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About RCM

Rusty Cutchin Multimedia is an independent media-production company with extensive experience in the publishing and music production industries. The company has produced, edited, and managed book, magazine, and audio productions for a wide ranging group of clients in its 25-plus year history, including most recently:

Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing:

Q on Producing—book/DVD package by Quincy Jones with Bill Gibson, part of the Quincy Jones Legacy Series. The first entry in a multivolume set that will be essential reading for aspiring producers and artists everywhere, Q on Producing presents the master’s approach to making music. Quincy’s observations, culled from over a year of in-depth interviews, are collected and presented in book form and on an accompanying DVD-ROM, providing an unparalleled course of instruction from one of the true legends of American music.

The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess—A 75th anniversary illustrated hardcover book, produced in cooperation with the George Gershwin estate and the Ira and Leonore Gershwin Trusts. Author Robin Thompson recounts the history of Porgy and Bess as he looks at the various interpretations of the work and the many layers of meaning to be found in the story of the crippled Porgy, the conflicted and vulnerable Bess, the dope peddler Sportin’ Life, and the other residents of Catfish Row. Packed with unique, rarely seen archival photographs and documents associated with the production, Porgy and Bess commemorates this uniquely American blending of musical, ethnic, and creative styles and the people, the performers, and the times that produced it.

Plus over 25 other books related to music and audio production, including Zen and the Art of Mixing by Mixerman; Fender: The Sound Heard Round the World, second edition, by Richard Smith; and multiple audio and music-production tutorials on various processes and products.

See other Hal Leonard projects here.

Flame Tree Publishing:

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Guitar Heroes, a definitive guide featuring over 180 of the world’s greatest guitar superstars whose talents helped change the face of music forever and touched the lives of millions.

The Definitive Encyclopedia of Rock, an illustrated hardcover volume that takes its reader on a remarkable journey of discovery from the sounds of the early 20th century bluesmen through the birth of rock ‘n’ roll and up to the present day.

See all projects for Flame Tree Publishing here.

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Rusty Cutchin has been a journalist, musician, musicologist, recording engineer and producer, for more than 25 years. After relocating to New York City in 1984 from his native Texas, where he was leader of a popular pop and jazz band and editor of an electronics trade magazine, he was named East Coast Pop and R&B Editor of Cashbox, the venerable music business journal. Writing two weekly columns, Cutchin was one of the first to spotlight hit makers such as Madonna, Bobby McFerrin, and the Judds, while covering the music scene in New York. Cutchin’s articles also appeared in Billboard, Hits, Musician, Country Fever, and International Musician and Recording World.

Songwriting and production work for record labels led him to a studio career and a stint as staff producer and engineer at Quad Recording, one of New York’s largest and busiest studios. There and at other studios Cutchin worked on recordings by artists such as Mariah Carey, Richie Sambora, C&C Music Factory, Yoko Ono, Alex Bugnon, Lenny White, and Queen Latifah, along with countless jazz, dance, and hip-hop records.

At the same time he built a pro-quality home studio, providing tracks for various clients such as Dick Clark’s United Stations Radio Network, before returning to journalism as senior editor of Home Recording Magazine and technical editor of Guitar One Magazine. In 2000 he was named editor in chief of Home Recording, which he supervised through 2003. In January of 2004 he was named an associate editor of Electronic Musician, the top-ranked U.S. magazine for the home-studio musician.

Cutchin has been a consulting editor and contributor to more than 35 books on subjects as diverse as country and swing music, computer recording technology, guitar and musical-instrument history, and rock music history, including the Billboard Illustrated Home Recording Handbook (Billboard Books, New York, 2005) and Billboard Illustrated Complete Guitar Handbook (Billboard Books, 2006). His work appeared in two collections of articles from Home Recording MagazineHome Recording: Studio Basics, and Home Recording: Tips and Tricks (Cherry Lane Publishing, New York, 2006).

In 2006 he was a contributor to and an editor of the Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock (FlameTree Publishing, UK, 2007). In 2007 he was the lead editor of the expanded and updated Illustrated Home Recording Handbook, and in 2008 the Consultant Editor on the Illustrated Encyclopedia of Guitar Heroes (FlameTree, Sept. 2008). He also edited the Definitive Guitar Handbook and Guitar Gods (FlameTree, 2009).

In September, 2008, he became a full-time consulting editor for the Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group in New York, working on books and videos geared to musicians and music-technology users. During Cutchin’s tenure at Hal Leonard, he supervised the editing and design of the national bestseller Q on Producing and the 75th anniversary commemoration of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. Cutchin also supervised numerous tutorials and book-DVD packages by a host of well-regarded music journalists and educators, including Bobby Owsinski, Mixerman, Moses Avalon, Dude McLean, and others.

Cutchin’s team of creative personnel consults and provides content and editorial services for arts-related publishers and producers. The company is actively developing the website the American Tune Tribune, which reports on and honors the newest as well as the greatest pop and jazz vocalists interpreting the American Songbook.