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

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

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