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THE RECORDING ACADEMY® PACIFIC
NORTHWEST CHAPTER, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE PRODUCERS & ENGINEERS
WING AND GUITAR CENTER PROFESSIONAL, PRESENTS THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
STUDIO SUMMIT '09
Symposium at Seattle's Experience Music Project Hosts Legendary
Producer Roy Thomas Baker, GRAMMY® -Nominated Producer Johnny K,
and Leaders of the PNW Producer and Engineer Base, Discussing New Business
Models, Technical Evolution and Ongoing Challenges in a Changing Industry
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (April 15, 2009) —
In what has become a widely anticipated event throughout the Pacific
Northwest's professional audio community, on April 4, 2009, The Recording
Academy® Pacific Northwest (PNW) Chapter, in partnership with The
Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing, Guitar Center Professional
and Seattle's Experience Music Project (EMP), presented the Pacific
Northwest Studio Summit '09. The JBL Theatre at the EMP hosted a day
filled with panels, shared technology and networking among the region's
top audio professionals.
This year's Summit featured input from some of the area's
most successful producers, engineers and mixers, including Martin Feveyear
(Mudhoney, Blue Scholars), Steve Fisk (Nirvana, Soundgarden), Stuart
Hallerman (Alice in Chains, Modest Mouse), Mike Jones (Death Cab for
Cutie) and Geoff Ott (Nickelback, Melissa Etheridge).
To meet the demands of the current industry landscape,
technology and music topics were discussed within the context of how
the business of recording music is fundamentally changing. The event's
first panel, moderated by producer, author, educator and PNW Chapter
Governor Bill Gibson, underscored this theme, as Feveyear, Fisk, Hallerman,
Ott, Johnny K and GC Pro's Steve Palermo discussed the challenges facing
the industry and the methods by which these individuals approach the
Observations on those topics and others were also presented
during an hour-long, one-on-one feature interview between Chicago native
GRAMMY®-nominated producer Johnny K (Disturbed, Staind, Plain White
T's), and PNW Chapter Governor Glenn Lorbecki. Senior Executive Director
of the P&E Wing Maureen Droney interviewed the event's keynote speaker,
Roy Thomas Baker (Guns N' Roses, The Rolling Stones, Smashing Pumpkins,
Queen). Baker shared insightful and often humorous commentary on his
long career, set to presentation featuring audio and video clips from
various stages of his career.
"The Studio Summits have always helped keep the Pacific
Northwest Chapter and our other Chapters at the cutting edge of technology,"
said Maureen Droney. "In recent years they've gone beyond that,
bringing forth experiences, ideas and approaches about how to handle
the changing business and economic climate in the recording industry.
Furthermore, during times like these, the Summits also help reinforce
the sense of community that the P&E Wing has always worked to create,
and that was illustrated clearly and happily on this day. We look forward
to continuing this series of events coast to coast throughout The Recording
Academy's 12 Chapters."
The Recording Academy's Annual Pacific Northwest Studio Summit brings
together studio owners, engineers, producers and artists for an event
designed to strengthen and promote the Northwest recording industry.
The Summit features a prominent keynote speaker, Northwest-based panelists,
and trade tables. Past participants include Steve Albini (Nirvana, Big
Black), Larry Crane (Sleater-Kinney), Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden),
Funk Daddy (E-40, Sir Mix-A-Lot), Glenn Lorbecki (Violent Femmes), Keith
Olsen (Ozzy Osbourne, Heart), Nile Rodgers (Madonna, Mick Jagger), and
Al Schmitt (Diana Krall, Duke Ellington).
Photo File 1: PE_PNWSummit09_1.JPG
Photo Caption 1: Pictured L-R: Glenn Lorbecki (The Recording Academy®
Producers & Engineers Wing Co-Chair), Maureen Droney (P&E Wing
Senior Executive Director), Johnny K (GRAMMY®-nominated producer),
Lizzy Moore (The Recording Academy West Regional Director), Ben London
(The Recording Academy Pacific Northwest Chapter Executive Director).
Photo courtesy of The Recording Academy® / Photograph by WireImage.com
Photo File 2: PE_PNWSummit09_2.JPG
Photo Caption 2: Roy Thomas Baker (Producer), Ben London (The Recording
Academy® Pacific Northwest Chapter Executive Director), Johnny K
(GRAMMY®-nominated producer). Photo courtesy of The Recording Academy®
/ Photograph by WireImage.com © 2009.
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization
of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that
is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life
for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards
— the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence
and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is
responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment,
advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues
to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating
for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible
part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please
Currently, 6,000 professionals comprise the Producers
& Engineers Wing, which was established for producers, engineers,
remixers, manufacturers, technologists, and other related creative and
technical professionals in the recording community. This organized voice
for the recording community addresses issues that affect the craft of
recorded music, while ensuring its role in the development of new technologies,
recording and mastering recommendations, and archiving and preservation
initiatives. For more information, please visit www.producersandengineers.com.
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