Phelan Kane is a Berlin and London based music producer, engineer, artist, developer and educator. For over twenty years he has been active in both the music industry and the contemporary music education sector, with a focus on electronic music and alternative bands. His specialism is sound design and production techniques such as synthesis and sampling, alongside audio engineering, mixing, mastering, audio processing and plug-in development.
His credits and clients include sources as diverse as Radiohead, Fad Gadget, Placebo, Depeche Mode, Moby, Amanda Ghost, Snow Patrol, Dido, Babyshambles, Elastica, Ableton, Mute, Phil Vinall, Fun-da-mental, Hut, V2, Witness, X-FM, The Drum, The Duke Spirit, One Little Indian, Sasha Skarbeck, Toyota, Aziz Ibrahim, Arista, Yamaha, Ed O’Brien, Alabama 3, Polydor, Lukas Burton, The British Film Institute, Segs Jennings, Island, PIAS, Steve Dub, dEUS, Channel 4, Titan, Phil Selway, Fangoria, Zoe, Das Pop, Beggars Banquet, Cyberdance, Boy George, Lalalover, Sony BMG, Universal, EMI and Warner Bros. He has worked at many high end (and sadly missed!) studios such as The Townhouse, Olympic, Mayfair, Livingston, Parr Street, Rockfield, Monnow Valley, The Chapel, The Stone Room, Miloco Hoxton Square and Stanley House / Sofa Studios.
In 2001 Kane worked closely with pioneering synth Mute recording artist, Fad Gadget a.k.a. Frank Tovey, playing an instrumental part in Fad Gadget’s support on Depeche Mode’s 2001 ‘Exciter’ tour and as part of the Fad Gadget band, performing at Euro Rock in Benelux and Wembley Arena. Radiohead members Ed O'Brien and bandmate Phil Selway had music technology lessons with Phelan at Tech Music School in London in 2001.
He run the defunct electronic net label Meta Junction Recordings. Meta Junction wass a community of London-based electronic musicians and progressive experimentalists working with classic hardware and innovative software. The community’s output mixed a wide range of styles uninhibited by arbitrary labeling, marrying digital communication and new technology with analogue music production methods. Meta nurtures innovation and the characters of Meta Junction were a broad pallet – an inclusive mix of music makers and talents to enhance the electronic spectrum.
In 2006 he completed a Master’s degree in Audio Technology from the London College of Music. He became one of the first wave of Ableton Certified Trainers in 2008 and in 2016 Kane completed an MSc in Sound & Music Computing at the world leading Center for Digital Music at Queen Mary, University of London. He was an active member of the UK’s Music Producers Guild, holds a PG Cert in Learning & Teaching, is an Affiliate of the Institute for Learning, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and from 2017 - 2019 he was Chairman of the London Committee for the British Section of the Audio Engineering Society. In 2021 he became one of the first wave of Max Certified Trainers in the world and one of only three outside the US. He owns a very (un)healthy collection of samples, plugs and DAW toys and possesses an obsession with synthesis and owns many vintage analogue synthesizers such as modular systems, Moogs, ARPs and Oberheims.
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