Melissa Dyne is an artist, musician, synthesist, and sound designer. She works across genres and media, creating compositions, performances, sound design, and installation works exploring the emotional and performative properties of sound and light. Classically trained on the cello as a child, she went on to study physics and fine arts at The College of Santa Fe, NM, and audio engineering and acoustics at SAE Institute NYC. Since 2007 she has been one half of the experimental-electronic-pop band The Blow, releasing numerous recordings and touring their performance-art works nationally and internationally. Her site-specific installations have been exhibited at Museum of the City of Mexico City; Ex Teresa, Mexico City; Para Site, Hong Kong; Portland Museum of Contemporary Craft; and Yerba Buena Center for The Arts, San Francisco, among other locations. She lives and works in New York City.
Melissa Dyne is a synthesis programmer with extensive experience designing and implementing multi-instrumental audio processing systems for studio as well as live performance. Incorporating both hardware and software, she creates a unique signal flow for the realization of each project. She has worked for years as head engineer and synthesist for world-renowned percussionist Bashiri Johnson, utilizing creative mic placement, sampling, and processing techniques on recordings for mainstream pop artists. She engineers, produces, arranges, and mixes, and was initially trained in recording to tape and traditional analogue sound creation and manipulation. She is sponsored by Schertler Pro Audio. See below for studio specs.
Brand New Abyss
The New York Times: The Playlist: Zayn’s Bizarrely Great Sleaze Rock and 13 More New Songs
NPR: New Mix: Music From ‘The Big Sick,’ Rhye, Protomartyr, More
Nylon: The Blow’s lo-fi take on this Whitney Huston classic is unlike anything you’ve ever heard
Bust: The Blow Knows How To Be “The Woman You Want Her To Be”: BUST Premiere
Stereogum: Album Of The Week: The Blow Brand New Abyss
Elle: 12 Best Songs To Listen To In September
New Yorker: Goings on about town
The Organ: The Blow? “I’m inside of your head right now” she said, “good luck getting me out…”
Under The Radar: 2017 Artist Survey: The Blow
Magnet: The Blow employs it’s energetic strategies right here, right now
Pop Press International: The Cost of Efficiency: Reflecting on Seeing The Blow
The Blow: The Blow
NPR: Fresh Air: ‘The Blow’ Puts An Artsy, Electro-Pop Spin On Attraction
NPR: All songs considered: Bob Boilen’s Top 20 Albums of 2013
NPR: Bob Boilen’s 116 Favorite Concerts Of 2013
NPR: All songs considered: New Mix: Fuzz, Danny Brown, Linda Thompson, More
NPR: All songs considered: Question Of The Week: What Was The Last Record You Obsessed Over?
NPR: Music’s 100 favorite songs of 2013
The New York Times: The Blow and Haim release new albums
The New York Times: Top songs of 2013, Jon Pareles
The New York Times: Songs That Transcend the Tricks, Ben Ratliff
NME: The Blow – ‘The Blow’: No-one actually ever put out a request for an indie Pet Shop Girls, but thank goodness The Blow decided to do it anyway
SPIN: The Blow’s First Album in Seven Years Brings Dreams, Ferraris, and ‘Sand Pix’
SPIN: The Blow Fight Against Time ‘From the Future’ on New Single
Stereogum: The Blow On Performing Live, Gear-minded Recording, And The State Of Female Producers
MTV: The Blow on the history of female producers
CBC: WOMANPRODUCER shines a light on the hidden history of female music producers
The Village Voice: National Sawdust and the Blow Make Women Producers Visible
Billboard: The Blow Launch Archive and Event Series to Shine a Light on Female Studio Innovators
Raven and Crow Studios: WOMANPRODUCER: A Conversation With Neko Case, Suzi Analogue, Zola Jesus, + Miho Hatori
Software: ProTools Ultimate, Ableton Live, Logic, Reason, Soundly,
Waves, Fabfilter, Isotope, Soundtoys, UAD, Accusonus, Valhalla DSP, Native Instruments, Plugin Alliance, Two Big Ears.
Hardware: Eurorack Modular Synths (Cwejman, Modcan, Make Noise, Synthesis Technology, Rossum Electro-Music, ALM, 4MS, Mutable Instruments, TipTop Audio, Intelligel, Doepfer, and a Kenton MIDI to CV convertor), Sequential Circuits Prophet 2000, Dave Smith Instruments Mopho SE, Roland SPD-S sample pad, Doepfer Ribbon Controller, Oberheim Matrix series, Shertler Arthur 48 Modular Mixing Board with various modules, Custom 500 series preamps – Capi Vp28 Vp26 and Vp312 (with carbon resisters and a cinema transformer wound like a 80’s API transformer), Eventide DDL 500 series delays, Meris Mercury 7 500 series reverb, Great River PWM 501 pulse width compressor, Neuman TLM 103, Shertler contact pickup mics, Zoom H4n, Telefunken m80, Shure sm58, Audio Technica AE3300, various effects pedals, DI boxes, expression pedals.