President, George Blood, L.P.
George Blood began recording live concert events as a teenager while earning a BA in Music Theory at the University of Chicago. Since the early 1980’s, he has documented over 4,000 performances, from student recitals to major opera and symphony orchestra performances. From 1984 through 1989 he was a producer at WFMT-FM, and recorded and edited some 600 nationally syndicated radio programs, mostly of The Philadelphia Orchestra. He has recorded or produced over 100 CDs, 3 of which were nominated for Grammy Awards.
His work can be heard on EMI, Toshiba/ EMI, New World Records, CRI, Pogus Records, Albany Records, Newport Classics and others. He was Recording Engineer for The Philadelphia for 21 years, serving Maestros Riccardo Muti and Wolfgang Sawallisch. Mr. Blood founded Safe Sound Archive in 1992 to house the recital archives of the Curtis Institute of Music and concert recordings of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and as a repository for the thousands of recordings he had accumulated as an engineer. In the fall of 2010, Mr. Blood made a decision to phase-out the Safe Sound Archive identity, opting instead to bundle the corporate audio and video entities under the name George Blood, L.P.
Today, he oversees George Blood Video, which is responsible to the digitization of historic analog and born-digital video collections, and George Blood Audio, which provides recording services for classical musicians and ensembles in and around Philadelphia, and which digitizes approximately 1,000 hours of audio collections from around the country each month. He and the staff are active in research into workflow, best practices, metadata, authentication, and interchangeability of digital information.
Mr. Blood is an active teacher and presenter at conferences, sharing these findings with members of the trade and collections managers. Mr. Blood and his wife, Martha, have four daughters and one son. An unapologetic preservationist, Mr. Blood lives in Philadelphia where he and Martha are renovating a 1768 house.