Michael Beinhorn

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Michael Beinhorn
Origin United States
Occupation(s) Musician, record producer
Associated acts Material

Michael Beinhorn is an American musician and record producer.[1] He works primarily with bands in the alternative rock and hard rock genres, having produced multiple albums for the bands Red Hot Chili Peppers, Hole, and Violent Femmes.



Beinhorn started his professional career as a musician, playing keyboards in Bill Laswell's band, Material (originally the backing band for Daevid Allen's New York Gong LP, 1979) during the early 1980s. He worked with the jazz musician Herbie Hancock, performing on Hancock's Future Shock album, which contained the hit single "Rockit". Like most tracks on the album, except for the title track, "Rock It" was co-written by Beinhorn and Laswell, originally for the follow-up album to Material's One Down before Hancock became involved. "Rockit" quickly became a Billboard #1, and is regarded[by whom?] as one of hip hop's seminal hits; it was the first release to contain recorded DJ scratching.[citation needed]


In 1998, Beinhorn received a Grammy nomination for "Producer Of The Year" for his work on Celebrity Skin by Hole and Mechanical Animals by Marilyn Manson.

Looking for the best way to capture a broad frequency range during the recording process, Beinhorn devised the Ultra Analog Recording format. This process utilizes two inch magnetic tape, running on a custom built 8 track head stack.

Beinhorn has since produced the albums of several musicians including The Blizzards, Korn, Marilyn Manson, Soundgarden,[1] Soul Asylum,[1] Red Hot Chili Peppers, Hole, The Verve Pipe, Raging Slab, Ozzy Osbourne, Mew, Social Distortion, The Golden Palominos, Foam and Black Label Society.

He worked on the Hole album, Nobody's Daughter, released in early 2010. In addition, he has an ongoing blog, How To Save Popular Music.

In 2015, Beinhorn wrote a book called Unlocking Creativity (published by Hal Leonard) which outlines his personal experience with the creative process as a record producer.

In July 2017, Michael Beinhorn detailed the process of recording Soundgarden’s 1994 album Superunknown while appearing on The Pods & Sods Network. And he shares his reaction to first hearing Black Hole Sun during that time, “I think for the rest of my entire life, until I draw my last breath, I’ll never ever forgot how I felt when they started playing that song. From the very first few notes, I felt like I’d been hit by a thunderbolt. I was just absolutely stunned. What in the world is this? I get goosebumps thinking about it now.”[2]

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  1. ^ a b c Bambarger, Bradley (30 July 1994). "For Soundgarden, Soul Asylum Producer Michael Beinhorn, Personality Is Paramount". Billboard. Vol. 106 no. 31. p. 110. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  2. ^ https://podsodcast.com/2017/07/25/em54/

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