Alan got his start in the 80’s doing tech and assisting at NYC’s Electric Lady Studios, covering sessions for The Rolling Stones, AC/DC and Hall & Oates. 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, and Judy Collins. 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 feature film adaptation of “The Fantasticks” directed by Francis Ford Coppola. He worked as music supervisor for Sesame Workshop, producing music and directing Muppet performers and celebrities for Sesame Street’s network television specials “Elmopalooza” and “Cinderelmo.” He garnered a Cable Ace Award for “Best Music Special,” as audio producer for “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.
“People ask what musical genres I work in, I answer there are only are two kinds of music – good and bad. One week I’ll work with trap or dancehall, and the next, a string quartet or Flamenco guitarist. Great sound is great sound no matter the style. Music is the universal language.”
In 1996, Alan established his own company, the internationally recognized Arf! Mastering – 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 the major motion picture, “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 rave 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.