Producer/mixer/artist, Ronan Chris Murphy (sometimes credited as R. Chris Murphy) began his musical career 25 years ago in his teens singing in a hardcore punk band in Washington D.C. After several years of performing and touring with various bands in a scene that later became know as grunge, sharing the stage with bands such as Dinosaur Jr., All, The Flaming lips, Gwar, and the Rollins Band, he began to focus on record production and mixing, and soon became the man behind the boards for some of the worlds greatest and most prestigious musicians across the spectrum of music genres. From jazz, rock, and progressive to folk, pop, classical or world music, he has worked with many of the best of the best.
From lush singer-songwriter productions to jaw-dropping virtuoso albums, Ronan has helped some of the greatest artists in the world push the envelope and take their music visions to the next level.
His life in recording has focused on the art and craft of making records, concerned more with creating great works that will stand the test of time, rather than chasing the latest fad. His creative approach to recording has been called for around the world. He has worked on three continents with artists from Dozens of different countries. His productions have received wide critical acclaim, been featured in films and television, won awards and hit the top ten around the world.
As a producer, engineer and/or mixer, Ronan Chris Murphy has worked with the likes of King Crimson (several albums), Steve Morse (Dixie Dreggs Deep Purple), Terry Bozzio (Zappa, Missing Persons), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, John Lennon, Pink Floyd)), Martin Sexton, Jamie Walters, Ulver, The California Guitar Trio, Chucho Valdes y Groupo Irakere, Joan LaBarbara (Philip Glass Ensemble, Steve Reich) Nels Cline (Wilco) as well as various projects featuring members of Tool, Ministry, Weezer Dishwalla, and Yes.
He continues to collaborate with artists as a songwriter and musician and perform his own music with Lives of the Saints, and will soon release his first solo album featuring Tony Levin, Terry Bozzio, Pat Mastelotto, and Mike Keneally. Murphy was a charter member of the Music Producers Guild of the Americas, a member of the Recording Academy and a contributing writer for the Grammy newsletter, Fuse Magazine, and Just Plain Folks. He has been an invited speaker and panelist at SXSW (South by Southwest), NXNW (North by Northwest), The Action Poetry Festival, the International Organ Festival, The Taxi Road Rally, 2NMC and the ICMC (International Computer Music Conference), served as musical director for the Paris based Ka Ti Ma dance company and twice invited to the composers symposium of the Oregon Bach Festival. He also runs a series of international recording workshops called Home Recording Boot Camp.