Coach House Sounds is an internet-based project documenting the diverse Chicago music scene by inviting local and touring musicians to be recorded while performing in an intimate setting. By using a tape-based workflow we create an organic atmosphere where the creative process can thrive. Whether it's coming from a setlist, trying out a new song, or pure improvisation.
In 2008, with the growing popularity of independent recording sites, Matt Baron had the idea to try a project based on the Chicago music scene. He partnered with audio engineer Doug Leinen and artist/designer Neal Morrison to create a different approach toward recording sessions on the internet. By focusing on a tape-based workflow (both in terms of the analog audio production and later, digital video production), CHS would provide a linear, album-based alternative to the short, fragmented musical experiences already available on many music sites. By sticking to the basics, and focusing primarily on the local music scene CHS began to share the organic quality of live music and the united feel of Chicago's creative community with the world.
In early 2010, independent filmmaker Michael Mayer joined the team to provide video support and CHS began to curate and document sold-out live shows at multiple local venues. By documenting each performance with audio, video, and still photography, CHS sessions grew to make as complete a creative experience as possible, while still maintaining roots in an independent, stripped-down, D.I.Y. philosophy. Approaching its 100th session, CHS endures as a continuing document of the energetic creative spirit present in the Chicago music scene.
Matt Baron - A Chicago native and musician, Matt oversees booking and communication with the artists as well as project management, ensuring a professional experience and timely production.
Doug Leinen - Flexible and precise, Doug engineers the recording of each session for optimum audio fidelity and dynamic presence.
Neal Morrison - With a background in design and comics, Neal photographs each session as well as illustrates the site logo and icons with style and unique personality.
Mike Mayer - Trained as an independent filmmaker and video artist, Mike captures most sessions in stunning high definition.
Brian Goodheart - The first person to encourage Matt to run with the concept of Coach House Sounds, Brian still remains an integral part of the team despite living in Brooklyn, NY. Brian writes and records music in various bands by night, and does commercial audio in Manhattan by day.