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The Sound of Brotherly Love: Will Yip

There’s a wave of groundbreaking bands emanating from the Philadelphia/Greater Pennsylvania/Southern New Jersey suburbs, and record producer Will Yip and his Studio 4 facility in Conshohocken, Pa. are ground zero for this burgeoning movement.

Heavy Machinery: Record Producer Machine

The record producer known simply as Machine (a.k.a. Gene Freeman) has been shaping the landscape of modern music since emerging on the scene in the mid-1990s, back when the digital music revolution was still in its infancy. Armed with a sampler and a love of sonic fusion, Machine quickly made a name through wildly inventive remixes and other various auditory concoctions that merged elements of metal, hip-hop, and industrial into one seamless listening experience.

Behind the Music: Michael Kaminsky

Michael Kaminsky has always had an entrepreneurial spirit and an eye for talent. After starting his own computer company in high school, the California native headed to UC San Diego where he obtained a university grant and launched a popular college television station. In between classes, Kaminsky would search the web for up and coming bands and began directing and producing music videos in his spare time.

Warner Bros. Records

Jack Warner founded Warner Bros. Records in 1958, setting up a modest office above the film studio’s machine shop on the lot of Warner Bros. Pictures. In 1963, the record label acquired Frank Sinatra’s Reprise Records, securing the talents of the Chairman of the Board, along with the rest of the Rat Pack.

Managing the Iconic Emblem of Weirdness: Scott Booker

When Scott Booker began managing a ragtag group of freaks called The Flaming Lips in 1990, the odds were impossibly against him. The band had more charisma than musical ability, and they were from Oklahoma City, which in terms of the record industry might as well have been Pluto.

Sequencing Programmer

A musical score for film, television, or a video game endures several stages between the composer’s pen and the live orchestra recording. One of the final checkpoints is with the sequencing programmer, who converts sheet music to a simplified digital track.

Mix Engineer

Each part of a song, pertaining to the individual instruments and vocals, is recorded independently and then combined later to create one album track. At the completion of the recording process, all of the separate tracks are delivered as a DVD or virtual files to the mix engineer and transferred to a mixing console for the final production. A mix engineer is concerned with artfully assembling those tracks and adding effects for sound quality and aesthetic enhancement. This person also adds elements like fade and stereo pan.

Music Publisher

Until the early 20th century, music publishing referred exclusively to the printing and sale of sheet music. In the contemporary business model, music publishers secure rights to original material and exploit those rights by licensing the material for recording, airplay, inclusion in films and television, and a myriad of other commercial uses.

The Village

The Village is a recording studio complex, originally founded as the Village Recorder by musician and entrepreneur Geordie Hormel. The renovated facilities are housed in a converted Masonic temple built in 1922, giving the Village an alluring aura and unique architectural qualities (secret passageways!) that continue to attract clients. 

Cast Album Producer

For both the preservation of musical theater history and entertainment value, the producers of a Broadway or off-Broadway musical regularly commission the production of a cast album for new shows and popular revivals. Occasionally live performances are recorded and produced for sale as albums, but more often, the entire cast and orchestra are brought to a recording studio to lay down tracks.