Clinics and Master Classes

Writing for the Harp Clinic

Tuesday / October 21, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Many communites at Berklee now write for the harp, both lever and pedal, and many excellent harpists now study at Berklee. Come hear them perform and learn techniques and ways to use this versatile and enchanting instrument in your compositions and scores.

Handouts will be provided and will also be available for download. Come to the Berk Recital Hall and learn how to write better for the harp.

Admission: 
Free

Guerrilla Mixing Techniques

Tuesday / September 23, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
For the second part of our Guerrilla Production Series, we will finish off our recording from last week’s Guerrilla Recording Techniques and create a final mixed production. Discussion topics will include:
 
• Critical Listening
• Monitors, Headphones, Listening Environment
• EQ, Compression, Limiting, Reverb, Delay
• Volume, Panning, Blending
• Automation
 
Admission: 
Free

Guerrilla Recording Techniques

Tuesday / September 16, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

In part 1 of our two-part Guerrilla Production Techniques series, you’ll get a crash course in do-it-yourself recording techniques using inexpensive gear. During the presentation, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of recording a live ensemble consisting of drums, bass, guitar, and vocals. Topics will include:

  •  Gear Overview – Microphones, audio interfaces, accessories
  •  Techniques – Miking vs. direct input, multi-tracking, stereo recording
  •  How-To – Step-by-step setup, recording with your laptop

Admission: 
Free

History of Video Game Music

Thursday / September 18, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Journey through the history of video game consoles with the Berklee Video Game Music Club and learn about the technological breakthroughs that allowed for the evolution of game audio over the years. Through a series of video and audio examples, they'll chronicle the challenges game composers faced during the last few decades.

Admission: 
Free

Synthesis Fundamentals with Reason's Subtractor

Friday / September 12, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Subtractor is an analog-type polyphonic synthesizer based on subtractive synthesis, the method used in classic analog synthesizers. Similar in layout of the analog flagships of the early '80s, the Subtractor is an easy way to create anything from warm pads to rumbling bass. In this workshop, we will discuss the basic building blocks of synthesizers, including oscillators, filters, envelopes, LFOs, and how they all interact together. No prior knowledge of synthesis required – this is an introductory workshop geared towards anyone wanting to know more about how synths work.

Admission: 
Free

Music Production Apps Showcase

Wednesday / September 3, 2014 / 4:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
UX2 audio interface

Your laptop is a powerful tool for music creation, with a suite of bundled software providing you with a veritable modern studio in a very portable package. In this showcase we will record and produce a song from scratch, demonstrating what you can do with your laptop and audio interface in GarageBand, Pro Tools, Finale and Reason.

Admission: 
Free

Kobalt Senior VP Ben Groff Talks About Music Publishing

Thursday / September 18, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Kobalt Publishing is a dominant force in the modern publishing world, administrating the music publishing of acts like Dr. Luke, Kelly Clarkson, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Beck, and Sir Paul McCartney. Ben Groff, a Berklee alumnus and senior vice president at Kobalt L.A., will talk about what led him to Kobalt; what publishers do; what publishers, producers and artists are looking for in a song; and how to write and record songs that get you where you want to be in your career.

Admission: 
Free

Nancy Rumbel: Oboist Outside the Box

Thursday / October 9, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

In this session, Nancy Rumbel will share concepts about improvisation both in live music and in her career. She will help us open our horizons to possibilities that exist here at Berklee and beyond.

Rumbel is a professional composer, recording artist, performer, and teacher. Her primary instruments are oboe, English horn, double wooden ocarinas, clay ocarinas, and keyboards. She is well-known for her work of 30 years with the Grammy Award-winning duo Tingstad & Rumbel. She recorded and toured with the Paul Winter Consort for five years. In addition, her signature sound can be heard on many recordings with artists such as Cris Wiliamson, Danny O’Keefe, Susan Osborn, Ginny Reilly, and Hilary Field. She is an in-demand session player due to her versatility and ability to blend her unique instruments into the worlds of pop, folk, Americana, new age and jazz. Rumbel was a National Trustee for four years for the Recording Academy and is currently an advisor for the PNW Recording Academy Board. She is an enthusiastic volunteer for MusiCares and resides in Bellevue, Washington.
 

Admission: 
Free

Rhiannon

Wednesday / October 8, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Vocalist Rhiannon presents a voice clinic titled "The Improvised Life."

Admission: 
Free

Dawaun Parker: The Art of the Producer

Tuesday / August 5, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Dawaun Parker

Three-time Grammy Award-winning producer and Berklee alumnus Dawaun Parker ’05 discusses the art of production in this master class, which will be followed by a performance with Phil Beaudreau at 7:30 p.m. this evening in David Friend Recital Hall.

Parker is an American record producer and artist. After attending Berklee on a full scholarship, he got his start professionally as a staff songwriter and producer for Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment label. Under the aegis of Dr. Dre, Parker has written and produced for Eminem, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, and Snoop Dogg, among others.

Parker contributed several songs on Busta Rhymes’s #1 album, The Big Bang, and Jay-Z's return record, Kingdom Come. In 2009, Parker co-wrote the #1 Grammy Award-winning single, “Crack a Bottle” by Eminem, Dr. Dre, and 50 Cent, and co-produced nearly every track on Eminem’s album Relapse, which also won the Best Rap Album Grammy. Parker earned his third Grammy again working with Eminem in 2010 on the album Recovery.

At the top of 2014, Parker executive-produced Ether, the debut project from Phil Beaudreau, the first and flagship artist on Parker’s imprint, High Renaissance. Most recently, Parker earned another Grammy nomination for being a producer on the Album of the Year-nominated good kid m.A.A.d city by Kendrick Lamar.

Parker and Beaudreau’s first collaboration, “Lost,” garnered the attention of Dr. Dre, who, after hearing it, flew Beaudreau and Parker to Eminem’s studio in Detroit to work on new music. Says Beaudreau, “I never expected there to be any real interest this soon in the game. It’s incredibly encouraging to know that a legend like Dre cares about my work.” Beaudreau draws inspiration from the likes of Pink Floyd, the Beach Boys, Thom Yorke, and Kanye West.

Read more about Parker here and explore Beaudreau’s music here.

Admission: 
Free

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