UNH Alumnus Nominated for Grammy
updated: Dec 21, 2011, 4:00 PM
Source: University of New Haven
UNH Alumnus Nominated for Grammy Award
WEST HAVEN, CONN. -- It not quite like winning a Nobel Prize. There is little
secrecy about the nominees and no ridiculously early phone call from someone
with a Swedish accent.
When Brendan Muldowney arrived at work last week, however, he learned he had
been nominated for a Grammy award from his colleagues.
His work as the tracking engineer for Seth Glier's "The Next Right Thing" has
been nominated in the category of "Best Engineered Album - Non-Classical."
"I'm pretty excited," Muldowney said. "I wasn't expecting it."
Muldowney, who was graduated with a degree in music and sound recording from the
University of New Haven in 2004, connected with Glier because both had worked
with Dave Eggar,
the cellist featured on the album. "He recommended me for tracking the album and
then I really hit it off with Seth. That's how it works in this business -- you
talk to people and word of mouth just spreads."
The chief engineer at Carriage House Studios, a recording studio in Stamford,
Muldowney began his music career in his parents' basement playing guitar in a
band. He planned to be a performance major at UNH and spent a lot of time
trying to get the sound just right.
"I had no idea you could even go to college for recording music," he said. "But
it was really cool and when I looked into it, I really liked the idea."
Today, performing is just "not central to what I do anymore," he says. The most
important things he learned at UNH were musicianship and music theory.
"The best thing that I learned at UNH surprisingly wasn't so much the recording
studio skills as the music process and music theory," Muldowney says. "Learning
to be a good musician was the key. Recording techniques and technology are
important but the computer side of the business is always changing. You have to
learn about those things on the job. The musicianship is the best part of the
Michael Kaloyanides, professor and head of the UNH music department, remembers
"Brendan took several classes with me and he was always at the top of the class
with the highest grade point average and with the highest quality work.
Obviously in this case, dedication to academic work paid off," he said.
The Best Engineered Album is voted on by professionals in the music recording
field. The Grammys will be awarded on Feb. 12, 2012.
"Music engineering is both an art and a science and the engineering of an album
demands both artistic insight and technological mastery," Kaloyanides says. "The
record album is viewed as a work of art and the engineer is part of the team of
the artist behind it. It is the job of the engineer to realize the vision of the
musical artists and producers, and the awards go to engineers who best represent
the ideal of a creative marriage between musical artistry and technological
A review of the Glier album by Contested, a music review site gives "The Next
Right Thing" a four out of five. "Glier shines as a lyricist who sounds like he
sings with his heart stuck in his throat. From revelation to breakdown and back
again, Glier welcomes us into his world with reckless honesty; and if you listen
very carefully, you will most certainly hear the beauty in his breakdown for
More information about Muldowney is available at www.brendanmuldowney.com
The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution
recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920 on
the campus of Yale University in cooperation with Northeastern University, UNH
moved to its current West Haven campus in 1960. The University provides its
students with a unique combination of a solid liberal arts education and real-
world, hands-on career and research opportunities. UNH enrolls approximately
6,400, including nearly 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600
undergraduates - the majority of whom reside in University housing. Through its
College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Henry C. Lee College of
Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, Tagliatela College of Engineering, and
University College, UNH offers 75 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
UNH students have access to more than 50 study abroad programs worldwide and its
student-athletes compete in 17 varsity sports in the NCAA Division II's highly
competitive Northeast-10 Athletic Conference.
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