Hi, this is Eli. I recently moved to Brooklyn, NY, although I still co-own New, Improved Recording, a studio in Oakland, CA. I have been making records for over fifteen years. I work within a wide variety of musical styles, and am usually quite happy as long as the musicians are passionate and the spirit is adventurous. Bands and people I have had the enormous fortune to work with include tUnE-yArDs, ?uestlove (the Roots), Yuka Honda/Cibo Matto, Sean Lennon, Thao & Mirah, Beulah/Miles Kurosky, Deerhoof, WHY?, Beep, Mike Watt, Rogue Wave, Sean Hayes, Erase Errata, ROVA, Thee More Shallows, Scott Amendola, Jeff Parker (Tortoise), Tin Hat, Fred Frith, Joan Jeanrenaud, Ben Goldberg, Nels Cline (Wilco), Greg Cohen (Masada/Tom Waits), Maria Muldaur, and many others. For a discography and some samples of my work as an engineer and producer, go here.
I also do mobile/live multi-track recording, and will travel to your house or studio for consultation, maintenance, or on-site tracking or mixing. Traveling outside of New York City is possible as well. Please email me for details if you're interested in any of these services.
I play music as well, primarily on the upright bass and bass guitar. I spent years playing rock and jazz (not at the same time, mind you) in small clubs, and also got to tour the US and Europe and play on Conan O'Brien's old television program. I was the bass player for a number of years in Beulah, and I also did time in Optimist International, the Roofies, Spezza Rotto, Shinola, Los Super Elegantes, and the Loins. Sometimes I'm still known to play on a record or onstage with a band here and there, most recently with Chris Cohen (of Deerhoof and the Curtains), Pancho-san, Thao & Mirah, Rogue Wave, and Naytronix. For a full list of my musical associations check here.
I also compose music for film and theater. If you'd like a taste of what I can do saunter over here.
In addition, I have a BA from UC Berkeley in Linguistics, an MFA from Mills College in Electronic Music and Recording Media, regularly write product reviews and articles for Electronic Musician and Tape Op magazines, was a four-time panelist at the PotLuckCon/TapeOpCon recording conventions, and taught analog recording and studio maintenance at Ex'pression College in Emeryville for five years. Plus I have an amazing son and wife.
This video shows the behind-the-scenes of a session I engineered and mixed this past May. Recording Merrill and Nate of tUnE-yArDs doing a Fela Kuti cover with ?uestlove of the Roots will forever rank highly on my list of favorite things I've done.
Also, there's an interview with me in the March 2012 issue of Tape Op's online magazine. I interviewed Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs for the print version. Extra stuff that didn't make it into the mag is here.
Here are a few other links to various press items about me or my cohorts:
Big Tree's EP gets some kind words in the East Bay Express.
tUnE-yArDs' "w h o k i l l" gets stellar review on P-fork.
tUnE-yArDs in the New Yorker.
Nice words about Beep's most recent album.
Pitchfork likes Thao & Mirah record.
Hella old article about my old band, the Roofies.
NY Times article about Beth, with an appearance by Hank IV.