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15 Nov

Latest

In front page by Michael Phillip Wojewoda / November 15, 2009 / 0 Comments

I’ve just returned from a 5 month solo motorcycle trip down the spine of the Americas.  Toronto to Ushuaia in far southern Argentina.  A fantastic journey.  Now… back to rock and roll.

14 Nov

New Kitten

In blog by Michael Phillip Wojewoda / November 14, 2009 / 0 Comments

Introducing a new kitten to the house. Convincing our first cat that she is still the undisputed alpha in the house. This to keep her from killing the new one.

It kind of reminds me of the way A list actors are treated on set.

cheddar

27 Sep

Blog switch over

In blog by Michael Phillip Wojewoda / September 27, 2009 / 0 Comments

Hey Ya’ll.

My blog is now here at my own web site.  Very exited about blabbing on about my stuff!!!

08 Sep

74 Time Sausages

In blog by Ken Dirschl / September 8, 2009 / 0 Comments

I have completed a short film. In my studio there is an electronic music composition section. Basically a wall of analog modular synthesizers. I like to create complex patches between all the different modules. If all goes well the results create self generating patterns of sound. These patterns move and change with time based on the blueprint of patches between them, never repeating, always changing. The idea is that once the patch is running I do not intervene. The machine makes the music itself. Voltages in recursive harmony.
I found an infrared surveillance camera at a junk shop. I plugged into my Mac and recorded directly to the hard drive. At the same time I fed the audio output of the synths into the same computer. Basically I shot “live”. The challenge was to find simple elements to film in realtime. Later I explored the world of post visual effects to expand on the raw footages.
This is the result. Enjoy.

 

03 Sep

Building Up a Tolerance for Hurricanes

In blog by Ken Dirschl / September 3, 2009 / 0 Comments

Well, the ride with my friend Kenny was great. He on a Suzuki SV650 and I an old BMW K100. We followed a route that niagara+river+bikesI had driven in the wintertime. I remember a snow covered backdrop to an extended car audio listening session. Ended up driving for 5 hours that day. Now in early September while motorcycling the same path I was pleased at how scenic the whole day turned out. It wasn’t just the music!
Leaving Toronto along the QEW for Hamilton. Then following south on Hwy 6 to the infamous Port Dover. Bad burgers and mucho bikers, we pressed eastward along the north shore of Lake Erie. Gently twisting routes through lake front properties. Did not hit any children or dogs!
Also found a stretch of road flanked by two long cornfields. Straight and level for 3 km. So we both dialed it in a few times, back and forth. Building confidence so to speak. Seems the German motorbike purrs at autobahn speeds.
Settled down after that we made our way to Port Promenade and onward to Fort Erie. Then up along the absolutely manicured road that follow the river to Niagara Falls.
Check, wonder of the world , check, rainbow and tourists.
Finally a dash into the setting sun on the QEW heading back to Toronto.
My helmeted head and upper shoulders exposed to hurricane force winds for hours. Thinking.
Perhaps this description lacks in drama. So be it. Plotlessness feels just fine.

02 Sep

Broken Toes and Electric Tablas

In blog by Ken Dirschl / September 2, 2009 / 0 Comments

My brother John broke his toe today. A real bloody mess I’m afraid. I spent some time with him at Toronto Western Hospital. Took him to a Mexican dinner and then to his home. We spoke of endlessly complex family stuff. Always trying to sort it out he and I.
He did give me a present of an electronic tabla machine. A Riyaz Master Professional! I had been eyeing one for a decade or so but never got around to committing to purchase. The names of the patterns and beats are very intriguing Tabla+machineto my untrained eye. Ek, Rupak, Dadra, Teen, Ada, Deep Chandi (i like the sound of that.), Jhap, etc. There are many more. I like the formality of the patterns. How it is tied to Indian classical music. As a drummer I have always just played intuitively, never formally schooled. So the structure of these rhythms appeals to my other brain hemisphere.
The output has a 60 cycle hum that I will have to trace. I think sorting that out should be no problem. The unit itself is sample based. There is a separate pitch and tempo knob so it’s use of samples is complex enough to be actually useful.
I don’t intend to do anything overtly world beat with the thing. I would like to integrate it into my modular synth setups. Subvert its purpose somewhat. We shall see, no?

02 Sep

Recovering Nocturne

In blog by Michael Phillip Wojewoda / September 2, 2009 / 0 Comments

IMG00160A short goodnight note. I will retire earlier than usual so as to be keen for tomorrows motorbike trip. Plans to travel to Port Dover and surrounding environs. Motorcycle therapy I believe it is called. Goodnight and I will post and describe later.

zzzzz

02 Sep

Day one. 21 century. Settling in.

In blog by Michael Phillip Wojewoda / September 2, 2009 / 0 Comments

Face-booked and Twitted and consider the blog.
Trying to go against my painfully private nature and publish some thoughts and ideas.
I think i would like to offer my insights into analog modular synthesis. With links to music and video’s. If not instructional then certainly confusing and mysterious.
We shall see no?
Thoughts on motorcycling as well. Both the sensual act of riding and the thoughts that accompany it.
Perhaps a photo or two. We shall see.

25 Aug

chronological

In chronological by Ken Dirschl / August 25, 2009 / 0 Comments

DAYS OF YOU (You Belong Where You Go)Producer/Engineer/Mixer, Flying Pigs 2013

ROAM (TBA) Producer/ Engineer/ Mixer, LPR 2013

MICHAEL CIUFO (Perfect Gift) Producer/ Engineer/ Mixer, MCR 2013

LEMON BUCKET ORKESTRA (Lume Lume) Producer/ Engineer/ Mixer, LBO 2013

JASON PLUMB AND THE WILLING (TBA) Producer/Engineer/Mixer,Soccer Mom 2012

BIDINI BAND (In the Rock Hall) Mixer Pheromone 2012

KEVIN HEARN (Cloud Maintenance) Producer/Engineer CeleryMusic 2011

LORI CULLEN (That Certain Chartreuse) Mixer 2011

PRINCE BROTHERS (In Pairs/Winter) Mixer Independent 2010

PAISLEY JURA (Time is How You Spend Your Love) Producer /Engineer Independent 2010

THE MONKEY BUNCH (Power to the Little People) Mixer Trip-Pop Records 2010

BARENAKED LADIES-ERIN McCARLEY (Every Subway Car) Duet Producer/Engineer/Mixer EMI International 2010

BARENAKED LADIES (All In Good Time) Producer/Engineer EMI International 2010

BARENAKED LADIES (Big Bang Theory) Producer/Engineer CBS Television 2009

KEVIN HEARN (Havana Winter) Featuring LOU REED and LAURIE ANDERSON Producer/Engineer/Mixer 2009

ANVIL (Metal on Metal/666/Thumb Hang) Producer/Engineer Independent 2009

PRINCE BROTHERS (From this Place) Mixer Independent 2009

FORD PIER (Adventurism ) Engineer, Mixer, Six Shooter Records, 2009

KATE SCHUTT (The Telephone Game) Mixer Artist Share 2008

JENNIFER LFO (Songs from the Alien Beacon) Producer/Engineer/Mixer KKRec 2008

BARENAKED LADIES (Snacktime) Producer/Mixer Desperation Records 2008

SPIRIT OF THE WEST (Spirituality…) Producer/Engineer/Mixer Warner Records 2008

KOKO BONAPARTE (Album) Co-producer/Mixer Independent 2008

QUINZY (One Boys Guide to the Moon) Producer/Engineer/Mixer Independent 2008

FORD PIER (Organ Farming) Mixer Six Shooter Records 2008

KATE ROGERS BAND (Beauregard) Mixer Independent 2008

TORONTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (Gimqat) Sound Design/ Surround Mixer TVO/Trace Pictures 2007

SHOUT OUT OUT OUT OUT (Not Saying/Just Saying) Mixer Normals Welcome 2007

LUKE DOUCET (Foke Star) Engineer/Mixer Six Shooter Records 2007

BARENAKED LADIES (All New Review) Engineer/Mixer Desperation Records 2006

KURT SWINGHAMMER (WAV) Producer/Engineer/Mixer Independent 2006

KEVIN HEARN (Miracle Mile) Producer/Engineer Independent 2006

LUKE DOUCET (Broken Arrow) Mixer Six Shooter Records 2005

PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS (When Doves Cry) Mixer EMI 2005

MARY MARGARET O’HARA (Black Widow Film) Producer/ Engineer Black Moonlight Productions 2005

SARAH SLEEN (Black Widow Film) Producer/ Engineer Black Moonlight Productions 2005

JEFF HEALEY (Black Widow Film) Producer/ Engineer Black Moonlight Productions 2005

BARENAKED LADIES (Christmas album) Mixer Warner 2004

RHEOSTATICS (2067) Producer/ Engineer True North Records 2004

GREAT BIG SEA (Something Beautiful) Producer/ Engineer Warner 2004

SELINA MARTIN (Life Drawing…) Co Producer Independent 2004

PATRICIA O’CALLAGHAN (Naked Beauty) Producer/ Engineer Marquis Classics 2004

DAREK McGRATH (Stranger) Producer/ Engineer Independent 2004

JENNIFER FOSTER (Fit for Mars) Mixer Kanada Kid Records 2004

KEN DIRSCHL (Plan for Conquest) Mixer Independent 2004

FORD PIER (Pier-ic Victory) Producer/ Engineer Six Shooter Records 2004

JOHN MANN (Acoustic Kitty) Producer/ Engineer Nettwerk Records 2003

SLOAN (In the Mood/Fubar Soundtrack) Producer/Engineer Phantom Records 2002

KEVIN HEARN (H Wing) Co Producer Page Music 2002

MELISSA McCLELLAND (…Suburbia) Mixer Orange Records 2003

JUNETILE (Junetile) Co-producer/ Engineer Independent 2002

JOHN WOJEWODA (Woja Woja) Producer/ Engineer Independent 2002

RHEOSTATICS (…Shooting Stars) Mixer Perimeter Music 2001

CLOUT (National Arts Centre, Ottawa) Theatrical sound designer Necessary Angle Productions 2001

MARTIN TIELLI (…Poppy Salesman) Producer/ Engineer Six Shooter Records 2001

KITCHEN MUSIC (ARC) Producer/ Engineer Surface Tension Records 2001

MIKE O’NEILL (What Happens Now?) Producer/ Engineer Song Corp 2000

POCKET DWELLERS (Digital) Producer/ Engineer Perimeter Music 2000

BARENAKED LADIES (Barenaked in America) Concert surround film mixer Nettwerk Films 1999

MIA SHEARD (Reptilian) Producer/ Engineer Perimeter Music 1999

SUPERS (Who are the…) Producer/Engineer EMI Records 1998

KIM STOCKWOOD (12 Years Old) Producer/Engineer Independent 1998

SWINGHAMMER (Vostok 6) Producer/ Engineer Independent 1998

VEAL (Tilt a Whirl) Producer/ Engineer Independent 1998

SPIRIT OF THE WEST (Weights and Measures) Producer/Engineer Warner Bros 1997

KIM STOCKWOOD (You Jerk) Producer/Engineer EMI Music 1997

MIA SHEARD (With Love and Squalor) Co-producer/Engineer Missing in Action Music 1997

BARENAKED LADIES (Rock Spectacle Live) Producer/Engineer Reprise 1997

ANDY CREEGAN (andiwork) Producer/ Engineer Page Productions 1997

THE BROTHERS CREEGAN (Self titled) Producer/ Engineer Page Productions 1997

BARENAKED LADIES (Born on a Pirate Ship) Producer/Engineer Reprise 1996

KEVIN HEARN (Mothball Mint) Producer/Engineer Independent 1996

WALTONS (Cock’s Crow) Producer/Engineer Warner/WEA 1995

ASHLEY MACISAAC (Hi How Are You Today) Producer/Engineer A&M Records 1995

KAREN GAMBLE (Slow Parade) Producer/Engineer Raining Records 1994

BOURBON TABERNACLE CHOIR (Shyfolk) Producer/Engineer Yonder Records 1995

RHEOSTATICS (Introducing Happiness) Producer/Engineer Sire 1994

DIVINERS (Year of the Dog) Producer/Engineer DiviDog 1994

SPIRIT OF THE WEST (Faith Lift) Producer/Engineer Warner/WEA 1993

JANE SIBERRY (When I Was A Boy) Engineer/Remix Warner/Reprise 1993

MOTHER TONGUE (Enat) Producer/Engineer Amok Records 1993

PIG FARM (Plug) Co-Producer/Engineer Page Productions 1993

GRAVELBERRYS (Bowl of Globes) Producer/Engineer EB Records 1993

BARENAKED LADIES (Gordon) Producer/Engineer Sire/Reprise 1992

RHEOSTATICS (Whale Music) Producer/Engineer Sire/Reprise 1992

CHANGE OF HEART (Smile) Producer/Engineer Cargo Records 1992

JANE SIBERRY and k.d. lang (Calling All Angels) From the Soundtrack (Until the end of the World) Engineer/Mix, Warner Bros.1991

DOUGHBOYS (When Up Turns To Down) Producer/Engineer Restless Records 1991

SUFFER MACHINE (Suffer Machine) Engineer Independent 1991

DIVINERS (Face of the Earth) Producer/Engineer Kyha Music 1991

RHEOSTATICS (Melville) Producer/Engineer Green Sprouts Music 1991

HERETICS (Mass Hysteria) Producer/Engineer Fringe Product 1990

DOUGHBOYS (Happy Accidents) Producer/Engineer Restless/Enigma 1990

SKYDIGGERS (I’ll Give You Everything) Remix Enigma Records 1990

CHANGE OF HEART (Soapbox) Producer/Engineer Cargo Records 1990

CHALK CIRCLE (As the Crow Flies) Producer/Engineer Duke Street Records 1989

JELLYFISH BABIES (Unkind Truth) Producer/Engineer Pathetic Romantic Records 1989

PLASTERSCENE REPLICAS (Glow) Producer/Engineer Raining Records 1988

THE NEVERMEN (Monitor) Producer/Engineer Netwerk Records 1988

NOMIND (Tales of Ordinary Madness) Producer/Engineer Lone Wolf Records 1988

PIG FARM (Hold Your Nose) Remix Cargo Records

ITSA SKITSA (Itsa Skitsa) Producer/Engineer Itsa Records 1988

CHANGE OF HEART (Slow dance) Producer/Engineer Fringe Products 1987

SHUFFLE DEMONS (Streetniks) Producer/Engineer Stubby Records 1987

VITAL SINES (Big Dark Dreams) Producer/Engineer Fringe Product 1986

CHANGE OF HEART (50 ft. Up) Producer/Engineer Primitive Records 1986

FIFTH COLUMN (To Sir With Hate) Producer/Engineer Hide Records 1986

OUR SIR FRANCIS TO THE SEA Producer/Engineer Utility Grade Records 1986

MISTER TIM (Safe Sex) Producer/Engineer Utility Grade Records 1986

WHITENOISE (The Importance of Breath) Producer/Engineer B-Fish Records 1985

POLKAHOLICS (Zap the Universe) Producer/Engineer Utility Grade Records 1985

CLIVE ROBERTSON (Welfare vs Warfare) Engineer Voicespondence Records 1984

PLASTERSCENE REPLICAS (Self Titled) Remix Voicespondence Records 1984

POKLAHOLICS (Self Titled) Engineer Utility Grade Records 1983

L’TRANGER (Innocent Hands) Co-Producer Ground Zero Records 1982

23 Aug

short bio

In short bio by Ken Dirschl / August 23, 2009 / 0 Comments
Michael Phillip Wojewoda is a multiple Juno Award winning record producer and recording engineer.
He has produced several of the most critically and commercially successful Canadian albums, including Barenaked Ladies’ Gordon, Spirit of the West’s Faithlift, Ashley MacIsaac’s Hi™ How Are You Today? and Rheostatics’ Melville and Whale Music.
More recent work includes sessions with renowned artists such as Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Alex Lifeson and Anvil.
Wojewoda also produced and mixed the theme song for the hit show ,”The Big Bang Theory” with BNL
As a composer and musician he has performed and toured extensively throughout Canada.
With over 120+ albums to his production credit, Wojewoda continues to work with both established and breaking new artists.