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July 4, 1988 | WILLIAM K. KNOEDELSEDER Jr.
When an artist goes into a recording studio to cut an album, the money for the session is usually paid by a record company in the form of an advance against the artist's royalties on the eventual sale of the record. The success of the studio business, therefore, is tied directly to the performance of the record industry at large. In recent years, that's meant hard times for studio operators. For example, according to the Recording Industry Assn.
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March 14, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Maynard James Keenan, the frontman for metal groups Tool, a Perfect Circle and Puscifier, has listed his home in Hollywood Hills at $2.495 million. The Mediterranean-style house, built in 2000, features elaborate wooden ceilings, a bar, a den, a wine-tasting room, two fireplaces, four bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms and 3,750 square feet of living space. The 11,000-square-foot grounds have a swimming pool and waterfalls. There are canyon, mountain and city views. A separate guesthouse could be used as a recording studio.
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May 2, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
A Sonoma County estate with a recording studio that has been used to produce albums for Third Eye Blind, Tracy Chapman and Duran Duran, among others, has come on the market at $5.3 million. Encompassing more than eight acres, the wine country compound includes a gated main house with five bedrooms, five bathrooms and seven fireplaces built in a 1760s Colonial style.  There are also two guesthouses, a theater/entertainment building, a gym/cabana building and the recording studio.
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September 26, 2013 | By Robert Abele
L.A.-based musician-filmmaker Ariana Delawari's very personal documentary "We Came Home" chronicles the frequent trips she made to her father's homeland, Afghanistan, in its alternatingly hopeful and turbulent years following the initial routing of the Taliban after 9/11. Her father, a prominent banker-activist, had moved back to help rebuild the country's economy. Delawari's main focus, however, is a 2007 trip in which she and two colleagues recorded songs at her parents' Kabul house in collaboration with a handful of elder Afghan musicians.
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July 4, 1988 | WILLIAM K. KNOEDELSEDER Jr., Times Staff Writer
Back in the 1970s, it was not uncommon for a rock band making an album at the Village Recorder in West Los Angeles to be treated to free champagne and a catered meal at the start and finish of a recording session. "We even used to pick up their hotel bills and rent-a-cars, which is totally out of the question now," said studio manager Nick Smerigan. Nowadays, the bands get cookies and soft drinks, and the cost is added directly to their bill, Smerigan said.
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March 6, 1988 | DOUG BROWN, Times Staff Writer
Four gunmen entered a Costa Mesa recording studio, handcuffed 14 employees and their guests, and left with more than $100,000 in sound equipment, police and one of the victims said Saturday. The robbers spent nearly two hours Friday night taking wallets, rings and the sophisticated recording equipment, police said. When they left Front Page Productions in the 200 block of Avocado Street, the robbers reminded the victims that they had their drivers' licenses and addresses, a victim said.
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January 1, 1993
A Woodland Hills man accused of illegally operating a recording studio in his home has been charged with evading taxes and breaking city zoning laws, a spokesman for the Los Angeles city attorney's office said Thursday. Spokesman Mike Qualls said Charles A. Sandford, 37, was charged Wednesday with three counts of failing to register as a business and not paying city taxes on his studio, called Secret Sound.
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May 20, 1989 | PAUL GREIN
Chas Sanford, producer of hits for such recording stars as Stevie Nicks and TV's Don Johnson, was looking forward to spending most of June working in his $1-million Woodland Hills home recording studio on an album by newcomer Billy Branigan. But Sanford may be spending much of the coming weeks in meetings with attorneys and city building and zoning officials. His goal: reversing a Los Angeles City Department of Building and Safety order to shut down the studio by Wednesday because the studio violates city zoning ordinances that restrict the commercial use of residential property.
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November 11, 1986
Two musicians and the owner of a recording studio were handcuffed and put in a storage vault early Monday by a pair of gun-toting thieves in ski masks, who stole recording equipment worth $75,000, police said. The three were leaving the Sound Affair at 2727 S. Croddy Way about 3:30 a.m. when two men confronted them, Police Sgt. Dick Faust said. Lisa Haley, a manager at the studio, said later that the three men had been herded into a storage vault for recording tapes.
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May 1, 1996 | GEOFF BOUCHER
Two masked gunmen stole a truck and $10,000 worth of electronics after storming a local recording studio, attacking one employee and leaving seven workers bound and gagged in a back room, police said. The two robbers entered the studio in the 1200 block of Pioneer Street about 9:30 p.m. Monday, threatened employees and hit one worker in the head with a gun, according to Brea Police Sgt. Billy Hutchinson.
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September 26, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Jackson Rathbone, who plays a vampire in the “Twilight” movie series, has bought a home in Studio City for $1.2 million, The Times has confirmed. The seller was electronic music pioneer Erez Eisen, who bought another house for $820,000. Set in the Colfax Meadows area, the ranch-style home Rathbone bought includes a recently built professional-grade recording studio with a voice booth. The 2,500-square-foot home, built in 1938, has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. There's a lagoon-style swimming pool with a tropical vibe, according to Trulia , which also reported that Rathbone recently sold a Hollywood Hills home for $1.75 million.
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September 12, 2013 | By David Colker
Before an audio revolution in the mid-1960s, just about all music, dialogue and other sounds played on tape recordings had one thing in common: hiss. The bothersome, underlying noise seemed especially unavoidable during quiet passages on the once-ubiquitous cassette tapes. But then came an engineering breakthrough that nearly wiped out the hiss, and made the inventor's name - Dolby - world-famous. Ray Dolby, 80, died Thursday at his home in San Francisco. The company he founded, Dolby Laboratories, released a statement saying he had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease in recent years and in July was found to have acute leukemia.
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September 6, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Electronic music pioneer Erez Eisen has sold his Studio City home with an in-house studio for $1.2 million and bought another house for $820,000. Set in the Colfax Meadows area, the ranch-style home he sold includes a recently built professional-grade recording studio with a voice booth. The 2,500-square-foot home, built in 1938, has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. There's a lagoon-style swimming pool with a spa. PHOTOS: Grandest pool around? Malibu has it The property was purchased in 2007 for $1.1 million, public records show.
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August 6, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Keyboardist George Duke, one of the pioneers of the jazz fusion movement that merged jazz, rock and funk in the late 1960s and 1970s, died Monday night in Los Angeles, where he was being treated for chronic lymphocytic leukemia, his record label announced. He was 67. In a career stretching over five decades, Duke collaborated with an array of other musicians, among them Frank Zappa, Miles Davis, Barry Manilow, Dizzy Gillespie, Al Jarreau, Don Ellis, Cannonball Adderly, Nancy Wilson and Joe Williams.
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May 31, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Standing on-stage Thursday night at the Hollywood Palladium, Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons looked out at a capacity crowd and said with astonishment, “I don't even know how this many people know about us.” His bandmates had a hunch, however. That was the moment they powered up “ Radioactive ,” the moody electro-grunge single that tops three of Billboard's rock charts and sits at No. 9 on the Hot 100, nestled comfortably between tunes by Rihanna and Bruno Mars. It's this Las Vegas group's second big radio smash following “ It's Time ,” which set a record last year as the longest-running top 10 hit on the alternative chart.
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May 23, 2013
Flynn Robinson Guard in Lakers 1971 championship team Flynn Robinson, 72, a flashy guard who was a member of the 1971-72 Lakers team that brought Los Angeles its first NBA title, died Thursday at Keck Hospital in Los Angeles from complications related to cancer. He had been battling multiple myeloma for about two years, according to the Lakers. His scoring binges with the championship team earned him the nickname "Instant Offense" from longtime Lakers announcer Chick Hearn.
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October 13, 2002 | Robert Hilburn
Elvis Presley: "Loving You" (1957). This loosely biographical musical gave millions of fans around the world their first full glimpse of the magnetism that would make Elvis a cultural phenomenon. Barbra Streisand in "Funny Girl" (1968). Five years after a debut album that earned her a Grammy, Streisand became a multimedia superstar by winning an Oscar for her portrayal of Fanny Brice. Prince: "Purple Rain" (1984).
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March 11, 1991 | KARI GRANVILLE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It was a musical about sociopathic killers, staged in a venue so small that its "orchestra" was a three-piece band. Few saw it, and many who did were unkind in their assessment (one audience actually booed). When its brief run came to a close, a hoped-for shot at Broadway did not materialize.
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May 2, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
A Sonoma County estate with a recording studio that has been used to produce albums for Third Eye Blind, Tracy Chapman and Duran Duran, among others, has come on the market at $5.3 million. Encompassing more than eight acres, the wine country compound includes a gated main house with five bedrooms, five bathrooms and seven fireplaces built in a 1760s Colonial style.  There are also two guesthouses, a theater/entertainment building, a gym/cabana building and the recording studio.
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