Hyperboreal Audio

Weird Music Mastering

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I’m Michael Buchanan, an audio engineer and musician based in Northwest Washington state. I offer the following audio services: Mastering / Mixing / Stem Mastering / Audio Editing and Repair / Consulting + Tutoring.

About Me:
I have been working with sound for over 25 years, and I use a combination of analog and digital devices in a hybrid studio system.

I grew up in Anchorage, Alaska and lived in Oakland, California for many years. I have been mastering audio professionally since 2014, and have worked on several digital, vinyl, and cassette releases for a variety of clients. Since 2012, I’ve taught courses in Ableton Live and electronic music production at the Harvey Milk Center for the Arts in SF, the Vintage Synthesizer Museum in Oakland, and also via private tutoring. In 2020, I received a Graduate certificate in “Mixing, Mastering and Production for Visual Media” from Berklee School of Music.

I record and perform electronic music as Identity Theft, and have collaborated on various other projects over the years (such as Abandoned Footwear, Nommo Ogo, and Seacrypt). I also help run the Katabatik label and soundsystem, which has been active since 2001. I enjoy working on all kinds of extreme sounds, and have a true appreciation for the weird and esoteric side of music. My specialty is breathing life into recordings of synthesizer-based music.

Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.


Discogs verified credits for Michael Buchanan (2)
  • Nommo Ogo
  • Group Rhoda
  • Zanna Nera
  • Hom (5)
  • Totem (39)
  • Group Rhoda
  • Mateo Paz (2)
  • Identity Theft (2)
  • Various
  • Fluorescent Grey
  • Various
  • Nommo Ogo
  • Zanna Nera
  • Identity Theft (2)
  • Various
  • Various
  • Abandoned Footwear
  • Hom (5)
  • Atlea, Ceremonial Abyss, Identity Theft (2), Bore Tide
  • Urghun
  • Dax Pierson
  • Merkury (4)
  • Mateo Paz (2)
  • Envélope Cruz
  • Olde Fox Den
  • Gewgawly I And Thou (2)
  • Nezzy Idy
  • Mateo Paz (2)
  • Atlea
  • Terminal 11
  • Exillon


  • English
Terms Of Service

I allow as many revisions as needed (within reason). I emphasize good communication before a project starts so we can achieve your desired sound efficiently. Turnarounds are usually within a week.

GenresSounds Like
  • Nommo Ogo
  • Identity Theft
  • Abandoned Footwear
Gear Highlights
  • Cranesong STC-8
  • CharterOak PEQ-1
  • SSL Big Six Mixer
  • Empirical Labs Fatso EL7
  • Empirical Labs Distressor EL8
  • API The Channel Strip
  • Eventide Eclipse
  • Lexicon PCM 70
  • UAD Apollo Quad
  • Korg MR-2000S 1-Bit Recorder
  • Nakamichi Dragon Cassette Recorder
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