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In the broad sense, a raga is a set of rules or constraints that binds the performance of a singer or a musician in such a way that it induces a certain emotion or mood in the minds of the listeners. Although the raga is governed by certain rules, not every set of notes that follows those rules becomes a raga. This is because the raga has to ‘induce an emotion’ and that is what makes this concept abstract and intriguing.The raga is not a scale or a tune or a mode. It is more like a framework that binds all these things together.Each raga has a name, and generally an associated time of day when it is best performed, depending on the mood it projects.
I designed this control room in 2007,as a freelance project, for a musician's private studio in Florida. The primary desire was a room in the spirit of a vintage free field recording environment. The playing room is 19' x 38' with vaulted ceilings and an incredible view. The console is a Neve 8048, which came out of a studio in the UK, and was spectacularly refurbished by Fred Hill. The desk is integrated with a 32 I/O ProTools HD system for storage and editing. The Neve provides spectacular analog front end and monitoring facilities. The main montors are plenum mounted Genelec 1037C's with Adam nearfields. Construction management was handled by David Trucks, and the audio hardware integration was done by Bobby Tis. The first album recorded here, Already Free by The Derek Trucks Band, won the 2009 Grammy for Contemporary Blues Album of the Year.
Metropolis DVD, from a feature article in
Metropolis DVD, an extension of Sterling Sound, was one of the premier DVD authoring and production environments in New York City.
Being an early adopter of the Sonic Solutions DVD Workgroup environment, Sony Video Encoding technologies and Pioneer DVD Media technologies, they were among the first successful independent DVD pre-mastering studios in the United States.
Metropolis DVD - The original starup team
Sterling Sound, NYC
Chief Technical Engineer
Electric Lady Studios, situated in New York's Greenwich Village is one of the most historical music recording facilities in the United States. I had the opportunity to be involved in the upgrade of Studio C and a complete rebuild of Studio A in 1987.With George Augspurger as the acoustic consultant and Rupert Neve as console designer, we installed the first Focusrite Recording console in the US. At various points I had the pleasure of working withDennis Alichwer, Ron Meersand, J. Mark Tindle, Jeff McBride, Jamie Chaleff, Brigid Daly, Ken Steiger and Craig 'Hutch' Hutchinson.
Bearsville Studio A Playing Room
Two views of Bearsville Studio B. I designed, and installed the interfaces and managed this upgrade done in 1985, at the behest of Bob Clearmountain, that included an acoustical upgrade and the addition of 48-track facilities including 2 Studer A-800 24-track machines and an SSL 4000 console.
Bearsville Studios was built by Albert Grossman, a wise and kind man, who I consider to be one of my greatest mentors. He passed suddenly from our midst on Jan. 25th, 1986.
Albert helped organize the first Newport Folk Festival, in 1959, and he managed the careers of many folk and rock luminaries of the 60s, including Peter, Paul and Mary, The Band, Janis Joplin and Bob Dylan. He was regarded by some as cryptic and opaque, but even his adversaries acknowleged that he was implacable in protecting his artists' integrity. Those who knew him well were those who understood his deeply intellectual sense of humor.
Boogie Hotel Studios
This unassuming Victorian, with a wrap-around porch and large theater attached to the hidden Northeast corner. It was set on Main Street in Port Jefferson, NY. and was originally The Slavic Cultural Center. it became Foghat's home, and dubbed The Boogie Motel in 1979 and was upgraded to a commercial live-in recording studio called The Boogie Hotel in 1980.
The Café and Dining area was a great gathering place between takes and at all hours. At the far end was the bar, a model of an old English Pub, and then there was a full catering kitchen and all the amenities beyond the swinging stained glass doors.
The playing room at Boogie was created from the entire audience area of the original theater space.
It's 28' x 48' playing area with multi-tiered balconies on both sides offered innumerable acoustic possibilities and the stage was converted into concrete and tile echo chambers which became a solid favorite with mix engineers.
The popularity of live performance recording brought many producers and engineers to the studio for the amazing flexibility, state of the art gear and the opportunity to capture a single take, complete performance with the unique character of that room.
Dave Peverett, Craig MacGregor, Rod Price, Roger Earl