Buzz began his career at Minnesota Public Radio, working with the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and engineering Leigh Kamman’s late night show “The Jazz Image”. He served as technical director for Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” for which he won a national award for excellence. More recently, he has won praise from artists such as Mary Chapin Carpenter, Yo Yo Ma, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, and symphony orchestras including the Chicago, Milwaukee and Madison symphonies. As voice talent and narrator, Buzz’s voice is heard on websites, TV and radio ads, film narration and live performances, conventions and awards shows. An amateur rock climber, Buzz has climbed Devils Tower, Half Dome and High Exposure while managing to avoid any uncontrolled plummeting.
Audrey’s career began as a freelance FOH engineer; a position that afforded her the opportunity to work with a number of Madison area artists such as The Big Payback, Off the Porch, Reloaded, and Yid Vicious. Through her time at Audio for the Arts, Audrey has been recording concerts and performances for clients such as Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra, Madison Chamber Choir, and Perfect Harmony Men’s Chorus. The Big Wild Radio Show, The App Fairy Podcast, TDS, and Wisconsin’s 57 are a few of Audrey’s clients who rely on Audio for the Arts for their voice over and narration recordings.
Audrey’s interest in recording was sparked from her years spent classically training as a Soprano opera singer who tried (unsuccessfully) to record herself. A graduate of Madison Media Institute, Audrey started off as an intern and has filled other roles such as office manager, graphic designer, and accountant before becoming part owner of the studio and one of the chief engineers. In addition to her passion for helping artists realize their dream recordings, she holds a Telly award for music composition. In her spare time, she enjoys working, candlelit dinners, and putting sound effects to animated videos.
Steve’s passion is for great sound in audio. He started his career in radio and worked in both commercial and public radio settings. His pursuit of excellent sound led him to the craft of recording. Steve has several years of experience in voice-over production, live and in-studio music recording and mixing. Every project is an opportunity to make a clients work sound the best it can be; and to learn new and better ways to understand what clients want and how to get their sound most efficiently. Steve likes to make clients feel at home in the studio and to have all the resources they need to get the sound they are looking for.
Noah is the newest addition to the Audio for the Arts team. His musical passion began in 7th grade when he joined his middle school jazz band and started playing in a garage band with friends. He also started helping with sound at his local church, developing an early love for both the artistic and technical sides of music. In 2012, he graduated from The Institute of Production and Recording in Minneapolis where he also briefly interned at The Terrarium.
Noah’s engineering skills garnered him a MAMA in 2016 when his band, The Earthlings, won World Song of the Year for "Two Things." When he is not fulfilling his duties as Audio for the Arts office dude you can find him designing synthesizer sounds, building DIY stomp-boxes, and canoeing with his family and friends.
Jason is an artist living in Madison. He works as a collaborative and solo pianist, composer, arranger, graphic designer, and teacher. He received his Master’s Degree in Piano Performance from the UW – Madison in December 2015. Prior schooling was at UW – Oshkosh with a B.M. in Recording Technology/Music Industry. As a concerto competition winner he performed as soloist with orchestras in Madison, WI; Oshkosh, WI; and Estes Park, CO.
Musical interests lie wholly between and beyond the Classical and Jazz worlds. All music is constructed with the same building blocks, and it’s only with small changes in formula that genre and affect differ. His greatest interest is discovering and blending these borders, and using them as fuel for each musical project. Jason’s other loves include soccer, yoga, video games, composing for video/film, interactive/mixed media, woodcrafting, cleaning, graphic drawing/painting, discovery, watercolor, and trying new things.
Mike worked for Smart Studios for nearly 18 years, starting as an unpaid intern and ending up as the chief engineer and manager. Working with many talented producers, engineers and artists over the years, he learned a lot from some very experienced pros. He learned what it takes to make a great recording, and how important effort, communication and fun are as parts of the recording process.
"I strive to make recordings that people will want to listen to . . . and that's just not as easy as you'd think!"
Patience, attention to detail, and a high bar for what's "good enough," are some of the qualities that Mike brings to every project.