William Moylan

William Moylan

Doctoral Commencement Speaker

Expertise

As professor of music, a recording engineer, an author, composer and most recently, as UMass Lowell’s Distinguished University Professor for 2019-22, William Moylan has sought to find the art in sound.

Biosketch

William Moylan, D.Arts, has dedicated his life to the art of listening.
As professor of music, a recording engineer, an author, composer and most recently, as UMass Lowell’s Distinguished University Professor for 2019-2022, Moylan has sought to find the art in sound.
Moylan brought the university’s Sound Recording Technology program from an idea to one known internationally that regularly produces Grammy, Emmy and Oscar winning alums.
Moylan helmed the program from its inception in 1983 until 2017. He also served at the chair of the Department of Music for eight years, and has served as a leader in several national and international  organizations of sound professionals and scholars.
His expertise in audio engineering and music theory was evident in his first book, the influential “The Art of Recording” (1992), which cast the process of recording as a creative act in itself and defined recording’s sonic dimensions. The latest of Moylan’s pioneering books, “Recording Analysis: How the Record Shapes the Song”, arrived in March 2020.
Moylan’s work as an engineer and producer has yielded a broad cross-section of major and independent label recordings by leading and emerging artists.
Also an authority on the recorded works of The Beatles, Moylan is in demand as an expert source and speaker on the band’s music.