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Shining a spotlight on stories of the Portland music scene and the people who make it go round.
Koll Guitar Co.: Bringing It All Back HomeSteve Murray - Dec 11, 2018
Saul Koll masterfully crafts sublime and adventurous guitars in his SW Portland backyard.
Made In PortlandChris Young - Nov 16, 2018
Meet the Portlanders who are crafting innovative, world-renowned instruments, gear and technology—fueling our music scene and economy—right here in your own backyard. Photos by Sam Gehrke
The Color of SoundAndrea Janda - Nov 15, 2018
Myles de Bastion of CymaSpace and Audiolux Devices lights the way for inclusive encounters with music through his groundbreaking technology.
Portia Sabin: Running a Record Label While Being an Educator and Activist for Independent MusicChris Young - Sep 12, 2018
From leading the storied Kill Rock Stars to launching The Future of What podcast, Sabin sets her sights on the future of music in the Rose City alongside MusicPortland. Find out how they aim to...
Festival Food That Feeds Your SoulRyan J. Prado - Jul 25, 2018
Chefs and musicians come together for Pickathon’s Curation Series. Do not miss this year's curation meals at Pendarvis Farm from August 2 to 5.
From Successful Artist to Producer: Chris FunkJohn Chandler - Jun 22, 2018
Halfling for hire: The Decemberists’ guitar guy puts on his producer hat inside one of the city's most architecturally inspired buildings working with the likes of Stephen Malkmus, Kyle Craft, Y...
From Successful Artist to Producer: Hutch HarrisAdam Sweeney - Jun 21, 2018
As The Thermals began to wind down, Hutch Harris found himself producing records with Victor Nash at Destination: Universe! Working swiftly and on the cheap, he's already spent time behind the...
The Perfectly Constructed SpaceChris Young - Jun 14, 2018
From individually poured pieces of concrete in the foundation to five isolation rooms to 22-foot-high ceilings, East Burnside's B-Side Studios provides a wooded vibe and a welcoming atmosphere for...
Studios That Do More Than Make RecordsJoe Duquette - Jun 13, 2018
Whether intentional or not, some Portland studios have developed extracurricular specializations in offering multimedia services or event space—because for The Rye Room and The Hallowed Halls,...
The Hip-Hop Studio-Label HybridChris Young - Jun 11, 2018
The likes of EYRST, Burn Money Music and It’s Future Time are blazing new trails in the production and dissemination of hip-hop and R&B in Portland by providing local artists with the tools and...
The Studio That Builds Its Own GearAdam Sweeney - Jun 8, 2018
Hand-built tube mics, a modified board and rare gear, The Map Room takes a calculated approach to its creative space. Photos by Saehee Photography
Portland's Basement SpacesJohn Chandler - Jun 7, 2018
Many underground studios are not, in fact, always underground.
The Studio That's Not Bound By LocationChris Young - Jun 6, 2018
Tucker Martine's Flora Recording & Playback started in Seattle, moved down the I-5 corridor thanks to a blossoming relationship with The Decemberists, and has been based out basements, barns and...
Historic Recording Rooms in PortlandJohn Chandler - Jun 5, 2018
Portland is a music city and our studios are where we document the sounds of local artists as well as international stars. Legendary studios have come and gone over the years while many are still...
The Life and Times of Portland Recording StudiosAdam Sweeney - Jun 4, 2018
With a city and music industry constantly in flux, Portland’s recording rooms are facing new challenges. Yet, there is no shortage of spaces, whether professional or DIY. Explore basements,...