Per Lichtman
Andy Hunter Remixing Per Lichtman
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Andy Hunter remixing Per Lichtman's track 'Escalation', featuring vocals by Katlin Rivers.

'Escalation', the single, is due out for release on June 15th!
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play hi-fi  Escalation (Vocal Mix feat. Katlin R
play hi-fi  Not Here - feat. Nimrod Nol
play hi-fi  Escalation (Gray Day in LA Mix)
play hi-fi  Escalation (Instrumental Mix)
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play hi-fi  Demon Rain
play hi-fi  Oil
play hi-fi  Are You Gonna Win? - feat. Katlin Rivers
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Per Lichtman has had a lifelong relationship with music. In Sweden, his mother played notes to him by name in the womb. Within hours of being born, he was exposed to Vangelis' score to Chariots of Fire and his infatuation with synthesizers began. That infatuation continued as he blended genres as diverse as world music, avante garde piano compositions, orchestral writing and lyric driven work with electronica in his compositions.

In 2000 and 2001, Per started to go public with his music on sites like (where he reached 3 on the daily charts) and (where he placed in top 50 for avante-garde classical) and garnered glowing praise in his first review from (recently refashioned into Consensus Music Reviews).

Per's success continued into the academic realm as he won a Reflections award for his piece "I Hold in my Hands the Keys to the Other Side", a piece that also garnered him one of only 7 composer spots in the California State Summer School for the Arts - Inner Spark program with the chance to briefly study with John Adams. That same year, he was accepted to the music program at Whitman College.

While at Whitman College, he spent his summers studying with his good friend Rob Woo. Woo helped him develop as a composer and audio engineer and said "I cannot recommend Per Lichtman highly enough as an artist... He takes in and absorbs what can be learned from his peers and history, but the trajectory of his work is his own." It was through Woo that Per Lichtman later came to work with Katlin Rivers, Nimrod Nol and Joanna St. Claire.

Since graduating from Whitman College with a degree in Music Theory and Composition, he has been composing and mixing his debut album "Liquid" for BBMC and mixing Joanna St. Claire's album "Stream" for Dreamtown Music, both slated for release in 2008. In the summer of 2008 he began collaborating with Grammy winning classical vocalist Hila Plitmann as lead producer on her first original solo album in Los Angeles, California.

His music has once again garnered chart attention, including two Top 20 hits on the the overall electronica charts on with "Are You Gonna Win? - feat. Katlin Rivers" and "Not Here - feat. Nimrod Nol", as well as four Top 5 and three #1 hits in the electronica sub-genre charts, including tribal and techno. He has also been heavily involved with since April, 2008, having gone from proof-reader to assistant editor to managing editor and finally Chief of Marketing/PR/Developer relation before the start of 2009 and provided that magazine's first NAMM coverage and established their YouTube presence.

In addition to his own work, Per has helped to test and consulted on the development of music software for both independent developers and established companies (including business, marketing, consulting for five companies concurrently), been a constant presence on various online composition and music technology forums working to help young composers to get past technical difficulties to find their voice and exposing them to new sounds with collections of his own templates and presets.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
The internet is making it possible for people to listen to music they couldn't easily get ahold of before, learn more about the artists that make the music they like and also made it easier for people to collaborate when they are geographically seperated from each other. It also has allowed people to get their music out to people without the traditional influence of industry gatekeepers. However, getting a lot of people to listen still seems to depend on similar gatekeepers in a new domain.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
If the terms allowed me to pursue my musical development, especially graduate school, in the timeline that was appropriate for me and I felt I was getting a fair deal, then I probably would.
Your influences?
I am most influenced by classical/concert/art music, video game scores, film scores, world music and electronica. Some of my favorite artists include Juno Reactor, John Adams, Vangelis, Rob Woo, Nobuo Uematsu, Yasunori Mitsuda, Yoko Shimomura, Eric Whitacre, Hybrid, Andy Hunter, Junkie XL, Orbital, Rob Dougan, Trevor Horn and Seal.
Favorite spot?
My favorite spots are Stockholm, Sweden; London, England; Walla Walla, Washington; Santa Barbara; San Francisco and Los Angeles. They've all been my home at some point in my life and each has a very distinct and strong character, making it difficult to play favorites.
Equipment used:
A Windows XP Pro PC, UAD-1 PCI card, Focusrite Liquid Mix, Yamaha P-60 and Behringer BCF-2000. In terms of microphones, my favorites at home are a Neumann KM 184 D and the surprisingly versatile Rode NT-2A. For field recording I use an M-Audio MicroTrack II.

Editing Software: Sonar 7 PE, Jeskola Buzz, Noteworthy Composer, Cool Edit 2000, Audacity, Pro Tools.

Virtual Instruments and Sample Libraries: Arturia CS-80v; AudioRealism Bassline; Blüthner Digital Model One; Cakewalk Rapture and Z3ta+; East West/Quantum Leap Rare Instruments, Storm Drum, Symphonic Orchestra, and Voices of the Apocaypse; Garritan Orchestral Strings Advanced, Personal Orchestra, Stradivari Solo Violin; PMI Emperor and Hybrid Pianos; ProjectSAM Horns, reFX Slayer 2 and Vanguard; Sonic Charge MicroTonic; Trombones; Spectrasonics Atmosphere and Stylus RMX; Tascam GigaStudio 3 Orchestra and GVI; Ugo Metallurgy; Wusikstation 5.7.
Anything else...?

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