Lecture

Benedetto Guitars- Howard Paul

Wednesday / October 24, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Howard Paul will discuss the history of jazz guitar with assistance from Berklee guitar faculty.

Admission: 
Free

Optimal Performance Workshop

Tuesday / October 16, 2012 / 2:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Workshop on how to achieve optimal performance and manage performance anxiety. A few students will perform and be coached on stage by the presenter.

Admission: 
Free

Nikos Xanthoulis: Ancient Sounds of Greece

Friday / October 5, 2012 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

This event will feature Dr. Nikos Xanthoulis representing the Archeological Institute of America. The lecture includes scholarly discussion and demonstrations on early Greek musical instruments.

Admission: 
Free

International Collaboration: Indian Film and Pop Music Production

Wednesday / June 13, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Presented by EPD Faculty Member, Kai Turnbull.

Find out how international-Indian collaborations, from George Harrison and Ravi Shankar to Danny Boyle and A.R. Rahman, have resulted in new sounds and directions in popular music and visual media.

Presented by Electronic Production and Design faculty Kai Turnbull.

For more information please see the library website.

Admission: 
Free

ASCAP Day at Berklee Featuring Pat Irwin

Wednesday / April 25, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Steve Heck Room
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Film Scoring and Songwriting departments present an ASCAP Day at Berklee interview featuring critically acclaimed composer and songwriter Pat Irwin.

Pat Irwin has composed the scores for numerous independent films and cartoons, including Class of 300, the Emmy Award–winning series with Andre 3000 on the Cartoon Network, the classic Rocko's Modern Life on Nickelodeon, and the boundary-pushing ABC/Disney show Pepper Ann as well as SpongeBob SquarePants. Irwin has written music for such cutting-edge films as Bam Bam and Celeste, written, directed, and starring Margaret Cho; But I'm a Cheerleader; and My New Gun, starring Diane Lane and written and directed by Stacy Cochran. Irwin was a central figure in the New York "No Wave" era and played with both the Raybeats and Eight Eyed Spy. He later joined the B52s and recorded and performed with the band for 18 years. He most recently scored HBO's Bored to Death.

Admission: 
Free

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

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