About

Flying Sound is a small and high-end production facility that specializes in music but also has full post-production capability including ISDN, Source Connect with drop and replace, Davinci Resolve and video production services.

We have direct access to The Studio Portland‘s A Room and services in that room are included with advanced notice.

We are located in Portland’s art district by MECA. Portland is a picturesque and fun destination recording town.

Flying Sound’s main engineer is James Curwood. James has been a musician all of his life. He says music is a way of life for him and that’s easy to back up as he starting on the piano at age 7, the bass at age 9 and the saxophone at age 11. He has been involved in projects that have been rock, folk, electronic, pop, hip-hop, rap, classical, bluegrass, Americana, jazz and more. He claims to have an interest in every genre of music “as long as it’s good”

James writes:

The recipe to make a really high quality recording may depend on a lot of factors but that doesn’t mean it has to be difficult and expensive. It also doesn’t require high-end gear though I love high-end gear and collecting it is a vice. I’m a huge nerd when it comes to audio and music and have put in the time & effort students do to become an MD with sleepless nights touring, working in the studio, and endless studying. Visiting a good engineer in the studio is like going to a doctor except instead of it being your life on the line it’s your album.

A little background on me: My musical journey started when I was very young but my earliest memories of production are from when I was 9 and crawling under the reel-to-reel recorders at WBUR in Boston. I was watching my father begin his popular radio show “Living On Earth”. In high school I started to play out and finally joined Living On Earth in the summer of ’99. A year later I dropped out of Cornell to tour North America and Europe playing sax with a band based out of NYC called The Uplifters. By this point I had dedicated my life to music and audio.

My job in the music world is to make things sound musical in additional to being technically accurate. In the radio, TV and film world it is to help the narrative of the story move forward through good sound. There are many ways to accomplish these and working in different areas of audio has taught me different tricks in the opposing field that I might otherwise not know. “Film is just radio with pictures” my pulitzer prize winning father Steve Curwood constantly tells me.

Schedule a tour and consult if you have a project you’d like to complete at booking@flyingsound.net.

James