Wednesday, June 30, 2010

4 BRAND NEW Justin Lassen Interviews @ Sony, OSV, Sonoma WireWorks and iZotope!

wra_post Justin’s been very busy this month after the launch of his highly anticipated release “White Rabbit Asylum” with radio, website, magazine and live interviews everywhere (more to come!). Here are 4 new interviews from June 2010 that give new insight into the mind, spirit and creative process of Justin Lassen. Thank you Sony, OSV, Sonoma Wire Works and iZotope for your continued support and for getting the word out in your world class newsletters and websites!

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izotope_interviewjune2010_3 "The multifaceted Justin Lassen has over ten years of experience composing for the music, film, and game industries. His resume includes sound design for artists like Madonna, Lady Gaga, Garbage, Blue Man Group, Lenny Kravitz, Nine Inch Nails, Linkin Park, and Evanescence. We caught up with Lassen to talk about his work composing for video games get an update on recent projects." - Read Full Interview @ iZotope (June 2010)

"The world of real-time game audio effects has yet to pick an industry leader, and I think iZotope is poised to be that leader." – Justin Lassen (June 2010)

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osv_reviewjune2010  "We’re huge fans of Justin Lassen’s work in games and film. From his work on Midnight Meat Train with Jason Hayes and Gerard Marino to his disturbing Out of Hell soundtrack and Synaesthesia solo album, his dark cinematic compositions have kept us at the edge of our seats on more than one occasion. Well, for musicians and composers out there who are looking to explore this  dark orchestral style for themselves, it just got a lot easier to venture into these haunted soundscapes with White Rabbit Asylum, a new loop and sample library overseen by Lassen himself." - Read Full Review @ OSV (June 2010)

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sonoma_interviewjune2010  "Some have said that advancements in technology were killing the music industry. They've claimed that the internet and file sharing have destroyed the music industry and eliminated people's desire to pay for music. Others have said that creativity has been lost and bands are not trying anything new. Justin Lassen shatters these views in almost everything he does. His rise to fame was not because of a some pop hit or jingle, it was millions of downloads of his classical-electronic symphonies. With remixes for Lady Gaga and Linkin Park, he earned the respect of the music industry, but it was his innovative use of computer generated art that earned him the accolades of the visual art world. Justin broke new ground by creating original music inspired by and matched to still CG imagery. A passionate DrumCore and KitCore user, Justin took time out of his incredibly busy schedule to let us know what he's working on, how he gets inspired, and how DrumCore helps his workflow." – Read The Full Interview @ Sonoma Wire Works (June 2010)

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sony_interviewjune2010  "A self-proclaimed "old school user" at the age of 28, Justin Lassen has been using the tandem combination of Sound Forge and ACID since the early days, and his work can be seen (and heard) in a bevy of different places. His maudlin sojourns into soundtrack creation (Midnight Meat Train) and symphony composition (And Now We See But Through A Glass Darkly) have resonated with thousands of gothic and indus-trial fans, while his remix work for Top 40 bands like Lady Gaga and The Killers flex his penchant for twisting up pop melodies into new sonic landscapes. He's also just released a Sony Creative Software Premium Collection loops and sample library, White Rabbit Asylum. We spoke with Justin about how ACID Pro compliments his workflow as a producer, a remixer, and a composer, and why he's stuck by the software since its first iteration back in 1998." – Read The Full Interview @ Sony (June 2010)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Justin Lassen Presents White Rabbit Asylum Released by Sony Today!

 Sony Sound Series: Loops & Samples

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Justin Lassen Presents White Rabbit Asylum:
A Dark Cinematic Construction Kit

“A forgotten old piano played by ghostly hands. A porcelain doll with eyes that blink. A painting that watches you, a secret passage in the depths of an abandoned insane asylum – these are a few of the things that keep composer and sound designer Justin Lassen awake deep into the long night – not trembling with fear, but inspired by the dark side as he dreams up soundtracks for inexplicable and unsettling affairs. White Rabbit Asylum is a complete construction kit for making strange and creepy soundtracks. Immerse yourself in field recordings captured in dusty and forlorn spaces, haunted melodies played on decaying instruments, strange murmurings and more, delivered in pristine 24-bit sound on this exclusive Sony Sound Series Premium Collection title. Justin’s sojourns into soundtrack creation and symphonic composition have resonated with thousands of gothic and industrial fans, while his remix work for acts like Lady Gaga, Linkin Park, Nine Inch Nails and The Killers flex his penchant for twisting pop melodies into epic sonic landscapes. White Rabbit Asylum capitalizes on the remix aspect of Justin’s portfolio as well, with an array of beat and FX loops that fit right in with all the deep, otherworldly, sad, scary, and emotional soundscapes drawn from his private aural scrapbooks of the strange. Don’t be afraid of the dark – enter the Asylum and take control of the grim forces within!” – Sony (June 2010)

2-CDs: 470 (1222 MB) original, royalty-free WAV files.

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Justin Lassen Presents White Rabbit Asylum

Deep, otherworldly, sad, scary, and emotional soundscapes drawn from Justin Lassen’s private aural scrapbooks of the strange. A complete construction kit.”
$69.95 (DL)
$73.95 (Packaged)
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Read Sony’s Showcase about Justin Lassen. “Years of work finally completed! Enjoy! Let me know what you do with it! Looking forward to hearing everyone's’ creations.” – J. Lassen

Friday, June 4, 2010

Synaesthesia in new media, films, projects, World Expo 2010 and SecondLife!

Justin Lassen Presents Synaesthesia continues to get massive exposure and recognition on major websites, blogs, in magazines and now at the World Expo Shanghai 2010 and SecondLife for his pioneering work in CG/Music! Most recently an interview with Justin from Steve Pitzel was featured on the front-page of the wonderful CGW Magazine (direct link).”

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This year, The World Fair is being held in China at the host city of Shanghai. A truly global event, over 250 countries are represented in this festival celebrating culture, arts and music with at least 70 million visitors expected to attend ensuring the widest possible participation in the history of the world expositions.” (brief)

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Select tracks from Justin's CD (Synaesthesia) are being used in short films that appear on massive 4 meter screens at the Expo in the Spain Pavilion guaranteeing a great rush of new listeners and viewers alike. (video news)

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Aino Baar convinced the Spanish officials to give OPEN THIS END a venue to showcase Second Life machinima and artists, for Worlds Fair Shanghai 2010.” (blip)

"...Lady Carmagnolle was a performing robot at the theatre on the island. She was fitted with strings to make her resemble a marionette, but they were merely ornamentation for her last show. After the theme park was abandoned she remained on the stage with her lighting robot. Slowly the theatre collapsed with age and her strings rotted away. She would climb up and retie the strings in an attempt to keep the only identity she had ever known intact..." (read more story here) - Bryn Oh (SecondLife Artist)

"The music for this machinima was created by a very talented composer by the name of Justin Lassen. He very graciously let me use the track. And some very good news for Second Life is that Justin has come in world as the avatar DarklyInclined Hummingly (thanks to ColeMarie Soleil) and has been inspired to compose work by Immersiva and Straylight sim. Our virtual world art inspiring first life artists?  Professional curators like Aino Baar bringing our work to the World Expo?  Now if only some other curators would use some vision.  My previous post showed the effect that professional sound composition had on 7 days magic bakery, so imagine a sim owner commissioning Justin to create a custom soundtrack. It would be stunning." - Bryn Oh

Photographer and videographer Hal Bergman, whom is responsible for some of Justin's most iconic photo shoots, went on an expedition around the US armed with a camera and a spirit for adventure.

"I spent four hours shooting photos and videos of windmills in the Altamont Pass, 50 miles East of San Francisco. Justin Lassen contributed the music. This track, called "Hajieelkhe (Renewed)", can be found on his new album, "Synaesthesia". Shot entirely on the 5D Mark II with a 70-200 2.8L lens." - Hal Bergman

These are some examples of Justin’s Synaesthesia music going new places and art around the world. Justin would like to thank all artists involved for keeping Synaesthesia going strong! If you would like to purchase a copy of the Special Limited Edition click here to goto the store!