D. James Goodwin is a music producer, recording engineer, and musician, based in Woodstock, New York. Goodwin is known for his experimental and irreverent approach to recording. His discography includes bands and artists such as The Bravery, Natasha Bedingfield, Devo, Matt White, Lapko, Mook (with actor, Paul Dano) Thursday (band), Murder By Death, Camphor, New London Fire, Baumer, Donna Lewis, Pompeii, Kiss Kiss, Honeycreeper, Stiffed (with Santogold), Nova Social, and the Defibulators. Goodwin is also a member of Camphor, and New London Fire, as well as a touring member of Sol Seppy. Goodwin formerly worked primarily out of The Clubhouse in Rhinebeck, NY, but recently opened his own customized facility, called The Isokon. Goodwin has also worked with numerous Brooklyn bands such as Twin Thousands (Ryan Smith and Gretta Cohn of Cursive) Stars Like Fleas, Scary Mansion, and The Silent League.
Goodwin is currently working on a self produced project called Snowflake. Snowflake will feature guest performances by frequent collaborator, Max Avery Lichtenstein and others. In addition to production, Goodwin has written and recorded music for various television programs on MTV, Bravo, Discovery, and CBS, among others. His music has been featured on shows such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, America's Next Top Model, The Real World, CNN Headline News, and many others.
Goodwin was a panelist at the 2008 Potluck Audio Conference (formerly the Tape Op Conference) in New Orleans. He also been featured in Electronic Musician, a widely read, internationally recognized recording technology journal. In April 2009, Goodwin's first article about "left field" recording and mixing techniques will be published in Electronic Musician.
The Isokon is the name of Goodwin's private recording studio, located in Woodstock, NY. The facility was finished in Spring of 2010, and will be Goodwin's homebase for the foreseeable future. While the studio is private, it is occasionally available to rent out on a limited basis, when Goodwin is working elsewhere or away.
Known primarily for his quirky approach to recording, The Isokon follows that mindset. With a bevy of strange instruments and technical devices, the facility is installed in an old residential home, and set up in such a way that artists are made to feel as though they are away in vacation in the woods of upstate NY, surrounded by numerous instruments, toys, and manipulation devices, aimed at assisting Goodwin in making adventurous recordings, without worrying about the clock, or the time constraints of a typical studio.
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