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MusicMy music is all about the cats I have had the pleasure to work with in the recording studio. Here are some of them: Ryan Adams, Jeff Allen, The Astrojet, Bacon Brothers, David Bason, Jay Bellarose, Oren Bloedow, C&C Music Factory, John Cale, Clara Venus, Tim Cramer, Custom, Da Novo Dahl, Vanessa Daou, Howie Day, Milo Decruz, TJ Doherty, Charley Drayton, Dare Dukes, Ivan Evangelista, Fat Joe, Chris Feinstein, FF, Harley “Cromag” Flanagan, Floppy Sounds, Chris Garneau, GIRLS, Micah Green, Simon Hale, Debbie Harry, Jason Hart, Frederick "Toots" Hibbert, The Hong Kong, HR (of Bad Brains), Hurry Up Offense, Ice Cube, Inward Eye, Irwin, Mikki James, Jihae, Matt Johnson, Mike Jones, Jonny Lives!, Jay Joyce, Ben Kalb, Francois Kevorkian, Jeff Krantz, Davey La, La Laque, Abe Laboriel, Jr., Las Rubias del Norte, The Leisure Class, Gerry Leonard, Pete Levin, Jack Livesey, Taj Mahal, Jesse Malin, Pamela Sue Mann, Winton Marcellas, Moby, Momo, Pete Nashel, The New York Dolls, The Nightrats, Nous Non Plus, Eric Paparazzi, Shawn Pelton, David Parker Percell, The Picture, David Poe, Catherine Popper, Lauren Pritchard, Psychic Drive, Raging Slab, Johnny “Rags” Ragusa, Res, Dave Rice, Kevin Salem, Adam Schlessinger, Senator, Teddy Shapiro, Duncan Sheik, Todd Sickafoose, Demian Sims, Christine Smith, Spring Awakening The Musical, The Still Out, The Strokes, Joe Taylor, Todd “Speech” Thomas, Marc Anthony Thompson (Chocolate Genius), Suzanne Vega, Noe Venable, Mike Visceglia, Rufus Wainright, Jon Weber, Wussy, Doug Yowell, Toshikazu Yoshioka, Rachel Z.
BooksDepressing long novels
HeroesIggy, Lead Belly,George Orwell, Ben Franklin, James Beard, James Williamson, Amy Goodman
DETROIT ROCK CITY: Michael Tudor is musically and personally a product of Detroit, Michigan, his hometown after a brief infancy in Mt. Vernon, Iowa. Michael's parents, a poet-professor-sailor and a dancer, surrounded themselves and Michael with culture, from highbrow to pop. His dad brought home the same records his college students were listening to, and so Michael was submerged in the rock and pop sounds of the 60s and 70s. Picking up the guitar at the tender age of 11, by 17 Michael had styled himself as a Detroit rocker in the great and glorious tradition of the Stooges and MC5. He signed on as guitarist and one of the four core members of The Leisure Class, an eclectic and eccentric Beefheart/ Bonzo Dog/Tubes-style band. He bent chords and twisted hellfire rock riffs on his Gibson SG as the angsty persona Sal Monella.
NEW YORK CITY HIGH AND LOW: At 20 Michael drove straight out of Detroit to New York City, performing on East Village rock stages with The Leisure Class and other bands. As his angst waned and his drive to realize his musical potential refined, Michael enrolled at the Mannes College of Music as a classical guitar major with an agenda to learn the theory and structural possibilities of music and sound. The time spent at Mannes immersed him in the mathematical and intellectual underpinnings of music and unlocked the sound systems of classical masters from Stravinsky to Berg to Ives to Beethoven.
PRODUCTION AND ENGINEERING: When Michael graduated from Mannes in 1992, he sought out an internship at Axis Studios, eager to learn the ropes of recorded sound. Under the severe tutelage of Francois Kevorkian, Michael learned studio recording at a time when digital recording technology and MIDI sequencing was just coming into the mainstream. Kevorkian was one of the first studio owners in New York to combine these with the traditional analog technology typically installed in studios' main rooms, rather than to delegate the new technologies to edit rooms and preproduction suites. Everyone at Axis became extremely well versed at getting all the technologies to talk to each other and function simultaniously in a musical way. This was a crossroads moment in recording history, and for Michael it was a thorough introduction to what would later dominate recording and change the face of the industry forever. After apprenticing at Axis, Michael had the tools he needed to begin creating new sounds with the perfect beauty of his favorite recordings. Some of those records were archival snapshots of a band's performance, some used the studio itself as an instrument to create sounds not possible in performance. Fascinated by both of these extremes and everything in between, he became more addicted with every session, challenged by the incomprehensible idea of making the best music possible and still surviving in the Business. In 1997, Michael became partner at TMF Studios, where he engineered the likes of Moby, Duncan Sheik, Rufus Wainwright, John Cale, Fat Joe, and many others. In addition, he and long-time cohort Timothy Cramer started Maelstrom Music, a sound design company that created, edited, and mixed sound for TV and multimedia. During his time at TMF, he teamed up with Nashville native Chris Feinstein to produce a series of recordings of New York rock bands. Under Michael's and his partner Mark Richardson's direction, TMF became a clubhouse for emerging local talent, such as The Astrojet, Clara Venus, and Mikki James. These sessions spawned great collaborations and put TMF's production company close to the pulse of East Village rock music.
MICHAEL TUDOR IS PRESENT: Now Michael has a new operation, Defiant Recording and Production. Michael is not in it just for the music. He is attracted to the personalities in music, and the studio presents a great opportunity for him to meet interesting musicians and team up creatively, with the recordings as the result. He has always had a healthy disregard for the hype surrounding popular culture, and he has the work ethic, experience, and imagination required to invent and develop solid material. All of these traits have helped him to be both true to his ideals and successful. For him, the song and the performance have always been the most crucial pieces of the puzzle. To combine the essence of an artist with a great song and a great performance has been his biggest thrill. The tools in the studio are only there to convey that message in its purity and in the ultimate distortion of two left and right stereo speakers.
For News and Discography, check out Michael's website at www.mtudormusic.com
GALLERY OF WORK IN THE FIELD
Who I'd like to meet:Musicians and artists that are at the same time both sweet and awesome.
- Status: Married
- Here for: Networking, Friends
- Hometown: Detroit
- Zodiac Sign: Leo
- Smoke / Drink: No / Yes
- Education: Grad / professional school
Mannes College Of Music
1988 to 1992
- New York, NY
- Graduated: 1992
- Student status: Alumni
- Woodstock/New York City, New York US
- Head Honcho
- New York, New York US