New York, NY (September 25, 2017)—Concord Music owns more than a dozen archive labels and publishes and licenses nearly 400,000 musical works. With that much archival work going on, the company has studio hubs in Los Angeles, Cleveland, Nashville and New York City all staffed by a team of audio professionals, including veteran engineer Kerry Pompeo, who joined the group in June, 2017. Her latest project found her working with mastering engineer Paul Blakemore at Concord Music’s mastering facility in Cleveland, OH, creating production masters for the new Isaac Hayes four-disc box set, The Spirit of Memphis (1962-1976), was released last week on Stax.
“It’s such a diverse collection of music, with masters coming from a variety of formats, that highlight a quintessential moment in soul music and the Stax catalog,” said Pompeo. “Carrying out Paul’s work in his pristinely designed listening environment and hearing these cuts, which have been sampled into the soundtrack of my youth, was a very humbling moment.”
Pompeo has worked in studio, live sound, and audio post production since completing the Audio Technology Program at SAE Institute New York in 2004. Working at Concord today, she provides the group’s artists and songwriters with recording, editing and mixing services, and additionally creates production masters for new releases and catalog rereleases for delivery to physical product manufacturing (vinyl and CD) and digital distribution (mastered For iTunes and High-Resolution downloads).
“Concord Music has given me the ability to foster a space that allows creative ideas to flow. I find almost nothing more satisfying than being the technical liaison between artist and machine. Everything I’ve done up to now has prepared me for this role, and being surrounded by such immense talent, support, and guidance is very reminiscent of my time learning at SAE Institute.”