That Weird Thing That Happened To Recording Studios


Recording studios used to be the place where music was written and produced, but since the ’90s their role in music production has undergone a dramatic change. This week’s episode examines the plight of the modern recording studio.

In this episode, we talk to producers and studio veterans from both coasts about the technological advances, changes in production methods, and ever-shifting musical styles that have made for tough times at recording studios. Dave Amlen of MSR Studios tells us how New York City studios survived and how hip hop helped.

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The famous Neve 8020 from Sound City Studios

Song Machine

Then we chat with John Seabrook, a writer for The New Yorker and author of the new book, The Song Machine. John tells us about the new way hits are made, and the small group of producers from Stockholm who are making a large portion of them.

You can listen to Musonomics on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitchr, and iHeart RadioThe Song Machine by John Seabrook is available at your local bookstore (…and on Amazon). The opening of this episode features a clip from the 2011 documentary, Sound City, and because Lee Ving is so wonderfully intense, watch the clip in its entirety below.