July 17th, 2006 5:33 pm | by MARK BAUMGARTEN Music | Posted In: Columns, News

Noted Engineer Jon Cohrs Leaving Portland

Jon CohrsJon Cohrs, one of Portland's brightest young recording engineers is leaving Portland for Brooklyn, where he will pursue his own artistic agenda. The engineer with the bright-red specs will be leaving behind a skinny-guy-sized hole in our hearts and a spot as an in-house engineer at Jackpot! Recording Studio to pursue a Master of Fine Arts at Parsons School of Design. While Cohrs has left town a few times before for short stints, he says that this trip will take him away for at least a couple years, if not more. This is yet another loss for this town, folks.

Cohrs' most recent trip was to the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, a state of the art school for recording in Banff, Alberta. There he did some crazy government-funded work recording experimental musicians who used household appliances and giant sound guns to make music (seriously, the NEA's got nuthin' on the Canucks. Oh, wait, the NEA's just got nuthin').

Despite his love for experimental music, Cohrs most notable work has appeared on releases by some of this city's best pop and electronic acts. Tonight at Acme, Cohrs will be sent off by a few of those exceptional acts including Alan Singley and Pants Machine, Tara Jane O'Neil, Nick Jaina, ModernState and Please Step Out of the Vehicle.

But just because Cohrs leaving Portland, doesn't mean that Portland is leaving Cohrs without any work. "My first project in NYC will be mastering the semi-Portland based Tin Hat Trio," Cohrs recently wrote to Local Cut via email. "I'm sure I'll still keep working with Portland bands, particularly with projects where we've developed a nice mutual artistic understanding."

While Cohrs will be cutting down on his recording duties in order to focus on his other artistic endeavors, he will continue to run Spleenless Mastering. The company, named after the somewhat accident-prone engineer's lost spleen, will get both a gear improvement and a new space.

Stop by the Acme and say farewell. If you've never met Cohrs, ask him about his ideas about "living clothing." Or just enjoy the good music that he helped make better.

"I'll miss all the wonderful people," Cohrs writes. "And all the great bands i've gotten to work with. I'm planning on coming back occasionally to do some work at Jackpot! So i'm sure i'll be poking my head back in town."

Music starts at 7:30.

Jon Cohrs' past clients and projects:
Holocene Compilation w/ Strategy, E*Rock, Talkdemonic, and Assclap.
Ryan Heise
Tara Jane O'Neil
Junior Private Detective
Brian Lebarton (keyboardist for Beck)
Sounds Like Fun
Farmer Tan
DJ Tan'T
The Snuggle Ups
Nick Jaina
Last Day in August
PDX Pop Now! 2004 w/ the Shins, the Decemberists, Quasi, M Ward, and Helio Sequence.
Binary Dolls
Nate Jenson
Matt Morgan
Joe Randazzo
Alan Singley
Curse of the Carousel Pony
Point Juncture, WA
Per Se
Please Step Out of the Vehicle
The Caves
The Dykeritz
PDX Pop Now! 2005 w/ the Mirah, Menomena, Viva Voce, Sleater-Kinney, the Blow, and the Minders.
The Forth
At Dusk
Quiet Countries
Chris Robley
SMYRC Compilation w/ Le Tigre, Sleater-Kinney, Pink Martini, and Indigo Girls.
Kill your Ex
The Failing Compilation : Volume 2 Morgan-Stanley
Skidmore Fountain
The Io's
The Roulettes
Soto Sounds
The Volumes
Empty Set
Neelam Sandu

Spleenless Mastering: spleenlessmastering.com
Jackpot! Recording Studio: jackpotrecording.com
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