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Richard James Burgess

CEO for the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), Richard James Burgess Ph.D. has produced, recorded and performed on many gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums. He was previously head of business at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings where he produced Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology, chronicling nearly one hundred years of recorded jazz.

Richard is known for his pioneering work with synthesizers, computers, and sampling. He is the inventor of the SDSV drum synthesizer and is credited for coining the music genre terms "EDM" and "New Romantic." His current books are The Art of Music Production: The Theory and Practice, 4th Edition; and The History of Music Production (Oxford University Press).