Interview with Phil Ramone, August 1, 1999

Project: Chasing Sound Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

In this interview, Ramone and Susan Schmidt Horning start by discussing Ramone's background and childhood, elaborating on how he initially become interested in audio engineering. It then moves on to more technical aspects of audio engineering, such as microphone placement and the limitations of early mixing consoles.

Ramone talks about the founding of A&R Recording Studio and the transition from disc recording to tape recording. The two discuss his jazz and classical music influences and talk about age consciousness in the music industry.
Ramone then talks about his early career at Columbia Records and the influence that other audio engineers had on him. They then discuss the early days of A&R Recording Studio and discuss recording 'A Happening in Central Park' with singer Barbra Streisand, as well as his work with Frank Sinatra.

Ramone then talks about the importance of interpersonal skills in audio engineering and the critical role that arrangers played in early recording. It moves on to a discussion about audio engineering unions and the development of audio engineering schools. The two discuss race and gender in audio engineering, as well as the high burnout rate that the profession experiences.

The interview ends with a discussion of changes in the recording business and the last days of A&R Recording Studio.

Interview Accession

2016oh239_chase069

Interviewee Name

Phil Ramone

Interviewer Name

Susan Schmidt Horning

Interview Date

1999-08-01

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Ramone, Phil Interview by Susan Schmidt Horning. 01 Aug. 1999. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Ramone, P. (1999, August 01). Interview by S. S. Horning. Chasing Sound Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Ramone, Phil, interview by Susan Schmidt Horning. August 01, 1999, Chasing Sound Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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