NEM#12. John Philip Shenale: String Arranger, Composer, Producer

ShenalePhil is the long-time string arranger for Tori Amos and has done a heap more production, arrangement, and keyboard work. He has a very deliberate production style, carefully crafting a very natural-sounding theatrical background using both cutting-edge and very old tools.

We talk about “Cross the Channel” from the Brik & Shenale EP (2012), Phil’s arrangement and production of “Stars that Speak” by Willie Deville from Pistola (2008), and “Pornokiss” from a project Phil initiated called The Royal Macadamians from their album Experiments in Terror (1990).

We also listen to a brand-new Shenale instrumental “Gautama in Love.” The opening music is from “Yes, Anastasia” by Tori Amos from Under the Pink (1994).

Learn more about Phil at Here’s that video of “Cross the Channel” with the Colmondeleys performance art dancing.

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  1. Very good episode. This kind of detailed talk about music is what I was hoping for from this pod. As per usual, looking forward for still more in-depth discussions about the actual thinking behind instrumentation, contrasting modes, recording techniques and geeky stuff like that. Take a cue from the Book of PEL-Seth: “bring it back to the text”/composition. Musicians waxing philosophical about general musicianhood get plenty of coverage elsewhere.


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