Elaine Martone

Feb 1, 2003, BY CHRIS J. WALKER

A promising oboist 20 years ago, Elaine Martone never thought or aspired to be a record producer or, for that matter, a label executive. Nonetheless,...

We are the Mothers...and This Is What We Sound Like!

Jan 1, 2003, By Chris Michie

Frank Zappa has been justly celebrated as a composer, guitarist, bandleader, social and political commentator, scourge of the religious right and free-speech activist. Less commonly noted is that Zappa was an early adopter of almost every significant new recording technology since the dawn of multitrack, and often used those technologies and devices in entirely original ways.....


Jan 1, 2003, by David John Farinella

For Daniel Johns, linchpin of the popular Australian band Silverchair, the successful consummation of the band's fourth release, Diorama, started way...

Nashville Skyline

Jan 1, 2003, by Rick Clark

During the past year, it's become clear that certain major labels on Music Row are taking more of a chance on new production talent, and many of the resulting...

Elliot Scheiner


I once heard a group of established engineers debate who was the best all-around engineer. It should have been a difficult question, given the opinionated...

Classic Tracks: Jimmy Buffett's "Margaritaville"

Jan 1, 2003, by Dan Daley

Few other songs have defined an artist, an era, a place in time and space, and an attitude like Jimmy Buffett's The song, released in January 1977, continues...

The Big Trucks Keep Rolling


These are challenging times for every aspect of the audio business, and none more so than for the hearty souls involved in remote recording. The issues...

Bob Johnston

Jan 1, 2003, BY DAN DALEY

As we walk through the hall at BMI in Nashville, which has graciously provided a huge conference room for this interview, Bob Johnston gets accosted by...

Wilco's Sonic Adventure

Jan 1, 2003, by Gaby Alter

It was a hard road to completion for Wilco on their latest album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. The seminal alt-country band, which had previously collaborated...

Ralph Stanley

Jan 1, 2003, by Elianne Halbersberg

Ralph Stanley is known for his quiet demeanor. Of course, when you're a man of constant sorrow, perhaps it's best to let the music do the talking, which...

Andy East

Dec 1, 2002, BY DAN DALEY

Mark Twain may have been right about England and America as quite similar cultures separated by a common language. Although an increasingly global music...

Nashville Skyline

Dec 1, 2002, by Rick Clark

Recently, I received a call from a Cyril Vetter, a multitalented renaissance man from Louisiana, who wanted to turn me on to a project he had been producing...

Mi Casa Studios


The music industry has long understood that an audio project isn't really ready to distribute until it's been polished by expert hands in the mastering...


Dec 1, 2002, Chris Michie

The Scoring Stage at Marin County's Skywalker Sound recently hosted sessions for the cast recording of Baz Luhrmann's La Boheme. Produced by David Frost...

David Sylvian

Nov 1, 2002, by Chris J. Walker

An interview with David Sylvian and engineer Dave Kent about recording David Sylvian's new records, Damage and Camphor. Recording and mixing techniques and equipment used during studio production....

Recording Vocals

Nov 1, 2002, By Blair Jackson

Looking in on album sessions with rock titan David Bowie, up-and-coming chart-topper Avril Lavigne, the talented and sophisticated singer/songwriter Duncan Sheik and the incomparable soul vocal group Boyz II Men....

L.A. Grapevine

Nov 1, 2002, by Maureen Droney

The street construction that has plagued the Hollywood stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard for several years is finally complete. Much to the relief of...

Nashville Skyline

Nov 1, 2002, by Rick Clark

Last year, I happened to catch King Crimson playing at one of the local venues, a place called 12th & Porter. As someone who bought the band's first album,...



Interscope artists Dredg recently stepped into Track Records (North Hollywood) to work with producer/engineer Tim Palmer (The Cure, Pearl Jam). The group...

New York Metro

Nov 1, 2002, by Paul Verna

Question: How many artists record and mix -sounding albums at home in rooms so small that the studios can be vacuumed with a Dust-Buster? Answer: Too...

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