Jesca Hoop – birnCORE Presents Five Songs Live

Jesca Hoop - birnCORE Presents Five Songs LivebirnCORE – BIRN Cooperative Recordings, the independent record label of Berklee’s radio station the BIRN – has released an EP by the brilliant singer-songwriter Jesca Hoop entitled Five Songs Live.

The recordings were captured at Jesca’s solo performance at the Red Room at Café 939 in Boston in October 2013 and beautifully showcase her uniquely delicate style, stripped down to voice and electric guitar only.

I produced the record, which in this case simply meant overseeing the careful work of the Berklee students, alumni, staff and faculty who lent their skills to every aspect of this special collaboration.

You can listen and purchase the digital release at the birnCORE shop, iTunes and Amazon. A limited edition 10″ colored vinyl release is also available while supplies last.

New blog post: My experience with a crazy person

crazy-man A man has been impersonating me on Twitter with a spoof account he created to punish me. This has, regrettably, affected a number of friends and professional colleagues, and I am trying to stop it. (Twitter has a policy prohibiting impersonation intended to deceive others, and I have reported the spoof. So far, they are still allowing it.) [UPDATE: On the morning of March 5, Twitter finally suspended the spoof account.]

Several people I know have inquired about the story behind this, so I am publishing the entire wretched debacle here.

It began when this man (to whom I will refer as Crazy Person, not his actual name) sent a message to my Berklee email account. At the time, of course, I didn’t realize he was mentally ill (although in hindsight the clues are obvious)…

Continue reading here.

I have moved!

my new home.

After 40 years in Southern California, I have left sunny Los Angeles and made a new home in Boston. In addition to installing The Eye Socket in its fifth (!) location, I am now a part time faculty member at the Berklee College of Music (my official title: Assistant Professor) in the Music Production and Engineering department. (My faculty bio page is here.) My classes this spring semester are on the subjects of multitrack recording, mixing, and MIDI systems.

I will of course continue my usual production and engineering work alongside teaching, even carrying on with my collaborative endeavors (like The Legion of Doom and Real Space Noise) transcontinentally. Watch this space for announcements of upcoming projects.