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Phil Ramone: From 45's to downloads (Mini-Beatty Lecture)

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This conference is made possible by a grant from the Beatty Memorial Lectures Committee. Cette conférence est présentée grâce à l'aide financière du Comité des conférences commémoratives Beatty.

  • Seminar
When Nov 02, 2009
from 05:00 PM to 06:30 PM
Where Tanna Schulich Hall, New Music Building, 527 Sherbrooke St. West. Enter via 555 Sherbrooke St. West.
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This Mini-Beatty Lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Music Research of the Schulich School of Music of McGill University and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT).

Phil Ramone

Master Music Maker

New York, USA 

For information, please contact:

Wieslaw Woszczyk, 514-398-5759, wieslaw AT music DOT
Louise Ostiguy, 514-398-8933, louise DOT ostiguy AT

Admission is free.


Ramone’s presentation will focus on the continuing partnership that technology and music have played through out the years. The evolution of the recording industry will be explored showing how technological innovations have lead to revolutionize the experience of music for the artist and fan a like. The exponential pace of technology will be spotlighted, leading to how it has left our entire industry in chaos.


RamonePhil Ramone is one of the most respected and prolific music producers in the recording industry.  With 30 Grammy nominations, 12 Grammy Awards, an Emmy, and numerous honors and accolades to his credit, Ramone’s musical acumen and his use of audio technology are unmatched among his peers.  Acknowledged as one of the top creative producers, Ramone has also played an integral role in pioneering many of the technological developments in the music industry over the years.  He ardently supported the use of the compact disc, digital video disc, hi-definition recording and surround sound.  Appropriately, the first CD ever pressed, Billy Joel’s 52nd Street, was a Phil Ramone production as was the first pop DVD release, Dave Grusin Presents West Side Story.  His use of a fiber optics system (EDNet) to record tracks in "real time" from different locations for Frank Sinatra's Duets I & II was a groundbreaking achievement. 

Ramone's unique skills make him invaluable to the artists with whom he works.  His impeccable list of credits includes collaborations with such diverse artists as: Burt Bacharach, Tony Bennett, Bono, Ray Charles, Chicago, Natalie Cole, Bob Dylan, Gloria Estefan, Renee Fleming, Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Elton John, Quincy Jones, BB King, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Liza Minnelli, Sinead O’Connor, Luciano Pavarotti, Peter/Paul and Mary, Andre Previn, Carly Simon, Paul Simon, Frank Sinatra, Phoebe Snow, Rod Stewart, Sting, The Rolling Stones, and Barbra Streisand.  

Ramone has long been recognized for the diversity of his work.  He has recently recorded with Clay Aiken, India. Arie, Jeff Beck, Tony Bennett, Michael Brecker, Backstreet Boys, Jamie Cullum, Earth, Wind and Fire, Elton John, Olivia Newton-John, Barenaked Ladies, John Legend, Darlene Love, Shelby Lynne, Barry Manilow, Michael McDonald, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Billy Preston, Richie Sambora, Brian Wilson, and Neil Young. 

Having finished a 5.1 remix of Bob Dylan’s classic Blood On The Tracks, Ramone is producing the surround remix of Paul Simon’s Graceland and Rhythm of the Saints.  

A passionate fan of all forms of entertainment, Ramone has numerous concert, film, Broadway and television productions to his credit to include A Star is Born, Beyond the Sea, Flashdance, Ghostbusters, Midnight Cowboy, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Passion, Seussical, Simon and Garfunkel: The Concert In Central Park, Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards, The Score, VH1/BBC Queens Jubilee Party at the Palace, and The Good Thief

Ramone is also extremely active in music and service related organizations.  He is the Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) and the Producers and Engineers Wing, and is a Trustee of the MusiCares Foundation, producing their annual pre-Grammy tribute (honorees include Brian Wilson, Sting, Bono, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Elton John and Luciano Pavarotti).  Ramone is a champion of music programs in public schools to ensure that children have the opportunity to foster their musical talents, and serves on the boards of the National Mentoring Partnership and The Berklee College of Music.  He is also a Trustee of the National Academy of Popular Music, the National Recording Preservation Board of the Library of Congress and serves on the National Advisory Board of the Henry Mancini Institute and the Governing Board of the National Music Center and Museum Foundation in Washington, DC. He is a founding member of META (The Music & Engineering Technology Alliance), an elite group of producers and engineers facilitating the establishment of high-quality music recording and delivery by uniting audio professionals, consumer electronics manufacturers, music enthusiasts and technology providers. 




APA video citation:

Ramone, P. (2014, June 27). From 45's to downloads -
CIRMMT Seminar Series. [Video file].
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