The key to music production is bringing the artist forward - out of the musician or the singer. Everyone - and I mean everyone - has an artist within. But the key is mutually deciding what that artist stands for, who they are, what their unique voice and message is, and manifesting that in sound and presentation. That's what makes a great artist and a great production that is natural, unforced and powerful emotionally. And that is what creates a market and an audience. Anything short of that, makes no sense to put effort into.
I have been producing singers and musicians since the early 1990's. During that time, I've been fortunate to be entrusted with the production for some extraordinary artists. A few examples are presented below:
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The first thing that impressed me was the different way he had the instruments relate. Miles Davis' In A Silent Way was a complete surprise to me. It was 1969. I was 13, living in Vermont. I had never heard anything like that. I was hooked. Putting things together in a new way was what turned me on then and what turns me on now.
So when it finally came time to do my own project, I tore down the tradition and the influences, modeled different approaches with technology to see what would work, and then generated from that space.
The result is called World Rising.
Because it is.
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I'm the kind of person who likes to join influences that come from different worlds - in order to see what kind of cool things can come from that.
For years, people talked about "multimedia" like it was the future, but most people who talked about it were techies more than artists. As a person who straddles both worlds, I was interested in taking a technology - like DVD multimedia - and utilizing it for artistic purposes.
This was the genesis of the Path of Peace project - joining visual art with surround-sound inspired audio. It's kind of a long story, but the short synopsis is that I got together with the best painter I ever knew and created something that I hope will stand the test of time.
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A sonic and visual experience featuring the surround-recorded solo piano music of Ben Dowling and the moving paintings of NEA recipient Mark Wagner. Product comes as a CD and DVD in one package. Music is available in digital formats.
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This project was influenced by Joe Zawinul and features some amazing musicians: Will Kennedy on drums, Bob Shephard on reeds, Satnam Ramgotra on tabla, Niki Haris and the late, great Carl Anderson on vocals—among MANY others. Music is available in CD and digital formats.
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My life is dedicated to creating expansion in the arts such that a transformation takes place within the human family - creating peace, understanding, compassion and whole lot of incredible music!