Song-engineering by committee

When a song is composed by a committee of songwriters and producers, it’s not so much written as it’s constructed. In this process, each participant is like a structural engineer working on a building project and they bring a specific element or skill set to the table- the sum total of which is intended- instead Continue Reading

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

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

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

The Facade of 300

I think I just got the true significance of the new music company, 300. In my estimation, there’s much more here than what first meets the eye.                   Up till now, streaming services have been doing little more than recycling pre-existing works (Beats Music- which is being Continue Reading

In Praise Of Re Recording Your Masters

One upon a time, at the tender age of 23, I found myself in a recording studio working on record with no less of a personage than Herbie Hancock. This recording was meant to mark the end of Herbie’s tenure as an artist with Columbia Records and although no one wanted to say so, instead 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