December 11, 2003 7pm - Beverly Hilton Hotel

And the Winners Areā€¦

LOS ANGELES, CA (December 15, 2003) -- In a gala event held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 11, the 2nd Annual Surround Music Award winners were announced. The evening, hosted by Al Schmitt and Ed Cherney and opened by BT, featured special awards presented to NARAS and Cossette Productions for the 45th Annual Grammy telecast done in 5.1, Led Zeppelin, Frank Zappa, and United Entertainment Media senior VP Martin Porter.

Dweezil Zappa accepted the Surround Pioneer Award on behalf of his late father, and performed several songs in his honor. The Grammys were presented the Broadcast Landmark Award, and Led Zeppelin was named Surround Artist of the Year for their high-profile, self-titled DVD release. Martin Porter received the Surround Trailblazer Award for his extensive work in promoting the format, including the creation of Surround Professional magazine, the Surround 2003 Conference, and the Surround Music Awards.

The other winners are as Follows:

Most Adventurous Mix
The Wraith: Shangri-La
Insane Clown Posse
[DTS Entertainment]
Multichannel Mix by Nathaniel Kunkel and Mike Puwal
DVD-A Produced by Jeff Levinson

Best Multichannel Reissue
Dark Side of the Moon
Pink Floyd
[Capitol Records]
Multichannel Mix by James Guthrie
Multichannel Mastering by Doug Sax and James Guthrie

Best Menu Design
[5.1 Entertainment/Myutopia Records]
DVD Menu/Motion Design by Rupesh Pattni

Best Additional Features
Dark Side of the Moon: Classic Album
Pink Floyd
[Eagle Rock Entertainment]
Executive Producers Terry Shand and Geoff Kempin

Best Concert Video
Deacon John's Jump Blues: Concert of Music from the Film
Deacon John Moore
[Vetter Communications]
Recorded by David Farrell and Jake Niceley

Best Mix: Non-Orchestral [TIE]
The Game
[DTS Entertainment]
Multichannel Mix by Justin Shirley-Smith
Mastered by Bob Ludwig
DVD-A Produced by Jeff Levison

Alison Krauss+Union Station Live
Alison Kraus
Recorded and Mixed by Gary Paczosa
Mastered by Doug Sax and Robert Hadley

Best Mix Orchestral
Alan Houhaness: Mysterious Mountains
Gerard Schwarz/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Produced by Robert Woods
Engineered by Jack Renner
Mix Engineer: Michael Bishop

Best Standard Resolution Title
An Evening with the Dixie Chicks
Dixie Chicks
Produced and Directed by Joel Gallen
Music Produced by The Dixie Chicks and Lloyd Maines
Music Mixed by Lloyd Maines and Fred Remmert
Music Recording Engineer: Gary Paczosa

Best Hi-Res Stereo-Only Program
Soular Energy
The Ray Brown Trio
[Hi-Res Music]
Executive Producers: David Swartz and Michael Stern
Produced by Mark Waldrep and David Swartz
Engineered by Mark Waldrep and Dominic Robelotto
DVD Authoring by Brent Curtis

Surround Horizon Artist of the Year
So Glad You Made It
Produced by Michel Schoots and Dinand Woesthoff
Engineered by Erwin Autrique, Reyn and Michel Dierickx
Mixed by Ronald Prent
Mastered by Bob Ludwig

Best Made-For-Surround Title
Everything Must Go
Steely Dan
[Warner Bros.]
DVD-Audio Produced by David May
Multichannel Mix by Elliot Scheiner
Mastered by Darcy Proper

High Fidelity Review Listener’s Choice
Dark Side of the Moon
Pink Floyd
Multichannel Mix by James Guthrie
Multichannel Mastering by Doug Sax and James Guthrie

Best Of Show
Dark Side of the Moon
Pink Floyd
Multichannel Mix by James Guthrie
Multichannel Mastering by Doug Sax and James Guthrie


BT Deliver's Surround Music Award Opening Keynote

BT, who recently scored the highly anticipated film, Monster, starring Charlize Theron and Christina Ricci, will be delivering the Opening Keynote at the Surround Music Awards. In addition to Monster, has delivered powerful scores for The Fast and The Furious, Driven, Under Suspicion and Go. His latest album, Emotional Technology, hit #1 on the Soundscan Electronic Album Chart and is the #2 most downloaded electronic album on Apple's iTunes.

An extended 5.1 mix of BT's Monster score, featuring over two hours of original music, will be released on DVD in early 2004 by DTS Entertainment, and will include special audio and video enhancements not available anywhere else.

Hear a sneak preview of this extraordinary disc at the Surround Music Awards!


Zappa and Zeppelin Honored
at Surround Music Awards

Two legends in the music industry get their due this year as Frank Zappa and Led Zeppelin each receive top awards at the 2nd Annual Surround Music Awards, taking place December 11 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

Frank Zappa is the recipient of the 2003 Surround Pioneer Award. Zappa is being honored for his forward-thinking and for the extensive work he did in 5.1-channel surround's predecessor, Quad. Attendees at the event will be treated to Zappa's recording reproduced in surround, as well as tribute performance by his son, Dweezil.

Led Zeppelin's self-titled DVD has brought an unparalleled amount of recognition and acceptance to music reproduced in surround sound. With millions of copies being bought all over the world, the SMAs saw fit name the band as 2003 Surround Artist of the Year.

Click here to see scenes from last year's show.

Attendance to Award Show is $85 per person or $750 for a
10-person table. Click Here to Register

Vote For the People's Choice
Surround Music Award

High Fidelity Review and the Surround Music Awards are giving you the chance to vote for your favorite high-resolution release of 2003.

Twelve of our High Fidelity Review's writers independently selected their top six discs (released after December 14, 2002), and their votes were collated to produce the final six titles you see below. These titles are, in the opinion of High Fidelity Review and their contributors, the year's finest releases on both the DVD-Audio and SACD formats.
It is important to note however, that this award is strictly "format agnostic," selections were made based on the fidelity and surround mix afforded by a given title, not the format upon which it was released.

The winner will be the title to receive the most votes from High Fidelity Review visitors. The winner will be presented with the award at the Surround Music Awards gala event, sponsored by United Entertainment Media, that takes place as part of the fifth annual Surround Professional surround conference and technology showcase, December 11-12, 2003 at the Beverly Hilton hotel, Beverly Hills, USA.

Here are the titles to choose from:
Avalon; Roxy Music
Up; Peter Gabriel
Dark Side of the Moon; Pink Floyd
Document (R.E.M. No.5); R.E.M.
Everything Must Go; Steely Dan
Sea Change; Beck

To vote for your favorite and to get the full contest rules, visit

Surround for Broadcast Landmark Award

As broadcasting increasingly moves towards full exploitation of surround audio, landmark televised events are providing their audience with a new level of experience as they expand the art and science of broadcast sound. This special award is presented in recognition of the most significant such televised event from the past year for a broadcast that sets new standards for broadcast sound excellence. This prestigious award is an "Editors Choice" award, selected by the editorial staff of United Entertainment Media, including editors from Surround Professional, Pro Sound News, Digital Television, and Videography.

2003 Surround Music Award Nominations Announced

New York, NY (November 13, 2003) -- United Entertainment Media, producers of the Surround Music Awards and the Surround 2003 Conference, have announced the titles battling it out for the coveted Surround Music Awards. The winning titles will be announced at the 2nd Annual Surround Music Awards, taking place December 11 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

Uncivilized Love; Gus Black [5.1 Entertainment/Immergent Records]
Start Here: DVD-A Sampler; Various [AIX Records]
Halloween; Frank Zappa [DTS Entertainment]
Wake; Sheila Nicholls [DTS Entertainment]
Dark Side of the Moon: Classic Album; Pink Floyd [Eagle Rock Entertainment]

Deacon John's Jump Blues: Concert of Music from the Film; Deacon John Moore [AIX Records w/Vetter Communications]
Broozed, Boozed, and Broken Boned; Black Label Society [Eagle Rock Entertainment]
Live in Hawaii; Janet Jackson [Eagle Rock Entertainment]
An Evening with the Dixie Chicks; Dixie Chicks [Sony/Columbia]
Led Zeppelin; Led Zeppelin [Warner Bros. (Atlantic)]

Surrounded; Tipper [5.1 Entertainment/Myutopia Records]
Halloween; Frank Zappa [DTS Entertainment]
Sacred Love; Sting [Universal/A&M Records]
Everything Must Go; Steely Dan [Warner Bros.]
Producers Cut; Emmylou Harris [Warner Bros.]

Surrounded; Tipper [5.1 Entertainment/Myutopia Records]
Etterna; Emma Shapplin [DTS Entertainment]
Trilogy-Live in Berlin; The Cure [Eagle Rock Entertainment]
The Globe Sessions; Sheryl Crow [Universal/A&M Records]
Kamakiriad; Donald Fagan [Warner Bros. (Reprise)]

The Game; Queen [DTS Entertainment]
Alison Krauss+Union Station Live; Alison Kraus [Rounder]
Blonde on Blonde; Bob Dylan [Sony/Columbia]
Rendezvous in New York; Chick Corea [Stretch]
Deacon John's Jump Blues: Music from the Film; Deacon John Moore [AIX Records w/Vetter Communications]

Firebird Suite/Bolero; Stravinsky/Ravel [AIX Records]
With The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra; Michael Feinstein [Concord Records]
Alan Houhaness: Mysterious Mountains; Gerard Schwarz/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra [Telarc]
Shostakovich Symphony #7; Vealery Gergiev [Universal/Decca]

Ace of Spades; Motorhead [5.1 Entertainment/Silverline Records]
Dark Side of the Moon; Pink Floyd [Capitol Records]
Ravel/Bolero; Minnesota Orchestra [Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab]
Chicago II; Chicago [Warner Bros. (Rhino)]
Fragile; Yes [Warner Bros. (Rhino/Elektra)]

Guitar Noir; Laurence Juber [AIX Records]
SNL: 25 Years of Music; Various [Broadway Video]
Brazilian Romance; Various Artists [DTS Entertainment]
Sound Stgae Performances; The Doors [Eagle Rock Entertainment]
An Evening with the Dixie Chicks; Dixie Chicks [Sony/Columbia]

KAJE; KAJE [3Bone Audio]
Surrounded; Tipper [5.1 Entertainment/Myutopia Records]
Dark Side of the Moon; Pink Floyd [Capitol Records]
The Wraith: Shangri-La; Insane Clown Posse [DTS Entertainment]
Sea Change; Beck [Universal/Interscope]

Another Mind, Hiromi [Telarc]
KAJE, KAJE [3 Bone Audio]
The Window, David Elias [David Elias]
Un Segundo Una Vida, Romero [333 Entertainment]
So Glad You Made It, Kane [BMG-Netherlands]
Off Space, Christian Halten [Skylife]
Wake, Sheila Nichols [DTS Entertainment]

With Love; Rosemary Clooney [Groove Note]
Just Friends; LA4 [Hi-Res Music]
Seven Come Eleven; Herb Ellis/Joe Pass [Hi-Res Music]
Soular Energy; The Ray Brown Trio [Hi-Res Music]
A Love Supreme; John Coltrane [Universal/Impulse/Verve]

Keynote Speaker:
Grammy Award Winner

Phil Ramone

Learn Hands on Techniques from Industry Leaders:

Murray Allen
David Anthony
Brant Biles
Ed Cherney
Ted Cohen
Jeff Dean
Mike Frondelli
Bernie Grundman
Tom Holman
Robin Hurley
Rory Kaplan
Nathanial Kunkel
Mark Linett
Bob Ludwig
Gary Lux
Bob Margouleff
Dave Mustaine
Mark Needham
Sheila Nicholls
Bobby Owsinski
Gary Paczosa
Ronald Prent
Jack Joseph Puig
Michael C. Ross
Doug Sax
Ron Scalise
Elliot Scheiner
Al Schmitt
Eddy Schreyer
Jim Scott
Allen Sides
Mark P. Stoeckinger
Mark Waldrep
Dweezil Zappa