Lecture

Guerrilla Production Techniques: Recording

Thursday / June 2, 2011 / 6:00 pm
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 pm
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 pm
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 pm
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

James G. Zafris Distinguished Lecture for Music Business/Management

Friday / February 25, 2011 / 12:00 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The 2011 Zafris Lecture: A&R and Artist Development Strategy for a Changing Music Industry
Featuring James Diener, CEO/President of A&M/Octone Records

Following a successful nine-year stint at Columbia Records, where he rose to become vice president of A&R and marketing, James Diener founded the independent label Octone Records. His vision was to give artists the best of both worlds—majors and independents—building success over time with less emphasis on immediate sales. Octone's holistic approach to artist development became the subject of two case studies published by Harvard Business School, and the label is now home to both platinum-selling bands such as Maroon 5 and Flyleaf, and developing bands such as K'Naan and Hollywood Undead. The label was spotlighted at the recent MIDEM conference for the branding deal it secured for K'Naan with Coca-Cola that brought the band into Coke's massively successful World Cup 2010 campaign. As the man behind Octone/A&M, Diener is clearly on the cutting edge among music industry leaders.

The Zafris Lecture is sponsored by the Music Business/Management Department.

 

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The Power of Music Therapy

Thursday / February 24, 2011 / 11:00 am
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Power of Music Therapy highlights the views and accomplishments of the faculty of the Music Therapy Department. This presentation will include lecture, music, film excerpts, and discussion by Music Therapy Department faculty and invited guests.

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Meditation and Mastering the Inner Art of Performance

Sunday / April 4, 2010 / 2:00 pm
Fordham Road Studio
25 Fordham Road
Allston
MA
United States
02134

In this special two-hour seminar, Josh Summers will present both theoretical and practical meditation methods to develop the inner capacities of performance. Topics include:

  • Stress reduction and enhanced creativity. Mindfulness meditation substantially reduces stress, develops psychological resiliency, and supports physical health, from which creative possibilities naturally flow.
  • The meditative mind as precondition for the development of expertise. We fear failure; yet without failure, expertise is not possible. Knowing this and understanding how to work with the fear of failure are two very different things. Meditation develops an integrative program of "failure tolerance" to ingrain the habit of relaxed acceptance and immediate creative renewal in the face of adversity.
  • Dissolve performance anxiety and end the tyranny of perfectionism. Performance anxiety manifests as intense physical sensations and relentless negative thinking. And this anxiety is intimately linked with the tyranny of our "inner critic." Meditation weakens these inner demons and replaces them with good, reliable allies.

Since his early days as a jazz saxophonist, Josh Summers has been fascinated by the intersection between meditation and performance. He lives in Boston as a mindfulness consultant, yoga instructor, and acupuncturist. Josh recently coauthored The Buddha's Playbook: Strategies for Enlightened Living.

This event is presented by the Performance Division.

 

 

Admission: 
Free and open to the public

Zafris Lecture: Gerry Barad

Friday / February 26, 2010 / 12:00 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Gerry Barad

The 2010 James G. Zafris Distinguished Lecture for Music Business/Management will be given by Gerry Barad, chief operating officer, Live Nation Global Touring. The title for this year's lecture is Concerts/Touring: Past, Present, and Future.

Barad will give insights gathered from his long career in the live music industry, where he has been an integral part of the acquisition, production, merchandising, budgeting, sponsorship affiliation, and execution of concert tours of some of the biggest names in live touring, including U2; Madonna; the Rolling Stones; the Police; Sting; David Bowie; Barbra Streisand; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; Neil Young; Peter Gabriel; Pink Floyd; the Who; Rush; Shakira; Joni Mitchell; Paul McCartney; Bette Midler; and the Area Festival. 

Following his talk, Barad will be interviewed by professor Jeff Dorenfeld, for an in-depth discussion of the business of touring, including new uses of technology and industry consolidation.

Reception to follow.

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Between Barack and a Hard Place: Racism in the Age of Obama

Wednesday / February 11, 2009 / 12:00 pm
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Tim Wise—one of America's most vocal and prolific anti-racism speakers and authors—presents this vital and thought-provoking lecture. Presented by the Office for Cultural Diversity.

Admission: 
Free

Between Barack and a Hard Place: Racism in the Age of Obama

Thursday / February 12, 2009 / 12:15 pm
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Tim Wise—one of America's most vocal and prolific anti-racism speakers and authors—gives this vital and thought-provoking lecture. Presented by the Office for Cultural Diversity.

Admission: 
Free

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