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DEEPAK CHOPRA/OPRAH WINFREY 21-DAY MEDIATION CHALLENGEMotivational Music & 21st Century Post-Production Technology Create A ?Clear? Inspirational Voice (September 11, 2013)
Motivational Music & 21st Century Post-Production Technology Create A ?Clear? Inspirational Voice
NEW YORK: Author, teacher, physician, holistic health guru, Deepak Chopra is a trusted voice in alternative medicine. A long-time advocate of the physical and emotional advantages of mediation, Chopra developed a 21-Day program to help novice and accomplished mediators experience and master its life affirming benefits. A discussion with celebrated humanitarian and media icon, Oprah Winfrey led to a unique collaboration. Their latest offering, Oprah & Deepak 21-Day Mediation Challenge?: Miraculous Relationships offers an illuminating, eminently accessible program of concentrated contemplation. This past August, nearly 700,000 people participated in the online audio version of the challenge.
To produce this worthy addition to the meditation lexicon, the Chopra Center, engaged composer/recording artist Scott E. Moore and his production company WingTip, Inc. In addition to his musical talents, Moore is an accomplished writer/director who had previously worked with Chopra on several high-end wellness videos. The assignment was to compose, produce and record 120 minutes of original music to serve as the instrumental soundtracks for Chopra?s recorded mediation guides.
?My first creative decision after getting the job was to call guitarist/composer/producer/engineer, Rich Tozzoli in to collaborate with me on this challenging project,? Moore reveals. ?I?ve worked with Rich for years on many creative projects in the music and film worlds, and I knew he was gifted with the inspiration and the technical ability to help me develop two hours of innovative music within our six-week production time-frame.?
Each of the 21 individual tracks features a two-minute introduction by Oprah Winfrey, followed by a three-minute inspirational/instructional message recorded by Deepak Chopra before transitioning into a harmonious 8 minute ?sound-scape? composed by Moore and Tozzoli. The objective of their collaboration was to approximate a film score ?without the images,? a soothing aural environment to stimulate the mediators imagination.
In creating the music, Tozzoli used the Sonnox Reverb, EQ, Dynamics and Inflator Plug-ins. Applying the Just Reverb setting helped him to create custom ambiences in conjunction with Altiverb and Eventide Space. He found the Inflator particularly useful on the acoustic instruments, in enabling him to increase their presence in the mix. He employed the EQ Plug-in to cut extraneous low end out of the reverbs, ?cleaning? the mix so as not to interfere with Deepaks voice - which includes numerous low frequencies. The Sonnox Oxford Dynamics Plug-in aided him in taming occasional instrumental ?peaks? in a clean, non-invasive way.
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