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BIO:
Originally from Hamilton, Ontario, by the age of six Peter owned a portable reel-to-reel tape recorder. By the age of sixteen he had a large audiophile stereo system and a small home studio.

In 1976, while at the University of Western Ontario in London Ontario, Peter and a few other students started the campus radio broadcast station CHRW. He was the on-air DJ for the new music program covering the Punk Rock and New Wave scene. At that time most records from the current artists were imported from England, which created a problem fulfilling the radio's '33% Canadian content' ruling. Since there were very few Canadian releases, Peter started recording the live shows of local and touring Canadian punk rock bands at his own expense and playing them on his radio show, 'The Simon Less Radio Program'. In 1979, while still studying for a degree in anthropology, Peter founded a record label called Silent Head Records and provided a rehearsal space in his own rented house for the local punk scene.

By 1981, his self taught producing/engineering skills had reached a professional level and he branched out into other forms of music such as jazz and classical. After graduating UWO in 1982, he founded MDI Productions (incorporated in 1986) and moved his operation to Toronto.

In Toronto, Peter continued to produce rock, jazz, and classical recordings as well as film and TV scores. In 1985, he was approached by Adcom Electronics, Canada's largest professional video supplier, to create and manage a new audio division. His duties included designing and outfitting professional music, film, and television studios throughout Canada such as Film House, CBC Toronto, Pathe, Manta, CBC Montreal, Sounds Interchange, Eastern, PFA, Sound House, CBC Vancouver (exceeding sales 1.8 million in his last year, 1989).

In 1988, Peter produced the now famous one microphone recording Cowboy Junkies 'Trinity Sessions' which was released by RCA New York in 1989. This became an international success story selling more than 2 million copies in the first year. He left his employment at Adcom and has been producing, mastering and restoring music full time ever since.

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PUBLICATIONS:
Published articles in Pro Sound News '92, '94
Published articles in Canadian Musician '88, '91, '95
Personal Profile article in Billboard Magazine, New York March 7, 97
Subject of feature article in Billboard Magazine, New York '95
Subject of feature article in Canadian Musician '94
Subject of feature article in Billboard Magazine, New York '92
Subject of feature article in Pro Sound News '93
Subject of feature article in Eye Magazine '93
Subject of feature article in Toronto Star '92, '94
Subject of feature article in Musician Magazine, New York (Silos) '90
 
 
AWARDS:
Winner of a Genie Award for Achievement in Music/Original Song 1996
Nominated for a Genie Award for Achievement in Music/Original Song 1996
Nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Sound in a Performing Arts Program 1993
Nominated for a Juno Award for Engineer of the Year 1992
Nominated for a Juno Award for Producer of the Year 1991
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ASSOCIATIONS:
Audio Engineering Society (AES) past president 1988
Audio Engineering Society (AES) president 1987
Audio Engineering Society (AES) executive 1986
Audio Engineering Society (AES) member from 1985
National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) member from 1986
Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE) member from 1986
 
 
GUEST SPEAKER AND PANEL ENGAGEMENTS:
  • AES and Pro Audio and Light (PAL) Conference
    Topic "What's In Your Studio? What Is Your Studio Facility Like?"
    Panel Discussion May 2010 Toronto

  • AES Conference
    "Mastering in 2010: The State Of The Art"
    Panel Discussion with Seven of Toronto's Top Mastering Engineers - Jan 2010 Toronto

  • Associations des Professionnels en Audio Symposium
    Topic: "Mastering and the Loudness Wars"
    co-chaired with Bob Katz - March 2006 Montreal

  • AES Seminar on "Surround Production''
    Topic: "Generating Perfect Surround" (GPS Audio)
    April 2005 CBC Broadcast Centre, Toronto

  • AES Conference on 'Digitization in Production and Post Audio'
    Topic: "Music for Post" - May 2002 Toronto

  • Songwriting Association of Canada Seminar - Dec 1996 Toronto

  • Songwriting Association of Canada Seminar - May 1995 Toronto

  • NXNE - June 1995 Toronto

  • NXNE - June 1994 Toronto

  • Songwriting Association of Canada Seminar - April 1994 Ottawa
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