Marc A. Gallo

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Marc A. Gallo
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Born (1964-05-20) May 20, 1964 (age 58)
Camden, New Jersey, U.S.
🎓 Alma materTemple University
💼 Occupation
Music producer, entrepreneur, studio designer
📆 Years active  1985–present

Marc A. Gallo (born May 20, 1964) is an American music producer and entrepreneur. He has founded two businesses, CCI and Mind The Gap, and has worked as a musician, composer, and songwriter for a variety of musical acts. He is also known for his ventures in designing recording studios and the mobile rig, the Alonomorphic Control Station (ACS).

Early life and education[edit]

Marc A. Gallo was born in Camden, New Jersey and raised in Pennsauken, New Jersey.[1] His father died from lung cancer when he was 8 years old. His mother subsequently pursued a career in real estate, causing the family to move frequently. This caused him to attend four different high schools until he graduated from Atlantic City High School in 1982.[2] To cope with his father’s death and the frequent moves, Gallo pursued an interest in writing songs and playing guitar, coming up with the name Alon. In Progression Magazine, Gallo said, “I was basically alone a lot so I dropped the letter ‘e’ of ‘alone’ and I gave myself the artist name ‘Alon’. I wasn’t even gigging or anything. It was just me, in my bedroom, writing music.” Throughout high school, he took an interest in progressive rock and began rehearsing with local musicians.[3]

Gallo attended Temple University and graduated in 1987 with a B.A in Communications, focusing on audio production.[1] During his time at Temple, he co-founded an arts organization named The Cine-Club along with Dan McKay and James Sempsey III in 1985.[4]

Great Egg Music[edit]

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"Blueprint of Great Egg Studio built in 1991" licensed by Marc A. Galllo under CC BY 4.0

While at Temple University, Gallo co-founded the band BAG with Patrick Callen, described as a "zany eight-piece theatrical rock group."[5][3]

After BAG, Gallo began work on a project studio to continue producing and publishing music from his home, leading to the first iteration of Great Egg Studio.[6] The studio was co-designed with Dan McKay and, with the assistance of an architect, converted his garage into a professional recording facility.[5] It was outfitted with a 24-channel D&R console and multitrack reel-to-reel recorders. In a feature on HGTV, Gallo describes the studio as an ideal space for “artists working with material that does not necessitate other people...and is basically electronic.”[6]

In 1994, Gallo formed a studio-based band called no1uno. Their music was an experimental fusion of folk, electronic, and industrial, described as “blending in white noise, sampling, incessant grooves and experimental electronica” by Progression Magazine.[3] The group never played live but marketed all releases online.

Gallo left no1uno in 2000 to pursue a solo singer-songwriter career under the name Alon, reviving his childhood persona. Starting with an acoustic guitar-based sound, Alon began to morph into a fusion of folk and orchestral sounds with a heavy progressive rock influence.[3]

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"The Alonomorphic Control Station" licensed by Marc A. Galllo under CC BY 4.0

After his first EP “Persian Butterfly” which extensively utilized the Eventide Ultra-Harmonizer H3000SE, he decided to devise a way to bring this and other effects processors into a mobile rig for use in both the recording studio and live venues. With Chris Gately, Gallo co-designed the Alonomorphic Control Station (ACS).[5] Described by Performing Songwriter Magazine as “a powerful collection of performance devices strung together in a pointedly original configuration,” the ACS is a mobile rig featuring a 16-channel Yamaha automated mixing board, several effects processors, and a customized pedal board. The mobility of the ACS and the inclusion of an Apple laptop computer made it an asset to both live performances and recording at Great Egg Studio.[7] The result combined “traditional instrumentation with 21st century electronics.”[1] Alon released two additional EPs, “Alon” and “The Artist Manifesto: Document 1.”[3][7]

Business[edit]

In 1989, Gallo established CCI, a wireless communications business specializing in pagers, two-way radios and cellular phones. After the completion of Great Egg Studio in 1993, he established Marketing on Hold, a subsidiary of CCI, which produced on-hold music and messaging programs for businesses to augment their marketing and public relations campaigns. In 2001, Gallo sold CCI to focus exclusively on Marketing On Hold, which was renamed Mind The Gap and trademarked in 2006.[1][8] In a Forbes Magazine article about niche marketing, Gallo said “The right recordings can actually make the on-hold experience enjoyable for customers and profitable for the company.” All voice talent and music is produced at Great Egg Studio.[9]

Discography[edit]

BAG (1985-1990)

  • “Happy Family” (1989)

no1uno (1994-2000)

  • “no1uno” (1997)
  • “no1uno2” (1999)

Alon (2001-2006)

  • “Persian Butterfly” (2002)
  • “Alon” (2003)
  • “The Artist Manifesto: Document 1” (2005)

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Hoffner, Gloria (25 July 2004). "Pushing the Limits of Sound". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  2. http://marcagallo.info/about/
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Harabadian, Eric (2006). "Left to his own devices". Progression Magazine. Progression Magazine. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  4. "About". Marc A. Gallo. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Great Egg Music". Marc A. Gallo. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Garage Turned Music Studio". Guys Rooms. HGTV. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Jones, Dave (June 2005). "Alon and the Alonomorphic Control Station". Performing Songwriter Magazine. Performing Songwriter Magazine. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  8. http://tmsearch.uspto.gov/bin/showfield?f=doc&state=4809:neji55.2.11
  9. Myler, Larry (25 March 2015). "Build Niche Expertise to Grow Your Business". Forbes Magazine. Forbes Magazine. Retrieved 24 July 2018.

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