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Johannes Welsch

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Johannes Welsch
Born (1960-11-28) 28 November 1960 (age 63)
OriginSaarlouis, Germany
GenresAvant-garde, progressive, minimalism
Occupation(s)Percussionist, producer/audio engineer, teacher
Years active1994–present
LabelsSonic Flame, Art Stew Records, Deep Listening, NUUN Records

Johannes Welsch is a German percussionist, recording engineer and producer living in Canada. He is the son of German industrialist Hans Welsch and, on his mother's side, the grandson of European statesman Johannes Hoffmann.[1] He began his career teaching executive programs in Europe before entering the music industry in North America. A percussionist since the 1970s, he has been performing regularly with a large collection of gongs both as a solo performer or in collaboration with other artists since 1994.[2] He is best known for his Deep Listening Label releases "Sound Creation" (2012) and "Dunrobin Sonic Gems" (2014).[citation needed] Welsch is the founder of the Dunrobin Sonic Gym, a center for the exploration, production and experience of sound and music in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.[3][4]

Management & management education: 1990–2000[edit]

From 1991 to 1993 Welsch served as the Director of Postgraduate Studies at the Universitätsseminar der Wirtschaft (USW) at Gracht Castle near Cologne, Germany, where he taught executive programs. During the second half of the decade Welsch grew critical of management education and academia in general as evidenced by the publication "Reflections on Professional Cynicism in Education and the Management of Education Organisations". From 1993 to 1997 he served on the Supervisory Board of DSD Dillinger Stahlbau GmbH in Germany. From 1996 to 1999 Welsch was an International Fellow at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.[5]

Music producer and recording engineer: 2001–present[edit]

In 2000, while attending the Omega School of Applied Recording Arts & Sciences, Welsch built a low budget, professional recording studio in Fulton, MD with Scott O'Toole, who served as head engineer.[6][7] The studio recorded hundreds of local and regional artists between 2001 and 2005, including The Track Record who were signed by Rushmore Records in 2005. In 2002 Welsch was appointed to the Omega School of Applied Recording Arts and Sciences' Curriculum Advisory Board. In 2005 Welsch moved to Canada where he founded the Dunrobin Sonic Gym which he has been managing since.[3][4] Artists who have recorded and/or performed at the Dunrobin Sonic Gym include Hamid Drake, David Mott, Jesse Stewart, Deep Listening Band, Pauline Oliveros, Glen Velez, Lori Cotler, Malcolm Goldstein and Elaine Keillor. In 2012 Welsch was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Deep Listening Institute.

Performing & recording artist: 1994–present[edit]

Work with gongs[edit]

Gong Panorama at the Dunrobin Sonic Gym

Welsch has been recording and performing with a large collection of gongs since 1994.[2] In approaching the gong he pays special attention to the instrument's dynamic range and frequency spectrum. He typically develops soundscapes which come out of and return to silence. While the amplitude increases the gong gradually unfolds its frequency spectrum, beginning with low frequencies (fundamental), and subsequently develops a wide array of overtones (harmonics). He prefers large acoustic spaces for his performances.[8][9]

Sound creation album[edit]

His album "Sound Creation", an example of his solo performances, features the entire "Sound Creation series of gongs" made by Paiste. Released on the Deep Listening label in 2012 the album received a number of favorable reviews. The album credits include Anton Kwiatkowski (engineering), Elaine Keillor (liner notes), Louis Helbig (photography), and Scott O'Toole (mastering).


Selected discography as engineer/producer[edit]

Selected discography as artist[edit]


  1. ^ John Slof, "DSD Dillinger Stahlbau GmbH (A)", Case Study #0-390-033, DG-944-E, IESE International Graduate School of Management, Barcelona-Madrid, 1989.
  2. ^ a b "Bancroft percussion musician uses gongs." by Werner Bergen in The Examiner, Peterborough, Ontario, March 30, 2007, p. B6.
  3. ^ a b "Gym Dandy" by Fateema Sayani in Ottawa Magazine, February 2012, pp . 64–67.
  4. ^ a b "Exploring the Secret of Rhythm and Sound", Interview with Maike Dombrowski in Tone Magazine, April, 2011, pp. 60–61.
  5. ^ Notable publications during this time period include:
    • "A Three Dimensional Conceptualization of Organizational Processes." Research Paper # DI-175, IESE, University of Navarra, January 1990.
    • "A Strategy, Structure and Culture Based Approach to Human Resource Management." Research Paper # DI-204, IESE, University of Navarra, January 1991.
    • "Family Enterprises in the UK, Germany and Spain: a Transnational Comparison." The Family Business Review, Summer 1991, Volume IV, Number 2, pp. 191–204.
    • "Ergebnisse einer explorativen empirischen Studie zum Stand der Personalarbeit in deutschen Unternehmen.", Research Paper # 4/1992, Universitätsseminar der Wirtschaft, Erftstadt, Germany, June 1992.
    • „Empirical Evidence on the Familiarity and Adoption of Capital Budgeting Techniques in Small Firms of the Former GDR.“ with Ahmed Rahnema and Jon Slof, Research Paper # 5/1992, Universitätsseminar der Wirtschaft, Erftstadt, Germany, September 1992.
    • "The Impact of Family Ownership and Involvement on the Process of Management Succession." The Family Business Review, Volume VI, Number 1, Spring 1993, pp. 31–54.
    • "Personalpolitik im Familienunternehmen." Personalwirtschaft, October 1993, pp. 37–40.
    • "Internationalisierung durch den MBA: Mythos oder Realität?" in Bärbel Schwertfeger, Das MBA Handbuch, Düsseldorf: Econ Verlag, 1994, pp. 169–180. ISBN 3-430-18229-8.
    • "Reflections on Professional Cynicism in Education and the Management of Education Organisations: an Exploratory Approach." with Mirjam Southwell, Educational Action Research, Volume 3, No. 3, 1995, pp. 337–345.
    • "East Meets a West German Multinational Family Firm during Reunification and Transition." The Family Business Review, Volume X, No. 3, Fall 1997, pp. 303–308.
  6. ^ The readers of Music Monthly – Washington, Baltimore, and beyond awarded "The Chickencoop Digital Recording Studio, LLC" an honorable mention in the "Best Studio" category. Music Monthly, February 2003, Vol. 20, No. 2, Issue No. 221, p. 29.
  7. ^ Baltimore Sounds: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Baltimore Area Pop Musicians, Bands and Recordings 1950–2000, compiled, written and edited by Joe Vaccarino, MJAM Press, Catonsville MD, 2012.
  8. ^ Adapted from Welsch's commentary of the "Cymbal Setup Of The Year" on the online drummer collective www.DrumSoloArtist.com.
  9. ^ Elaine Keillor quotes Welsch in her album liner notes.

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