Neil Young's Life "Outside the Box"

Total Media Group creates truly participatory user
universe within Neil Young Archives Vol. 1 1963-1972

South San Francisco, CA - June 4, 2009 - Total Media Group (TMG) today announced and detailed their creative services and technical involvement in the recently released and groundbreaking Neil Young Archives. Previously untapped, TMG pushed the creative edges of the Blu-ray and BD Live technology revealing an unprecedented participatory user experience that "will change how bands present their history and how fans experience art."

Unparalleled to date, TMG's creative interface design and architectural structure is a completely fresh approach. This creative work brings new levels of interactivity and a one-on-one experience that was essential to capture the depth, breadth and vision of Neil Young and his life.

"People have spoken about the scope of this Archives as literally putting Neil Young's life in a box" said Toshi Onuki, Creative Director, Total Media Group. "But, in truth, we bring Neil's life out of the box, and allow the listener to explore and experience it. We pushed the creative boundaries in hardware and software in new ways to capture the essence and detail of the expansive universe of Neil's life and work."

Neil Young and Archives Producer, L.A. Johnson of Shakey Pictures engaged TMG for this project over 4 years ago. Handing them a wealth of music, manuscripts, never before seen sketches and clippings, they challenged Toshi Onuki and TMG to design, manage and organize an outside the box absorptive and interactive interface that would showcase the amazing content, and leverage Blu-ray technology.

Utilizing a myriad of tools TMG designed the entire look of the Archives to compliment the dynamic demands of the long-awaited project. By using an old style file cabinet as the main concept, TMG designed an interface that is artistic and functional, invites participation, encourages exploration, and even creates a sense of discovery.

In all, the Archives have over 13 hours of video content and more than 3000 menus - carefully crafted by Total Media Group using original elements from Young's personal collection.

Through the design, TMG was able to fundamentally affect how users interact with the Archive. It is this functionality, created specifically for the Neil Young Archives, which has met with universal acclaim and broken new ground. With the deepest creative implementation to date on these platforms, TMG has created a new and unique archival organization, architecture and navigation for Neil Young that has set a "...precedent that may be impossible to top."

About Total Media Group
Total Media Group is a creative management and media communications company utilizing state-of-the-art technology, proven best practices and cutting edge innovation. TMG produces mission critical marketing, entertainment, music, documentary, training, commercial, and multi-media and event experiences innovating with the latest technology while relying on over 30-years of expertise and excellence.

Total Media Group provides inception to delivery support with a full compliment of in-house production, design and post-production capabilities. The staff consists of creative development experts, writers, designers, production, post-production, and administrative teams.

About the Neil Young Archives Vol. 1 1963-1972
The Neil Young Archives Vol.1 is the first in a series of archives produced by Neil Young himself. The Blu-ray and DVD editions are sold in a durable custom display box that houses a lavish 236-page full-color hardbound book that features additional archival materials, tapes database, and detailed descriptions of the music and artwork; a foldout Archives poster, a custom keeper for the 10 sleeved discs, and more.

The archives have been long awaited by fans. Neil Young has delayed the release for decades while waiting for the technology to catch up with his vision. "Previously, there was no way to browse archival material on a Disc and listen to a song in high resolution at the same time," said Young. "It is important for me that the user experience the high resolution music along with the archival visual material. Previous technology required unacceptable compromises in quality and access. I am glad we waited and got it right."

Audio in the Blu-ray edition is presented in 24-bit/192 kHz stereo PCM, the highest available resolution today, while audio in the DVD edition is presented in 24-bit / 96 kHz stereo PCM audiophile quality sound. Each of the 10 Blu-ray discs feature 1920x1080 high definition picture quality while the 10 DVD discs have 720x480 standard definition picture quality. The CD edition is sold in a custom disc keeper for the 8 sleeved discs and descriptive booklet. Blu-ray offers BD-Live and the highest quality audio. It is the preferred format for the Neil Young Archive.

Production Credits:
Directed by Bernard Shakey
Executive Producer: Elliot Roberts
Producer: L.A. Johnson
Associated Producer: Will Mitchell
DVD & Blu-ray Art Direction: Toshi Onuki
Graphic Design and Post Production by Total Media Group
Edited by Toshi Onuki
Poster design: Toshi Onuki
Archivist: Joel Bernstein