Clinics and Master Classes

Strategies for a Killer Arrangement: A Solo Piano Clinic with Tim Ray

Tuesday / March 3, 2015 / 4:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Playing solo piano is a tricky and demanding way to perform. To do it successfully, pianists must work on all the basic elements: melody, rhythm and time feel, harmony, tone, improvisation, and more. But the one skill all great solo pianists share that is often overlooked by students is mastering the ability to come up with a good arrangement. In this lecture and demonstration, Piano Department faculty Tim Ray will talk about and play through a myriad of musical textures, styles, and arranging devices that he utilizes in his solo piano work.

Admission: 
Free

Clinic with Polly Carl

Thursday / March 5, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Polly Carl holds the title of creative producer at Arts Emerson and is the director and editor of HowlRound: A Center for the Theater Commons at Emerson College. She will talk about her work at HowlRound and how community outreach is a new paradigm for all things artistic.

Admission: 
Free

Digital Performer Film Scoring Features

Friday / February 20, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Digital Performer is a sophisticated and comprehensive tool for film composers and offers features not found in other sequences. For film composers Danny Elfman and Michael Giacchino Digital Performer is the DAW of choice. 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 sound tracks, audio post production, surround mixing and other professional audio production tasks. Digital performer also allows you to import HD video files and work right along side your project. 
  • Digital Performer overview
  • Film scoring features including syncing SMPTE frame rate, markers, punches and streamers
  • Organizing multiple sequences in the "chunks" window all within one project 
  • Managing tracks and instrument plug-ins
Admission: 
Free

Reactive Audio in Video Games

Thursday / February 19, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Renzo Heredia of the Video Game Music Club and Austin DeVries of the Sound Design Network discuss the concept and execution of reactive audio in video games. The talk will cover production techniques in non-linear formats, implementation and middleware solutions, and real world project examples. Topics will include:

  • Non-linear vs. linear formats
  • Layering/branching/crossfading
  • How gameplay affects audio
  • Using FMOD with game builds in Unity
  • Implementation techniques with code
Admission: 
Free

Master Class with Dan Wilson

Friday / February 27, 2015 / 2:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Grammy Award–winning singer-songwriter, musician, and producer Dan Wilson will discuss his experiences with his diverse songwriting collaborators, including Adele, the Dixie Chicks, Spoon, Nas, and Taylor Swift, among many others. He'll also lend his wisdom on his songwriting style, where he finds inspiration, and how to develop an artistic practice, and he'll do a Q&A with audience members.

Wilson is known as the leader of the band Semisonic, for which he wrote the Grammy-nominated "Closing Time" and the international hit "Secret Smile.” He has received two Grammy Awards: one for the 2007 song of the year for "Not Ready to Make Nice," one of six songs he cowrote with the Dixie Chicks, and one in 2012 for his work as a producer on the hit "Someone Like You," which he cowrote with Adele.

Admission: 
Free

Polishing Your Score: Mockups, Mixes, & Dubs

Tuesday / February 17, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

What do we need to consider when producing our scores "in the box"? Emily Joseph, Natalia Perez, and Victoria Ruggiero of the Women's Film Initiative will explore the process of creating a professional cue beyond the actual notes themselves. By examining sampled instruments, the mixing process, and dubbing, they will share techniques for producing a stand-out cue. Topics will include:

  •  Techniques for creating realistic orchestral mockups
  •  Producing a clean mix with reverb, compression, and EQ
  •  Balancing the relationship between music and sound effects
Admission: 
Free

Dweezilla on the Road

Sunday / April 12, 2015 / 2:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Dweezil Zappa
Image courtesy of the artist
For the price of a fuzz pedal, attend this guitar master class and learn techniques from Dweezil Zappa, the son of Frank Zappa. His music camp, Dweezilla, has a motto: learn and destroy. It refers to destroying the boundaries that confine musical creativity. At camp, students are in total immersion for four days of music instruction. In a special event while on tour with Zappa Plays Zappa, Zappa will be previewing some of the guitar concepts he teaches at camp prior to each concert.

Zappa says, "I transformed my guitar technique before starting Zappa Plays Zappa out of necessity to play my dad's most sophisticated and challenging melodies. I've found a lot of exciting new approaches to the guitar. I started Dweezilla music camp as a way to share this information with guitarists. I'm excited to present an opportunity to share thoughts on my approach to guitar with students of all levels before each show on tour."

 
See a sample from Dweezilla here:

 

Master Class with Jacob Collier

Friday / February 6, 2015 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Join us for an evening with the one and only Jacob Collier – famous for his amazing YouTube videos in which he reimagines classic tunes and demonstrates immense skill in performing them on various instruments, most notably his voice.

Collier is a musician based in London. Inspired by many trades, his music combines elements of jazz, folk, acapella, trip-hop, classical music, Brazilian music, gospel, soul, and improvisation.

At age 14, Collier joined the Royal College of Music Junior Department as a composer. His love for harmony, rhythm, and improvisation brought him to discover jazz. Following this discovery, Jacob joined the Royal Academy of Music Junior Jazz Department as a pianist in September 2010 and also enrolled in the Purcell School where he studied composition, jazz piano, and voice.

It was around this time that Jacob began to share some of his music with the YouTube world and he has since gained a huge following worldwide with over 40,000 online subscribers from 156 countries and more than two and a half million YouTube views. His fan base includes such luminaries as Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Steve Vai and Take 6.

Admission: 
Free

Scoring & Sound Design Contest Spotting Session

Thursday / February 12, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
A spotting session is typically a meeting with the composer, music editor, executive producer, and, in feature films, the director and music supervisor. The purpose of the meeting is to pick the “spots” where there will be music in the television episode or film. For the Scoring & Sound Design Contest, we don't have the input of a producer or director but the spotting session is still an important part of the process. To help make this happen, the Film Scoring Network will present an interactive spotting session using the contest clip. This is a great opportunity to receive direction on where you might add music for your contest submission.
 
The Film Scoring Network is a collection of Berklee students who share an interest in film music and sound design, and have come together to learn from each other and make a presence in the film community. They connect with television, film, and media departments at other universities nationwide to offer a two-way learning experience by composing music or sound for students who want original scores for their projects.
Admission: 
Free

Orchestral Libraries Workshop

Thursday / February 12, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
When it comes to capturing the sound of the full orchestra with virtual instruments, we have many options to choose from. In this workshop, we will look at some of the leading virtual instruments and how they can be used create a convincing mockup. We will use Digital Performer as the DAW for this demonstration, but the concept is applicable in just about any other DAW.
 
Topics will include:
• Native Instruments' Komplete and the orchestral options it offers
• Vienna sample library
• Programming MIDI for a convincing mockup
• Basic routing and mixing techniques
• Building your virtual instrument library
Admission: 
Free

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