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Monday, October 7 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
“The Past, Present and Future of Recording”
Moderator: Howard Massey, On The Right Wavelength Consulting
Michael Bradford (aka Chunky Style)
Patrick Leonard
Larry Levine
Arif Mardin
Phil Ramone
How has the art of music recording changed over the past four decades? What is the state of the art today, and where is recording going?
Join us for a lively, fascinating discussion as five of the world's top record producers talk about how far we've come and get out their crystal ball for a glimpse into the future.

Multi-instrumentalist Michael Bradford (a/k/a Chunky Style) is one of today's hottest producers. Best known for his co-productions of Kid Rock's controversial "The History Of Rock" and Uncle Kracker's hit single "Follow Me," Bradford has also worked with Run-DMC, Terency Trent D'Arby, and Gregg Alexander, and has collaborated with renowned arranger Paul Buckmaster on a number of movie soundtracks.

Keyboardist Patrick Leonard produced Elton John's critically acclaimed 2001 album "Songs From The West Coast," and recently completed the new album for Duncan Sheik. He has also produced Madonna, Jewel, Bryan Ferry, Roger Waters, and Rod Stewart, and has enjoyed fame as both a solo artist and as half of the 90s rock duo Toy Matinee.

Larry Levine is responsible for some of the greatest classic rock recordings of all time. As Phil Spector's longtime engineer, he helped craft the "wall of sound" that made records by The Ronettes and other Spector artists sonically unique. Levine also manned the board for numerous Beach Boys albums, including the legendary "Pet Sounds," as well as Ike and Tina Turner's famed "River Deep, Mountain High." He has also recorded Herb Alpert, The Righteous Brothers, Billy Eckstine and The Ramones.

Arif Mardin has been one of the prime architects of contemporary music for more than four decades. A skilled pianist, arranger and composer, Mardin's discography reads like a who's-who in the history of rock, soul, and rhythm and blues: Young Rascals, Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, Patti LaBelle, Bee Gees (yes, he's the guy who first got Maurice Gibb to sing in falsetto!), Average White Band, Hall and Oates, Roberta Flack, Bette Midler, Chaka Khan, and Phil Collins, to name just a few. Mardin recently scored another bullseye with the massive success of new artist Norah Jones.

Phil Ramone is one of the most revered names in the music business. A former child prodigy and classically trained violinist, the Pope of Pop has produced an astonishing list of platinum-selling artists, including Billy Joel, Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon, Ray Charles, Elton John, Bono, Quincy Jones, Madonna, Tony Bennett, Carly Simon, Gloria Estefan, Luciano Pavarotti, Natalie Cole, B.B. King, Paul McCartney, Sinead O'Connor, George Michael, James Taylor and Jon Secada. He has also produced numerous theater, television and film soundtracks and is currently working with on album projects with Rod Stewart and Liza Minnelli.

Moderator Howard Massey is a noted industry consultant and veteran audio journalist. He has written for Home Recording, Surround Professional, EQ, Musician, Billboard, and many other publications, and is the author of eleven books, including "Behind The Glass," a collection of interviews with the world's top record producers. Massey has also worked extensively as an audio engineer, producer, songwriter, and touring / session musician.

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