Mark Hood and Douglas McKinnie join the Recording Arts faculty

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music announced today (July 20) the addition of two full-time faculty members to its distinguished Department of Recording Arts.

Audio engineers Mark Hood and Douglas McKinnie have each been appointed assistant professor of recording arts, effective this fall.

“I am very pleased to welcome Mark Hood and Douglas McKinnie to the faculty of the Recording Arts Department,” said Konrad Strauss, department chair. “Their diverse backgrounds and knowledge in the areas of live sound and contemporary music production will enable the department to continue as a leader in the field of audio education.”

In addition to their academic credentials, Hood and McKinnie bring significant practical experience working in demanding professional situations. Strauss said he believes that they will serve as ideal role models and mentors as they work alongside Jacobs School students.

About Mark Hood 

Audio engineer and media producer Mark Hood has served as an adjunct lecturer and visiting assistant professor at Jacobs since 2005.

Hood’s body of creative output includes over 500 LP, CD and DVD releases in all genres. He has recorded and mixed the soundtracks for numerous feature, documentary and art films, television series and radio and television specials, as well as jingles and music for advertising for scores of national clients and campaigns.

Hood has collaborated with a wide variety of artists and ensembles, including Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Bob Mintzer, Diana Ross, John Scofield, John Mellencamp, Miss America (several), David Sanborn, Sandi Patty, Stephen Schwartz, Rodney Dangerfield, Richie Havens, George Benson, Odetta, the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras, the Washington Pops, the Washington Bach Consort, Canadian Brass, Dallas Brass and many others.

In work for the theater, Hood is the sound designer for the musicals Blast (2001 Tony and Emmy Awards), Shockwave, Cyberjam and Music in Xtreme in their London West End and New York Broadway productions, as well as their ongoing international and U.S. national touring versions.

Hood is managing partner of Echo Park Recording Studios, a commercial audio production facility in Bloomington. Designed and built by Hood and his partner, Mike Wanchic, in 1993, Echo Park has been home to productions by The Fray, Ben Folds, Howie Day, Son Volt, Vedera, Juliana Hatfield, Bob and Tom, Mysteries of Life and many other artists. The studio has also been the venue for Hood’s numerous collaborations with many current and former Jacobs faculty members.

Hood’s primary research interest centers around the education and preservation of audio content originally captured on legacy analog formats such as wax cylinders, lacquer discs, magnetic wire and tape recordings, videotape and optical film.

From 2008 to 2011, he served as research associate and chief engineer of the Sound Directions Project at the IU Archives of Traditional Music in its efforts to digitize and preserve its collection of over 90,000 historic recordings in deteriorating and obsolete formats. He currently serves on the IU Bloomington Media Preservation Task Force in the Office of the Vice Provost for Research.

Hood is a member of the Education and Training Committee of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and the Audio Engineering Society.

About Douglas McKinnie 

Douglas McKinnie comes to the Jacobs School of Music from Middle Tennessee State University, where he has been an assistant professor in the Recording Industry Department since 2006.

McKinnie holds a Ph.D. from the University of Surrey (U.K.), where his research at the Institute of Sound Recording focused on the influence of spatial envelopment and localization accuracy on the perceived sound quality of surround-sound playback systems.

McKinnie received his master of music degree in sound recording from McGill University, where he engaged in research on techniques for low-bit-rate audio critical listening tests. While at McGill, he assisted in the selection of critical listening materials for the Electronic Industries Association/National Radio Standards Committee, which were used to assess the sound quality of HD radio. This research was carried out at Canada’s Communications Research Centre in Ottawa.

He received his bachelor of arts degree in music from Case Western Reserve University.

Since 1994, McKinnie has been the director of live sound operations at Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, where he has worked with artists as diverse as James Taylor, Diana Krall, The Boston Pops, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio and Train. He also was the audio engineer for the Cleveland Institute of Music and a staff engineer at Cleveland’s Commercial Recording Studios.

His recording credits include compact discs for Telarc and McGill Records, radio production and demonstration recordings for the BBC, as well as countless other radio broadcasts and independent releases.

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