Michael Beinhorn and Christian James Hand Analyze “Black Hole Sun”- January 26, 2018 NAMM

Friday, January 26- 5:00 pm- 6:00 pm Michael Beinhorn, producer of Soundgarden’s 1993 multiplatinum record “Superunknown”, and Christian James Hand, host of the popular “Sessions on Air” series, will dissemble and analyze that album’s most popular song, “Black Hole Sun”. They will discuss the development of this track and the production techniques that were used Continue Reading

TEC Tracks Presents- “Unlocking and Unleashing Creativity”- Thursday, January 25, 2018 NAMM

Thursday, January 25 — 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm California Ballroom A (Level 2) While most conversations about record production focus on equipment and technique, this panel will focus on the creative process and the role of the producer in that process. Grammy-winning producers Michael Beinhorn, Frank Filipetti, George Massenberg, and Ross Hogarth discuss their perspectives on topics including Continue Reading

The Session On Air Live – January 13, 2018 with Christian James Hand and Michael Beinhorn

The Session On Air Live – January 13, 2018- 8:00 PM  (SOLD OUT) Join Christian James Hand for The Session On Air Live on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at the Los Angeles College of Music in Pasadena. It will be a special evening discussing the work of record producer Michael Beinhorn and then, a dissection Continue Reading

Career records are not born- they’re made

These days, one, two, three months of time is unlikely to provide you with a career record. With the widespread availability of recording technology, anyone can now make a recording at their slightest whim. However, making a career recording is something quite singular and different. The term “career recording” connotes a specific point in an Continue Reading

Reframing the Recording Paradigm

Less than fifteen years ago, million dollar recording budgets were still common in the music industry. Today, only a handful of the most successful performers have access to such resources. Modern recording budgets are generally smaller and hover in the low five figure range. Many are artist-financed or patron-financed productions and often, don’t even involve Continue Reading

The Anatomy, Physiology and Function of “Wake Me Up”

Not long ago, I heard a song that was released in 2014 by an artist named Avicii called “Wake Me Up”. It’s well written, efficiently constructed (in the same way a pre-fabricated plastic shed one might purchase at Home Depot is efficiently constructed) and has a strong, sing-song melodic hook which the composers modified slightly to Continue Reading

Zoe Keating vs. Darth Vader in “Culture Wars VI; Return Of The Artist”

Currrently, there is a whole lot of flap and furore going on about Zoe Keating and the draconian policies that Google/ YouTube are attempting to smack her (and, presumably, every other artist who uses their service) down with.  By Zoe’s account, it appears that Google has been playing a classic game of bait and switch Continue Reading

Artist Development 1- Place Your Bets

I’d like to address something that I think is really weird and bizarre. This really weird, bizarre thing to which I’m referring is the deep, passionate and all-encompassing disinterest people in the music industry have for the concept of artist development. Efforting a bit of logic for a moment, you would think that an industry Continue Reading

INNOVATION, APPROPRIATION AND CONTEXT

I wrote this essay in response to two questions I was recently asked. The first question pertained to an ongoing discussion about the state of affairs in music. The second question pertained to my personal guidelines regarding what I consider musically innovative. It’s important to mention that to me, this wound up being more of Continue Reading