Alan is the founder of the internationally recognized Arf! Mastering, now branded as Aerial Sound. As mastering engineer, he has earned credits on upwards of 80 Grammy-winning and nominated records and has been personally nominated for Record of the Year, Album of the Year, and Best Engineered Album. His most recent work as producer, “Winter Stories” by Judy Collins, has received rave reviews from Rolling Stone and the New York Times and has been deemed “Best Folk Album of 2019” by Digital Journal. His mastering of the ground-breaking “SYSTEM EP” by electronic music artist Delia Beatriz aka DJ Sounddebit, contributed to its inclusion on Pitchfork’s 10-Best EDM albums of 2019.
Alan got his start tech-ing and assisting at NYC’s Electric Lady Studios, covering sessions for The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Hall & Oates, and Foreigner. Shortly thereafter, he accepted a staff engineering position at A&R Recording, where he worked with legendary producer Phil Ramone and renowned musical artists Billy Joel, Kiss, Fleetwood Mac, and Judy Collins. There he recorded and mixed musical scores for film directors David Mamet, Francis Coppola and Frank Oz, and top composers Elmer Bernstein and John Barry. He also fostered professional relationships that would come to last decades – he and Judy Collins still work together on numerous projects.
He began freelancing in the 90s, continuing to work on music for records and feature films. He engineered and produced the soundtrack for the film adaptation of “The Fantasticks” directed by Francis Ford Coppola. He worked as music supervisor and producer for Sesame Workshop, directing Muppet performers and celebrities for Sesame Street’s network television specials “Elmopalooza” and “Cinderelmo,” and garnered a Cable Ace Award for “Best Music Special,” as audio producer of “Child of Mine,” a film of live performances set in everyday locations by Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rosanne Cash, Carole King, Emmylou Harris, and Dionne Warwick.
In 1996, Alan established his own company, the internationally recognized Arf! Mastering, now renamed Aerial Sound NYC – headquartered in the same room as Jimi Hendrix’s first studio.
His film score credits have continued to flourish as well – he was the score mixer on the late 90s classic “Birdcage” starring Robin Williams. He notably co-produced the main title song for Rob Reiner’s film “And So It Goes” – the Judy Collins classic “Both Sides Now,” written by Joni Mitchell.
In 2015, he co-produced and mixed “Strangers Again,” an album by Judy Collins featuring duets with Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne, Jimmy Buffett, Michael McDonald, Don McLean, and Jeff Bridges. The album reached the Billboard top-100 and received many five-star reviews.
His follow up production for Judy Collins and Ari Hest was Grammy nominated for Best Folk Album in 2016. He then produced a long-awaited reunion album by Stephen Stills and Judy Collins. In 2017, he celebrated mastering credits on five more Grammy-nominated records.
However, for all his professional recognition – he counts among his favorite accomplishments that he “almost” managed to train a Siberian husky. He’s also an avid dancer who steps out of the cockpit of his “starship” regularly to recharge in local partner dance classes, which inform his understanding of music through movement.