In 2008 Rupert Hine produced the 3rd most downloaded album WORLDWIDE during the Olympics, 'The Art of Peace - Songs for Tibet' for the Dalai Lama. The double album featured amongst others, Dave Mathews, Sting, Alannis Morissette, Ben Harper, Imogen Heap, Moby, Duncan Sheik, Jackson Browne, Suzanne Vega and John Mayer.
Rupert's career as a producer spans more than 30 years and 120 albums. His wide-ranging musical perspective and accomplishments, both commercial and eclectic, made him the obvious choice to write the foreword for the definitive reference work on music producers, Billboard's 'The Encyclopedia Of Record Producers'.
The encyclopedia itself states: "Few producers have worked with as wide a stylistic range of gold and platinum-selling artists as Hine including Tina Turner, The Fixx, Howard Jones, Chris de Burgh, Rush, Bob Geldof, Stevie Nicks, Thomson Twins, The Waterboys, Kate Bush, Suzanne Vega and Duncan Sheik'. It goes on to talk of Rupert's significant work under the commercial radar that includes The Velvet Underground's Nico, supermodel Milla Jovovich and techno-pioneers Underworld, concluding with: 'and, of course, Hine himself (6 albums under his own name, 3 under the alias Thinkman plus 2 with his 70s band Quantum Jump'.
As a songwriter, Rupert's skills have reached beyond his own albums. Tina Turner, Stevie Nicks, Wilson-Phillips and Dusty Springfield are amongst the million-selling artists who have recorded his songs.
As a composer and musician he has both underscored movies and contributed songs in films that range from Skolomovski's 'The Shout' through cult classic 'Better Off Dead' to James Bond's 'Goldeneye.'
Rupert has also directed many video-clips for the artists he has produced.
As an environmentalist, Rupert's ground-breaking project in 1990 for the BBC with Kevin Godley, 'One World, One Voice', assembled 300 musicians worldwide to create the first global composition for mankind. In the form of a musical chain-letter it travelled the world with Hine improvising its form on the fly. The grand spectacle was ultimately seen by more than 650,000,000 people in 26 countries the same night! Rupert's collaborators included Peter Gabriel, Sting, Bob Geldof, Chrissie Hynde, Dave Stewart, Milton Nascimento, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, The Kodo Drummers, Geoffrey Oryema. Salif Keita and the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra.
As a leader rather than a follower in technology, Rupert pioneered electronic musical instrument interfaces with the fledgling MIDI. Invited by Apple, in the 90's, to help demonstrate the powers of their ground-breaking software engines to the music-world's creative thinkers, Rupert has consistently championed the incorporation of the digital environment into art and creativity.
He is a founder member of the Music Producers Guild and the International MIDI Association. He is also a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in the U.S.
“I really like Alan. He's smart, engaging, helpful, insightful, and a lot of fun to work with. He sees way ahead of the curve, understands markets deeply (publishing for example) and knows how to connect both in person and in the virtual forms.”
-Doc Searls, Harvard Fellow, Author of Cluetrain Manifesto & The Intention Economy
Alan Graham is a digital chameleon, working in over 10 disruptive technologies in his 20+ year career, from digital video, animation, e-commerce, online hiring, presence detection, blogging, mobile computing, rss, online publishing, etc. He has appeared as an author in Macworld, MacAddict, and several O’Reilly books and blogs. Featured in Wired Magazine (cover story), The Jim Lehrer Newshour, CNET, Slashdot, The London Observer, Boing Boing, Lockergnome, Linux Journal, and did the R&D for the first two versions of David Pogue's OS X Missing Manual. He also appears in Po Bronson’s NY Times Bestseller, “The Nudist on the Lateshift.”
He may or may not be the nudist (he's been using this joke over 10 years - but it's still a good one).
Alan arguably created the world’s first handheld Travelblog in 2001, called VisorAdventure. He traveled 10,000 miles across the US using only a wireless Handspring PDA to prove that mobile computing was possible, 6 years before the iPhone.
In 2001 he wrote:
Within the next 20 years, we'll see examples of the next step in human evolution, the Intro-Extravert. A socially interactive individual who can travel in public, yet is completely removed from the crowd. This person only communicates with others who are connected to their wireless "social chain." This chain of individuals are connected to each other 24/7, regardless of location or time. Space-time becomes irrelevant and the concept of private thought no longer exists. Shared thought and experience are the norm.
In 2003-04 Alan created the worlds first book dedicated to blogs as literature, "Never Threaten to Eat Your Co-Workers." Many of the writer’s featured have been recognized for their writing, including Heather Armstrong (Dooce), Wil Wheaton (Star Trek), Choire Sicha (The Awl), & Mark Fraunfelder (boing boing).
In the past 20 years he has worked with Better Homes & Gardens, Doctors Foster & Smith, Paramount Pictures, Salon.com, The Well, Fiskars, Feedster, Apple, Sonos, Sausage Software, Dave’s Gourmet, & ICentral to name just a few.