Clinics and Master Classes

Deborah Lotus: Presence Is All

Monday / December 6, 2010 / 5:00 p.m.
The Loft
939 Boylston St.
Boston
MA
United States

The Richard Ehrman Feldenkrais Series continues with Deborah Lotus's session on presenting your authentic self to an audience. Through movement and increased awareness, participants gain more confidence, lessen stage fright, and improve one's self image.

Admission: 
Free

Don Gorder Clinic: It's Your Business

Friday / December 11, 2009 / 3:00 p.m.
ARTeria Noroeste
Rua Das Salvadas, 2 A - Parque Vista Alegre
15705 Santiago de Compostela, Spain
United States

The music business has always been about moving music into the stream of commerce, and generating revenue from it. Historically, artists developed their fan base through touring and recordings, and their success was usually dependent on the backup of a record label that promoted and marketed the recordings and supported touring. Radio airplay and press coverage were essential to success, and the record labels were in control. 

In today's music industry, artists have options that allow them to take control of their careers, and avoid the dependency on the corporate backup. The internet has brought mechanisms and techniques for connecting with an audience; building a fan base;and generating income from touring, selling recordings and merchandise, securing endorsements and branding partnerships, and licensing songs. This is the new order of the music industry, and all the key players (artists, labels, promoters, marketers, managers, publishers, etc.) are adapting to it.

This clinic will explore the new order in depth. We'll examine the business models that are taking shape in corporate environments in contrast with the independent sector and the DIY (do-it-yourself) artist, and the online services that artists and intermediaries alike are using to build their careers and generate income. We'll teach you what every music professional must know about rights management and protection, contractual deal points, licensing sources and strategies, viral marketing techniques, business organizations, and the importance of social media. The clinic will provide music professionals in all categories with an understanding of how to mind their business and get on the track to success.

Don Gorder, chair and founder of the Music Business/Management Department at Berklee College of Music, is an educator, attorney, and musician. He holds advanced degrees in law and music (B.M. University of Nebraska, M.M. University of Miami, J.D. University of Denver), has authored numerous articles on the music industry, and has spoken at many national and international music industry events. He co-authored the course Legal Aspects of the Music Industry for Berkleemusic, Berklee's online school. As an attorney, he has represented clients in matters of copyright and contracts, and he remains active as a trumpet player in a variety of jazz and commercial settings. 

Admission: 
50€ for SGAE members and 60€ for non-members

Don Gorder Clinic: It's Your Business

Thursday / December 10, 2009 / 3:00 p.m.
SGAE Catalunya
Passeig de Colom, 6
08002 Barcelona, Spain
United States

The music business has always been about moving music into the stream of commerce, and generating revenue from it. Historically, artists developed their fan base through touring and recordings, and their success was usually dependent on the backup of a record label that promoted and marketed the recordings and supported touring. Radio airplay and press coverage were essential to success, and the record labels were in control. 

In today's music industry, artists have options that allow them to take control of their careers, and avoid the dependency on the corporate backup. The internet has brought mechanisms and techniques for connecting with an audience; building a fan base;and generating income from touring, selling recordings and merchandise, securing endorsements and branding partnerships, and licensing songs. This is the new order of the music industry, and all the key players (artists, labels, promoters, marketers, managers, publishers, etc.) are adapting to it.

This clinic will explore the new order in depth. We'll examine the business models that are taking shape in corporate environments in contrast with the independent sector and the DIY (do-it-yourself) artist, and the online services that artists and intermediaries alike are using to build their careers and generate income. We'll teach you what every music professional must know about rights management and protection, contractual deal points, licensing sources and strategies, viral marketing techniques, business organizations, and the importance of social media. The clinic will provide music professionals in all categories with an understanding of how to mind their business and get on the track to success.

Don Gorder, chair and founder of the Music Business/Management Department at Berklee College of Music, is an educator, attorney, and musician. He holds advanced degrees in law and music (B.M. University of Nebraska, M.M. University of Miami, J.D. University of Denver), has authored numerous articles on the music industry, and has spoken at many national and international music industry events. He co-authored the course Legal Aspects of the Music Industry for Berkleemusic, Berklee's online school. As an attorney, he has represented clients in matters of copyright and contracts, and he remains active as a trumpet player in a variety of jazz and commercial settings. 

Admission: 
50€ for SGAE members and 60€ for non-members

Sony Video Game Music Composer Challenge: Composition Playbacks

Wednesday / November 17, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Chuck Doud

Chuck Doud and Clint Bajakian will evaluate and critique music cues created by students through a challenge provided by the Film Scoring Department against footage provided by Sony. This event is open to Berklee students only.

Admission: 
Free

Sony Video Game Music: Business—Getting the Work and the Deal

Wednesday / November 17, 2010 / 8:00 a.m.
Steve Heck Room
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Sony representatives discuss and explain the business aspects of engaging audio talent in video games. What non-compositional/creative attributes can put someone ahead of the pack? This session will also explore general terms you can expect when composing for video games and new, emerging opportunities, including songwriting.

Admission: 
Free

Sony Video Game Music: Design and Implementation

Tuesday / November 16, 2010 / 3:00 p.m.
FS Room 268
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

In video games the dramatic arc of a scene is controlled by the player, so the music score must adapt to actions that are happening in real time. Through the music scores and implementation for Uncharted 2 and God of War 3, Sony presents a comprehensive discussion covering multiple music design and implementation processes.

Admission: 
Free

Sony Video Game Music: Production

Tuesday / November 16, 2010 / 1:00 p.m.
Steve Heck Room
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Chuck Doud

From dialogue to sound design to music, all of the audio elements in a video game must work together in order to be successful. Chuck Doud and Clint Bajakian explain the audio production process of creating the audio experience. They will discuss all the production aspects of creating an original soundtrack for story-driven games.

Admission: 
Free

Tobin Abasi Clinic

Wednesday / November 24, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

With the Washington, D.C.–based Reflux, seven-string guitarist Tosin Abasi caught the attention of discerning fans with fierce riffs and fleet-fingered solos that sharpened the edge of the band’s politically minded progressive metalcore. The band’s moment in the spotlight was brief, but in that time, the group built a cult following via extensive touring with the likes of Strapping Young Lad, Darkest Hour, August Burns Red, Animosity, From a Second Story Window, and many more.

Soon after Reflux disbanded, Abasi began work on an instrumental solo project as a way to further express his musical personality. The resulting self-titled debut from Abasi’s new band Animals as Leaders, a 12-track collection of guitar-driven progressive instrumentals with ambient and electronic influences, is a scintillating showcase for one of the finest young guitarists in rock today.

“I definitely wanted to make an album that was ‘guitar-centric,’ but also interesting from other perspectives,” Abasi explains. He succeeded, as his dazzling performances on both seven- and eight-string guitars are flashy and technical yet also tasteful and melodic. And even though they contain no words, the album’s songs speak volumes—something that’s evident from the opening notes of album kickoff “Tempting Time.”

“‘Tempting Time’ loosely deals with some of the time-based societal pressures that come with getting older,” Abasi says. “It’s about reconciling your place in your life with where society feels like you should be, and understanding the finite amount of time you have in life to do anything.”

Although Abasi wrote all the music on the album and played bass in addition to all guitars, he emphasizes that Animals as Leaders is very much a band, and the group has already completed several high-profile tours, including Summer Slaughter 2010. Animals as Leaders is currently touring the United States with Circa Survive.

As for the band’s moniker, Abasi says it relates to looking at the world from an animal’s perspective, and that it was inspired in part by the book Ishmael, in which the author uses a telepathic gorilla to critique human culture. “A lot of what we do is completely removed from the fact that we’re all essentially animals,” Abasi recently told the Washington City Paper. “We have a niche on the planet and we have a role in sustainable sort of ecology, but we’ve gone against our natural calling. The name is acknowledging that we do have more of a natural role on the planet, but it’s also like, who would follow an animal to do anything? I think of the name as being both nonsensical and really literal.”

Steve Vai praised the band thus: “When I first heard Animals Aas Leaders I felt as though at last I was hearing the future of creative, heavy virtuoso guitar playing. It’s quite AMAZING.”

Admission: 

Songwriting Department Open Master Class

Thursday / November 18, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Songwriting faculty—Jon Aldrich, Susan Cattaneo, Jimmy Kachulis, Scarlet Keys, Pat Pattison, Mark Simos, John Stevens, Stan Swiniarsky, and chair Jack Perricone—will listen to selected student songs and work with students to make the songs better and better. Come observe this clinic done in a master class format.

Admission: 

Songwriting and Production Workshop in Tel Aviv

Monday / November 29, 2010 / 9:00 a.m.
Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music
46 Shmuel HaNagid
Ramat HaSharon
United States

Program Schedule:

Monday, 11/29: 10:00–11:20 Clinic 1: The Writing Process - Matthew Nicholl
Monday, 11/29: 11:30–12:50 Clinic 2: Production Techniques, Part 1 - Stephen Webber
Monday, 11/29: 3:00–4:30 Critique session 1: Berklee Faculty Critique Student Projects

Tuesday, 11/30: 10:00–11:20 Clinic 3: Arranging for the Songwriter - Matthew Nicholl
Tuesday, 11/30: 11:30–12:50 Clinic 4: Production Techniques, Part 2 - Stephen Webber
Tuesday, 11/30: 3:00–4:30 Critique session 2: Berklee Faculty Critique Student Projects

Faculty concert and additional clinics to be announced.

Admission: 
Free

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