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David v.R. Bowles





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5 June 2018

David v.R. Bowles


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Recording producer and engineer David v.R. Bowles formed Swineshead Productions, LLC in 1995, specializing in high-resolution stereo and immersive recording. His productions have won multiple “Just Plain Folks” awards and been nominated for Grammy® and JUNO® awards. Many of these have received critical acclaim for his audio engineering. Mr. Bowles is a member of the AES: on the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, the San Francisco section committee, and has served on the Board of Governors and convention committees in addition. He is a guest lecturer in 3D audio at NYU Steinhardt Music Technologies Tonmeister Seminar, and at Royal Danish Conservatory.

Recent Accolades:

Dream Drapery (Karen Clark and Galax Quartet; music of Joseph Schwantner, Mark Mellit and Fred Frith):

"The recording, made in Berkeley, California, is fabulously vibrant, allowing the natural electricity of the performances to reveal itself through the music itself. This is fascinating repertoire, performed, recorded, and presented to the highest possible standards."

~ Colin Clarke, Fanfare, Jan/Feb 2021

Handel - Saul (Philharmonia Baroque Productions, recorded live):

"The recording was superbly produced, recorded, edited, mixed, and mastered by PBO’s former recording engineer, David v.R. Bowles of Swineshead Productions, LLC...Auditioned in 24/192 high-resolution, Bowles's achievement captures all the nuance and color that were transmitted by First Congregational’s uniquely live, resonant, and spacious acoustic..."

~ Jason Victor Serinus , San Francisco Classical Voice: 

Handel - Arias with Avery Amereau (Philharmonia Baroque Productions)

Editor's Choice, September 2020, Gramophone Magazine

"...the recorded sound lets the listener enjoy the interplay of Handel’s writing, savor instruments doubling the voice, or zero in on an instrumental line inside the mix"

~ Andrew Sammut, Early Music America

Robert and Clara Schumann lieder (Avie Records):

"With fresh, engaging accounts of Robert [Schumann’s] two well as impeccable engineering, there’s a great deal to be enjoyed in this release."

~ Hugo Shirley, Gramophone Magazine: 

Mason Bates - Mass Transmission (Delos Records):

Critic’s Choice, December 2019, Opera News

"A critically important voice in the chorus of artists whose contributions fostered the success of Mass Transmission is that of recording engineer David v.R. Bowles...True to his reputation, Bowles achieves this spectacularly on Mass Transmission."

~ Andrew Newsome, Voix des Artes

David v.R. Bowles

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