The Art of Recorded Music


A canvas. A monitor.

A block of clay.

Human imagination is more fertile and expansive than all of them.

Human imagination is where the soundstage of recorded music is rendered.


Creating sound for a recording takes planning. Even a simple … Read the rest

Cut Me Some Slack – McCartney Nirvana

Famous band loses famous singer and breaks up. 20 years pass. More-famous singer is invited to work out a new song and jam, see what happens.  This happens. Good stuff.

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A Tale Of Two Setups

I was in my new all-analog studio last night with a simple task – dump from the 4-track tape machine to something digital so I could share the tracks just recorded with the artists.



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How You Hear Music


Listening 101

1. Directionality – Where is that sound coming from? Where exactly is that hi-hat sitting in the mix? Is the band in front of me or all around me?

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Dawg Gone Analog

It’s happening. I’ve considered and planned and anticipated this for 15+ years. But always compromised.

I’m going analog at the studio. Direct to tape. Outboard gear. No DAW. No computers needed at all.

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A Girl Like That

The obvious back story to “Jessie’s Girl”

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Best Thing Ever

Lofty headline, no?

Music is life. Perhaps we should all play music to each other, that might be a better world.

Instead we developed technology to record the music so we can play it on demand without musicians present.

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Word of the Day: Provenance

Provenance - Noun : originsourceplace of originbirthplace, fountrootspedigreederivationroot

You hear it on antiques shows and now you hear about it in digital music, and it’s … Read the rest

Take A Good Look At My Face

Smokey Robinson, one of American’s finest songwriters, has a new record out and it led me to find this gem:

10 years after smokey’s original, the seventies country rock thing was happening and a cutie by the name of Linda … Read the rest

To Keep You Satisfied

I love music. I love Beatles. I love studios. I love lamp.

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Get Your Hands Off by The Bernie Worrell Orchestra Live @Forge Recording

This is how you do it! Bernie Worrell and his new BW Orchestra (complete with big brass) throwin down live in the studio, early 2013:


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No Turning Back With Cody ChesnuTT

Since I don’t really pay attention to anyone’s social media noise I know I miss stuff, but you know, I usually find it in good time.

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Quick Studio Funk with Larry Dunn & Foley

Just a glimpse into the sessions for Foley’s killer 1993 release “7 Years Ago….Directions In Smart-Alec Music” featuring some keyboard love from original EWF player Larry Dunn, with a quick glimpse of GC at the end.

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Meganutt With The Hens – Weapon of Choice In The Studio



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Old School Or New Thing?

Further proof that all music is joined by a common thread that extends through space, time, and frame of mind: Social Distortion doing an acoustic in-studio. What year is this ? 1990? 2010? 1960? Love it.

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For All The Studio Rats

Wherever your studio may be, if you spend massive amounts of time there this one’s for you: Feel My Heat!

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That Was Really Super Laid Back

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