J. Anthony Allen has worn the hats of composer, producer, songwriter, engineer, sound designer, DJ, remix artist, multi-media artist, performer, inventor, and entrepreneur. Allen is a versatile creator whose diverse project experience ranges from works written for the Minnesota Orchestra to pieces developed for film, TV, and radio. An innovator in the field of electronic performance, Allen performs on a set of “glove” controllers, which he has designed, built, and programmed by himself. When he’s not working as a solo artist, Allen is a serial collaborator. His primary collaborative vehicle is the group Ballet Mech, for which Allen is one of three producers.
J. Anthony Allen teaches at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, MN., and is an Ableton Live Certified Trainer. He is a co-founder and owner of Slam Academy, a multimedia educational space in downtown Minneapolis. Recently, Allen founded Hackademica – an innovative net-label for new music.
J. has a PhD in music composition, 2 Master’s degrees in music composition and electronic music, and a bachelors degree in guitar performance. Through his academic travels, Dr. Allen has received numerous awards along the way.
If you run into him on the street, he prefers to be addressed as J. (as in, Jay.)
The new Ballet Mech album - Is Out Now! Get it here.
Also available on iTunes and Spotify.
(Working Title) A new album of solo electronic pieces. No release date yet, but it's processing nicely.
My newest company - The Slam Academy is a place to learn electronic music in a non-degree, no commitment, no stress place - affordably and fun. Check it out: www.slamacademy.com.
I teach at McNally Smith College of Music in the Composition and Songwriting Program. Most of my classes at McNally focus on music technology, in one way or another.
I also teach at the Slam Academy, where I teach Introduction to Electronic Music, Max for Live, Logic Pro, Private Lessons, and a few other things. Slam Academy classes are open to anyone - you can register for classes here.
I offer private lessons in a variety of locations: At the Slam Academy in downtown Minneapolis, at my home studio in Uptown Minneapolis, or at the students home. I also offer private lessons over Skype for distance learners. Please contact me for more information.
Graveyards (Ballet Mech) is now available on iTunes and Spotify.
The new project from my production group, Ballet Mech, is out now on Bandcamp. This project is a remix album of Jeremy Messersmith’s entire “The Reluctant Graveyard” album. We got all the stems (the original recordings, sort of) from Jeremy, and tried to re-compose the whole album. We focused on keeping Jeremy’s voice, and the [...]
Music and Sound design for the 2011 McNally Smith College of Music promotional video bumper. In the video below, the bumper starts at 2:54.