Emile Menasché always has an interesting or challenging project in front of him: whether it’s researching indigenous music while composing a film score (including the 2012 Academy Award nominated documentary short Incident in New Baghdad), recording solo projects like Overtones, playing with his improvisational acoustic duo Thrummers, penning pop songs for his band Speak the Language, or writing and editing for IN TUNE MONTHLY magazine (where he serves as editor-in-chief).
The author of five books on music production and sound, Menasché has learned that the ability to write about music has made him a better musician—and being an active player and composer makes him a more effective journalist. “I used to think of music and journalism as two separate things,” he says. “But once I started working on films , especially documentaries, I realized that having both skills gave me more ways to communicate. Being able to understand a story makes my music more effective; being so directly involved in a range of music projects helps me get more insightful information when interviewing artists and music business people for the magazine. Being able to explain how music technology works helps me think about the best ways to use the tools I have available to me in the studio.”
Menasche has contributed artist profiles, product reviews, and how-to pieces to Guitar World, Electronic Musician, EQ, Keyboard, New Jersey Monthly, Men’s Health, PC and others. As In Tune’s editorial director, Menasche also helped launch—and now oversees—the publishing company’s books division, edits Drum Corps International magazine, and contributes a technology section to ASCAP’s Playback magazine. For In Tune, he’s interviewed everyone from supporting players like roadies and managers to superstar performers like Zac Brown, Carrie Underwood, Jason Mraz, Ryan Tedder, Randy Newman, and many more.
In addition to 2011’s Tribeca Film Festival winner and Oscar nominee Incident in New Baghdad, Menasche has scored feature documentaries like The Spirit of the Bird (2012) American Farm (2005) and Our Island Home (2008), the feature film PARALLEL SONS (1995), and many shorts and educational films. His work has been heard in television programs such as B. Smith with Style, Fuel TV’s The Atherton Project, and others.
Menasche is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Dramatic Writing Program, where he studied under Academy Awardp-nominated screenwriter Venable Herndon.