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for her work with Tool, System of a Down, Johnny Cash and Prince,
Sylvia Massy has received over 25 gold and platinum records including
awards for her work with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sevendust and
Tom Petty. Shes also an accomplished fine artist, a published
columnist, in-demand educator and relentless entrepreneur.
But to her many friends, shes just Sylvia, the Radiant Being.
month Sylvia Massy and Chris Johnson announced the release of a
book they co-authored about unusual recording techniques called
"recording Unhinged" published from Hal Leonard. It was
released in June 2016 and has been a number one best-seller in Amazon's
books on Recording and Sound. Interviews and contributors for the
book include Hans Zimmer, Geoff Emerick, Bob Ezrin, Bruce Swedien,
Michael Franti, Bob Clearmountain, Al Schmitt, Elliot Scheiner,
Linda Perry, Ross Robinson, Matt Wallace, Ross Hogarth, Shelly Yakus,
Paul Wolff. Massy also illustrated the book with how-to diagrams
and whimsical session cartoons.
In the 2000s, Massy wrote a regular column in Mix Magazine called
"Gear Stories." She wrote an essay about Thomas Edison's
contribution to the recording industry which helped award him a
posthumous "Technical Grammy" award in 2010. As a graphic
artist her artwork recently appeared on the cover of Grammy nominated
Lisa Haley's "King Cake" album.
cover of the March 2016 issue of Electronic Musician Magazine features
Massy's illustration of a dinosaur and a robot in a battle, representing
the ongoing competition between analog and digital in the studio
recorded Billy Corgan and the Smashing Pumpkins (Rick Rubin producing)
in studio B at Sound City, Van Nuys, California, on her vintage
Neve console. the same Neve 8038 console from Sound City followed
Sylvia up to her Weed, California, studio, Radio Star. Massy and
her Neve then moved to Ashland, Oregon in 2014.
now lives and works out of her private studio, installed into an
old church in Ashland, Oregon. Recent projects include Pink Grenade,
which she engineered, mixed, produced and arranged strings. The
album features performances by members of the Wu-Tang Clan and actor
Johnny Depp. She produced and engineered Australian band Filthy
Lucre and Swedish theatrical metal band Avatar. She also recently
mixed for Cage The Elephant and Soilwork.
continues to work as an independent producer, mixer, educator and
music promoter. She recently appeared on an episode of "Pensado's
Place", an industry video program with producer/mixer Dave
Pensado and was nominated for "The Big Award" at the Pensado
Awards in 2014 . Massy is a member of NARAS and served on the P&E
Wing Steering Committee and Advisory Boards. In 2009, she traveled
to Washington D.C. to lobby for Musician's Performance Rights and
continues to be involved with musician, producer and educational
advocacy work on behalf of NARAS. In February 2016 Massy won the
Music Producers Guild's "MPG Inspiration Award" at the
MPG's Awards show in London. The award was presented by John Leckie.
an educator Massy has given lectures at Berklee College Of Music
in Boston, at SAE Institute's audio engineering school in London
and presented recording workshops in Dresden, Germany at Castle
Rohrsdorf and at Mix With The Masters in Les Studios de la Fabrique
in Saint-Remy-de-Provence in the south of France. She's also been
featured in educational videos and documentaries by LinkedIn, Lynda.com,
Paypal and Sound On Sound.
And we approve her coffee logic (below)!
this flying eyeball during the Blood Party sessions. It was given
to drummer Paul Wilson
at the end of the sessions.
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