My name is Michael Beinhorn and amongst other things, I produce records. You can see my CV on Wikipedia if you need more information regarding the work I’ve done. Apart from making recordings, I’m also concerned with the state of popular music, which is the idiom in which I work.

I’ve been producing records for over 32 years. I began producing because music has always been an overriding obsession in my life, and I was always fascinated with the prospect of working with it. Music has been exceptionally important constant in my life and it has been the same for many other people, too. Growing up, I saw how music affected people and how it could literally transform their lives- sometimes, within the span of a few brief moments.

Over the past few years, popular music has also become shockingly bad- so bad that fewer people take it seriously as the art form it truly is. This is reflected in how few people actually purchase it anymore, although more people than ever listen to it. Still, when they listen to it, they tend to be far more interested in how they’re listening to it; what kind of delivery device they own or the Beats headphones they’re listening to it on. It seems to me that if music is so amazing and so great, the device you’re hearing it on doesn’t really matter.

I’m not trying to suggest that people making music (or any kind of art) throw away their Pro Tools rigs and return to the good old days when everyone walked around in bell-bottoms, wore Birkenstocks and gave each other syphilis. However, there are great lessons to be learned from our shared past, and from others who have experience and are willing to share it with those who are receptive to it. Knowledge, as it is said, is power. Another applicable saying is, those who don’t learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them.

Because music has been there for me when I needed it, I have chosen to be there for it when I feel it needs me. This is why I have decided to speak up about what I see, what I feel  and what I know regarding popular music and the business which acts as its gatekeeper. I encourage anyone who cares about popular music and considers it something of great necessity- not just for themselves but for the society they live in- to do likewise.


17 Responses to About

  1. Nick Gray says:

    Hello Mr. Beinhorn,
    I had sent you an email in response to your “What I’m Doing About It Now (Redux)” to facilitator@michaelbeinhorn.net, but was confused if you checked that email or only accept replies from this site. Regardless, I just wanted to see if you got the message; if not, I can try and send it again. Thanks,

    Nick Gray

  2. Ralph Zünd says:

    Dear Mr. Beinhorn
    I`m a engineer with a little analog-rock n roll studio…searching for infos about that “ULTIMATE” 8Trk / 2″ thing that you entered 🙂 (by the way: thank you for that!!)
    Is it possible to get in contact with you personally?

  3. Hi Michael, it’s Maggie Kim. Don’t know if you remember me but we met many years ago in LA. I experienced my first omakase with you! While looking for something in my email archives tonight, I came across some of yours and was struck by the wisdom in them, which probably wasn’t fully grasped by a 20-something me. But they were wonderful to read (again) and I took a moment away from my work to find you here. Nice to see you and will be perusing your blog. (I’ve got one as well, clearly. Now I’m a writer and mama in Paris.) I hope you’re very well! And thank you for your words from a decade ago that still resonate today. Best, M

    • Maggie-

      It’s nice to hear from you- glad to know that you are well and enjoying life. I’m pleased that you found whatever I wrote meaningful and hope you will find something similar in my blog posts.

      Congratulations on your family and being a mom.

      All the best-

  4. dan.markham@gmail.com says:

    Hi Michael,
    Your writing is very poor (structure, grammar, etc.); I think you should get a professional to write this blog. You can still keep your name on it, but if you could farm it out, that would be great! 🙂

  5. M. says:

    Hi Michael,

    Since I opted out of Facebook, I was wondering if there are any other means of contacting you privately?

    – Thomas

  6. Lawrence Deveney says:

    I like this blog! Also, you’ve produced some very awesome albums.

  7. Hi Michael,
    We were friends back in 78 when I worked at Pantasia Recordz with Cliff Cultreri, back then we were known as Cliff Cee and I as Joe Tee. Now folks call me Bicycle Joe. It was a very exciting time on the LES then, all the music coming into the store off the street, people getting their acts together and collaborating. I’m still downtown and part of a much changed scene but it still has an urgency and vibration that keeps me excited and in the clubs. I just saw Dee Pop in one of the clubs last Friday. He and the Bush Tetra’s played the week before at Le Poison Rouge. It was a great show.
    I know and work with all kinds of local musicians helping them get gigs and forge new collaborations. Pretty much what I’ve always done. Check out some of my amateur video captures of some of the bands I’ve become friends with. If your in the city hey give me a shout.

  8. Cait Eybers says:

    Hi there Mr Beinhorn

    What a great relief it was to find your blog! I’ve never read anything before that resonates so much with my own opinions on the state of music today. Would you be so kind as to provide me with your email address or another way to contact you privately?

    Many thanks,

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  10. tomp says:

    i think your ideas are perfect and quite insightful. give me a good recording media and a few 160xs and lets make some great music that touches our souls and gives us great joy, thank you for a wonderful blog! tomp.

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