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, Mark Needham, Niko Bolas, and Ross Hogarth discuss their perspectives on Continue Reading

AES Presents- “Deconstructing The Mix- Rockit” with Michael Beinhorn and Christian James Hand- NAMM January 25, 2018

                                                                    Thursday, January 25 from 11:00 am- 12:00 pm                                                                     Laguna A (Level 4) Anaheim Hilton Join producer Michael Beinhorn (Soundgarden, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Hole, Soul Asylum, Korn and co-creator of “Rockit”) and Christian James Hand (“The Session on Air”) as they present an “unpacking” of Herbie Hancock’s classic track, for a uniquely in-depth 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

ARTISTS OF THE WORLD, UNITE

Artists-  You’re being forced into an untenable position by your increasing inability to earn a living from your efforts and hard work. You’re also being dictated to daily- schooled- by multitudes of business people (music and otherwise), so-called pundits, internet commentators, talking heads from the tech world, self-proclaimed tastemakers and occasionally, other performers.  All of Continue Reading

ART VS ENTERTAINMENT PT2- THERE IS NO ART INDUSTRY

The other day, I saw a blog posted on Facebook which largely condemned not only contemporary popular music, but this culture that permits and encourages such music and spectacle to take place for us and our children to see. I really appreciated how passionate the writer was and enjoyed many of the points he made. Continue Reading

ART VS ENTERTAINMENT PT1

The other day, I went to an exhibition of the artist Edgar Degas at a local museum. It was a great exhibit and I learned a lot. The accompanying commentary was fascinating and demonstrated how far Degas pushed the various media he used in previously unseen ways, all in the pursuit of his own expression. Continue Reading

Yeezus And Anger

Since someone wanted to know what I think about Kanye West, I decided to give his new record, “Yeezus” a listen. The experience of listening to “Yeezus” is behind me now. “Yeezus” feels a bit to me like Kanye trying to be edgy a la Nine Inch Nails or Manson by way of Rotterdam circa Continue Reading

WHAT WE’RE MISSING

I recently had an interesting conversation with my 19 year old daughter. We shot the breeze, eventually arriving at one of our favorite shared topics- music. She’d been to the Governor’s Ball festival in New York City and described some of the highlights- including a performance by Kanye West. According to her, he was very Continue Reading