R.I.P. Ron Murphy

Ron Murphy, co-founder and head of National Sound Corporation (NSC) is dead.

He's said to have cut all major Detroit records from the early 1990ies and thus having had a great impact on the sound and production of renowned artists such as Mike Banks, Juan Atkins, Jeff Mills and Richie Hawtin among many others.

In an interview with german De:Bug mag (german language), he's giving insights on how "Uncle Ron" (as the artists mentioned used to call him) tought his "students" about the secrets of a proper mixdown and mastering.
Since being a creative head, he was seeking for new ways in vinyl cutting so he was offering cutting the platter from the inside, where the label sticker is, to the outside of the record. Both Jeff Mills and Richie Hawtin rejected when finally Kevin Saunderson agreed to cut the vinyl this way for a release on Network.

A similar thing happened when Jeff Mills came over to have something special for his "Rings around Saturn" cutting session. As Jeff's tunes were 134BPM, it was possible to cut a seemless loop ( a tempo of 133,3BPM is required to that on a 33rpm record). This was the first time the world saw a seemless revolution on a vinyl record.

Ron Murphy, who said about himself he'd never danced in his whole life, has to be appreciated as one of Detroit's most influential guys. He's one of those guys behind the scenes, yet incredibly important for shaping a whole era of electronic music of which the effects remain until today when you're downloading the latest stuff.

Rest in peace, Ron Murphy!