Lecture

Practical Sound Design for Films and Games: Michael Sweet

Thursday / October 13, 2011 / 6:00 pm
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 pm
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 pm
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. 

 

 

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Melodyne Overview with Audio Engineer and Melodyne Trainer Carlo Libertini

Tuesday / November 29, 2011 / 5:00 pm
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 pm
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

Guerrilla Production Techniques: Mixing

Tuesday / October 11, 2011 / 6:00 pm
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

   

 

150 Massachusetts Avenue, Media Lab
No signup required

For the third and final forum of our Guerrilla Production Series, we will finish off our recording with a final mixed production, discussing:

  • EQ, compression, limiting, reverb, delay
  • Critical listening
  • Volume, panning, blending
  • Monitors, headphones, listening environment
  • Automation
  • Introduction to mastering
Admission: 
Free

Guerrilla Production Techniques: Recording

Tuesday / October 4, 2011 / 6:00 pm
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

   

 

150 Massachusetts Avenue, Media Lab
No signup required

In part two of our three-part Guerrilla Production Techniques series we will record a live ensemble, walking through the setup process step-by-step, covering:

  • Mics/audio interface
  • Gear/setup, session organization
  • Recording
Admission: 
Free

Digital Performer Film Scoring Features

Wednesday / September 28, 2011 / 6:00 pm
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

   

Presented by MOTU Product Specialist Dave Roberts
150 Massachusetts Avenue, Media Lab
No signup required

Digital Performer lets you record, edit, arrange, mix, process, and master audio and MIDI tracks side by side for songwriting, studio production, live performance, film and television soundtracks, audio post-production, surround mixing, and other professional audio production tasks. Topics include:

  • Digital Performer overview
  • Film scoring features including syncing SMPTE frame rate, adding markers, and punches and streamers
  • Managing tracks and instrument plugins
Admission: 
Free

Technology of Modern Music Production

Thursday / September 29, 2011 / 6:00 pm
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

   

Presented by Berklee Faculty Member Prince Charles Alexander
150 Massachusetts Avenue, Media Lab
No signup required

Three-time Grammy-winner and Berklee faculty member Prince Charles Alexander discusses recording technology, including:

  • History of recording technology
  • Music production models and components
  • Microphones and modifiers
  • History of recording media
  • Synthesizers, samplers and DAWs
  • Careers in the music production industry

Prince Charles Alexander is an associate professor in the Music Production and Engineering Department at Berklee College of Music, where he teaches advanced production and mixing. From the early to mid-'80s, he produced, wrote, and recorded on Virgin Records with his group Prince Charles and the City Beat Band. Alexander was an early innovator of wind synthesis and a part of the "punk-funk" generation that incorporated many of the devices that would propel rap music to the forefront of the American music scene.

He is a sought-after recording and mixing engineer whose clients include Mary J. Blige, Destiny's Child, Faith Evans, P. Diddy, the Notorious B.I.G., Usher, Boyz II Men, Brandy, Babyface, Sting, Aretha Franklin, Usher, Brian McKnight, and others. Alexander has garnered more than 40 platinum and gold certifications from the RIAA and has three Grammys and seven Grammy nominations from NARAS. He holds an adjunct instructor position at New York University's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, has taught audio technology at the Institute of Audio Research, and is a frequent lecturer at the City College of New York in Manhattan. Alexander is a member of the Producers and Engineers Wing of the Grammy Committee Board of Governors, the Audio Engineering Society (AES), and the Musicians Union Local 802 in New York City. He holds a bachelor's degree in political science and music technology from Brandeis University.

Admission: 
Free

SmartMusic Overview

Tuesday / September 20, 2011 / 6:00 pm
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

   

Presented by Berklee Faculty Member Ross Ramsay
150 Massachusetts Avenue, Media Lab
No signup required

SmartMusic is award-winning interactive music software that provides the ideal practice environment. With a subscription to SmartMusic (included in the tuition for all Berklee students), students have unlimited access to the world's largest accompaniment library for all ages and skill levels, which includes thousands of pieces of music.

Ross Ramsay, faculty in the Piano Department at Berklee College of Music, has been teaching piano for 25 years, and has been included in the Who's Who List of American Teachers several times. He composes and produces music for local and nationally broadcast television, radio, cable, and video programs, and has been a featured soloist on piano and keyboards with various artists touring throughout the United States and Europe. Ramsay is a product specialist and clinician for Yamaha Corporation of America, Digital Musical Instruments, and Pro Audio Division. He received a bachelor of music from Berklee in 1986.

Admission: 
Free

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