I am very pleased to be welcoming legendary engineer and producer Bruce Botnick into The Sonic Garage this week!
Bruce is the very first engineer I knew the name of, courtesy of his amazing work with one of my favorite bands of all time, The Doors. If not for him, I’m not sure I would have become as fascinated with music and engineering as I have. He has been a huge influence to me, and certainly to countless others, many of whom might be listening to the show as well.
Bruce will no doubt go down in history as the man who masterfully engineered all of The Doors albums, and even produced the classic L. A. Woman album! After the untimely death of Jim Morrison in 1971, Bruce produced and engineered ‘Other Voices’, the first of two studio albums that the band recorded with organist Ray Manzarek doing most of the vocal work, although guitarist Robby Krieger also sang on a few songs as well. Their final official studio album, ‘Full Circle’, was released in August, 1972.
As a die-hard fan of The Doors, I had no idea these last two albums even existed until a few years ago, and have since listened to them many times. For anybody out there who hasn’t heard these albums, give them a listen, they are quite good, especially ‘Other Voices’, it definitely has some magic to it and I listen to it often.
The Doors aside, Bruce has worked with many of the top acts of the ’60’s and ’70’s, including some more of my favorites like The Ventures, Love, Buffalo Springfield, The Turtles, The Beach Boys, MC5, Eddie Money, and the list goes on and on.
By the late ’70’s, Bruce started to become heavily involved in working as a scoring engineer for major motion pictures and has worked on well over 100 movies to date. Bruce was an early proponent of digital recording and more recently has been very outspoken about Hi-Res Audio and has been working hard to make it more readily available to the masses. And, of course, Bruce has continued to produce and engineer albums as well, and he is still going strong to this day doing what he loves!
Bruce has made an indelible mark on the history of music, and new generations will continue to be introduced to the classic works that he helped create. I, for one, will be forever grateful to Bruce Botnick for all he has done and continues to do.
As the week progresses, I’ll be posting and talking about Bruce’s work with these and other artists over on The Sonic Garage Facebook page, so please be sure to check that page through the week!
Have a great week, and don’t forget to listen to some of the amazing music Bruce has been instrumental in creating! If it’s been awhile since you’ve listened to The Doors, or Love, or The Ventures, etc., take some time to do it, you won’t be disappointed! Please enjoy Bruce’s interview!
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