Phil Ramone (1934-2013)

The Producer of Many Influences

By on 3-06-2008 in Winning People

by Gary Powell

It was March 6, 2008 when this story wrote itself. At this time of Phil Ramone’s passing, it seems appropriate to remember his influence on me and the music I compose and produce.

Phil Ramone Gary PowellGlenn Richter, a longtime ally of mine and professor of music at the University of Texas, called this morning and invited me to have lunch with Phil Ramone. There are two producers in this world that would make me get dressed this fast. One is Sir George Martin, whom I have already met and briefly worked with. Phil Ramone is the other. Also present at the lunch were Executive Director of the NARAS – Texas Chapter, Theresa Jenkins and Project Director Jennifer Vocelka along with Ed Evans, Director of Technical Operations for Villa Muse and UT Recording Technology professor Mark Sarisky.

Red Staple Premiers at SXSW in Austin

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Yes, there is every reason that you, the independent musician, will want to learn about Red Staple, the newest resource for leveling the promotional playing field. Up until now, “LP” content for songs on iTunes has been reserved for major labels; not any more. Red Staple is a fast and affordable tool for LP creation.

Welcome to Red Staple. We’re helping musicians, film makers, distributors, artists, bloggers and others package content in a unique way for digital platforms.

Their service provides a variety of templates to which you can add your own design elements. But more important, it is not limited to song releases. Red Staple can also help deepen your audience’s experience for all of your digital projects, be it music, film, photography or blog. It’s also an effective tool for wedding videographers, event planners and for conferences as well.

Thirty Years with Larry Seyer

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by Gary Powell Larry Seyer, Gary Powell

Larry Seyer and I met in 1978 at Wink Tyler’s Austin Recording Studio when we both arrived in Austin to start our careers. I only have a few hours left to celebrate this 30th anniversary before 2009 hits, so I’ll write the book later. Cheers Larry. Another thirty years might be possible given the advances in medicine and our continuing good looks!

Sir George Martin – “In My Life”

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Producers Gary Powell - Sir George Martin
by Gary Powell

Coming home from the dentist in the spring of 1997, I found an unusual message on my answering machine. It was a female voice with a very proper British accent asking, “Gary, Sir George Martin is calling from London. Would you please ring us back?” I was not used to the title of Sir being in front of the Beatles’ producer’s name, so it took me a minute to snap to.

Ted Kryczko Honored as “Distinguished Alumnus”

University of California at Irvine

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ted kryczko distinguished alumnus uci
by Gary Powell

Just thirty years after earning his MFA, the University of California at Irvine (UCI) awarded Walt Disney Records’ Vice-President of Artist & Repertoire (A&R), Ted Kryczko, with a Distinguished Alumnus Award on May 8th, 2008.

The Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UCI has adopted the motto, “Create. Explore. Innovate.” Certainly, no one has ever reached Ted’s achievement level in the music business without understanding the full intentionality of these three verbs. Now, continuing his relationship with his alma mater, Ted is currently serving on the Dean’s Leadership Council at Claire Trevor School of the Arts. Ted Kryczko brings a big presence to my studio in Austin and now the students of drama and music at UCI will also benefit from his years of experience.

Phil Ramone (1934-2013)

The Producer of Many Influences

By on 3-06-2008 in Winning People

by Gary Powell

It was March 6, 2008 when this story wrote itself. At this time of Phil Ramone’s passing, it seems appropriate to remember his influence on me and the music I compose and produce.

Phil Ramone Gary PowellGlenn Richter, a longtime ally of mine and professor of music at the University of Texas, called this morning and invited me to have lunch with Phil Ramone. There are two producers in this world that would make me get dressed this fast. One is Sir George Martin, whom I have already met and briefly worked with. Phil Ramone is the other. Also present at the lunch were Executive Director of the NARAS – Texas Chapter, Theresa Jenkins and Project Director Jennifer Vocelka along with Ed Evans, Director of Technical Operations for Villa Muse and UT Recording Technology professor Mark Sarisky.