Lecture

The Music and Culture of Bollywood and Beyond III

Wednesday / February 8, 2012 / 5:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Bollywood III

What do you think of when you hear the word Bollywood? High energy choreography and eye catching sets and costumes? Hindi love songs and epically long films? Or maybe the only Indian film you can think of is Slumdog Millionaire?

The Indian film industry produces more movies and sells more tickets than any other movie industry, with revenues second only to those of the U.S. film industry, and its distinctive musical sounds have been popping up in American popular music and around the globe. 

Join us for a continued discussion and analysis of classic and modern Indian films, lead by faculty members Rekha Menon and Kai Turnbull.

Admission: 
Free

How to Prepare for a Career in Game Audio

Tuesday / December 13, 2011 / 5:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215



How to Prepare for a Career in Game Audio
With Kemal Amarasingham of dSonic
Moderated by Film Scoring Faculty Michael Sweet

Tuesday, December 13, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
150 Mass Ave, Media Lab
No sign-up required

  • An inside look at dSonic productions
  • The makeup of a game audio company
  • Tips for starting your game audio career

About dSonic

dSonic was formed in 2000 by brothers and game industry veterans, Kemal and Simon Amarasingham, and now has teams of accomplished composers and sound designers in both the San Francisco Bay area and Boston. They have more than 100 titles to their credit and have won numerous "Best of" awards from the gaming press. Recent projects include major titles such as: Double Fine's Brutal Legend, 2K's Bioshock 2, Atari's Alone in the Dark, and the MMOs zOMG! and Fallen Earth. Not only do they produce the highest quality sound effects, voice-overs and music for the game industry, but they are also on the leading edge of game audio, creating their own brand of adaptive audio. 

 

     

 

Admission: 
Free

A Skype Conversation with Film Composer Michael Giacchino

Friday / December 9, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

 

Miachael Giacchino

Michael Giacchino was born October 10, 1967 in Riverside Township, New Jersey. He started venturing into music at the age of 10, where he spent his time between the cinema and his basement. Creating his own stop motion animation films on his brother's pool table, he found the most enjoyable part of the process was putting music to the pictures.

This later led him to join the School of Visual Arts in New York, where he received a major in film production and a minor in history. After graduating, Giacchino began studying music at the Juilliard School at the Lincoln Center. During this time he worked day jobs at the publicity offices for Disney and Universal in New York. Two years later he moved to Disney Studios in Burbank, California where he started working in their feature film publicity department. Shortly after this he moved again to Disney Interactive, becoming an assistant producer on their various video game productions. He continued to study music in the evenings and at weekends.

His first major composition came in 1997 when newly formed DreamWorks Interactive asked him to score its flagship PlayStation game, The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Based on Steven Spielberg's hit movie of the same name, the console game became the first to have a live orchestral score. In 1998, Giacchino was commissioned to write a symphonic piece to celebrate the new millennium. His 25-minute score, "Camden 2000,: was performed by the Hattonfield Symphony on May 13, 2000, and helped raise money for the redevelopment of the city.

Giacchino continued writing for video games including Small Soldiers, Warpath: Jurassic Park, and in 1999, the first in the Medal of Honor franchise, on which he would eventually score four further sequels.

In 2001 rising director J.J. Abrams, a fan of Giacchino's Medal of Honor scores, hired him to write for his new show, Alias, which continued for a five-season run. It also led to Giacchino's largest project, Lost, on which he scored all 120-plus produced hours of the show from 2004-2010, as well as writing a symphonic concert of the music which debuted in Hawaii in 2007. The final recording session for the show took place on May 7, 2010, and a farewell concert was held on May 13, which was attended by many fans, cast and crew.

During the six year period on Lost, Giacchino continued writing for video games including Call of Duty and Secret Weapons Over Normandy, and also launched his career into feature films in 2004 when he was asked to score Pixar's The Incredibles.

In 2006 Giacchino scored J.J. Abrams' first feature film, Mission: Impossible III, and returned to Pixar a year later scoring Ratatouille, which earned him an Oscar nomination. He also scored several Pixar shorts over the years including Lifted, Partly Cloudy, and Day and Night.

The strong relationship with J.J. Abrams continues to this day. Following Mission: Impossible III, Giacchino wrote a 12-minute end credits suite for monster movie Cloverfield, scored the opening episodes of sci-fi show Fringe with Chad Seiter, and also Abrams's reboot of the Star Trek franchise. Giacchino also continued working with Pixar, and alongside Star Trek in 2009 scored Up, for which he won two Grammys, a Golden Globe, a Bafta, and an Oscar. During the same year he also scored two further feature films, three short movies, Disney Christmas special Prep and Landing and the fifth season of Lost.

In 2010 after the completion of Lost and the farewell concert, Giacchino hosted an AMPAS music-and-animation event and also served as honorary president at the International Film Music Conference in Úbeda, Spain in July.

Other projects that year included the pilot episode of J.J. Abrams's UnderCovers, and Matt "Cloverfield" Reeves's horror-romance movie Let Me In. 2011 is another busy year for Giacchino, including Pixar's Cars 2, J.J. Abrams's sci-fi movie Super 8, and Brad Bird's Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol.

 

 

 

     

 

Admission: 
Free

The Music and Culture of Bollywood and Beyond II

Wednesday / November 30, 2011 / 5:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
What do you think of when you hear the word "Bollywood"?

High energy choreography and eye catching sets and costumes? Hindi love songs and epically long films? Or maybe the only Indian film you can think of is Slumdog Millionaire?

The Indian film industry produces more movies and sells more tickets than any other movie industry, with revenues second only to those of the U.S. film industry—and its distinctive musical sounds have been popping up in American popular music and around the globe.

Join us for a discussion and analysis of classic and modern Indian films, led by faculty members Rekha Menon and Kai Turnbull, continued from this summer. Indian food will be served.

Cosponsored by the Office for Cultural Diversity.

Admission: 
Free

Music Apps on the iPad: Michael Bierylo

Thursday / November 17, 2011 / 5:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

   

 

Music Apps on the iPad
presented by Berklee faculty Michael Bierylo

Tuesday, November 17, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
150 Mass Ave, Media Lab
No sign-up required

Michael Bierylo will present an in-depth look into the cutting-edge music technology available on the iPad platform, exploring stand-alone music apps and using the iPad as a wireless controller for Mac apps.

• Capabilities of the touchscreen interface.
• Networked control of laptop apps: TouchAble, Touch OSC, etc.
• Musical idea generators/sequencers as in the Tenori-on.
• Standalone performance synths like Synth X.

Michael Bierylo

Originally from Detroit, Bierylo's early musical education came from a wealth of encounters ranging from contemporary composition with William Bolcom at the University of Michigan to a misspent Summer playing Union halls with Motown sidemen. Further enlightenment followed under the tutelage of guitar pedagogue Jon Damien and composer Michael Gibbs at Berklee College Of Music. Upon graduation Bierylo spent most of the Reagan years in the wild and woolly Boston rock scene. During this time, an ongoing interest in technology and introspection yielded two nationally distributed solo recordings, Lifeline and Cloud Chorus.

The 1990s brought new directions with tenure in Ibrahima's World Beat, documented on the release Sama Yie as well as a foray into eclectic improvised music with Packing For Egypt. In 1991, Bierylo replaced founding member Martin Swope in Birdsongs of the Mesozoic. Bierylo is currently a professor of electronic production and design at Berklee. His project studio, Virtual Planet, has been the source of music and sound design for numerous film, video, and multimedia projects over the last several years, serving clients such as Hasbro Interactive, Nintendo, and Nickelodeon. A recent project with Olive Jar Animation Studios yielded music and sound design for Universal Studios Island Of Adventure. The studio continues as a laboratory for ongoing research. Bierylo lives at home (not his studio) with wife, child, and three cats in lovely Brighton, Massachusetts. 

 

Admission: 
Free

Networking and Demo Creation

Thursday / October 27, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Assistant chair of Film Scoring Alison Plante will cover the what, where, why, how, and who of networking, and discuss what should and should not be on your demo. No sign-up required. Topics will include:

  • Why it's not what you know, it's who you know
  • Where and with whom to network
  • The introvert's guide to working a room
  • What not to do
  • Sustaining your network
  • Demo examples and tips 

Alison Plante started her music career at Romeo Music International, rising to senior vice president. In 1999 she founded Treble Cove Music, a music composition and production company. She has scored six educational television series for the Annenberg Channel; two History Channel specials: Bible Battles and Aftershock: Beyond the Civil War; the PBS special A Life Among Whales; national television ads for clients including GMAC, Animal Planet, the National Geographic Channel, Brown & Company, and Spaulding Sports; multimedia exhibits for Kodak, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Harvard Museum of Natural History; and several short films. An avid musician and composer from a young age, Plante was also an early adopter of music technology; she was one of the first to use the MIDI music notation program, Finale. She studied music at the University of Chicago and the University of Cambridge. Her skill in concert composition has been recognized with the Janet Gates Peckham International Award for Excellence in the Arts and the Menn Foundation Prize for an original literary or musical work. Plante was also senior web developer for the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics' Science Education Department. Her time there working closely with filmmakers, designers, and animators confirmed her interest in the convergence of digital media. Plante is now the assistant chair in the Film Scoring Department at Berklee.

 

   

 

Admission: 
Free

Turntable Technique: The Art of the DJ

Thursday / October 20, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

No sign-up required. Topics will include:

  • Confronting the evolution of the turntable as a musical instrument
  • Creativity, musicality, and mash-ups
  • A special performance by the Berklee Turntable Crew

In three decades as a DJ, record producer, composer, session player, music director, recording artist, engineer, and studio owner/designer, Stephen Webber has always strived to keep things fresh. He has performed with artists ranging from hip-hop pioneer Grandmixer DXT to bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs.

Webber authored the first book to approach the turntable as a musical instrument, and designed the country's first college-level curriculum on turntablism at Berklee College of Music, where he's welcomed Grandmaster Flash, Grand Wizzard Theodore, Chuck D, Roc Raida, Fab Five Freddie, DJ Swamp, and DJ Shadow as visiting artists. 

His cutting, scratching, and beat manipulations can be heard on numerous records and soundtracks, including two large-scale sample libraries for Big Fish Audio, Hip-Hop City, and Acid Jazz City. His six-volume Vital Vinyl series of tools for DJs have been used by thousands of DJs, including DJ Logic and the Yohimbe Brothers.

Webber has been featured on NBC's Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, NPR's All Things Considered, CNN Live, and the Mitch Albom Show, and has appeared in the New York Times, DJ Times, Rolling Stone, Source, XLR, and DJ Pro magazines. He has performed and presented workshops across the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia.

An Emmy Award–winning composer, Webber's Stylus Symphony premiered to a standing ovation at the Berklee Performance Center in November 2007. Webber received his bachelor of music in jazz studies from the University of North Texas, and his master of music in guitar performance. He has written for Mix Magazine, Electronic Musician, Remix, Audio Media, and Pro Sound News, and is the author of the new book DJ Skills: The Ultimate Guide to Mixing and Scratching on Focal Press

   

Admission: 
Free

Logic User Group: Alumnus Ralph Kinscheck/EPD student Jeremy Fonseca

Thursday / December 1, 2011 / 5:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

   

Logic User Group: Presented by Berklee alumnus Ralph Kinscheck and EPD student Jeremy Fonseca
Thursday, December 1, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., 150 Mass Ave, Media Lab. No sign-up required.

The Logic User Group at Berklee started a few semesters ago. They discuss topics on music production, MIDI sequencing, audio recording and editing in Logic. All are welcome, beginners and experts alike.

Ralph Kinscheck

Berklee alumnus Ralph Kinscheck is a teacher/trainer, keyboardist, performer/recording artist, audio engineer, video producer, technician, and businessman/entrepreneur.

As an Apple-certified Logic master trainer Kinscheck has taught classes up and down the East Coast, given clinics, and worked with all types of clients from local studio owners to editors from NESN, Comcast, and Hasbro. He is also cofounder of the Boston Logic Users Group.

Kinscheck has been in the music industry for over 30 years performing live and in the studio as a keyboardist as well as taking on management duties. He got his start in the Chicago area and having played the club circuit there and gaining local fame, Kinscheck eventually moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music. Since coming to Berklee he has performed throughout the New England area and taken part in a few recording projects that won local acclaim. His current project is a CD released on his own Jharck Records label, Grace with Jazz on Top.

He has run sound for events all over Boston including the Garden and Lowell Auditorium; produced CDs in various studios around Bostonand at his local home studio; and done sound design for various independent film releases.

For the last 10-plus years, Kinscheck has been producing videos for clients and lately or Berklee's Electronic Production and Design Department, where he works as a lab monitor. 

As a technician, he consults for various studios and independent producers throughout the Boston area.

Since 1998 Kinscheck has run Kinscheck Productions (KiP), a local production company in Massachusetts providing all the services mentioned above.

Jeremy Fonseca

Jeremy Fonseca, a sixth semester student at Berklee, is a pianist, producer, and electronica artist from Mumbai, India. 

Fonseca started the Logic Users Group at Berklee with EPD staff and alumni Ralph Kinscheck in fall 2010. 

In 2011 he scored and synthesized sound design sounds for a Brazilian gaming firm, and since then has been working on new sounds for their games on the iPad and Nintendo-DS platforms.

Fonseca plays for a progressive rock band, the Hoodwink Circle, in Mumbai. Currently, he is producing and recording songs for two new album projects—fusion music and goa psychedelic trance—while comepleting his studies at Berklee. 

Admission: 
Free

Creative Sound Design with Vocals: Alumna Kerry Leva

Tuesday / December 6, 2011 / 5:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

   

Creative Sound Designwith Vocals Presented by Alumna Kerry Leva

Tuesday, September 20, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

150 Mass Ave, Media Lab

No sign-up required

Check out vocal sound design techniques including stuttering, running vocals through long reverbs to make pads, using effects to morph vocals into more than just a straightforward instrument, and more, presented by Berklee alumna Kerry Leva.

 

Berklee College of Music graduate Kerry Leva has a bachelor of music degree in music synthesis and is currently a lab monitor in the Electronic Production and Design department. She is an electronic dance music producer and vocalist with releases on Anjunadeep, Armada Music, and Black Hole Recordings, and has twice made an appearance on the reknowned In Search Of Sunrise compilation series. 

 

 

 

Admission: 
Free

Practical Sound Design for Films and Games: Michael Sweet

Thursday / October 13, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

   

 

150 Massachusetts Avenue, Media Lab
No signup required

 

  • Fundamental Techniques for the Creation of Sound Design
  • Sound Design Tools and Software
  • Differences between SFX, Foley, and Sound Design
  • Notable Sound Design Moments that Shape Games and Films

As an associate professor in the Film Scoring Department at Berklee College of Music, Michael Sweet leads the development of game scoring curriculum. He is an accomplished game audio composer who is widely recognized for continued innovation in music and sound. Over the past two decades, he has been the audio director for more than 100 games.

Sweet was the cofounder and creative director of Audiobrain, a company dedicated to innovation with interactive sound design and music. As the founder of two separate companies dedicated to interactive audio, he has created numerous emotionally immersive award-winning experiences for games, broadcast, and sonic branding. He has also composed broadcast identities for numerous companies, including HBO, VH1, Comedy Central, CNN, General Motors, and NASDAQ. He is frequently a featured speaker at prestigious industry events.

 

Admission: 
Free

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