Category Archives: Music: Making it, Listening to it.

Behind The Release: Grizzly Bear Shields

The sound of Shields is the last thing you might expect from a collaboration between the abstract indie rockers Grizzly Bear and a mainstream mixer like Michael Brauer. Click here to read the full story behind the making of Grizzly Bear’s Shields on SonicScoop

Also posted in Behind The Release, October 2012, Producer Profiles, SonicScoop, Sub-Feature 1 | Comments closed

Theremin, A Mania

This is a guest post by Steve Macfarlane In keeping with the season, let’s talk a little bit about what is perhaps the most typecast instrument in the history of film scoring: the theremin. You know it the instant you hear it – that flesh-tingling, blood-chilling, eyeball-popping, whistling-wheezing-whining sound burnt into your unconscious by dozens […]

Also posted in Featured Stories, Guest Posts, October 2012, Technology | Comments closed

The Studio as an Instrument

The 133rd AES Convention is right around the corner, and in just a few short weeks, my editors at SonicScoop will be flying me out to San Francisco to check out all the festivities, talks and new technologies and report back. Last year, I was honored to be invited to the 131st convention as guest […]

Also posted in Behind The Release, Featured Stories, October 2012, Producer Profiles | Comments closed

An Appreciation: Grizzly Bear’s Shields

More than once in my life, I have been called a “hater”. That is only half-fair. It’s true that once I find out which direction the bandwagon is headed, I run the other way, but I prefer the term contrarian. “Hater,” to me, implies an impulse toward negativity with no end goal. I am less […]

Also posted in Featured Stories, Guest Posts, New Releases, October 2012 | Comments closed

Scientist and SonicScoop Launch New Podcast Series, “InputOutput”

Click Here to Subscribe to InputOutput Podcast for FREE on iTunes. Want to take Scientist with you on the go, but hate walking into lamp posts? Like words, but think reading is for four-eyes? We have you covered. This month we’re happy to announce that Trust Me, I’m a Scientist is launching an all-new podcast […]

Also posted in August 2012, Featured Stories, Industry Trends, New Releases | Comments closed

How To Release an Album in the 21st Century

A few days ago, I organized and ran sound for Amanda Palmer’s Kickstarter party. Some of you may know Palmer for her work with her old band, The Dresden Dolls, for her solo albums on Roadrunner Records, or for her collaborations with her husband, the acclaimed author Neil Gaiman. Those of you who haven’t heard […]

Also posted in Behind The Release, Featured Stories, Industry Trends, June 2012, Most Popular | Comments closed

The Best of Both Worlds: “Mid-Fi” Recording with DIIV & Daniel James Schlett

Daniel James Schlett is probably one of the best engineers I know under age thirty. I don’t say this because he works out of one of my favorite studios, Brooklyn’s Strange Weather Recording, but in spite of it. The more work he gets, the harder it is for me to book the place for myself. […]

Also posted in All Stories, Behind The Release, May 2012, Producer Profiles, Sub-Feature 1 | Comments closed

Behind The Release: Lost in the Trees – A Church That Fits Our Needs


Ari Picker, the singer and principal writer for Lost in the Trees was older than most students when he got started in the film scoring program at Berklee College. Now he’s 30, a recent graduate with a bachelor’s in music, and probably one of the only members of his class who has a record deal […]

Also posted in Behind The Release, May 2012, Sub-Feature 4 | Comments closed

Beyond Behind-the-Glass: Deeper Reading for the Thoughtful Recordist

This is a guest post by musician and writer Jay Sherman-Godfrey. As long as I’ve been a musician, I’ve enjoyed reading about music almost as much as I’ve enjoyed making it. My bookshelf and record collection have grown together, one informing the other, and I’ve discovered that keeping up with music literature enhances my appreciation […]

Also posted in All Stories, April 2012, Featured Stories, Guest Posts, Rants and Raves | Comments closed

Behind the Release: Something – 5 Questions with Patrick Wimberly of Chairlift

Something is an unusual record. It’s atmospheric yet danceable, plaintive but poppy. Its sound sparkles with a lustrous coat of wax, but it’s unafraid to remain decidedly off-kilter if not a little weird. Underneath the shimmering production are Caroline Polachek’s startlingly well-performed vocals and a good handful of strongly-written songs. Chairlift has gone through a […]

Also posted in All Stories, Behind The Release, March 2012, Sub-Feature 4 | Comments closed
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