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Phil O'Keefe - Senior Editor and Site Administrator of Harmony Central

 

Phil has been a fan of music all of his life. With a love for a wide range of styles and genres, and blessed with perfect pitch, he began playing music himself while in junior high school; initially starting on clarinet, and soon thereafter switching his focus to saxophones and participating in various school concert, marching and jazz band programs. While in high school, he began playing guitar, bass, and keyboard instruments, and later added other assorted instruments to his repertoire.

 

Recording has always held a deep fascination for Phil, and he began experimenting with home recording as a teenager in the 1970s; initially bouncing between two tape decks, then experimenting with sound on sound and other rudimentary techniques and adding to his ever-growing personal recording setup and skill set as time progressed. MIDI, computers and music technology have also been longtime interests. Phil's involvement with MIDI stretches back to its introduction in the early 1980s, and his first use of computers dates to the same era.

 

His wide-ranging industry experience includes time working in a combination musical Instrument & record store, as well as later serving as the manager of a busy MI equipment repair facility and A/V systems installation company; performing acoustical and system design duties and overseeing repairs and installations. Phil also mixed and ran the sound department for a multi-thousand member church, where his duties included training and overseeing sound technicians and making sure everything ran smoothly at five main weekly services, running live sound for concerts, as well as broadcast production and playing in two of the church's five worship teams. He also served as the head of the media department at a large conference and resort center where he specified and supervised the installation of acoustic treatment and A/V equipment upgrades for 22 conference rooms, and ran live sound for concert events in the facility's 2,300 seat outdoor amphitheater.

 

Phil also served as a staff producer / engineer for Blonde Vinyl records, where he worked on albums by Michael Knott, LSU, Breakfast With Amy, and Fiction Alley. After a nearly two year career pause while he recuperated from a serious head trauma injury, he returned to work as the chief engineer of Media Sound Studios in Riverside CA. After that facility was robbed at gunpoint and the owners decided to sell, Phil purchased the remaining equipment, augmented it with gear from his own home studio, and reopened the facility under the name Sound Sanctuary Recording. As the owner and chief engineer of Sound Sanctuary, he has worked with artists such as Ska/Punk legends Voodoo Glow Skulls, multiplatinum selling rockers Alien Ant Farm, Jazz vocal phenom Jules Day, singer-songwriter Zak Claxton, Rex Smith, Christian rocker Jeff Fenholt and Dio guitarist Craig Goldy, and existential folk-rock artist John McGill, among many others.  

 

As a music journalist, Phil's articles and reviews have appeared in Electronic Musician, Guitar Player, Keyboard and other publications, and he is a former featured monthly columnist for EQ magazine. He has also been involved online since the very beginning of the world wide web and even before, having co-moderated an early music-centric FIDOnet BBS. Before moving his popular Studio Trenches forum to Harmony Central in 2005, he served as a moderator on the Musicplayer forums alongside such industry heavyweights as Roger Nichols, Chris Stone, Ed Cherney, George Massenberg, Bill Dooley, and Craig Anderton.

 

"Having directly benefitted from the mentoring and advice of so many fantastic musicians and producer/engineers over the years, I feel it's important to pay it forward and pass along what I've learned from them to the next generation whenever I have the opportunity. Harmony Central allows me to do precisely that, and also gives me the chance to check out all of the latest recording gear and musical instruments. Best of all, I can learn from, and share my love of music with other like-minded musicians. For me, it doesn't get much better than that."  

 

 

 

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