Michael Graves (audio engineer)

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Michael Graves is an American audio engineer. He specializes in audio mastering, audio preservation, audio restoration and forensic audio restoration.


Graves' main focus is historical audio that was recorded on deteriorating or obsolete media,[1] as well as more recent recordings where the sound is obscured for various reasons.[2] He works with record labels, such as Dust-to-Digital and Analog Africa, that specialize in historical recordings.[3][4] He has also remastered recordings for commercial release by artists such as Vince Guaraldi,[5] Duke Ellington[6] and William “Piano Red” Perryman.[7]

In 2009, the 4-CD box set, “Art of Field Recording, Vol. I: 50 Years of Traditional American Music Documented by Art Rosenbaum” released by Dust-to-Digital received the 2008 GRAMMY Award for Best Historical Album. Michael Graves received a GRAMMY Award as the mastering engineer along with the album’s producers, Steven Lance Ledbetter and Art Rosenbaum.[8]

Notable Releases[edit]

  • 2004: Oaxaca - Vince Guaraldi, D&D/Siriso
  • 2005: Vince Guaraldi with The San Francisco Boys Chorus, D&D/Siriso
  • 2005: Fonotone Records - Various, Dust-to-Digital
  • 2006: North Beach - Vince Guaraldi (audio restoration only), D&D
  • 2006: Art of Field Recording: Sampler - Various, Dust-to-Digital
  • 2006: Desperate Man Blues (Soundtrack) - Various, Dust-to-Digital
  • 2006: I Belong To This Band (Soundtrack) - Various, Dust-to-Digital
  • 2006: How Low Can You Go? Anthology Of The String Bass - Various, Dust-to-Digital
  • 2006: Friendship Next Of Kin - Selwyn Lissack, DMG ARC
  • 2007: The Lost Cues From The Charlie Brown Television Specials, Volume 1 - Vince Guaraldi, D&D (audio restoration only)
  • 2007: Art of Field Recording, Vol. I: 50 Years of Traditional American Music Documented by Art Rosenbaum – Various, Dust-to-Digital
  • 2007: Black Mirror - Various, Dust-to-Digital
  • 2007: Melodii Tuvi: Throat Songs and Folk Tunes from Tuva - Various, Dust-to-Digital
  • 2008: Victrola Favorites - Various, Dust-to-Digital
  • 2008: The Lost Cues From The Charlie Brown Television Specials, Volume 2 - Vince Guaraldi, D&D (audio restoration only)
  • 2008: 1st Album + Live at CBGB 1980 - Curlew, DMG ARC
  • 2008: Todos Santos - Wayne Horvitz, self-released
  • 2008: Nine Below Zero - Wayne Horvitz, self-released
  • 2008: The President - Wayne Horvitz, self-released
  • 2008: Larks, They Crazy - Robin Holcomb, self-released
  • 2008: Dinner At Eight - Wayne Horvitz, self-released
  • 2008: I Got Two Wings - Elder Utah Smith and Various Artists, CaseQuarter
  • 2008: Live On The Air - Vince Guaraldi Trio, D&D (audio restoration only)
  • 2009: Art of Field Recording, Vol. II: 50 Years of Traditional American Music Documented by Art Rosenbaum – Various, Dust-to-Digital
  • 2009: Jesus Christ from A to Z - Rev. Johnny L. "Hurricane" Jones, Parlortone/Dust-to-Digital
  • 2010: Excavated Shellac: Strings - Various, Parlortone/Dust-to-Digital
  • 2010: Afro-Beat Airways - West African Shock Waves - Various, Analog Africa
  • 2010: The Lost Atlanta Tapes – Piano Red, Landslide Records
  • 2011: Ain't No Grave: The Life and Legacy of Brother Claude Ely, Various, Dust-to-Digital
  • 2011: Luk Thung: Classic & Obscure 78s from the Thai Countryside - Various, Parlortone/Dust-to-Digital
  • 2011: Never a Pal Like Mother: Vintage Songs & Photographs of the One Who's Always True - Various, Dust-to-Digital
  • 2011: Funky Rob Way - Rob, Analog Africa
  • 2011: ...i listen to the wind that obliterates my traces: music in vernacular photographs 1880-1955 – Various, Dust-to-Digital
  • 2011: Route Two - David Earle Johnson, John Abercrombie, Dan Wall, Landslide Records
  • 2011: Song For The Night - Dan Wall, Landslide Records, 2011
  • 2011: Bambara Mystic Soul - The Raw Sound of Burkina Faso 1974-1979 - Various, Analog Africa
  • 2011: Opika Pende: Africa at 78 RPM - Various, Dust-to-Digital
  • 2012: Qat, Coffee & Qambus: Raw 45s from Yemen, Parlortone – Various, Dust-to-Digital
  • 2012: Orchestre Super Borgou de Parakou: The Bariba Sound - Various, Analog Africa


  • Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC)
  • Board Member and technical advisor to Music Memory, an organization dedicated to the preservation of large, rare 78 rpm collections
  • The International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA)
  • The Audio Engineering Society (AES)
  • Georgia Music Partners (GMP)
  • Voting member for the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS)
  • The Producers and Engineers Wing Committee of the Atlanta Chapter of NARAS
  • Served on the Lifetime Achievement Award Committee for NARAS
  • The advisory board of the Rialto Center for the Arts in Atlanta, GA
  • Served a term on the Board of Governors for the Atlanta Chapter of NARAS


  1. ^ Bilger, Burkhard. "The Last Verse". The New Yorker. Conde Nast. pp. 9–10. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Horan, Lisa (May 2012). "PopMark Media’s Confessions of a Small Working Studio: Bringing the Past Back to Life through Audio Restoration". Mix Magazine. NewBay Media. pp. 2–4. 
  3. ^ Calemine, James. "Lance Ledbetter Interview: The Divine Grace of Dust-to-Digital". Swampland.com. 
  5. ^ Bang, Derrick. "Vince Guaraldi on LP and CD". Five Cents Please. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "How Low Can You Go? Anthology of the String Bass (1925-1941)". All Music. 
  7. ^ Redford, Chad. "Piano Red's Lost Atlanta Tapes unearthed". Creative Loafing Atlanta. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Grammy winners list, part 3". Variety. 

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