Praised by Roger Waters for “capturing a whole new dimension for the work” in his surround mixes that give fans “the chance to hear the music as [we] always intended,” producer and engineer James Guthrie has mixed/mastered almost every release related to Pink Floyd (in various media forms) since 1978’s The Wall, including the heavily-acclaimed 2011 remasters of the entire Pink Floyd catalogue. Guthrie’s first efforts with the band resulted in his receiving the 1980 Grammy Award for Best Engineered Recording, Non-Classical and the 1982 BAFTA Award for Excellence in the Craft of Sound. Acknowledged by his peers as the preeminent surround sound specialist, Guthrie was invited by the band to make several Pink Floyd albums in a 5.1 format. His 2003 surround mix of The Dark Side of the Moon, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the classic album, won numerous prizes from within the industry. Guthrie is also at home working within other musical genres, having collaborated with a diverse list of artists, including Kate Bush, Ambrosia, Queensryche, Toto, and The Pointer Sisters.
A glimpse at Guthrie’s making of the Wish You Were Here surround mix.
Gilad Cohen (www.giladcohen.com) Praised by the Israeli Prime Minister Award Committee for “creating a personal language fusion that has a unique dimension” in music that is “fascinating, vibrant and drawing the ear as well as the heart”, Gilad Cohen is an active composer, performer and theorist of concert music, rock and musical theatre. Gilad’s music was performed at numerous venues in the US, Europe, Asia, and Israel, and he is currently a PhD candidate in Composition at Princeton University. Gilad’s article about large-scale structure in Pink Floyd music will be published in the summer by Resling Publishing House (Tel-Aviv).
Troy Herion (www.troyherion.com) is a composer and filmmaker whose work unites contemporary music with visual arts through chamber and orchestral music, opera, theater, and film. Troy is pursuing a joint PhD in Composition and Interdisciplinary Humanities at Princeton University.
Dave Molk (https://soundcloud.com/davemolk) is a graduate composer at Princeton University. He writes mainly percussion music for soloists and small ensembles. Recent studies have focused on computer music and EDM.
Shaugn O’Donnell is an electric guitarist and music theorist. His research focuses on post-tonal analysis, transformation theory, and rock music, particularly psychedelia and improvisation. He identifies the source of all these interests as Gilmour’s slide work on “A Saucerful of Secrets” after seeing Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii on the big screen in his youth. Several Stratocasters, a few detours, and a lifetime later, he finds himself completing the circle by introducing the Pink Floyd catalog to students in seminars as a member of the music theory faculty at The City University of New York.
Ryan Sarno (ananalog.bandcamp.com) is a guitarist, poet, occasional disc jockey and long time Pink Floyd enthusiast living in Princeton, NJ. His own (haphazard) fingerstyle guitar music backtracks from expression to form, relies on an arsenal of extended techniques, and contains strains of Fahey, Ornette, and Indian classical, but is mostly just idiosyncratic. He recently founded and has made no progress in promoting Ananalog Records as a platform for his own projects.
Nigel Smith is William and Annie S. Paton Foundation Professor of Ancient and Modern Literature at Princeton University. He has published mostly on 17th century English, especially Milton, Marvell and the literature of the English Revolution. He is currently finishing a study of the relationship between the state and literary production in early modern Europe. He also plays bass, guitar and mandolin in, and composes for, Wayside Shrines, which he founded with Paul Muldoon (www.waysideshrines.org), and is currently setting some of John Donne’s poetry to music in collaboration with Andrew C. Lovett.