Michael Moss

Assistant Professor
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"When you have a killer song, and you have fantastic musicians, and the recording's sounding really good, when you're done, you have this almost magical thing—a physical representation of musical artistry. The synthesis of great equipment and great music, with the right atmosphere to facilitate creativity—it's just such a pleasure to be a host to that."

"I try to teach complex concepts in a plain-language, simple way, so that students understand the processes behind the techniques that engineers and producers use. Humor can be a great tool. I'll march around or use a strange voice to act out the part of electrons, or parts of a circuit."

"I teach exactly what happens in the real world, and I'll summarize what's going on in my recording studio that week—the good and the bad. I acquaint students with the business process; how we estimate how long jobs will take, how we do bids, what the competitive market place is like; how we engineer and master audio, what equipment we use. In the summer, I have an associate's program, where I'll hire four or five extra engineers from the student body, or from qualified applicants who send me resum├ęs. I generally hire some of those students after graduation. Out of the six engineers I have working now, five of them are Berklee grads."

"The ultimate test is when they get out in the real world, will they sink or will they swim? And I'm very happy with what I see. What's happening here—it's just getting better all the time."

 

 

Career Highlights

 

  • B.M., M.M., New England Conservatory of Music
  • Founder and owner of Soundscape Productions, audio production facility specializing in audio for the educational, medical, and technology fields
  • Composer of more than 130 scores for children’s audio books—recognized by the industry with three Grammy nominations, an Audie Award, and an Oppenheim Platinum Certificate
  • Accomplished woodwind instrumentalist
  • Extensive touring experience with Cab Calloway and his orchestra and numerous traveling rock bands
  • Performances with Bo Diddley, Gil Evans, the Four Tops, Aretha Franklin, Matt "Guitar" Murphy, and Frankie Valli
  • Member of the Boston Horns Big Band, the White Heat Swing Orchestra, and numerous freelance groups
  • Recordings with Cab Calloway and his orchestra, the Joe Mulholland Sextext, and numerous session recordings