Phelan Kane is an artist, music producer, engineer, developer and educator. For over twenty years he has been active in both the music industry and the contemporary music education sector, with a focus on electronic music and alternative bands. His specialism is sound design and production techniques such as synthesis and sampling, alongside audio processing and plug-in development.


His credits and clients include sources as diverse as Radiohead, Fad Gadget, Placebo, Depeche Mode, Moby, Amanda Ghost, Snow Patrol, Dido, Babyshambles, Elastica, Ableton, Mute, Phil Vinall, Fun-da-mental, Hut, V2, Witness, X-FM, The Drum, The Duke Spirit, One Little Indian, Sasha Skarbeck, Toyota, Aziz Ibrahim, Arista, Yamaha, Ed O’Brien, Alabama 3, Polydor, Lukas Burton, The British Film Institute, Segs Jennings, Island, PIAS, Steve Dub, dEUS, Channel 4, Titan, Phil Selway, Fangoria, Zoe, Das Pop, Beggars Banquet, Cyberdance, Boy George, Lalalover, Sony BMG, Universal, EMI and Warner Bros. I have worked at many high end (and sadly missed!) studios such as The Townhouse, Olympic, Mayfair, Livingston, Parr Street, Rockfield, Monnow Valley, The Chapel, The Stone Room, Miloco Hoxton Square and Stanley House / Sofa Studios.

Scholarly Activities

For over eighteen years he has been involved with delivering and designing contemporary popular music education at HE level. For two years he was the Head of Higher Education at London based Tech Music School (now BIMM London) and was instrumental in project managing the design, structure and eventual delivery of seven undergraduate Bachelor Honours degrees and two post graduate degrees in subjects such as Music Production, Songwriting, Music Business and Popular Music Performance. He has been a lecturer at BIMM London, SSR London, the Dept. of Music & Media at the University of Surrey, Tileyard Education and The London College of Music at The University of West London and he currently lectures for Deutsche Pop on their BA (Hons) Music Technology Specialist. He delivers HE content specialising in DAW, synthesis, sampling, audio processing, sonic manipulation and electronic music production. Radiohead members Ed O'Brien and bandmate Phil Selway had music technology lessons with Phelan at Tech Music School in London in 2001.

In 2006 he completed a MA in Audio Technology from the London College of Music, University of West London and became one of the first wave of Ableton Certified Trainers in the world in 2008. In 2016 he completed study for a MSc in Sound & Music Computing at the Center for Digital Music at Queen Mary, University of London.  He is a member of the UK's Music Producers Guild, holds a PG Cert in Learning & Teaching, is an Affiliate of the Institute for Learning, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is currently Chairman of the London Committee for the British Section of the Audio Engineering Society. He owns a very (un)healthy collection of samples, plugs and DAW toys and possess an obsession with synthesis and owns many vintage analogue synthesizers such as modular systems, Moog’s, ARP’s and Oberheim’s.