Associate Professor of Music (Audio Engineering and Sound Production)
Musical Arts Center, MC426A
Audio engineer and media producer Mark Hood is associate professor of audio engineering and sound production at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
Through a long and distinguished career in the music industry, he has amassed a body of creative output that includes over 500 LP, CD, and DVD releases in all genres. He has recorded and mixed the soundtracks for numerous feature, documentary, and art films, television series, and radio and television specials, as well as jingles and music for advertising for scores of national clients and campaigns.
Hood has collaborated with a wide variety of artists and ensembles, including Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Bob Mintzer, Diana Ross, John Scofield, John Mellencamp, Miss America (several), David Sanborn, Sandi Patty, Stephen Schwartz, Rodney Dangerfield, Richie Havens, George Benson, Odetta, the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops orchestras, Washington Pops, Washington Bach Consort, Canadian Brass, Dallas Brass, and many others.
In work for the theater, Hood is the sound designer for the musicals Blast (2001 Tony and Emmy Awards), Shockwave, Cyberjam, and Music in Xtreme in their London West End and New York Broadway productions, as well as their ongoing international and U.S. national touring versions.
Hood is managing partner of Echo Park Recording Studios, a commercial audio production facility in Bloomington, Ind. Designed and built in 1993 by Hood and his partner, Mike Wanchic, Echo Park has been home to productions by The Fray, Ben Folds, Howie Day, Son Volt, Vedera, Juliana Hatfield, Stephen Stills, Bob and Tom, Mysteries of Life, and many other artists. The studio has also been the venue for Hood's numerous collaborations with many current and former Jacobs School faculty members and students.
Hood's primary research interest centers around the eduction and preservation of audio content originally captured on legacy analog formats such as wax cylinders, lacquer discs, magnetic wire and tape recordings, videotape, and optical film.
Prior to his full-time faculty appointment to the Jacobs School, he served as research associate and chief engineer of the Sound Directions Project at the IU Archives of Traditional Music in its efforts to digitize and preserve its collection of over 90,000 historic recordings in deteriorating and obsolete formats. He was a member of the IUB Media Preservation Initiative Task Force, whose research and planning led to the establishment and funding of the Indiana University Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative, charged by IU President McRobbie “to digitize, preserve, and make universally available . . . all of the time-based media objects on all campuses of IU judged important by experts.”
Hood is a member of the Audio Engineering Society and co-chair of the Technical Committee of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections.