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Championship Awards Delivers THE MIC


I want to send a big thank you to Dan Jaworski (pictured) and Samantha Kubly (previous blog) from Championship Awards for their help with “Protect THE MIC”. I called Samantha one afternoon a week ago and expressed a need for help. I shared the plight of Hip-Hop in Madison with her and our need for the city to organize our efforts to promote the equity of the urban arts.

Samantha as it turns out was very aware of the fact that Hip-Hop has been stifled in Madison, WI because her brother is a performer and he also has no place to perform. This sadly has been the plight of singers and rappers all over the City of Madison. [More…]

This is THE MIC

Chris Taylor and THE MIC

This is THE MIC. You see, this isn’t just any mic, it is THE MIC. This is the tie that binds, the straw that stirs the drink, the color in your Kool-Aid if you will.

Hip-Hop in Madison, WI hasn’t gotten a fair shake. Now I’m not placing blame or pointing my finger at officials or promoters or club owners and saying that this is your fault. I am going to take the thumb from the hand that points and recognize that thumb is pointing back at me. I am to blame for Hip-Hop not getting a fair shake in Madison, just as much as anyone else is.


A Day in Wisconsin’s History

public address system

This is a cool picture isn’t it? What’s going on here? This is a day in history in Wisconsin. The date on this picture is Friday, June 6. This location is the Wisconsin State Capital Building. The topic? The state ban on gay marriage was just overturned by Federal Judge Barbara Crabs. Right same thing that I would be thinking, “What does this have to do with Madison Media Institute?” To answer that we have to go back in time a day.

The morning before this I was at public radio WORT 88.9 FM in Madison promoting the school and the work I am doing with the Madison Arts Commission and the City of Madison Arts Administrator Karin Wolf talked to me about a ruling that might be coming through from a judge on an important topic. She asked me if I could assist her with sound. We are friends so I usually don’t question when she needs something and do what I can to help her out. She didn’t think it would be this week and asked if I could be on standby. No Problemo!!


AVID Pro Tools: How To Win Me Back

What Would Make Me Fall In Love With AVID Pro Tools Again?

Hello again!! I know it has been a while since we spoke, but life changes have prevented me from blogging for a while, when I do though, it can be a humdinger! Before I get into the meat and taters of this blog let me first say that I absolutely love the good people at AVID Pro Tools in AVID. They are really good people and work hard to, individually, help everyone that they can, out, and this is in no way a dig on them and their efforts. I am just a guy on the street who happens to see things a bit differently. I am not saying I see them right, just differently. [More…]

CT’s Insane Ramblings

Choose one, you can have bad breath, be funky, or have stinky feet? You have to choose one and why?

I choose feet, because I can keep my shoes on LOL.

Leave your choice below.

-Chris T.


Are you interested in sound engineering? Check out the Recording & Music Technology Program offered at Madison Media Institute.

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The Passion of the Buttons

Where does that leave us today? Well anyone who has been following me knows that I am on protein shakes twice a day now. They are tasty, but when they wear off, the hunger strikes like a muther brother. I mean, think of a vampire who has been imprisoned for hundreds of years, emaciated due to the lack of plasma, comatose, pale, frail and weakened to the point of death. That is what I felt like yesterday, and it sucked let me tell you.

MMI Chris Taylor

I was clawing at the strings of my intestinal fortitude, wrestling with my subconscious about taking a trip to Subway (cause if I am going to fall off I can at least join Jared right?) or going to steak escape to sink my teeth into a double meat triple cheese sub with delicious fries. I fought those urges and I went home and ate a chicken breast that I had left over from the night before. Then I got into a handful of sour cream and onion fries. Oh man those were soooo what I needed.

I was able to keep it cool after that, and I went and mixed a new song for my album that I am working on titled “Hoodstock: A Summer Of Thugs”. The entire time I mixed I was thinking about how damn good those chips were, then someone called me that was dropping a binder of some info to me that I needed to run outside and grab.

When I got outside, she looked at me and said “Oh my god, you just keep losing weight”. I said, “it doesn’t feel like it, matter of fact today has been rather rough.” She ignored me and called me an inspiration. That felt good because if I can inspire other people to get healthy (especially recording engineers), then I am doing the world a good service.

I walked the straight and narrow for the rest of the night and woke up this morning recharged and ready to knock back another protein shake. When I grabbed a shirt to put on though, I hadn’t realized that the shirt that I selected was way to tight to wear the last time I tried to put it on.

The buttons used to look like people trying to escape from a towering inferno, hanging outside of the building from their fingertips hanging on for dear life, caught in a tug of war between fabric and girth. I actually remember putting this shirt on and taking it right back off because it just wasn’t working for me.

Today, this shirt is loose and the buttons have found peace. For evidence, I took a picture of me clutching how much space I have actually gotten back out of the stomach.

In closing, I am using you all and this blog as my support system. My stomach is growling while I am writing this post but at least having someone to talk to about it makes it a little easier. While I am at it, you will never in your f-n life see more free food at your job than when you are on a damn diet.

Don’t forget me if I fail, I won’t forget you when I succeed.

-Chris “Godxilla” Taylor

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As an engineer it’s easy for me to sit here and just make records, never giving my health an overall look because the business is always churning. So I’m on this new diet and let me tell you. Glory brand pinto beans in the can are unequivocally the shiznit!

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More on this later.


Every Day


The single from the Silverseed Album Tim Anderson mixed is out on YouTube.

Check out Silverseed’s new video, Sun Inside!


Chris Taylor has arranged a partnership with the Madison Urban Community Arts Network for our work study students.  UCAN’s mission is to empower and unify youth and adults in the Madison area using urban arts, specifically Hip-Hop, through educational panels and workshops and events that bring the community together.  They primarily serve adults, ages 18-30, involved in the local music scene.


World Record Production’s James “Fluff” Harley stopped by MMI Mpls yesterday to share some real world experiences and concepts with Paul Peterson’s Studio Recording Class. James is one of the premier mixing engineers in the country.
His credits include Quietdrive and New Medicine.


student / extern Matthew Nasalli will be helping to tech the Union Theater event. He excelled tech’ing last weeks’ “Rockstar Happyoke” show at the High Noon Saloon.

We make things happen EVERY DAY!

Every Day


Tim Andersen mixed the album “Four Daughters of Beauty” for the Minneapolis based band “Silverseed”. Mastered by Greg Reirson, the CD release party/concert is this Wednesday May 2nd at Cause Spirits and Soundbar in Uptown. The album will be played in its entirety at 11 PM. Come and hear a band that sounds just like the CD! (Trust me on this statement). Thanks


Chris Taylor arranged a Work Study partnership with Lussier Community Education Center in Madison adjacent to Jefferson Middle School and Memorial High School.  Lussier has a much underused recording studio and several students who are interested in writing songs and recording.  This is a fantastic opportunity for our Recording students and for the high school, middle school and elementary school students who spend time at Lussier.


Paul Peterson played a sold out show with his family this weekend at the Dakota Jazz Club in downtown Mpls.  “Patty Peterson and Friends” returned to the Dakota Jazz Club for this one night only performance.  She appears with her band of locally, nationally and internationally well known musicians.   Every time Patty and these extraordinary players perform at the Dakota it is a for sure sell out!


The EAV program at Madison Media Institute has become a training partner with The Electronic Systems Professional Alliance. ESPA has a certification program that will be integrated into our curriculum.

ESPA is affiliated with 3 nationally known organizations.
1.      CEDIA – Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association
2.      NSCA – National Systems Contractors
3.      CEA – Consumer Electronics Association

Students should be able to  graduate with a nationally recognized Certification as well as a degree upon integrating this into our program. We currently teach the ESPA material which should make for an easy transition and provide a good completion rate on the ESPA test.

We make things happen EVERY DAY!!