Paul in his home studio
Photo ©1999 by Evan Kafka for Wired
Paul D. Lehrman, composer, author, consultant, and educator, is one of the world's leading experts on MIDI and computer music.
He studied electronic music composition at Columbia University with Vladimir Ussachevsky, Mario Davidovsky, and Charles Dodge, and holds a B.F.A. in orchestral performance from the State University of New York College at Purchase, where his teachers included William Polisi, Donald MacCourt, Robert Levin, and Raymond DesRoches. In November, 2000, he received an M.A. in music performance technology from Lesley University, where his thesis advisors included Tod Machover and George Litterst. He is currently a PhD candidate at Tufts University.
He was the creator of the first all-MIDI album, The Celtic Macintosh (1986), and has had compositions commissioned by Newcomp, the Boston Computer Society, the Society for Small Computers in the Arts, the Audio Engineering Society, and UMass Lowell.
He has scored numerous television films and multimedia productions for PBS, A&E, France 3, Israel TV, Harcourt Brace, and Houghton Mifflin Interactive. His most recent projects include The Port Chicago Mutiny: The Real Story, for the Discovery Channel; The Eternal Road: Encounter With the Past, for PBS and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, for which he researched, arranged, and performed music by Kurt Weill; and When Comedy Went to School for PBS.
He is co-author of MIDI For The Professional (Music Sales Corp.), the standard college-level text on MIDI, and is author of Getting Into Digital Recording (Hal Leonard) and The Insider Audio Bathroom Reader (Cengage Publishing), and has contributed to several other books.
He has written over 400 articles on music technology for publications including Wired, New Media, Keyboard, Electronic Musician, EQ, Piano & Keyboard, Sound on Sound, the Boston Globe, the Boston Phoenix, Technology Illustrated, Studio Sound, Oui, High Times, Millimeter, and Recording Engineer/Producer, and from 1996 to 2008 was the "Insider Audio" columnist for Mix magazine.
He served three terms as executive director of the MIDI Manufacturers Association during which time he contributed to the development of MIDI Time Code, MIDI Machine Control, and General MIDI. He has been a consultant for numerous hardware and software manufacturers including Kurzweil, Yamaha, Roland, Opcode Systems, Passport Designs, AKG, Urei, TASCAM, and Apple Computer. He served on the faculty of the program in Sound Recording Technology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell from 1988-99, and was Associate Director for Development of the Center for Recording Arts, Technology & Industry from 1993 to 1997.
He is currently on the faculty of Tufts University, where he directs the program in Music Engineering, and teaches courses in computer music, sound recording, and electronic musical instrument design.
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