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Each song needs the right balance of harmonics, frequencies and transients to connect and move people. A record needs to be right for this moment in the artist's career and needs to sound great in thirty years from now. Connection is the name of the game, connecting each artist's unique voice and vision with individual listeners in three phases: their hearts (the vibe), their heads (sufficient clarity for the style) and their bodies (moving drivers to get them moving).
Beginning in the East Village at 19, Brian was a professional musician (guitar, voice, piano) who moved on the become a student of Robert Fripp and Guitar Craft through his 20s. He was then a tracking engineer, mixing engineer and eventually a producer of organic music (Ampex MM1200 2" tape). Mastering came last, and his experiences in all other phases play into Brian's uniquely musical take on the craft. Originally from the great music city of Columbus, Ohio he now works out of Los Angeles.
Modified solid state and new old stock tube gear in a short signal path fill a single desk of great power and flexibility. Speakers from the immensely clever German designer Joachim Gerhard, hand made by Immedia in Berkeley, California.
Located on a street with artists of all genres in Atwater Village, the Los Angeles room is a new concept in mastering design. The freestanding walls treat mid and high frequencies, while the low end is allowed to escape into the three story, open floor plan, concrete structure. This provides great low end clarity, and gives a more human connection to the outside world, via windows and fresh air. Mastering is about connection, and this design brings something to the work the "windowless cave" mastering room can not.
Lucinda Williams - The Ghosts of Highway 20
Channels the spirits and stories still out wandering a stretch of north Louisiana blacktop. With Bill Frisell and Greg Liesz on guitar. David Bianco mixing.
Dr. Dog - The Psychedelic Swamp
Dr. Dog reimagines the unheard demos that built the band on this all-new record.
Cage The Elephant - Tell Me I'm Pretty
Kentucky indie rockers make vintage modern with their best songs yet.
Ringo Starr - The Lifetime Of Peace & Love Tribute Concert
Ringo's songwriting is honored by many guest artists to raise cash and consciousness with this live set.
Marilyn Manson - The Pale Emperor
Manson returns with a critically acclaimed rock record that's sold over 350,000 globally. Produced by composer Tyler Bates (300, Guardians of the Galaxy, Californication).
The Arcs - Yours Dreamily
Dan Auerbach and friends on a compelling journey of sounds and songs.
Chet Faker - Built On Glass
9 ARIA Nominations, Certified Platinum.
The Black Keys - Turn Blue
Billboard US #1, CAN #1, AUS #1, UK #2. Three Grammy nominations for 2015.
The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band - So Delicious!
Rev Peyton goes iTunes Blues #1 with trailer pop blues, huge and hard.
Grace Potter - Midnight
Grace Potter strikes out on her own with rock meets pop.
Ray LaMontagne - Supernova
Produced by Dan Auerbach, USA #1 Rock release.
Dr. Dog - Live at a Flamingo Hotel
Captures everything that's so right about Dr. Dog.
The Arctic Monkeys - AM
Tchad Blake again mixing here, with riffs from Josh Homme. UK #1 for many weeks, International Top 10. One Grammy nomination for 2015.
Dr John - Locked Down
Mac, Dan A. and band all kill it on this Grammy winner, combining his real life stories with the sounds of 60s-era Gris-Gris and Babylon.
Ghost - Meliora
On Meliora, the masked metal madmen bring a modern edge to classic sounds. From Tom Whalley's Loma Vista Recordings.
David Lynch - The Big Dream
Brian has done the last two records for David as well as a number of records he's produced for others. Mixed by Dean Hurley.
The Black Keys - Brothers
This record in 2010 gave Brian's work new levels of international attention. Mark Neill Tracking, Tchad Blake Mixing. Multiple Grammys.
The Black Keys - El Camino
Multiple Grammy winning follow up to 'Brothers' with a more aggressive sound to compliment these 10 hot bangers.
Welcome To The Age Of My Body
The Delta Riggs
The Delta Spirit
Into The Wide
I Won't Be Long
All Or Nothin'
Birth Of Joy
Out Of Nowhere
The Soft White Sixties
Crazy Clown Time
Loud Is The Night
Port of Morrow
The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
Between The Ditches
Leave It All Behind
What Would Christ Do
Hanni El Khatib
Head In The Dirt
JEFF the Brotherhood
Yellow Red Sparks
Yellow Red Sparks
Jessica Lea Mayfield
Letters In The Deep
Echoes Of The Outlaw Roadshow
Live on Red Rocks
The David Mayfield Parade
Good Man Down
Semi Precious Weapons
The Pack A.D.
Do Not Engage
Who Made Who
Lee Fields & The Expressions
Length Of Arms
What Happened To The La Las
The Wolf You Feed
Young & Old
Thousand Foot Krutch
The End Is Where We Begin