About this blog
Dr. Mike Metlay is an electronic musician, author, editor, educator, impresario, radio personality, and kindly pedant. He is a former Editor of RECORDING Magazine (whose MPN forum he considers his godchild 😇 ) and goes by "Dr. Mike" because there are a whole lot of Mikes in this forum and he's the only one who's got a Ph.D. in nuclear physics.
He's released a ton of music, played a lot of live shows in North America and Europe, taught a lot of people how to work with synthesizers and pro audio gear, written a bunch of stuff (including online courses, owner's manuals, and a very pretty book called SYNTH GEMS 1), and has an opinion on just about everything in the world of music technology – which he regularly shares with anyone who will listen, as well as everyone who won't.
Dr. Mike's musical alter ego is Mr. Spiral, aka Spiral Sands: an avatar in the virtual world of Second Life, where he performs live for worldwide online audiences and encourages community building through a mutual love of electronic music. Besides his solo albums, he also runs the mindSpiral series of live concert events and the RadioSpiral online interactive radio station.
In this blog, Dr. Mike and Mr. Spiral take turns talking about music, technology, human beings, and the many ways in which they intersect.