SAVANNAH, GA â€” A group of Savannahians have teamed up to produce the worldâ€™s first scent-enabled music album. Yes, you read correctly. Itâ€™s now possible to smell the music you listen to.
The first CD equipped with scent-technology is UNLEASHED by ZAN, who lives and records in Savannah. ZAN and her band play a mix of Pop, Funk Rock and New Age music.
â€œThis is going to revolutionize the music industry,â€ said Eric L. Winbush, President & CEO of Savannah-based Daddâ€™s Production Inc. Winbush recorded and produced UNLEASHED for ZAN in his Southside Savannah studio. â€œWhen ZAN sings about flowers, you can actually smell the flowers. Itâ€™s like youâ€™re in a flower-filled meadow,â€ Winbush said.
The company that invented the technology for ZANâ€™s scent-enabled CD is TriSenx Holdings Inc., also based in Savannah. TriSenx beat out a number of other research and development firms in a multimillion dollar race to create and patent the technology.
For the scent-enabled CD to work, one must purchase a Scent-Dome that plugs into a computer. As the computer plays songs, the teapot-sized Scent Dome releases different fragrances triggered by code embedded in the CD.
Winbush said, â€œYou plug the Scent-Dome into your computer, pop in ZANâ€™s CD, and youâ€™re in sensory heaven.â€
TriSenx President & CEO Ellwood G. Ivey, Jr. has invited ZAN to tour the U.S. starting this Fall to promote UNLEASHED and the scent technology. Itâ€™s already received publicity in such media outlets as NBCâ€™s Today Show, ABCâ€™s Good Morning America, CNNâ€™s Hotwired, Ripleyâ€™s Believe It or Not, and Business Week. Partners of TriSenx include: NASA, Microsoft, Netscape and others.
The TriSenx/ZAN National Tour will feature around 20 concert dates. Many of the shows will be hosted by public school systems as part of a national essay contest on how smell influences learning. A tour schedule will be released this Fall.
ZANâ€™s album UNLEASHED is charting across the country, Winbush said. The album is in the Top Ten in markets in Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Pennsylvania, Missouri, New York, Oregon, Texas, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and Canada. Sheâ€™s even cracked the major metropolitan markets of New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., Philadelphia and Montreal.
ZAN, who writes her own lyrics with some help from Winbush, says she draws off personal experiences for musical inspiration. She describes her sound as â€œHipaPop – Funk Rock – New Age.â€ Born in Lebanon, ZANâ€™s music has a Middle-Eastern influence. Winbush added guitar riffs and uptempo rhythms to her songs, and the result has been a charting record.
Sony has bought three of ZANâ€™s songs to use for video games and movies, and two others to use for television shows. You can listen and buy ZANâ€™s album UNLEASHED, as well as her first album 1 Of The Stars, by visiting CD Baby.
Daddâ€™s Production Inc. (www.DaddsProduction.com) is an independent record company based in Savannah, GA. Founded in 1992 by current President & CEO Eric â€œRunchyâ€ Winbush, Daddâ€™s Production is a full-service recording label offering: Music and Lyric Writing; Recording, Mixing and Mastering; Booking, Staging and Tour Support; and CD Manufacturing, Pressing and Duplication. Winbush has toured with various musical acts as a producer and engineer, including The SOS Band, notable for popularizing the use of the Roland TR-808 drum machine in popular music. Savannah musical artists signed with Daddâ€™s Production include: ZAN, Jimmy Brown, NET, and Jeanette Illidge.
TriSenx Holdings Inc. (www.Trisenx.com) is a research and development company based in Savannah, GA that specializes in multi-sensory technologies. Founded in 1999 by Ellwood Ivey, Jr., TriSenxâ€™s mission is to develop multi-sensory products that enable digital olfactory diffusion, especially in the field of education. Its patent-protected technology is available for licensing in a variety of fields-of-use. For example, TriSenxâ€™s Scent Dome ($369) is a computer peripheral device that releases different fragrances triggered by computer code embedded in such items as music CDs, Emails and Web pages.
International recording artist ZAN (www.sonicbids.com/zan) was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon. After mastering the native arabic music of her country, ZAN moved to America where she could explore other musical styles. Luck paired ZAN with record producer Eric Winbush in 2000. The duo combined her arabic style with his mixed style to produce a Pop, Funk Rock, New Age sound. ZANâ€™s first album, 1 Of The Starz, was released in 2001. Her current album, UNLEASHED, is charting in the Top Ten across the U.S. and Canada in markets small to large