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Tommy delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 18+

Teaching since:
2013

Audio Engineering:
Mr. Von began his audio production experience in high school, before forming his first band. He realized that a modern musician would need to learn recording tools as well as an instrument to fully take advantage of innovations in the audio industry. On the weekends, he began renting analog four track gear and mics, cables, etc. from Music Power rentals (a local SD chain). After that, as part of the live sound crew at CSUF, Fullerton CA (1989-1991) he helped provide sound support for weekly concerts and pub shows on campus. He then moved to Chicago Ill. to occupy the Chief Studio Engineer position at King Studios on Chicago Ave. (1991-1992).

Pursuing his interest in audio production, he then attended and graduated from UCLA Recording Engineering school under the instruction of Michael Braunstein of the Record Plant Los Angeles, who worked with artists including Frank Zappa ("One Size Fits All" through "Joe's Garage" albums), Stephen Stills (Crosby, Stills & Nash), The Eagles, Quincy Jones, Barry Manilow, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Grand Funk Railroad, to name a few.

Courses at UCLA also included an internship under Missy Worth in Artist Development at Sony Music West Coast HQ. Over the years, Mr. Von has provided engineering and producer services to many groups and songwriters in the Hip Hop, Pop, Alternative Rock, Blues and Jazz Genres. Other sound related activity included sound engineer for Thursday night open mic at The Rainbow Room on Sunset Blvd., Friday night open mic at the Pig N Whistle on Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, and managing Action Audio, a Hollywood based TV/Film sound equipment rental facility.

He moved to CO in 2008 to pursue involvement in the live music scene of Denver as both a performer and sound engineer / producer for local artists.

Music Career:
Mr. Von is a BMI composer and songwriter. He started his performing and writing career as a founding member of the psychedelic rock band MYST. MYST was formed in 1989 in Fullerton CA. MYST released “Hit Or MYST” - a full length vinyl LP in 1991 which gained national college radio airplay and toured the western US in support of the album. He now plays covers and originals live with TV and the Commercials.

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Experience

Owner
Mar 1993 - Present
Buddha Tone Records

Recording, Mixing, Mastering, Sound Design.
Artist Development. Home Studio consulting
Copyright, Performance Rights and Royalties consulting
Testimonials:
http://www.tommysgarage.us/consulting
About Buddha Tone:
http://www.tommysgarage.us/buddha-tone

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Chief Studio Engineer
Jul 1991 - Nov 1992
King Studios - Chicago IL

Chief Studio Engineer position at King Studios on Chicago Ave - Recording, Mixing, Mastering

Live Sound Tech
Sep 1989 - Jun 1991
CSUF Associated Studen Productions

sound support for weekly concerts and pub shows on campus

Education

Recording Engineering
Sep 1993 - Jun 1994
UCLA

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Affiliations

BMI
Sep 2003

Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

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Music video for "SpaceFace" recorded at Buddha Tone
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