cruz singer wows on 'American Idol'
MTV - James Durbin's 'American Idol' Audition Recalls Adam Lambert
Twitter - Team James Durbin

Dateline Jan 19th 2011: Complete with new T-shirts, booth babes, celebrity visitors, and appearances varying from awards presenter to guitarist, Alan Parsons and the A.S.S.R. team rocked at the Winter NAMM show in Anaheim this year.

There were regular signing and meet ‘n’ greet sessions on the booth, with Alan signing everything from copies of the DVD, to T-shirts, to vinyl copies of Dark Side Of The Moon.

Friday afternoon saw Alan being interviewed by legendary music technology pundit Mr. Bonzai in NAMM’s H.O.T. Zone. Alan talked about everything, from working with The Beatles to compression, in a well-attended session that was filmed and will be posted shortly.

Friday evening, Alan and Mr. Bonzai were joined by fellow Beatles engineer Ken Scott as presenters at the TEC Awards–the Oscars of the pro audio industry– where he presented the gongs in the consoles category. Simon Rhodes, a featured interview in A.S.S.R., won for Film Sound Production on Avatar and Lindsay Buckingham was the recipient of the Les Paul Lifetime Achievement Award, an award that Alan himself won several years ago.

Spotted in and around the A.S.S.R. booth were producers Sylvia Massey, Elliott Scheiner and Niko Bolas, uber-drummer Simon Phillips, Monkee Peter Tork, Abi Colbeck and Coley Read from Sabretooth, Ken Jordan from The Crystal Method, violinist extraordinaire Christine Wu, currently on tour with A.R. Rahman, and the incomparable Stevie Wonder. Stevie and Alan’s entourages collided at one point, almost totally blocking the aisles of the Anaheim Convention Center.

Saturday night saw Alan up on stage at neighboring watering hole Spaghettini’s, joining Ambrosia’s David Pack for his annual NAMM Jam featuring the incomparable Larry Carlton (‘stunning,’ Alan was heard to comment during Larry’s solo segment), Simon Phillips, Kevin Cronin, and others.


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TEC Awards - TEC Awards Page, TEC Foundation News
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Dateline Dec 22th 2010: As 2010 comes to a close, Alan says a big thank you to everyone who has picked up on the A.S.S.R. series during its debut year

Dateline Dec 10th 2010: As part of the series’ DVD release, Alan Parsons made a series of in-store appearances with his Alan Parsons Live Project band, interleaving live performances of some of his classic tracks such as Eye In The Sky and Games People Play with a live interview and Q&A session with the audience.

Coinciding with the AES show in San Francisco, Alan performed at the Guitar Center location on Geary St. and was interviewed by the recently appointed editor of EQ Magazine, Sarah Jones.

The event was filmed by Guitar Center and ASSR producers KEYFAX NewMedia; excerpts from which will be posted on in December.

Later in the month Alan and his live band appeared at the Guitar Center in West Hollywood. The Session, filmed using a multi-camera shoot for Guitar Center’s Sessions Series, featured a live interview with famed LA DJ Jim Ladd (the last free form rock DJ in America) from LA’s classic rock station, KLOS. “I've seen a lot of videos in my life... I've never seen anything quite like this... quite as informative and at the same time, easy to watch. Just flat interesting,"said Jim.

More appearances and events are currently being planned for 2011.

The West Hollywood Sessions video is scheduled to go live on the Guitar Center website / Direct TV in Feb 2011.

Dateline Dec 10th 2010: KEYFAX NewMedia, producers of the Art & Science Of Sound Recording will be exhibiting at the Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California Jan 13-16 2011.

Primarily a ‘trade show’ for musical instrument, software, and pro audio dealers and media, this year the show is increasing the availability of Yellow “Sunday Only” Badges for “non-industry guests.”

Alan Parsons will be in attendance during the show and a timetable of his daily appearances for autographs and general chit-chat will be posted at the Keyfax booth.

Alan will also be taking part in at least one event at the H.O.T. Zone area, a special series of mini seminars and ‘solutions’ on the mezzanine level at the Convention Center.

Trade or education visitors who would like to schedule a meeting can contact Individual visitors, whether customers or nor, are more than welcome to stop by and say hi.

Playback of scenes from the series will be running throughout the show. Rumors of ASSR t-shirts are yet to be confirmed.

KEYFAX NewMedia is at Booth # 6531 in the main Hall.