How Music Dies (Or Lives)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
150 Mass Ave, Media Center
Ian Brennan, GRAMMY-winning producer with four GRAMMY-nominated records (Best World Music- 2011 and 2015, Best Traditional Folk-2006 and 2007) joined us for a discussion on the quest for musical authenticity.
 
How Music Dies (or Lives): Field Recording and the Battle for Democracy in the Arts is a virtual how-to manual for those on a quest for authenticity in an age of air-brushed and auto-tuned “artists”. The text is culled from a lifetime of “learning through failure” by producer and four-time author, Ian Brennan, and details the ways that the corporatization of music and inequitable distribution of artists is wreaking cultural devastation globally.
 
In the studio, he has worked with the likes of Kyp Malone & Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio), Flea, Tinariwen, Lucinda Williams, David Hidalgo (Los Lobos), Nels Cline (Wilco), DJ Bonebrake & John Doe (X, the Knitters), Jovanotti, Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney), Bill Frisell, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Jonathan Richman, Richard Thompson, and more.
 
Ian has also has produced live-shows of up to 15,000 people in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington (DC), Portland (OR), Tucson, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, and Boston with artists as diverse as Green Day, Fugazi, Merle Haggard, film-maker John Waters, Kris Kristofferson, Tammy Faye, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Vic Chesnutt, Peaches, and the Vienna Boys Choir.
 
“All recordings are ultimately ‘field-recordings’. They document life (...or lack thereof), and arise from a specific time and place. If that place is artificial, then the results will be as well. Ultimately, any technology exists only as a means to convey feeling, and has little to no value, otherwise, in-and-of itself.”
-Ian Brennan