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Past Event: How the Business of Music Affects the Sound of Records

November 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Location: NYU Steinhardt Studios, 35 West 4th St, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10012

Moderated by: Jonathan S. Abrams, Nutmeg Post

Speaker(s): Dr. Simon Zagorski-Thomas, Reader in Music, London College of Music, University of West London

Simon Zagorski-Thomas’ new book, The Musicology of Record Production, looks at the theory behind record production.  He examines both how you can analyse the sound of recorded music and the process of making it.  In this talk he will look at the business of music, both in terms of the industries that produce the technology and the record companies that broker the deals that make productions happen.  How do these business deals make a difference to the actual sound of the recordings that get made?  Using a series of examples, he will explore some of the ideas from his book.


About the Presenter:  Simon Zagorski-Thomas is a Reader at the London College of Music, University of West London. He is a director of the annual Art of Record Production Conference, a co-founder of the Journal on the Art of Record Production and co-chairman of the Association for the Study of the Art of Record Production ( His publications include The Art of Record Production (co-edited with Simon Frith, 2012). Before becoming an academic he worked for twenty-five years as a composer, sound engineer and producer with artists as varied as Phil Collins, Mica Paris, London Community Gospel Choir, Bill Bruford, The Mock Turtles, Courtney Pine and the Balanescu Quartet. He continues to compose and record music and is currently conducting research into the musicology of record production, popular music analysis and performance practice in the recording process.

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The Musicology of Record Production at Cambridge University Press

Posted: Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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Past Event: The Vinyl Resurgence

October 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Location: The New School for Jazz Performance, 55 West 13 St, 5th floor

Moderated by: Robert Auld (AuldWorks)

Speaker(s): Scott Hull (MasterDisk), Paul Gold (Salt Mastering), Kevin Boutote (formerly Vanguard Records)

After the introduction of the Digital Compact Disk in 1983, it was only a matter of time until the vinyl LP would be obsolete, a relic of the past like 78's and open reel tapes.  That was what everyone thought.  Indeed, by the mid-1990's, the major record labels had stopped issuing albums as LPs.  Twelve-inch singles hung on because DJs wanted them for "scratching", but the vinyl album was dead—or so it seemed. 

But after the turn of the century, something surprising happened: some artists decided to issue their albums as vinyl LPs as well as CDs.  At first it just seemed like a "niche" thing, but then, sales actually started to increase.  We now find ourselves in an age where, as CD sales and file downloads are dropping off, vinyl album sales are going up, to the point where existing pressing plants are having trouble keeping up with the demand. 

The reasons for this resurgence can be debated, but it is undeniable that there is now a generation of audio engineers and producers for whom the vinyl LP is something new.  It is time for a new look at the strengths and limitations of this venerable audio format.  To that end, we have invited an expert panel to share their experience and knowledge about the making of LPs.

Scott Hull: A 28-year veteran mastering engineer and the owner of Masterdisk studios in NYC, Scott started his career in 1983 and has mastered hit records and classic albums in every genre, as well as many Grammy winning titles. Scott is consistently listed in the top 10 of the Top 100 Professionals list at

Paul Gold: Paul learned his way around the record cutting lathe by working with the late Al Grundy, who knew everything there was to know about how to operate, build and refurbish record lathes and cutter heads. Paul has since founded Salt Mastering and has become one of the go-to guys for vinyl disk cutting on his Neumann VMS-66 lathe.

Kevin Boutote: Kevin is currently chief audio engineer at the Manhattan School of Music. From 1977 to 1980 he was in charge of quality control for vinyl at Vanguard Records.  From 1987 to 1995, Kevin was on staff at CBS Records(Masterworks)/Sony Classical/Sony Music, engineering many front-line classical projects, and mastering reissues for CD, including the MasterSound gold CD series, beginning in 1993.  He will fill us in about what is involved with plating and pressing vinyl records, and related manufacturing issues.


Posted: Monday, October 6, 2014

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Past Event: "Muscle Shoals" A special film presentation

September 9, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Location: Dolby Screening Room 1350 Avenue of the Americas Street Floor

Moderated by: Presenter: Jonathan Abrams, Nutmeg Post

Speaker(s): Host: Ken Hunold, Dolby


 The New York Section of the Audio Engineering Society

invites all folks

who are actively involved in professional audio


to join us for a most informative evening. 


Students are especially welcome.


“Muscle Shoals”


A special film presentation


Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, Rick Hall brought black and white together to create music for the generations. He is responsible for creating the “Muscle Shoals sound” and The Swampers, the house band at FAME Studios that eventually left to start its own successful studio known as Muscle Shoals Sound. Gregg Allman and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals’ magnetism, mystery, and why it remains influential today.


This beautifully made documentary tells the story entirely with first-person accounts and contemporaneous

session footage. 


Director:  Greg 'Freddy' Camalier.


Producers: Stephen Badger, Greg 'Freddy' Camalier.


Contributors include Gregg Allman, Bono, Clarence Carter, Jimmy Cliff, Aretha Franklin, Rick Hall,

Mick Jagger, Alicia Keys, Spooner Oldham, John Paul White, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge, Candi Staton and Steve Winwood.


The film is provided by Swank Motion Pictures.


Posted: Thursday, September 4, 2014

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