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Tributes: Phil Ramone

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Even though you may not know Phil Ramone’s name, you probably know the music stars whose work he produced – including Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, and Barbra Streisand among them.  Phil Ramone admitted in his memoir, Making Records, “Unlike a director (who is visible, and often a celebrity in his own right), the record producer toils in anonymity.”  Billy Joel acknowledged that “I always thought of Phil Ramone as the most talented guy in my band.  He was the guy that no one ever, ever saw onstage…  So much of my music was shaped by him and brought to fruition by him.”  Phil Ramone died at the age of 79 (though it was until recently reported he was only 72.)  And you can hear Leonard’s interviews with him from November 20, 2006 and October 16, 2007.

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Daedelus' Victorian Electronica

Friday, May 21, 2010

Musician and producer Daedelus creates music from orchestral samples, funky breakbeats, and anything else that strikes his fancy - including an inkjet printer. It sounds au courant, but his primary inspiration is England's Victorian era. Produced by Studio 360's Derek John.

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Noise Welcome At This Library

Friday, October 02, 2009

In the 1970's there was some surprisingly good material produced for music libraries. Turns out, future superstars were paying their dues by laying down these all-purpose tracks. Produced by Lawrence Lanahan.

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T-Bone Burnett

Friday, June 20, 2008

He's a legendary music producer who's crafted records by with KD Lang, Counting Crows, and Emmylou Harris; his first gig was playing guitar for Bob Dylan. But T-Bone Burnett's latest record, Tooth of Crime, is one of his own. He tells Kurt what went into ...

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Turn It Up To 11

Saturday, March 26, 2005

Songs don't take up any physical space, but musicians and their producers have to make a lot of decisions about scale, like the number of instruments used or even the size of the studio. Los Angeles-based musician Mark Stewart — a.k.a. Stew — and his writing partner Heidi ...

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On the Record

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Pop music is often endlessly toyed with, tweaked and layered before being released on CD. But producer Ethan Johns’ process is much cleaner without a lot of fuss. Trey Kay observed Johns at the helm while he produced an album for the rock band The Kings of Leon.

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Completing the Record

Saturday, June 05, 2004

The studio producer Ethan Johns rejects the endless tweaking and layering of tracks that have become industry standard for pop music. Johns’ process is much cleaner without a lot of fuss. Trey Kay caught up with him in the studio with the rock band The Kings of Leon. ...

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Ry Cooder and Manuel Galban

Saturday, February 01, 2003

Ry Cooder's love of Cuban music had worldwide resonance in 1998 when he brought some great, forgotten musicians back into the studio to create The Buena Vista Social Club. Since then Cooder has been busy producing CDs featuring some of the band's individual members. Guitarist Manuel Galban is at center ...

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Now Playing: Bardo

Saturday, April 20, 2002

A new record put out by American producers and a Russian rock star is finding its audience, despite the fact that the lyrics are complete nonsense.

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Editing Glenn Gould

Saturday, April 20, 2002

In the classical recording world, performance is thought of as a fluid, spontaneous art. But in post-production, thousands of tiny, inaudible edits shape the music to perfection. Should a listener care?

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Wah Wah

Saturday, February 23, 2002

For decades a rock star would never be far from a wah wah pedal. The wah, as it’s called, is a little smaller than your foot, and it does a simple thing, very well. The story behind how the tiny wah changed popular music.

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Danny Goldberg: Behind the Stars

Saturday, February 02, 2002

Kurt Andersen and Artemis Records chairman Danny Goldberg explore the intricate machinery of star-making. 

Goldberg is a 30-year veteran of the music industry. He started his career as a journalist for Rolling Stone and The Village Voice and went on to manage artists like Bonnie Raitt and Nirvana. He has been the president of several ...

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Danny Goldberg: Behind the Stars

Saturday, September 01, 2001

Kurt Andersen and Artemis Records chairman Danny Goldberg explore the intricate machinery of star-making. 

Goldberg is a 30-year veteran of the music industry. He started his career as a journalist for Rolling Stone and The Village Voice and went on to manage artists like Bonnie Raitt and Nirvana. He has been ...

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