Lecture

Reaktor 101 with EPD Student Peter Brown

Thursday / June 23, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Reaktor opens a universe of sound. It's a deep and powerful modular studio that sets no restrictions on creativity. More than 70 unique synthesizers, sound generators, grooveboxes, sequencers, and effects are at your fingertips, with 3000+ more freely available in the online user library. Customize existing instruments or create your own individual sound generator from scratch thanks to the fully modular architecture. Reaktor is a true playground for the creative mind.

Topics covered:
• What is Reaktor?
• Synth and sampler fundamentals
• Reaktor for music and sound design
• Building a patch
• How you can use Reaktor in the Learning Center

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Free

A Conversation with Neeraj Khajanchi via Skype

Tuesday / June 21, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Multi-platinum engineer, Grammy nominee, and Berklee alumnus Neeraj Khajanchi has had the pleasure of working with many industry professionals, including Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Jamie Foxx, Randy Jackson, the Killers, John Legend, Damian Marley, One Republic, Pink, Britney Spears, and Timbaland.

Khajanchi has a diverse international background and education. His family is East Indian, he was born in Los Angeles, California, and he was raised in Japan. At 15, Khajanchi moved back to the U.S. and landed a career-changing high school internship under world-renowned music producer Phil Ramone, who has worked with musical legends Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Barbra Streisand, and Quincy Jones. His internship was "a huge foot in the doo," Khajanchi says, because it enabled him to get into his highly competitive degree program, and it helped jumpstart his career. After high school, Khajanchi attended Berklee, where he double majored in music production and engineering and music business. Khajanchi committed himself with fierce focus and finished the intense five year program in three years. He graduated with his B.A. in May 2004.

After a much-needed two month vacation, Zoe Thrall, the manager at the legendary Hit Factory recording studio in New York, interviewed Khajanchi for a general assistant position. She hired him the very next day. Within three months, she promoted him to assistant engineer. Khajanchi was the last general assistant promoted before the studio closed. Once it did, he left New York to work at the Hit Factory in Miami, Florida. While in Miami, he received credit on his first major project, Gonzalo Rubalcaba’s new album, Solo (Blue Note), winner of the 2006 Latin Grammy for best Latin jazz album.

Although Khajanchi enjoyed working with the diverse clientele at Miami’s Hit Factory, he sensed more budding opportunities out west. Khajanchi’s instincts were correct. Not even six months after his relocation to Las Vegas, Nevada, Khajanchi landed his second major project working alongside the Killers on their sophomore album, Sam's Town (Island Def Jam). Before the album was even released, it proved to be highly anticipated. iTunes declared it the #1 pre-ordered album thus far.

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Hear Cape Cod

Monday / June 27, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Rowley Public Library
141 Main St.
Rowley
MA
United States
Steve Wilkes at Marconi Beach

Professor of percussion Steve Wilkes—a former Blue Man Group drummer—presents a talk and discussion about his Hear Cape Cod project, an attempt to capture aural snapshots of the Massachusetts cape region over a one-year period concluding in fall 2011.

Cape Cod faces many potential challenges and developments in the years ahead, from rapidly advancing coastal erosion to the possible implementation of the Cape Wind project. With this in mind, Hear Cape Cod will provide a means to listen to the Cape, as it exists in time, now.

Hear Cape Cod is supported by the Newbury Comics Faculty Fellowship.

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Hear Cape Cod

Tuesday / June 14, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Truro Public Library
7 Standish Way
North Truro
MA
United States
Steve Wilkes, at Marconi Beach

Professor of percussion Steve Wilkes—a former Blue Man Group drummer—presents a talk and discussion about his Hear Cape Cod project, an attempt to capture aural snapshots of the Massachusetts cape region over a one-year period concluding in fall 2011.

Cape Cod faces many potential challenges and developments in the years ahead, from rapidly advancing coastal erosion to the possible implementation of the Cape Wind project. With this in mind, Hear Cape Cod will provide a means to listen to the Cape, as it exists in time, now.

Hear Cape Cod is supported by the Newbury Comics Faculty Fellowship.

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Wobbles, Womps, and Wizardry with Ableton Live Suite 8

Tuesday / June 14, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Wobbles, Womps, and Wizardry with Ableton Live Suite 8
with EPD alumnus Encanti

 

Berklee Electronic Production & Design alumnus Ben Cantil (http://verminstreet.com/encanti) returns for an Ableton Live User Group session, presenting a complete production and performance tutorial for current electronic dance music, using Ableton Live Suite 8 instruments and effects. This session is open to all, and new Live users are encouraged to attend. Live is a versatile, extremely interactive sequencing and audio manipulation application. Check it out!

Topics covered:

  • using suite instruments and effects
  • automation, production, editing
  • drum programming
  • synth design
  • interactive performance design
  • working with video
  • mixing and remixing
  • mastering tracks
  • philosophy


Sign up for a Learning Center training session on how to use Live.

 

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Free

Guerrilla Production Techniques: Mixing

Thursday / June 9, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

For the second 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

Thursday / June 2, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

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

• Mics/audio interface
• Gear/set-up, session organization
• Recording

Admission: 
Free

Song Production with Today's Music Software

Thursday / May 26, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

An overview of production tools available on the Berklee laptops and in the Learning Center workstations. In this forum we will present an in-depth look at a recording session file and break down all the elements at work in the production of a song. Topics addressed will be GarageBand, Logic, Reason, Digital Performer, Native Instruments, Kit Core, audio pitch correction and autotuning, time correction, and mixing tools like equalization, reverb, and compression.

Admission: 
Free

Suzanne Hanser and Susan Rogers: Music and Our Emotions

Thursday / April 21, 2011 / 6:30 p.m.
Monterey Jazz Festival
United States

How does music move us? Faculty members Suzanne Hanser and Susan Rogers present research on music and emotions.

Music reflects the human social-emotional brain, but how? Is music a cognitive fashion accessory—something that the advanced brain does for fun? Or does music tap a powerful emotional mechanism in the human brain? How do we regulate emotions with music and why do we listen to sad songs? Susan Rogers will present leading researchers' thoughts on how and why music and emotions are linked and discuss the implications for music-makers.

Music moves us in ways that are both obvious and mysterious. In her work as a clinical music therapist and researcher, Suzanne Hanser presents a variety of clinical cases whereby people are deeply moved by music, to the extent that they overcome deep physical and emotional distress. She presents research to support changes in emotion, and poses theories to explain how music gains its power to influence the way we feel.

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Admission: 
Free

Punk Out: If You Wish, If You Can!

Thursday / March 3, 2011 / 5:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Punk is all about keeping it short, so this two-hour event will get straight to the point in exploring the genre. Berklee associate professor Mirek Kocandrle, author of Pop/Rock: Sounds and Vibes of the 20th Century, and Marci Cohen, music journalist and Berklee librarian, will give a multimedia presentation on punk's musical and social roots and manifestations, from the garage rock of the '60s, to its peak in the '70s, to its ongoing influence. Come ready to question the authorities.

Admission: 
Free

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