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.

Career[edit]

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

Affiliations[edit]

  • 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

References[edit]

  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. 
  4. ^ "ANALOG AFRICA'S ORCHESTRE POLY-RYTHMO DJ MIX". Wax Poetics. 
  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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