Erik Kowarski is a classically trained musician turned sound engineer, having performed in bands covering a wide range of styles, from choral and a cappella singing to orchestral violin; from Celtic, folk and swing to techno and world music.  His broad understanding  of musical styles and his acute listening skills contribute to his ability as a producer and sound recordist.

Since the late 1970’s Erik has been musical director and producer on many recordings, leading to the natural progression of becoming a sound engineer.  In 1996 he established Pocket Universe recording studio, where he records and produces a range of predominantly acoustic artists and bands as well as singer-songwriters using electric/ electronic instruments and MIDI.  Pocket Universe was one of the first studios in WA to adopt the Pro Tools recording system, now the industry standard in digital recording.  As well as Pro Tools, Erik uses a small selection of high quality microphones and preamps to aid in capturing every detail of the instrument(s) and the performance.

Artists who have recorded at Pocket Universe include world-renowned classical guitarist Alan Banks, international touring artist and Aussie folk icon Ted Egan AO, folk singer/songwriter Bernard Carney, powerful vocal duo Doris, acclaimed guitarist Alan Welsh, Irish singers Brendan Woods and Sean Roche, a cappella singing group The Ballpoint Penguins, Mucky Duck Bush Band and many other local artists and small groups.  Visit the links below for sound samples.

 

In- House Projects
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Artists who have recorded with us

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For nearly 20 years Erik lectured in Pro Tools music software at the WA Academy of Performing Arts at Edith Cowan University.  He also gives private tuition in Pro Tools and teaches violin/ fiddle, music theory and improvisation.  This teaching experience, combined with Erik’s sympathetic and easy-going nature make Pocket Universe the ideal recording venue for artists with limited recording and performing experience.

Erik is also a competent music arranger and a sought-after session fiddle player.  He also plays rhythm guitar and bass guitar and sings backing vocals, all of which is made available to recording clients.

Other activities include music composition and sound design for corporate projects such as media presentations, websites, documentaries and commercials.