Thursday, December 18, 2008

Awards, awards!


Our Boulder neighbors and accomplices at Crispin Porter + Bogusky have been named Agency of the Year by Creativity Magazine. Check out the full article here - you'll see several projects we collaborated on, including the Coke Zero Rooftop Challenge game, Domino's Pizza, Volkswagen's Routan Boom campaign with Brooke Shields, and Burger King.


Additionally, the IBM Power of 6 new media piece we worked on with our old friends at Leopard won both an Ace Award and a Gold Key from the BMA.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Inspiration: Sundance Channel

Just got finished putting together this little gem highlighting the collaboration between one of our favorite producers - Timbaland - and former Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell. If you haven't heard this album yet, you're only cheating yourself.
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Johnny Mosely in the house

Olympic Skier and all around superman Johnny Mosely stopped by Coupe once again recently. This time to lend his voice to a new Warren Miller film.

Johnny and our own Chris McNaughton in Studio A flanked by some Warren Miller cats. Whatcha got in your pockets, fellas?

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

New Meniskus Video

The music video for Meniskus's single "Letters" (recorded and mixed by our own John McVey) was released today. The video was shot on HD and directed by Dennis Flippin, a talented editor and DP we previously worked with on several projects, including an Obama campaign TV spot and several Michael Jordan ads.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

DeVotchKa track on XBox Ad

Coupe Engineer Greg McRae worked with DeVotchKa frontman Nick Urata to create a new mix of the band's song "How it Ends" for the video game "Gears of War 2." The ad debuted this week:

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election 2008 Voting Information

Today, November 4th, is Election Day!
Where and when do I vote?

Find your polling place, voting times, and other important information by checking out these sites and the hotline below. These resources are good, but not perfect. To be doubly sure, you can also contact your local elections office.

* Obama's VoteForChange site: voteforchange.com
* League of Women Voters' site: vote411.org/pollfinder.php
* Obama's voter hotline: 877-US4-OBAMA (877-874-6226)

What should I do before I go?

* After you've entered your address on either Vote For Change or Vote411, read the voting instructions and special rules for your state.
* Voting ID laws vary from state to state, but if you have ID, bring it.
* Check out all the voting myths and misinformation to look out for: http://truth.voteforchange.com/

What if something goes wrong?

* Not on the voter list? Make sure you're at the right polling place, then demand a provisional ballot.
* If you're voting on an electronic machine with a paper record, verify that the record is accurate.
* Need legal help? Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.
* If you encounter a problem, try to videotape the situation and submit it to VideoTheVote.org

Now, everybody go vote!!!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Porky Pig and Tweety Bird here Nov 1 &2


Bob Bergen, voice of Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, & many others is coming to Coupe to teach his 2-day Voiceover Workshop on Nov 1 & 2.

Bob's one of the most in-demand animation voice-over artists in the business, working in some of the industry's top animated films, including Space Jam, A Bug’s Life, Monsters, Inc., Surf's Up, Spirited Away, Horton Hears a Who, Pixar's WALL-E, as well as Pixar's upcoming Toy Story 3, and Disney's Tinker Bell The Movie.

The 2-Day Weekend Animation Voice-over Workshop will teach you to create and sustain original characters, mic and audition technique, the dos and don’ts of demos, agent/client relationship, the business of the business, and all sorts of other good stuff he's learned over the last 20 years. Email info@coupestudios.com to learn more...

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Mixing for new Joss Stone record

When Lindsay arrived around 7:30 AM the other day, she was surprised to find our own Bobby Gibson and Illfonic Mixer Chuck Brungardt just wrapping up a very late night of work. They'd been having one hell of a good time playing with all kinds of vintage analogue gear - plates and springs and tapes - oh my - while mixing a new song for Joss Stone. They'd gone all night long, but word is the song turned out great! Stay tuned for a release date.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

National Anthem at the Democratic National Convention

Just moments ago, Kip and Ed finished mixing the National Anthem recording which Jennifer Hudson will be singing over at Barack Obama's nomination tomorrow.
The beautifully orchestrated arrangement (By noted composer/arranger Ray Chew) comprised 120 tracks of instruments and took about eight hours to mix.
It's a thing of beauty!
We were honored by the opportunity to work with Ray, who's composed for and performed with the likes of James Taylor, Stevie Wonder, The 4 Tops, Barry Manilow, Sting, Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin and Alicia Keys.
In addition to these performances, Ray maintains his tenure as Musical Director for the Apollo Theater Foundation, recently acting as co-producer for their annual spring benefit concert. He produced and performed a Tribute to James Brown featuring Wyclef Jean, Jill Scott, Mos Def and Maceo Parker on the World Famous Apollo Theater stage.
Ray’s recording career spans from legendary artists Diana Ross and Donny Hathaway through Alicia Keys’s three Grammy award-winning albums. He has orchestrated for and appeared on many television specials including the 44th, 46th and 47th Annual Grammy Awards, VH-1’s Save the Music Concert, MTV Unplugged, Nobel Peace Prize Concert and the World Music Awards. Ray also performed with Grammy Award winner Rihanna, in six countries as pianist and conductor on her hit “Unfaithful”.
Ray’s most grand orchestrating work to date was for “The Diary of Alicia Keys” farewell tour performance at L.A.’s Hollywood Bowl where he conducted a 63-piece orchestra for a special DVD.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

"Statewide Emergency" working on debut album

The Colorado based 4-piece rock group Statewide Emergency begins work on their first studio album here at Coupe starting this weekend.
The group consists of Matt Paradis: Lead vox and guitar; Luke Johnson: guitar; Joe Waugh: bass and Keith Slack on the drums.

These young guys are rapidly gaining a following here in Colorado thanks to their straight up rock and roll sound that recalls classic rockers like Led Zeppelin as well as modern influences like The White Stripes and Rose Hill Drive.

Check em out and listen to some live cuts here.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Investigate this!

This just in from Jeremy Dehn - the film maker behind "Miracle Investigators," a great comedy short film we did original music and sound design for.

"Miracle Investigators will make its world premiere in less than a month! We're screening at the Rome International Film Festival on Saturday, September 6th."

Monday, August 11, 2008

"Redrum" on Showtime this month

"Redrum," a satirical comedy we enjoyed working on last year, is airing all this month on Showtime.

REDRUM (R)
A bored, middle-class married couple discovers quite by accident that murder can be the glue that keeps their relationship exciting and fulfilling in this tongue-in-cheek African-American comedy thriller starring Kenny Young, Jill Marie Jones and Rodney Perry.

Needless to say, we had a great time with the sound design - lots of bone-crunching over the top violence. Mmm... Grisly.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Avs and Nuggets Music

Rivaling Brett Favre's streak for consecutive NFL games started @ QB, Coupe Studios will begin its 13th consecutive season of composing the original TV and Radio theme music for both The Colorado Avalanche and The Denver Nuggets.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Rose Hill Drive on Conan

Coupe's favorite sons, Rose Hill Drive, will be making an appearance on the Conan O'Brien show on July 29th in support of their new album "Moon is the New Earth."

RHD also rocked the crowd this past weekend at Mile High Music Festival on a bill that included Tom Petty, Dave Matthews, Steve Winwood, The Roots, The Black Crowes and fellow Coupe artists Meniskus and Flobots. The turnout at the inaugural year for the event numbered over 90,000!

Carnegie Hall: A Coupe family affair

Coupe Studios' Lead Composer Kip Kuepper had the opportunity in 1986 to perform at Carnegie Hall with Firefall. Over 20 years later, he got an even greater honor: Seeing his daughter Tory perform there!
Her group Jubilate (a vocal choir) - performed there June 3, 2008.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Lost Season Finale

Did you catch the 18-hour Lost season finale last night? You probably TiVO'd through a bunch of commercials we produced, but you also heard some of our work during the show. We worked with Josh Holloway (Sawyer) doing some ADR for several episodes this year, and most recently he was in last week to work on the season finale - just before it aired.

Visit our website at coupestudios.com for more of our work...

What the hell is ADR, you ask?
Here's how our friends at Wikipedia explain it:

Automated dialogue replacement or Additional dialogue recording (ADR) is a film sound technique involving the re-recording of dialogue after photography, also known as "looping."

In conventional film production, a production sound mixer records dialogue during photography, but several uncontrollable issues, such as traffic or animal noise, during principal photography can cause the production sound to be unusable. This is also true for computer-generated imagery, since some of the "actors" were not actually present at the set.

When the film is in post-production, a Supervising Sound Editor or ADR Supervisor reviews all of the dialogue in the film and rules which actor lines will have to be replaced using the ADR technique.

ADR is recorded during an ADR session. An actor, usually the original actor on set, is called to a sound studio equipped with video playback equipment and sound playback and recording equipment. The actor wears headphones and is shown the film of the line that must be replaced, and often he or she will be played the production sound recording. The film is then projected several times, and the actor attempts to re-perform the line while watching the image on the screen, while an ADR Recordist records the performances. Several takes are made, and based on the quality of the performance and sync, one is selected and edited by an ADR Editor for use in the film.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Is that Santa I hear on the rooftop?

No, just the pitter-patter of workers' feet as they install our new air conditioning unit for Studio A. No flying reindeer, just a big-ass crane in the parking lot.