Sunday, September 4, 2011
Eighties musician Michael Sciuto announces the re-release of his classic album, "Edge", as well as two never-seen-before '80s music videos.
Los Angeles, CA, September 03, 2011 (Straight Line PR) -- Most people who lived through the 1980s still reminisce about the stars that glittered on the music scene during that decade. While many artists have faded from memory, the genre they left behind is still hugely popular today. '80s music has a perfect blend of anti-establishment rebelliousness woven in with pulsing good time grooves, catchy hooks and clever lyrics.
Bands like INXS, Duran Duran, Flock of Seagulls and Robert Palmer dominated the charts in the '80s, and their sound and style is very much alive today in the hearts of the Generation X and Baby Boomer populations.
Michael Sciuto is one of those '80s artists who has remained active into the 21st century. Having been featured in an '80s MTV music video with Dennis DeYoung, lead singer of Styx, Sciuto also toured with John Stamos of ABC's Full House in the band Jessie and the Rippers, as well as a brief stint appearing on ABC's Full House TV show. He was endorsed by Marshall Amps and Ibanez Guitars, and he created some designs for those companies back in the '80s. As a studio bass player, Michael has appeared in many sessions on the LA studio scene, performing on tracks for a variety of artists.
Sciuto recently re-released his '80s music album "Edge" after overwhelming requests from fans of the '80s music genre. Also being released this year are two remastered Michael Sciuto music videos that have not been previously published.
Of course, Sciuto's best-known video appearance was in the short, iconic video from the classic days of MTV, where he is seen playing bass with the lead singer from Styx, Dennis DeYoung, in his solo effort, "Don't Wait For Heroes." This Dennis DeYoung video can still be found occasionally on VH1 Classics, or it can be viewed on You Tube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dJlSxiczhc
Sciuto was originally signed by music mogul and manager Monty Lipman, of Universal Music, who went on to sign artists such as Taylor Swift and Amy Winehouse. Later, Sciuto also worked with Steve Longo Management, who was with Westwood One Radio at the time.
"Most baby boomers are now easing into their golden years," said Sciuto, "but '80s music reminds them of what life was like for them almost thirty years ago, giving them a fresh glimpse back into their past." The "Edge" album was actually released in 1988, but became popular in Europe in 1999, showing how timeless Sciuto's music can be. Shortly thereafter, Sciuto got busy raising a family, and dropped out of the music scene for a while, never actively promoting "Edge" in the United States. The album's title song, originally called "Living On the Edge", was written years before the release of Aerosmith's 1993 tune, "Living on The Edge", prompting Michael to shorten his title track to simply "Edge". "Now, years later, it is great fun to hear from fans who reconnect with my songs," says Sciuto.
Today, Michael Sciuto works behind the scenes in many online endeavors and has now brought "Edge" back off the shelves for re-release here in the states, as well as the worldwide stage, for '80s music lovers everywhere.
His classic '80s album "Edge" is now available at: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/michaelsciuto
About Michael Sciuto:
Studio musician and songwriter Michael Sciuto has been involved in the music industry and LA music scene for many years. Having toured and recorded with his brother Tony Sciuto, Michael won the Marshall Amplifiers Marshall Stun Solo contest in 1986. His work is now enjoying a resurgence as interest in '80s music is being renewed.
To hear clips from or order his re-released hit album, "Edge", visit http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/michaelsciuto
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Listed online gaming and entertainment company 2UP Gaming PLC (2GM:GR) has appointed Australian game developer 3 Sprockets to produce its first animated 2UP game.
London, UK, September 05, 2011 - 3 Sprockets specialises in producing games and applications for web, desktop and mobile devices.
2UP managing director Peter Bentley says the appointment is a milestone for the company in creating the game playing mechanics and automation behind the coin toss game.
“Appointing 3 Sprockets is a major step in moving forward with the evolution of the 2UP suite of products,” Mr Bentley says.
“The mechanics developed by 3 Sprockets will utilise the Unity gaming engine, a leading industry development tool, to operate our game with full 3D effects.
“2UP will allow users to play against other people from anywhere in the world, either for fun or for money.”
Mr Bentley says there are decades of experience between the staff at 3 Sprockets, and 2UP’s decision to award the contract to them will take advantage of their knowledge and expertise to ensure the game is appealing and interactive for users.
“The design will allow users to interact with the game and choose their own avatar when they log on to play,” Mr Bentley says.
“The sound effects and overall atmosphere for the website will create a unique experience enabling users to be immersed within the game.
“Multiple virtual rooms will be designed from an ‘Aussie outback’ theme in a tin shed, to the high end ‘Casino Royale’ style, with more themes to be added over time.”
3 Sprockets director Seon Rozenblum says building the 2UP game is something very exciting and different for the company.
“The company has been wanting to do something new, and 2UP is different to anything else out there at the moment,” Mr Rozenblum says.
“This means the opportunity to develop the 2UP game is really exciting for us, as we get to leverage our expertise in the Unity engine into a new breed of online gaming.
“The process will be a 6-month project and should be ready for closed live testing by the end of the year.”
Mr Rozenblum was creator and owner of Melbourne based Sector3, a successful Game Development, Animation and Visual FX company that he sold in March 2010 before establishing 3 Sprockets.
The core focus of 2UP Gaming PLC is the coin toss game, a game that is played in most countries around the world where players make a call on whether two coins being tossed in the air will fall as two tails or two heads. A correct call wins.
This will be underpinned by other unique and established gaming and wagering options to be released as part of its growth plans.
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