Lecture

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

Film Scoring Contest Kickoff

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

   


 

150 Mass Ave, Media Lab

No sign-up required

  • Aesthetics of film scores
  • Approaches to scoring
  • Music as a story-telling device
  • Film Scoring Contest details

With a presentation by George Clinton and Dan Carlin, the seventh annual Film Scoring Contest begins Tuesday, September 27. For the contest, Berklee students compose and record an original score to a short film, and compete for prizes totaling nearly $3,000.

In conjunction with the contest, the annual networking event (this year titled Music and Sound for Visual Media Networking Event) will happen on Saturday, November 5. Over 200 people will be in attendance ranging from Berklee students, to professional and student filmmakers, to film school faculty from all over New England. Watch for further details in the coming weeks. To participate in this year's Film Scoring Contest, go to http://learningcenter.berklee.edu after 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27, and click on the Film Scoring Contest banner.

George S. Clinton

George S. Clinton began his professional musical career as a songwriter, arranger, and session musician in Nashville, while earning degrees in music and drama at Middle Tennessee State University. The summer after graduation, Clinton attended the Atlanta Pop Festival and, upon hearing Joe Cocker perform "With a Little Help From My Friends," left his native Chattanooga, bound for Los Angeles and ready to rock and roll.

Clinton became a staff writer for Warner Brothers Music, with songs recorded by such artists as Michael Jackson, Joe Cocker, and Three Dog Night; continued arranging and session work; and, as a recording artist, did albums for MCA, Elektra, ABC, and Arista. The critically acclaimed George Clinton Band attracted the attention of a movie producer, giving Clinton the opportunity to score his first film, Cheech and Chong's Still Smokin', and, later, Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers.

He developed his craft scoring "ninja" movies for Cannon Films, and network and cable television movies and miniseries, writing for a wide range of genres and musical styles. The soulful, erotic jazz for Zalman King's Showtime anthology Red Shoe Diaries developed quite a following, and brought more public awareness.

His musical inventiveness and versatility in both orchestral and popular idioms have allowed him to contribute memorable scores to such diverse films as the hit comedy Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery and its blockbuster sequels and the hit martial arts fantasy Mortal Kombat and its sequel. Other noteworthy projects include John Waters's A Dirty Shame; Disney's holiday hits The Santa Clause 2 and The Santa Clause 3; and the sexy thriller Wild Things.

Most recent projects include the Emmy Award-winning Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Hometown Glory, The Tooth Fairy, Extract, and Salvation Boulevard. In addition, Clinton has written several concert works; three musicals; and is proud to serve as an advisor at the Sundance Composers Lab. Awards include a Grammy nomination, an Emmy nomination, and 9 BMI Film Music Awards, including their highest honor, the Richard Kirk Career Achievement Award.

Dan Carlin

Chair of the Film Scoring Department at Berklee since 2007, Carlin has worked as an Emmy-winning music editor (Under Siege); Emmy-nominated music director (The Temptations); and conductor, music supervisor, soundtrack producer, or consultant on over 100 projects, including such multiple award-winning films as An Officer and a Gentleman, Days of Heaven, The Black Stallion, Sister Act, The Body Guard, Steel Magnolias, The Last of the Mohicans, What's Love Got To Do With It, and Bruce Almighty. He served two terms as chair of the Recording Academy's Board of Trustees (the Grammys) and over 20 years as a member of the Motion Picture Academy's Music Branch Executive Committee (the Oscars). Dan cofounded, and for 25 years was CEO of, Segue Music, the industry's largest independent provider of on-set and post-production music services. In addition, he served as executive director of the Henry Mancini Institute; has taught at UCLA, UCONN, and Belmont; and has lectured or served on panels at USC, NYU, MIT, CSU Northridge, and Loyola of New Orleans, as well as at institutions in Ireland and India. Dan cofounded the Sundance Institute's Composer Lab and was a charter member of the UCLA Film-Scoring Advisory Board.

Admission: 
Free

Scoring and Production Techniques for Visuals Presented by the Film Scoring Network

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

   

 

150 Massachusetts Avenue, Media Lab
No signup required

The Film Scoring Network, one of the largest and most active clubs on campus, presents a night of film scoring techniques with highly talented Berklee faculty and members of the FSN. Techniques that will be discussed include sequence setup, specific film scoring technologies, dramatic scoring to picture, and much more. 

 

 

Admission: 

Melodyne Overview with Audio Engineer and Melodyne Trainer Carlo Libertini

Tuesday / November 29, 2011 / 5:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

   

Melodyne overview with audio engineer and Melodyne trainer Carlo Libertini on Tuesday, November 29, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., 
150 Massachusetts Avenue, Media Lab. No sign-up required.

Topics include:

  • What is Melodyne and why you should care
  • The user interface and how to begin
  • Vocal pitch correction and beyond
  • Audio as MIDI
  • Direct Note Access aka DNA

Carlo Libertini  is and audo engineer, avid Melodyne user, and freelance trainer for the software. He has presented demos and done training at Universal Studios, the 2010 ASCAP Expo, Flyte Tyme Records (behind Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson), and many other locations. 

 

Admission: 
Free

Alternate MIDI Percussion Controllers

Tuesday / October 18, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

   

 

150 Massachusetts Avenue, Media Lab
No signup required

Mario DeCiutiis, president of Alternate Mode, manufacturer of the malletKAT, drumKAT, panKAT, and trapKAT, will demonstrate using alternate MIDI percussion controllers such as the trapKAT XL and the malletKAT 7KS to control samples and loops in Ableton Live, Kontakt 5, Kore, and Motif XS. He will present new "gestures" in performance that translate into a whole new vocabulary of sound!

 

Admission: 
Free

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