Been trying to get to this since it happened in June but this summer has been, well... 

Last month we lost a great Record Producer, Rupert Hine.   

He was responsible for many favorite recordings of mine in the 80's and 90's.  I never looked for things he worked on, rather I would later find out that he was the producer behind many of the albums I was buying and music I was listening to.  Besides being a musician and recording artist himself, he was behind a very impressive array of musical artists.  


Some faves: 

Saga    Wind Him Up from World's Apart.

Plus the album Heads or Tales. 

Rush from Presto.   Love Neil's crash hit - like suspended in mid air. 

Duncan Sheik from the first album. 

From The Fixx's album Walkabout. 

Plus  all the great Fixx albums.    


SO many really great recordings !!




Alan R. Pearlman passed away today at age 93. Founder of ARP synthesizers.

Alan R. Pearlman passed away today at age 93. Founder of ARP synthesizers. He was nicknamed “ARP” as a kid growing up in New York City, so it seemed the perfect name for a company when he was later designing electronic musical instruments.  The first instrument created by Alan was the modular synthesizer known as the ARP 2500. The monophonic product was released years after the first Moog and Buchla instruments, but gained attention for several new features including the ever-popular function of not drifting out of tune, which was a common problem in the earlier products. Next came the now classic ARP 2600, and soon the company became a great leader in the growth and development of the electronic musical market.  

So now I know why it was named ARP!
The only time I got to use a real ARP was in a recording studio, they had an old ARP Odyssey. We were doing some very experimental stuff, and in the middle there was an interlude where I got to have some fun. I can still remember getting on tape one of the coolest sounding metallic/robotic sounds.

The classic Arp 2600, heard on its most famous example - Frankenstein:  @ 3:16 in


Perfect Pitch  

The first time I heard and saw Rick Beato was with his young son who was pulling out notes of complex chords that Rick was playing on the piano.   I see him more now reviewing bands and music and the first time I was thinking  "Oh I remember this guy from a few years ago - he's the one with that kid with perfect pitch."  You remember it because it is so incredible and something all musicians wish they had.    

Nearly forty years later I still remember that in all my musical travels, just Fran Zwolinksi, the keyboardist in the band I was in, and Gary Chapman, The Dean of The Conservatory I was attending were the only two people I ever met who had perfect pitch.  And this was among some incredibly talented and gifted musicians.  It was this God given blessing that we all would stand in awe of. 

Rick is great and the sessions with his son Dylan are fun to watch and fascinating.  

Check it out >>

Rick Beato Perfect Pitch

Animation. Always inspiring! 

   I can remember as a kid searching through TV Guide to see if Yellow Submarine would be  playing on TV.  This year marks its 50th Anniversary!   

I was a big fan of trippy animation then, and I still love it today. 

  Which brings me to Felix Colgrave.  I love this guy's work, strange at times (in a good way),  always so interesting and original..and funny too!   Cheers Felix !



Lamont Dozier 

50 years ago Holland–Dozier–Holland penned these incredible tunes.  Love is Here is one of my favorites from my favorite Motown group, The Supremes. 

This is an excellent ariticle and Mr. Dozier is still at it today.  And he's soooo right, the only way to not have the so-called writer's block is to just work through it:

Lamont Dozier: No such thing as writer's block.










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An insight into album artwork 

The album artwork from Prevailing Perception may look like computer graphics at first glance, or even painted, but it was all done via photography. The object consisted of a large glass vase filled with water with another smaller glass filled with colored water inside it. This was put over a reflective surface. It was done in the fall which put the sun at a low angle but... had the sun moving very quickly. After every few minutes of shooting I had to up and move everything. The different colors and designs you see were created from the varying angles that the light was coming through.