Writing and Lectures

Books, articles, and more

I have been writing and lecturing…

…about music, audio, and technology since 1977. My books have been standard textbooks in college-level courses, and my articles and columns have been read by tens of thousands of music and audio professionals. My user manuals for music and audio software and hardware products have received rave reviews from many publications, as well as users.

My columns for Mix magazine were anthologized in 2007 into The Insider Audio Bathroom Reader, published by Thomson Course PTR. The company was merged into Cengage shortly thereafter, and the book went out of print. It is still available online, but used copies are getting rather expensive.

Feel free to contact me with any questions about my writing, or see a complete list of my 600+ publications here.


The Insider Audio Bathroom Reader, Thomson Course PTR, Boston, 2007.

American Mavericks: Visionaries, Pioneers, Iconoclasts, University of California Press/San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, 2002 (contributor).

Getting Into Digital Recording, Hal Leonard Corporation, Milwaukee, WI, 1996.

MIDI for the Professional, Music Sales Corp., New York, 1993, 2nd edition 1995 (co-author with Tim Tully, foreword by Bob Moog). (Stayed in print until 2012!)

MIDI Basics: Synchronization and Control, Tascam Corporation, Montebello, CA, 1992.

Making Music With Your Computer, Hal Leonard Corporation, Milwaukee, WI, 1993 (contributor).

Timecode Handbook, Cipher Digital, Frederick, MD, 1990 (contributor).

Voices of West Medford (layout, design, photography, and editing), by Sharon Kennedy, self-published from a grant from the Medford Arts Council, Medford, MA, 1998.

The Andy M. Stewart Songbook, Music Sales Corp./G. Schirmer, New York, 1989 (editor).

Personal Computer Programming Encyclopedia, McGraw-Hill, New York, 1987 (contributor).


See complete list here.

Blast From The Past“, Wired, November, 1999.

“Insider Audio” columnist and contributing editor, Mix, 1995-2009. (Click here for information about The Insider Audio Bathroom Reader!)

Editorial Director, Mix Online, 1998-2002.

Columnist/technical editor, Piano and Keyboard, 1992-4.

Columnist/electronic music editor, Recording Engineer/Producer, 1986-90.

Former contributing editor, MacUser, High Fidelity, Music & Sound Output, The Boston Phoenix

Contributor to other magazines and newspapers including:         
The Boston Globe, Broadcast Sound 
(UK), Broadcast Management/Engineering, Broadcaster (Canada), Computer Music Journal, Dealerscope, Digital Retailing, EQ, High Technology, MacGuide, Mac Home Journal, MacWeek, Music & Computers, Music Trades, Musician, New Media, Piano Today, Pro Sound News, The Real Paper, Roland User Group, Studio Sound (UK), Technology Illustrated, many others

User Manuals

Synthogy Ivory Virtual Grand Piano Instrument, 2004

Kurzweil KDFX multi-effects for K2500 synthesizer/sampler, 1998.

Kurzweil Digital Multi-Track Interface, 1996

Kurzweil PC-88 digital keyboard, 1994. (TEC Award Winner)

JBL/Urei Platform signal processors, 1993.

Roland S-770 sampler (2 versions), and S-750 sampler, 1989-92. (TEC Award Winner)

Roland R-880 reverb (2 versions), 1989-91.

Application notes for Roland E-660 equalizer and R-880 reverb, 1988.

Passport Designs Master Tracks Pro/Pro 4/Pro 5/Pro 6 sequencing software (5 versions), 1988-95.

Roland: A Sound Approach” technical liner notes for music CD, 1988.

AKG ADR-68K reverb and effects (3 English and 2 German versions), 1986-89.

Dr. T’s Music Software Keyboard Controlled Sequencer for Macintosh (editor), 1991.

Southworth Total Music sequencing software (6 versions), 1985-86.

LehrWare Metawave sound editing software, 1984.

Application notes for Lexicon MRC, Kurzweil K1000 and K2000, Digidesign Soft SampleCell, E-Mu Proteus 2

Lectures, Panels, and Presentations

George Antheil’s Ballet Mécanique (partial list):

“What Was George Thinking? Multiple Pianolas in Antheil’s Ballet mécanique“, New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) conference, Ann Arbor, MI, June 2012

“A Ballet Mécanique for the 21st Century: Performing George Antheil’s Dadaist Masterpiece with Robots”, with Eric Singer, New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) conference, IRCAM, Paris, France, June 2006

Light In Winter Festival, Ithaca, NY, January 2005

Percussive Arts Society International Conference, Columbus, OH, November 2002. Keynote presentation.

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, September 2001

Cyberarts Festival, Boston Symphony Hall, May 2001

Acoustical Society of America, Newport Beach, CA, December 2000

“Switched-on Symphony,” Center for New Music and Technology, University of California Berkeley, June 2000

“The World of George Antheil”, Other Minds / San Francisco Public Library, June 2000

American Composers Orchestra panel, Carnegie Hall, New York City, April 2000

Automated Musical Instrument Collectors Association, Waltham, MA, August 1999

“Bridging the Gap Between Art and Science Education Through Teaching Electronic Musical Instrument Design,” New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) conference, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, May 2005.

“Using Musical Instruments as an Engineering Educational Medium,” IEEE: Frontiers in Education, Boston, November 2002. Co-author with Jesse “Chip” Jones, and Chris Rogers, Tufts University

Panel on “Careers in Audio” at the NEMO/Boston Music Awards Conference, Boston, September 2004.

“The Endless Upgrade Spiral”, StudioPro98, panel chairman, New York, June, 1998

Parsons Audio Conference, Wellesley Hills, MA, panelist 1992-4; chairman 1995-6, 1999, 2015-6.

“The Sound of Multimedia”, Clark University, Worcester, MA, panelist/performer, 1996

CD-ROM Expo, Boston, panelist (Audio for Multimedia), 1994

“The Music Business”, UMass Lowell Music Business Program seminar, 1994-6.

Macworld Expo Boston, panelist (Music on the Macintosh), 1989-95; chairman, 1992-3

Music Recording and Sound Expo, New York, panelist , 1991-2

Boston Audio Society, 1990

Audio Engineering Society, national convention (New York), Boston, and UMass Lowell chapters, 1987-8

Association for Small Computers in the Arts (SCAN), Philadelphia, PA, 1987-8

Boston Computer Society, Music Special Interest Group, 1988

National Association of Music Merchants, Anaheim, CA, 1986

StudioPro98 panel with representatives from Lexicon, Roland, Digidesign, Sync Sound, Avatar Studios, McHale/Barone, and Dale Pro Audio. Paul is second from left.