P&E Wing Monthly Update October 2015
Producers And Engineers Wing
September 22 – San Francisco – Art Of The Craft: P&E Classical Recording Master Class
Local members of The Recording Academy® gathered at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for an educational session hosted by mastering engineer Piper Payne and GRAMMY®-winning producer/engineer Leslie Ann Jones. With the help of the Conservatory’s artist-in-residence, Thalea String Quartet, Payne and Jones demonstrated DIY recording for classical music, including microphone selection and placement, utilizing both affordable and high-end gear in the Conservatory’s Osher Salon.
After recording several pieces with the quartet, attendees adjourned to two of the Conservatory’s adjacent recording suites where Jones and Payne each led breakout groups through critical listening exercises focused on the results garnered by their gear selection and mic placement. Following these guided listening sessions—and some additional performances by the Quartet—attendees adjourned to the Conservatory’s Atrium Café for continued discussion, mixing and mingling.
The Recording Academy San Francisco Chapter would like to thank Piper and Leslie Ann for their time and expertise, the Thalea String Quartet for their inspired performances; Sam Smith, MaryClare Brzytwa, Jason O’Connell and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for their support in planning and hosting the event, along with all of the members who were there to celebrate the “Art Of The Craft” that goes into making great classical music recordings.
September 24 – Nashville – P&E Wing Listening Session With Taylor Swift
Nashville Chapter Producers & Engineers Wing members joined Taylor Swift at The Tracking Room studios for an extraordinary presentation delving deep into the production behind five tracks from her double platinum release, 1989. Swift set the stage for the evening by discussing challenges she faced in her early career, then proceeded to share the inside details of her songwriting and production collaborations on 1989, including never-before-heard demos and personal cell phone videos. She also gave high marks to the album’s main mixer, Serban Ghenea and longtime producer Nathan Chapman. Following the presentation, Nashville P&E Wing committee co-chairs Frank Liddell and F. Reid Shippen formally welcomed a delighted Swift into the P&E Wing. In Part 1 of this three-part series, Swift recounts the musical journey that led to 1989 and dissects the creation of “Blank Space,” recorded with Max Martin and Shellback. Part 2 explores Swift’s collaborations with Jack Antonoff on “Out of the Woods,” and Ryan Tedder on “I Know Places.” Finally, in Part 3, Swift shares what it was like to work with Imogen Heap on “Clean” and Martin and Shellback on “Shake It Off.”
September 24 – Atlanta – GRAMMY Pro Up Close & Personal With Kaskade
The Recording Academy Atlanta Chapter, in association with the Producers & Engineers Wing®, brought multi-GRAMMY-nominated EDM producer/artist Kaskade to The Loft at Atlanta’s Center Stage Theatre for an extended interview with Billboard senior editor of Dance/Electronic, Matt Medved. In a pre-interview, Kaskade (aka Ryan Raddon) also spoke with GRAMMY-nominated engineer/producer Miles Walker regarding the current popularity of pop-driven EDM and what he envisions for the future of the genre. The onstage session with Medved delved into Kaskade’s songwriting process , the recording of his current release Automatic, and his overall commitment to being a music creator. Thanks to Chapter event sponsors Delta, City National Bank, Sean O'Keefe Events, SESAC and SunTrust Sports and Entertainment Group.
September 25 – Florida – GRAMMY Pro futureNOW
The Recording Academy Florida Chapter presented GRAMMY Pro futureNOW at the prestigious New World Center in Miami Beach, featuring an in-depth conversation with the legendary GRAMMY/ Latin GRAMMY-winning mastering engineer Bob Ludwig (Beyoncé, Coldplay, Daft Punk, Radiohead). The event began with an extensive solo presentation by Ludwig during which he provided a glimpse into Gateway Mastering, his world famous studio in Portland, Maine, and described his preferred tools, which range from vintage analog equipment to the latest digital technology. Following the presentation, GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY-winning engineer Carlos Alvarez (Marc Anthony, Ricky Martin, Alejandro Sanz) joined Ludwig on stage for a conversation that ranged across the breadth of Ludwig’s career, spanning a mind-boggling roster of artists and more than 50 years of innovation.
Notable guests in attendance were Tom Lord Alge, Mike Couzzi, Tim Mitchell, and George Noriega. Florida Chapter members in attendance included Dan Warner (Trustee), Melanie Masterson (President), Lee Levin (Vice President), Lauren Reskin (Secretary), and Governors Daniel Betancourt and Doug Emery.