Rupert's career as a producer spans more than 30 years and 120 albums.
Billboard's 'The Encyclopedia Of Record Producers' states: "Few producers
have worked with as wide a stylistic range of gold and platinum-selling artists
as Hine including Tina Turner, The Fixx, Howard Jones, Chris de Burgh, Rush,
Bob Geldof, Stevie Nicks, Thomson Twins, The Waterboys, Kate Bush, Suzanne Vega
and Duncan Sheik'. It goes on to talk of Rupert's significant work under the
commercial radar that includes The Velvet Underground's Nico, supermodel Milla
Jovovich and techno-pioneers Underworld, concluding with: 'and, of course, Hine himself
(6 albums under his own name, 3 under the alias Thinkman plus 2 with his 70s band Quantum Jump'.
As a songwriter, Rupert's skills have reached beyond his own albums. Tina Turner, Stevie Nicks, Wilson-Phillips and Dusty Springfield are amongst the million-selling artists who have recorded his songs.
As a leader rather than a follower in technology, Rupert pioneered electronic musical instrument interfaces with the fledgling MIDI. He is a founder member of the Music Producers Guild and the International MIDI Association.
“I really like Alan. He's smart, engaging, helpful, insightful, and a lot of fun to work with.
He sees way ahead of the curve, understands markets deeply (publishing for example) and knows
how to connect both in person and in the virtual forms.”
- Doc Searls, Harvard Fellow
Author of Cluetrain Manifesto & The Intention Economy
A digital chameleon, working in over 10 profound technologies in his 20+ year career, from digital video, animation, e-commerce, online hiring, presence detection, blogging, mobile computing, RSS, online publishing, and more. He has appeared as an author in numerous magazine and several O’Reilly books and blogs.
In 2003-04 Alan created the worlds first book dedicated to blogs as literature, "Never Threaten to Eat Your Co-Workers." Many of the writer’s featured have been recognized for their online writing, including Heather Armstrong (Dooce), Will Wheaton (Star Trek), Choire Sicha (The Awl), & Mark Fraunfelder (boing boing).
Alan also spent three years at Discovery Channel as the Community and Music Liaison during the launch of their Planet Green TV channel and was responsible for the creation and launch of Discovery’s first music website.