Matt Forger

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Producer l Mixer l Engineer l Sound Designer l Production Supervisor

Los Angeles based Matt Forger met and worked with Michael Jackson on the "Thriller" album and also worked on the "E.T. Storybook Album" with Quincy Jones and Steven Spielberg producing. Followed by these projects, he worked on Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video with director John Landis. This relationship continued and Matt worked on the albums "Bad", "Dangerous, "History", and "Blood On The Dancefloor". He also also recorded and mixed the "Captain EO" 3-D Film for Disney, directed by George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola, and oversaw its installation at Disney theme parks worldwide.

Forger began his involvement in the music business by mixing live sound for rock bands in the Northeast, and designing and building sound systems and studios. Shortly after moving to LA and securing a staff position at Westlake Studios, he met and worked with producers Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey, Harold Faltermeyer, and George Duke. This was followed by the opportunity to work with Quincy Jones, Rod Temperton, and Bruce Swedien, and become part of “The Team.” He was involved on the Michael Jackson film project "Ghosts" with director Stan Winston. Among the other works he has completed are his efforts on the re-mastering and adding of bonus tracks to the Michael Jackson "Special Edition" albums; "Off The Wall, "Thriller", "Bad", and "Dangerous."

In order of working with Michael Jackson, Forger provided a technical foundation, and relaxed studio environment for the creativity of the artist to flourish where Michael would write and develop songs and arrangements. “...This process of experimentation, exploration of sound, and application of new technologies, is always challenging, but can also be most rewarding,...” says Forger. A familiar process - generating singles, videos, and dance remixes, international versions and promotional materials, approval of mastering and test pressings, generating versions for film and television appearances, and cataloging and maintaining an archive of all materials, are just some of the responsibilities that he has overseen.

Matt has worked extensively with the Japanese superstar Yuming. They first worked together in 1984 when Yuming's producer, Masataka Matsutoya was looking for a new sound. After a series of released albums it was time for a new approach, so Forger was hired. He has also received 2 “Gold Disc Awards” (Grammy Equivalent) for his contributions.

Matt works in the LA singer/songwriter community with new and upcoming artists, and also offers his services as a consultant, for the creative recording arts. The basis for his work is the emotional content of the recording. “...Remembering that music is a form of emotional communication is important...” he says, “...Too many people view recording as a technical experience. It is important to understand technology and be able to control and it, but it’s the music at center stage. It’s the song people remember, not the recording system...” He is also recording in a classic format called "reality recording," this is a live to 2-track recording style that uses a carefully placed single stereo microphone and a high quality signal path. It is capturing the moment of a performance, and putting the listener there in the environment to share the experience. "...It is especially well suited to acoustic performances and elegant in its’ simplicity,..." explains Forger.
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Matt Forger Discography Tracks

Vocals

TOCT-5600 Matt Forger - Love Wars album art Yumi Matsutoya Yumi Matsutoya - Love Wars(CD, Album) Express TOCT-5600 Japan 1989 Sell This Version

Instruments & Performance

Matt Forger - Thriller album art Michael Jackson Michael Jackson - Thriller (Album) Epic Austria 1982 Sell This Version
Matt Forger - Closer album art Imagination For Members Only Imagination - Closer (Album) RCA, RCA Europe 1987 Sell This Version
Matt Forger - HIStory - Past, Present And Future - Book I album art Michael Jackson Michael Jackson - HIStory - Past, Present And Future - Book I (Album, Comp) Epic US 1995 Sell This Version
Matt Forger - Blood On The Dance Floor (HIStory In The Mix) album art Michael Jackson Michael Jackson - Blood On The Dance Floor (HIStory In The Mix) (Album) Epic, Epic, Sony Music Europe 1997 Sell This Version
Matt Forger - Dangerous album art Michael Jackson Black Or White Michael Jackson - Dangerous (Album) Epic, Epic Europe 1991 Sell This Version

Writing & Arrangement

none Matt Forger - Alecstar album art Alecstar Alecstar - Alecstar(LP, Album) Smart Alec Records none US 1982 Sell This Version
Matt Forger - Dangerous album art Michael Jackson Black Or White Michael Jackson - Dangerous (Album) Epic, Epic Europe 1991 Sell This Version

Conducting & Leading

Donna Summer Donna Summer - Donna Summer (Album) Geffen Records US 1982 Sell This Version
92-3970-1 Matt Forger - It's Your Night album art James Ingram James Ingram - It's Your Night(LP, Album) Qwest Records 92-3970-1 UK 1983 Sell This Version
CDEPC 86303, EK 38946, DI8P 50 Matt Forger - Victory album art Jacksons* State Of Shock and 1 more… Jacksons* - Victory(CD, Album) Epic, Epic, Epic CDEPC 86303, EK 38946, DI8P 50 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
Matt Forger - Greatest Hits - HIStory Volume I album art Michael Jackson Michael Jackson - Greatest Hits - HIStory Volume I (Comp) Epic, Epic, Epic Mexico 2001 Sell This Version
R2 76649 Matt Forger - The Very Best Of album art Michael McDonald Michael McDonald - The Very Best Of(CD, Comp) Warner Archives, Rhino Records (2) R2 76649 US 2001 Sell This Version
501869 4 Matt Forger - Greatest Hits - HIStory Volume I album art Michael Jackson Michael Jackson - Greatest Hits - HIStory Volume I(Cass, Comp, RM) Epic 501869 4 Ukraine 2001 Sell This Version
B00271902 Matt Forger - Gold album art Donna Summer State Of Independence and 1 more… Donna Summer - Gold(2xCD, Comp, RM) Hip-O Records B00271902 Canada 2005 Sell This Version

Production

1-7105 Matt Forger - Taking It Over  album art Alecstar Alecstar - Taking It Over (7") Smart Alec Records 1-7105 US 1980 Sell This Version
Donna Summer Donna Summer - Donna Summer (Album) Geffen Records US 1982 Sell This Version
none Matt Forger - Alecstar album art Alecstar Alecstar - Alecstar(LP, Album) Smart Alec Records none US 1982 Sell This Version
Matt Forger - Victory album art Jacksons* = ジャクソンズ* Be Not Always =ノット・オールウエイズ and 1 more… Jacksons* = ジャクソンズ* - Victory (Album) Epic, Epic/Sony Japan 1984 Sell This Version
Matt Forger - Alarm À La Mode album art Yumi Matsutoya Yumi Matsutoya - Alarm À La Mode (Album) Express Japan 1986 Sell This Version
RT28-5060 Matt Forger - Before The Diamond Dust Fades......... album art Yumi Matsutoya Yumi Matsutoya - Before The Diamond Dust Fades.........(LP, Album) Express RT28-5060 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
TOP S21087 Matt Forger - Makes Me Wonder album art Zoid (13) Zoid (13) - Makes Me Wonder(7", Single) Third Orbit Records TOP S21087 US 1987 Sell This Version
TOP-S1 Matt Forger - Zoid album art Zoid (13) Zoid (13) - Zoid(LP, Album) Third Orbit Records TOP-S1 US 1987 Sell This Version
Matt Forger - Delight Slight Light Kiss album art Yumi Matsutoya = 松任谷由実* Yumi Matsutoya = 松任谷由実* - Delight Slight Light Kiss (Album) Express Japan 1988 Sell This Version
TOCT-5600 Matt Forger - Love Wars album art Yumi Matsutoya Yumi Matsutoya - Love Wars(CD, Album) Express TOCT-5600 Japan 1989 Sell This Version