Assistant Professor of Music (Recording Arts)
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Musical Arts Center, MC426A
Audio engineer and media producer Mark Hood is an assistant professor of recording arts at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he served as an adjunct lecturer and visiting assistant professor since 2005.
Hood's body of creative output 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, the Washington Pops, the 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. Designed and built by Hood and his partner, Mike Wanchic, in 1993, Echo Park has been home to productions by The Fray, Ben Folds, Howie Day, Son Volt, Vedera, Juliana Hatfield, 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 faculty members.
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.
From 2008 to 2011, 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 currently serves on the IU Bloomington Media Preservation Task Force in the Office of the Vice Provost for Research.
Hood is a member of the Education and Training Committee of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and the Audio Engineering Society.