Interview with Artie Kaplan, September 12, 2005

Project: Chasing Sound Oral History Project

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Kaplan talks about his age in 1973 when his album "Confessions of a Male Chauvinist Pig" was released. He talks about the impact of changing technology and performance on the unionized music recording business model. He says racial and gender relations were easier in music studios than elsewhere in society. He talks about the early years of male domination in the music recording business during the 1960s and 1970s, and his start in the business after his military service.

Kaplan talks about the transition in the music recording business from an older generation that specialized in jazz to a new, younger generation of rock and roll studio musicians. Kaplan talks about his introduction into booking recording sessions as a producer. He talks about musicians, engineers, and other music professionals with whom he worked. He talks about various studios and recording companies where he worked. He describes working with music union delegates and evading union recording rules. Kaplan talks about the changes in technology and financing in manufacturing musical recordings. He talks about the development of smaller, cheaper home-based studios. Kaplan talks about the facilities, engineers, and producers at his favorite recording studios. He talks about his working relationships and attributes easy relations to being prepared with a plan and personal consideration. Kaplan talks about the shift from the traditional central recording studios to smaller home-based recording studios. He talks about the older studios being converted into condominiums. He says this transition process is due to developments in technology and the unionized business model. He also says traditionally-minded sound engineers were not able to meet the needs of musicians to develop a harder sound.

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2016oh248_chase078

Interviewee Name

Artie Kaplan

Interviewer Name

Susan Schmidt Horning

Interview Date

2005-09-12

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Kaplan, Artie Interview by Susan Schmidt Horning. 12 Sep. 2005. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Kaplan, A. (2005, September 12). Interview by S. S. Horning. Chasing Sound Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Kaplan, Artie, interview by Susan Schmidt Horning. September 12, 2005, Chasing Sound Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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