No Island Media to Produce Short Tube Amp Master Doco

- Press Release

No Island Media, a digital media production company specializing in reality programmes for and about creative professionals, is producing a documentary on Benjamin Fargen and Fargen Amplification, to be released July 2006.

"There is a lot of talk about 'tubes' in selling music products to musicians", says No Island's Executive Director Trevor Andrews, "but the 'how' and 'why' of tubes is something that still seems arcane to most players. We all have the sense that tube amplification sounds better than solid state or digital modeling. What we are doing with Ben Fargen is looking at what goes into making world-class boutique amplifiers that merge the best of the old processes with the best of the new.

"It is the dedicated individual visionary that pushes culture forward by preserving the best of a tradition and playfully experimenting with that formula to create something new. You see that in people like Dave Smith, Emmett Chpaman, Leo Fender, Les Paul. Ben is that sort of genius and we are honoured to feature his work in our documentary series. If Mr. Rogers had visited a tube amplifier craftsman on Mr. Roger's Neighborhood, I don't know if I would be producing films today. It is my hope that we can inspire emerging musicians to seek out the best quality, to interact with rich traditions and to learn how to hear the key, subtle and important differences in musical tools that are too often wiped out through today's practice of homogenization of sound through over-production."

Free edits of the documentary will be made available via 30 video aggregators on the web and at Full length versions of same will be available for digital download in mutliple formats and in DVD form, also available at

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