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2004 Surround Music Award Winners and Exclusive Report

Surround 2004: The Surround Music Award winners were announced at a gala event held at the Highlands, Hollywood last week, the third annual event of its kind.

The evening’s highlight came from an all-star tribute performance for 2004 Surround Pioneer Award recipient Herbie Hancock. The band was made up of top jazz performers, including George Duke, Ndugu Chancelor, Wallace Rooney, Alex Al and DJ Disk, who treated the audience to a medley of Herbie’s most loved songs.

The 2004 Surround Music Award winners were:

Best Additional Features
Four Flicks’ – The Rolling Stones (TGA DVD)

Best Broadcast Multichannel Live Performance
Concert for George’ – various artists (Warner Bros.)

Best Concert Video
Four Flicks’ – The Rolling Stones (TGA DVD)

Best High-Resolution Stereo-Only Program
Yo Miles! Sky Garden’ – Henry Kaiser and Wadada Leo Smith (Cuneiform)

Best Made For Surround Title
XXL’ – Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band (Silverline Records)
- tied with -
October’ – Larry Chernicoff (Windy Planet Music)

Best Menu Design
Baby Snakes’ – Frank Zappa (Eagle Rock Entertainment)

Best Mix: Non-Orchestral
In Absentia’ – Porcupine Tree (DTS Entertainment)

Best Mix: Orchestral
Mahler: Symphony No.2’ – Vienna Philharmonic (Kaplan) (Universal/Classics/DGG)

Best Multichannel Reissue
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ – Elton John (Universal/UME/Chronicles)

Best Standard Resolution Title
Concert for George’ – various artists (Warner Bros)

Most Adventurous Mix
Sea Change’ – Beck (Universal/IGA/Geffen)

Horizon Award
Brain’ – Hiromi (Telarc)

High Fidelity Review Listener’s Choice Award
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ – Elton John (Universal/UME/Chronicles)

Best In Show
Four Flicks’ – The Rolling Stones (TGA DVD)

Thanks go to the many thousands of people who voted for our listener’s choice award, we’re looking forward to another close result next year!

For all the exclusive details and photographs from the Surround Music Awards, be sure to read our on-line report.
Related HFR News Stories:
•  2004 Surround Music Award Nominees
•  Surround 2004: Preshow Activities Look at Blu-Ray Disc and DVD Awards
External Link:
•  Surround Professional
Text written 05/09/04 by Stuart M. Robinson (HFR).



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