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All photos by Martin Theophilus

These pages were initially created to transfer photos from traditional scrapbooks to the internet in order to both preserve and make the pictures and history available to family and friends. It has become more extensive than I intended. However, I see it as a way to save the details before they slip away.

Martin T      ©2015 Theophilus

Phantom productions has a 5 hour 2 DVD set profiling our vintage tape recording clooection for $14.95.  The set also includes some history of sound recording; how the tape recoder works and a bit about recording in Texas during the 1960's through the 1980's.o to Music Part 1

 

1984 - This was a cool year, as Martin  met Chris and she joined the music business on the first date with dinner and then an evening with Peter Butcher at "Rollingwood Recording" an Austin recording studio.

picture of Riverside Recording Studio

Chris and Martin initiated the creation of the Commercial Music degree program at Austin Community College. Beginning in 1986 proposals and surveys were continually provided to ACC to convince the college of the need. It took several years and lots of help from others. It became a reality in the Summer of 1988 (regular classes began in 1989. ACC said if ten students showed up for the first class, they would continue the program. Thirty-eight showed and additional classes had to be created.  Later Peter would become an instructor for the program.

ACC News Interview with ACC President Dan Angel and Martin

Part 1Part 2Part 3 

ACC letter to Martin for his teaching Marketing

1988 press information about the ACC Commercial Music degree program

May 1990 Arriba summary about the ACC Music Degree program

The Austin Music Industry Council Chaired by Ernie Gammage evolved into the Austin Music Business Association Chaired (AMBA) by Martin Theophilus. Later AMBA merged with the revitalized Texas Music Association (TMA) under Carlyne Majer and eventually became the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS) Texas Chapter.

James & Housewives Choice at Frat partyChris and Martin at Frat party with Housewives Choice

Chris and Martin at Frat party with Housewives Choice

Shammy included James Mikulinka, Larry and Wayne Gathright (previous Austin Music Lane Recording Studio owner).

 

Phantom's Winter 1991 Newsletter

Phantom Productions' legal video services in 1990

 

Phantom to this point was primarily providing on-location recording to musicians. We realized that one of the ways we could be more helpful to the musicians with whom we were working, was to begin handling the day to day tasks that enabled the artist to pursue their music.  This evolved into a role as Artist Manager (although we soon found the role was more accurately described as "investor"). Video had already become a dominant media for promotion and it was expensive for the musicians to buy production. We decided to also invest in video production to see if it might give our artists an edge. We choose SVHS as it provided a higher resolution and was much less expensive than Beta SP.

Martin videotaping van at Austin's Aqua-fest 

Martin videotaping van at Austin's Aqua-fest

Chris videotaping van at Austin's Aqua-fest

Chris videotaping van at Austin's Aqua-fest

Phantom's mobile console with Teac A-3340, Model 2 Mixer with MB 20 meter bridge and the Marantz 5420 cassette deck phantom's 1987 listing in the Mix Magazine Remote recording listings

Phantom's 4 track mobile console & Mix Listing

 

Chris' roots were in England. Also, Peter felt the response to the new musicians we were working with was much more helpful from the European record companies and publishers. So we kept pitching new material that direction. On our 1986 trip back to Chris' home, we decided to try to pitch some of the artists we were working with. We came up with an idea to take US NTSC music videos we produced and see if we could show the material in the UK (where PAL is the standard video format) It greatly exceeded our expectations and we were able to actually meet with the International Rep at Island Records (it was pretty neat to sit in the waiting room and see all the mailed demos from artists all over the world). Our pitch was that we couldn't leave the NTSC videos for the record company to look at later, so they would need to look at them now...AND THEY DID!  - view video of Island, creole and Burne Music (Curiosity Killed the Cat) London, England

One publisher (Chelsea Music (publishers of "Curiosity Killed the Cat."), asked what Phantom got out of a deal if we found interest in the UK. Chris and Martin said "nothing" as the musicians were friends. The publisher said that Phantom's representation was so good, we should negotiate a management contract.  He also recommended that we begin attending Midem, the International Music conference in Cannes, France.  Thus began Phantom's management (investor) stint. Chris would later move Phantom from providing resources to new artists to serious booking contracts that brought income to the artist and Phantom. Some of the artists we originally managed toured Russia with the TIES project.  view video clip

1988 cover of the Midem magazine in Cannes, France.  Chris & martin represented Phantom Productions, inc. and several Texas bands

Chris and Martin at the 1991 MIDEM & Martin, Chris, Mark Luke and Andy at the Midem Texas stand

1987/88 Eyes & Ears featuring Stevie Ray Vaughan performing for "Don't Mess With Texas" campaign and the filming of nadine with Kim Bassinger and Jeff Bridges  1987/88 Eyes & Ears featuring Stevie Ray Vaughan performing for "Don't Mess With Texas" campaign and the filming of nadine with Kim Bassinger and Jeff Bridges

The Eyes & Ears publication was produced by the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce.  Martin served on the publishing group.  This issue included Stevie Ray Vaughan's performance for the "Don't Mess With Texas" campaign and "Nadine" the movie starring Kim Bassinger and Jeff Bridges which was shot in Austin.

 

      

Chris & Martin at Midem 1988

Watch Midem promo video

Chris and Martin (far right) represented Phantom Productions at the 1988 Midem in Cannes, France

       Gary P. Nunn performing in the trade show area of the 1988 Midem in Cannes, France  Caravan of Dreams staff were also part of the 1988 Texas Midem delegation

January 1988 Chris & Martin with Phantom Productions attended Midem in Cannes, France - picture includes the Texas delegation to Midem in 1988.  Phantom also worked to represent one of Peter Knight's bands in the US. 

Austin Texas Eyes & Ears Spring 1989 Stevie Ray Vaughn, Tokyo Cowboys,  

Deborah Giles

and Ron Rogers

Here are some of the groups we represented to international record companies and publishers at MIDEM over the years

The Volcanics  band in Austin 1988

The Volcanics

Surina and the Daves band in Austin 1988

Surina and the Daves band in Austin 1988

Surina and the Daves

The Tom Ash  band in Austin 1988

The Tom Ash  band in Austin 1988

The Tom Ash Band

Kathy and the Kilowatts band in Austin 1988

Kathy and the Kilowatts band in Austin 1988

Kathy and the kilowatts

Latest Flame band in Austin 1988

Latest Flame

The Blueprint band in Austin 1988  The Blueprint band in Austin 1988  The Blueprint band in Austin 1988

Bluesprint

1988 SXSW Phantom Tradeshow booth

Phantom managed Pat Mears' record contract negotiation with H  Upon the completion of the negotiation at MIDEM in Cannes, France, SilenZ wired funds for Pat to complete her album project.  Chris also managed Pat's US bookings. 

Pat Mears

The Human Touch

We negotiated an album contract for Seattle, Washington based GRETTA GOEHLE with German record company Dutche Schallplatten based in Berlin, Germany.  A single was released at the New Music Seminar in 1991    

Gretta Goehle

picture of cover of Billboard Spotlight on Austin music issue  
Review of Austin, Texas' music scene by Billboard September 9, 1989 in Phantom Productions' vintage recording collection
Austin ads from the Billboard issue spotlighting Austin music in 1989
Review of Austin, Texas' music scene by Billboard September 9, 1989 in Phantom Productions' vintage recording collection

hist89Midem Monday daily Cover

  hist89Midem Texas story Mark Luke Daniels

Chris &Martin being interviewed by Austin News Channel for early Austin South by Southwest festival.  Phantom Productions was the first group to bring international companies to SXSW and the first to attract international panelists to the SXSW workshops.
View Austin Cablevision interviews
Chris & MartinDavid Case

Chris &Martin with David Case, John Cambridge plus family and friends in pub in Milton Keynes, UK

Phantom managed Linden Sherwin, an Austin folk songwiter/singer in the late 1980's

Linden Sherwin, Folk Singer - Songwriter managed by Phantom Productions, Inc.

In one of the more unusual happenings, an impersonator of Dick Dodd showed up in Austin and was identified as a fraud by someone how happened to be at KLBJ.  Subsequently the real Dodd came to Austin and APD busted the fraud on stage.

View Austin news video

 

Chris showing Phantom video at trade show - video

Chris working on Phantom's first Mac computer

 

Chris' first Phantom office in 1988 with first Mac

Chris & Martin producing music video at Marble Falls power plant

Chris & Martin producing music video at Marble Falls power plant

Phantom's SXSW showcase at the Headliners Club on Austin's Sixth Street

Tracie Lynn, Scott Newbert and Mark Luke setting up to perform for Austin's SXSW at Phantom Productions' showcase at the Headliners Club on Sixth Street - view video

Chris shooting folk singers at Cypress Creek Cafe

Chris videotaping folk singers at Cypress Creek - view video

Martin & Chris with Phantom's UK guitarist John Cambridge

Martin & Chris with Phantom's UK guitarist John Cambridge

1991 Phantom Productions artist representation roster

1991 Phantom Productions Midem roster

Phantom's folks

BMI's Jody Williams with Chris & Orion

 

Martin & Chris with mark Luke Daniels during promo photo session  

Martin & Chris with Mark Luke Daniels during promo photo session • More Mark Luke Daniels

Chris, Martin & mark Luke in Copeland, TX

Chris, Martin & Mark Luke in Copeland, TX - view MLD Promo

  

Click here to see more about MIDEM

Bands that Phantom represented at Midem included the Volcanic's with Randy Glines,  Scott Newbert, Marvin Dykehouse, -  view brief video clip

Martin & Chris with Mark Luke at Midem in Cannes, France

Martin & Chris with Mark Luke at Midem in Cannes, France

Martin & Chris with Mark Luke and Andy Murphy at Midem in Cannes, France

Martin & Chris with Mark Luke and Andy Murphy at Midem in Cannes, France

 

Martin & Chris sign Mark Luke to publishing contract with Montie Music Group at the Lowes Hotel in Montie Carlo

Martin & Chris sign Mark Luke to publishing contract with Montie Music Group at the Lowe's Hotel in Montie Carlo

See more about Mark Luke

Midem in Cannes, France

picture of Chris, Martin, Mark Luke and Andy at Midem

Chris, Martin Mark Luke & Andy Murphy attending the international Midem Music Conference in Cannes, France • More Mark Luke Danielsview Chevy Commercial

1991 cover of the Midem, Cannes, France news magazine    Chris and Martin, Phantom Productions were featured in the 1991 issue of the Midem Cannes, France magazine

Chris at Midem, Cannes, France

Chris at Midem, Cannes, France • Amsterdam movie

  Chris in Paris during Gulf war after attending the 1991 Midem in Cannes, France

Chris & Martin in Paris after attending MIDEM during Gulf War

Gene Elders in LA recording on Mark Luke Daniels CD for Phantom Productions and the Montie Music Group 

MLD's girl frien in the Montie Music studio in LA (Van

Gene Elders, Mark Luke & Bill Montie during LA recording of MLD's CD
 
 

Mark Luke Daniels record contract from Gene Simmons (KISS) on his custom RCA label  Mark Luke Daniels record contract from Gene Simmons (KISS) on his custom RCA label  

Mark Luke Daniels signing the Gene Simmons Custon RCA record contract 

picture of PPI editing room

Phantom's mix room

  1989 Phantom Music City ad

Phantom UK's Danny White & Music City Ad for Phantom Productions, Inc.  US and UK

  pictures from Phanom's showcase of Danny White in London

Phantom UK's London showcase for Danny White

picture of the signing of management contract between Phantom Productions and the metal band Skull Duggery

Chris, Martin signing contract with Metal Band Skull Duggery - MORE INFO & VIDEO

Chris, Martin signing contract with Metal Band Skullduggery

Chris, Martin signing contract with Metal Band Skullduggery - MORE INFO & VIDEO

Skullduggery Austin Recording Studio

Skullduggery Austin Recording Studio MORE INFO & VIDEO

 

Chris at sound check in San Antonio with Phantom's Skull Duggery - view video clips

 

Chris, Martin John Cambridge, wife Joan and Joan's mother

Chris, Martin & Phantom UK's John Cambridge, wife Joan and Joan's mother • More John Cambridge & Mark Luke Daniels UK tracks

Chris, Martin with Canadian record execs, Andy Murphy, David & Sheila case (Phantom UK Directors) and Mark Luke with friend Benny.

Chris, Martin with Canadian record execs, Andy Murphy, David & Sheila case (Phantom UK Directors) and Mark Luke with friend Benny.

Martin videotaping Christine Albert being interviewed by German radio station

Martin videotaping Christine Albert being interviewed by German radio station - Chris provided bookings for Christine and Phantom produced this promo.

Intercord Records producer Jurgen Kramer asked Chris to arrange some radio interviews for German radio folks he was bringing to the US.  Chris arranged numerous interviews including:

 

Chris, Martin with Gary P. Nnnn, German radio personnel & Intercord Records producer Jurgen Kramer

Chris, Martin with Gary P. Nunn, German radio personnel & Intercord Records producer Jurgen Kramer

Chris & Martin at Austin Arlyn recording studio studio with Intercord Records producer Jurgen Kramer visiting with Freddy Fletcher, Calvin Russell.

Stephen Fromholtz

Jerry Jeff Walker & Chris Wall

 

Butch Hancock & Rusty Weir were interviewed as well

Martin & Chris consulting with Jurgen Karmer of Intercord Record Records, Germany

Martin & Chris consulting with Jurgen Kramer of Intercord Record Records, and radio folks from Germany.

Chris with Jurgen and George

  

Danny White recorded Ritchie Valens "Oh Donna" for Phantom UK - London Showcase video

Chris & Martin helped David Case represent Intelligent Light Animation systems on the Apollo computers at the Hewlett Packard display booth at Alexandria Palace, London, UK.  David pursued IL representation after Chris & Martin recommended he look at the Wavefront animation systems.  He subsequently secured the IL account.  View International space station flyer from David's company.

Chris and Martin working with Phantom's UK Director David Case at London Alexandria's Palace for HP Apollo demonstrations  

Chris and Martin working with Phantom's UK Director David Case at London Alexandria's Palace for HP Apollo demonstrations - view video clip

more about London's Alexandria's Palace and the BBC

Chris and Martin working with Phantom's UK Director David Case in Bristol, UK - David's Phantom intro

UK Phantom Director David Case received an offer to brand this auto with the Phantom logo and name.

UK Phantom Director David Case received an offer to brand this auto with the Phantom logo and name.  Proposal   video

picture of cover of Billboard Spotlight on Austin music issueAustin ads from the Billboard issue spotlighting Austin music in 1989

Billboard's 1989 profile of Austin

Housewives Choice recording in Chris & martin's living room  Phantom's Teac A-3340, Model 2 mixer with the MB-20 meter bridge and the Marantz 5420 cassette deck used for on-location recording and in this studio session with HouseWives Choice

Housewives Choice recording in Chris & Martin's living room - view video clip - Note: this was one of the last sessions with the Teac/Tascam A-3440 as Phantom moved more to video for promotional work.

Chris, Tracy & John after signing management contract

1990 Chris, Tracie & John after signing management contract

See more about Tracie Lynn •  view ACTV video clips

August 1990 Tracie at Broken Spoke video shoot w/Chris • view video

Tracie at Broken Spoke video shoot w/Martin

Austin AquaFest Crook & Chase video

Tracie Lynn recording demos at Phantom Productions

Rick Trevino won a San Antonio competition where Tracie Lynn & Pam also competed

Tracie Lynn at Broken Spoke

Tracie Lynn at Broken Spoke

James Hinkle working on Tracie Lynn's recording at Cedar Creek Studio

Tracy, Martin and Chris  during Tracy's recording seesion at Cedar Creek Studio, backed by Marcia Ball's band, produced by James Hinkle

Tracy, Martin and Chris  during Tracy's recording session at Cedar Creek Studio, backed by Marcia Ball's band, produced by James Hinkle - view video clip

Tracie with her Aunts during sessionTracie with her Aunts during session 

Tracie with her Aunts during session & Cedar Creek tape recorders- view video

Fred Remmert at Cedar Creek during Tracie Lyn's session.

Fred Remmert at Cedar Creek during Tracie Lynn's session.

Champ Hood playing for Tracie's session at Cedar Creek

Champ Hood playing for Tracie's session at Cedar Creek

James at Cedar Creek producing Tracie's session

James & Tracie

Pam, Fred & Tracie

Brad, Tracie, Pam & Fred

Tracy & Mike Kanda (Tokyo, Japan) at Gruene Hall.  During Mike's visit, Chris & Martin took him to San Antonio and visited Sonny and Mitchell's studio, Emerald Sound.   Sonny & Mitchell decided to produce an album of Tracie based on the cassette demo we left for them during Mike's visit.

Tracy & Mitchell at Emerald recording studios in San Antonio

Martin, Sonny, Chris Tracie Lynn & Mitchell at Emerald recording studios in San Antonio

Tracie Lynn played Austin Aqua Fest's and was interviewed by Nashville's Crook & Chase show - view clip

Chris & Martin worked with the Austin Music Business Association and helped promote Austin's music - Tracie played for one of the AMBA events

Phantom Productions shot promotional video for Rotel and the Hot Tomatoes.  The video was submitted to Disney

Phantom Productions shot promotional video for Rotel and the Hot Tomatoes. The video was submitted to Disney - view video

Tracy playing for Ann Richards

Tracie Lynn playing for Ann Richards

Tracy played for Gov. George Bush's Inauguration in Austin, Texas

Tracie Lynn played for Gov. George Bush's Inauguration in Austin, Texas

picture of late '80's editing suite

Phantom's video suite

Chris  and Martin in England with Phantom UK's artists, staff & families

Chris  and Martin in England with Phantom UK's artists, staff & families

RTacie Lyn and Pam Boenig opening as the Boenig Sisters for Steve Warner in Corpus Christi

Tracie Lynn and Pam Boenig opening as the Boenig Sisters for Steve Warner in Corpus Christi - view video clip

Laura & Jeff watching Tracie Lynn play at Gruene Hall

James Hinkle playing with Marcia Ball at Austin City Limits

James playing with Marcia Ball at Austin City Limits - view brief clip

James Hinkle Gibson article 01/15/08

Martin with James Hinkle at Cedar Creek Studio, Austin, Texas

Martin with James Hinkle at Cedar Creek Studio, Austin, Texas during session James produced for Tracie Lynn.  James was in Marcia Ball's band and the bands other players were used on Tracie's cuts. view video

Martin's ID at Midem

Martin's ID at Midem

Chris & martin at Midem, Cannes, France

Chris & Martin at Midem, Cannes, France representing Texas music.  Phantom produced video of bands and presented the material to publishers and record company reps from around the world.

Chris in Paris (Gulf war)

Chris in Paris (during Gulf war 1991)

video  of Volcanic's represented at Midem

video of Alien Project represented at Midem

video of Bow Brannon represented at Midem

Intercord Records Rep from Germany, Tom Pacheco recording artist and his Irish Record company head with Chris & Martin

Intercord Records Rep from Germany, Tom Pacheco recording artist and his Irish Record company head with Chris & Martin

Chris being interviewed by KXAN Austin

Chris being interviewed on the KXAN Morning show regarding employing musicians throughout the year.

Radio Waves - Lucian Turk - view video

Phantom produced Lucian Turk's music videos
view Lucian Turk's Red River video

Chris & Martin with Lucian Turk and his band

Martin Chaired the Austin Music Business Association which worked in conjunction with the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce  More infor   Eyes and Ears   Newsletter 1  2  3  4

Austin Music Business Association Board Members

Austin Music Business Association Board Members: Steve Thompson, Roy Woodrum, Ed Cantu, Robert Strait, Tamera Baldwin, Dick Walker, Rodney Herman, Martin Theophilus (Board Chairman), Joel Block, Sandy Edwards and Larry Quick

Other members not shown: Bill Britton, Cindy Fisher, Beverly griffin, Jazz Jones, Layne Lauritzen, Bill Shea, and French Smith

 

Martin Theophilus (AMBA Board Chairman) with Dick Walker

Toni Price  Tracie Lynn 

Toni price and Tracie Lynn playing for AMBA reception 1991.  View more

Chris and Martin initiated the creation of a the Commercial Music degree program at Austin Community College. Beginning in 1986 proposals and surveys were continually provided to ACC to convince the college of the need. It took several years and lots of help from others. It became a reality in the Summer of 1988 (regular classes began in 1989. ACC said if ten students showed up for the first class, they would continue the program. Thirty-eight showed and additional classes had to be created. Click for more.

ACC News Interview with ACC President Dan Angel and Martin  - more

Part 1Part 2Part 3

Austin Community College Commercial Music Management program initiated by Phantom Productions' Directors

View clip on Austin Texas and Music

 

picture of video editing suite at Phantom Productions

Phantom Video suite

Chris and Martin in Austin recording Studios producing Skull Duggery

Chris and Martin in Austin recording Studios producing Skull Duggery

 

Phantom audio suite
 
 

Chris and Martin attended the float contest on Town Lake

Phantom developed promotional materials and video shot at Austin's Continental Club for Austin's Train wreck Ghost

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