Clinics and Master Classes

Gadi Sassoon: Working for Hire - Knowing What Your Client Wants

Wednesday / March 2, 2016 / 12:00 p.m.
Rm. 440, 161 Mass Ave
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Whether you’re producing music for film, video games, a recording artist, or advertising, one of the most important skills you’ll need to develop is being able to understand and deliver exactly what your client needs in any given situation. In this session, visiting artist Gadi Sassoon will share some of his experiences working with high end clients though his association with Ninja Tune.

You’ll learn how to prepare and position yourself to market your skills and how to effectively work with a client once you’ve landed a gig. Gadi will present case studies of projects he’s worked on and answer questions about making the transition from student to working professional.

Admission: 
Free

Lulacruza

Thursday / March 10, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Lulacruza

Lulacruza, an electronic folk duo operating at the junction of the modern and the ancient, blending shamanic and ritualistic influences with folk and electronic music, presents a performance and clinic.

Lulacruza is Alejandra Ortiz from Colombia and Luis Maurette from Argentina. The two met in 2005 at Berklee College of Music and bonded over a deep connection with ritual music. They soon formed Lulacruza with Ortiz serving as songbird and playing native instruments from a wide spectrum of cultures. Maurette complements her with electronic processing and sequencing as well as percussion and charango. For their live show, they recently incorporated Pablo Paz (Argentina) on bass, electronics, and percussion.

Lulacruza has performed in over 50 cities in five countries and is rooted in the transformational and electronic music festival scene in the United States, playing at Lightning in a Bottle, Beloved, Decibel and Chicago World Music Festival. They’ve shared the stage with top musicians such as Thievery Corporation, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Beats Antique, Juana Molina, and Dakha Brakha, to name a few. In 2007, they were chosen as Today’s Top Tune on Jason Bentley’s Morning Becomes Eclectic on KCRW. They have released six albums: Do Pretty! (2006), Soloina (2008), an EP of remixes called Canta (2009), Circular Tejido (2011), Esperando el Tsunami: Visual Album (2015), and Orcas (2015). 

Admission: 
Free

Building Your Web Portfolio

Wednesday / March 2, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
An artist’s website is an essential tool for promotion, serving as both portfolio and business card. Whether you are a composer, songwriter, engineer, or performer, there are several technologies you can leverage to your advantage online. Presented by Elise MacDonald from the Career Developement Center and Blair Pershyn from the Learning Center, this clinic will look at some of the many choices available for you to build a site and craft your online presence. We'll examine template-based site platforms such as Wix as well as audio/video sharing tools such as Soundcloud and YouTube. Along the way, we’ll also discuss social media and getting the most out of your LinkedIn profile.
Admission: 
Free

Rui Penha - Lecture on Spatium and Ambisonics

Wednesday / March 2, 2016 / 4:00 p.m.
22 Fenway
22 Fenway
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02215

Spatium is a set of free, open source and modular software tools for sound spatialization using ambisonics. Spatium adds spatialization features for multiple DAWs and MaxMSP. Join us for what will be a fascinating lecture and listening session

http://spatium.ruipenha.pt

Composer and performer of live electroacoustic music, Rui Penha was born in Porto, in 1981. He completed his PhD in Music (Composition) at the University of Aveiro, where he worked under João Pedro Oliveira. His music is regularly recorded and played in festivals and concert halls around Europe and North America, by musicians such as Arditti Quartet, Peter Evans, Remix Ensemble or the Gulbenkian Orchestra. He was a funder and curator of Digitópia (Casa da Música) and has a deep interest on music technology. His recent production includes interfaces for musical expression, sound spatialization software, interactive installations, musical robots, autonomous improvisers and educational software. He taught at several Portuguese Institutions (DeCA - UA, ESMAE - IPP, ESART - IPCB, ULP), and is currently an assistant professor at FEUP and researcher at INESC TEC.

More info at http://ruipenha.pt
 

Admission: 
Free

Presentation on Software Development for The Concert for 100 Mobile Devices

Monday / February 29, 2016 / 4:00 p.m.
Rm. 404, 161 Mass Ave
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Composer and performer of live electroacoustic music, Rui Penha will make a presentation on the software development for the forthcoming Concert For 100 Mobile Devices presented by the Berklee Interdisciplinary Arts Institute (BIAI).

Rui will explain how the software will allow the audience to perform new interactive works using the a.bel application running on iOS devices (iPhones/iPads). The concert will begin with a rehearsal with audience participation and will conclude with a performance of mobile compositions by BIAI students Nikhil Singh, Blake Adelman, Sakura Tsuruta, Landy Gao, Peder Barratt-Due, Ian Duclos, Lee Gilboa, Jonathan Koh, and composers Carlos Guedes (NYU Abu Dhabi), Rui Penha (Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science, Portugal) and Neil Leonard (Artistic Director, BIAI).

Rui was born in Porto, in 1981. He completed his PhD in Music (Composition) at the University of Aveiro, where he worked under João Pedro Oliveira. His music is regularly recorded and played in festivals and concert halls around Europe and North America, by musicians such as Arditti Quartet, Peter Evans, Remix Ensemble or the Gulbenkian Orchestra. He was a funder and curator of Digitópia (Casa da Música) and has a deep interest on music technology. His recent production includes interfaces for musical expression, sound spatialization software, interactive installations, musical robots, autonomous improvisers and educational software. He taught at several Portuguese Institutions (DeCA - UA, ESMAE - IPP, ESART - IPCB, ULP), and is currently an assistant professor at FEUP and researcher at INESC TEC.

More info at http://ruipenha.pt
 

Admission: 
Free

Gadi Sassoon - Listening Session and Demo Derby

Wednesday / March 2, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
Steve Heck Room
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Electronic Production and Design Department, is hosting an artist residency with EPD Alum Gadi Sassoon, a.k.a Memory 9. Gadi is an in-house composer and music director for JIM Bespoke, part of Ninja Tune. During his visit, Gadi will be making class visits as well as giving presentations open to the entire EPD community.

Listening Session and Demo Derby With Gadi Sassoon

A big part of producing music and getting paid is being able to work with a client to understand what a project needs, and coming up interesting, creative solutions. In this informal listening session, visiting artist Gadi Sassoon will play some examples of his work and present case studies on how the pieces were developed. Students should bring examples of their own work for a critique during this session

Gadi Sassoon

Gadi Sassoon is a composer working for Just Isn’t Music, Ninja Tune’s publishing arm, specialised in electronic music and orchestral writing. He holds a BA in Music Synthesis and Composition from the Berklee College of Music and an MA in Sonic Arts from Middlesex University. Sassoon has published several solo records as Memory9, and regularly collaborates with high profile recording acts in the UK and the US. His work has been heard on games, TV shows, adverts and trailers worldwide. He has realised sound installations for museums and galleries in Italy, the US, the UK, Germany, Spain and China, and has lectured at Berklee, Milan’s European Design Institute and the Shanghai Normal University.

 

Admission: 
Free

Gadi Sassoon - Advanced Sound Synthesis and Professional Studio Practice: A Working Composer’s Perspective on Usability and Parameter Mapping

Tuesday / March 1, 2016 / 6:30 p.m.
22 Fenway
22 Fenway
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02215

The Electronic Production and Design Department, is hosting an artist residency with EPD Alum Gadi Sassoon, a.k.a Memory 9. Gadi is an in-house composer and music director for JIM Bespoke, part of Ninja Tune. During his visit, Gadi will be making class visits as well as giving presentations open to the entire EPD community.

Advanced Sound Synthesis and Professional Studio Practice: A Working Composers Perspective on Usability and Parameter Mapping

Contemporary composers and sound artists enjoy unprecedented choice in tools. In the last 15 years fast CPUs and a fertile consumer market have made advanced DSP processes widely available out of the box and in real-time on generic hardware. Intuitive UIs make once esoteric operations commonplace. Specialized hardware still offers powerful synth engines and interesting tactile surfaces. Apps for smartphones and tablets provide fully capable engines for a few pounds. Countless bottom-up projects keep launching new instruments and interfaces. The burgeoning Eurorack modular scene is bringing fresh, weird and wonderful synthesis ideas to life.

But what what makes a good instrument, particularly a synthesis based one? Is it accessibility or power? Flexibility or immediacy? Are these aspects necessarily at odds? What matters most to the musicians that spend their lives mastering these tools? And are there gaps that still need to be filled? The propositions of this seminar will focus on the key mediating ingredients of any synthesis based tool: interface and parameter mapping. It will aim to provide some perspective on the balance between usability and depth of operation from the point of view of the end user.

An overview of advanced tools will be presented, with specifics from the speaker’s own practice, together with a discussion of their pros and cons in the context of a professional composer’s routine. The aim will be to present what’s lost and what’s gained in different design approaches to synthesis based instruments, and suggest considerations that programmers, engineers and designers can make to empower professional users.

Gadi Sassoon

Gadi Sassoon is a composer working for Just Isn’t Music, Ninja Tune’s publishing arm, specialised in electronic music and orchestral writing. He holds a BA in Music Synthesis and Composition from the Berklee College of Music and an MA in Sonic Arts from Middlesex University. Sassoon has published several solo records as Memory9, and regularly collaborates with high profile recording acts in the UK and the US. His work has been heard on games, TV shows, adverts and trailers worldwide. He has realised sound installations for museums and galleries in Italy, the US, the UK, Germany, Spain and China, and has lectured at Berklee, Milan’s European Design Institute and the Shanghai Normal University.
 

Admission: 
Free

Gadi Sassoon - The Modular Synthesizer: A Sound Designer’s Secret Weapon

Monday / February 29, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
Rm. A59, 150 Mass Ave
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Electronic Production and Design Department, is hosting an artist residency with EPD Alum Gadi Sassoon, a.k.a Memory 9. Gadi is an in-house composer and music director for JIM Bespoke, part of Ninja Tune. During his visit, Gadi will be making class visits as well as giving presentations open to the entire EPD community.

The Modular Synthesizer: A Sound Designer’s Secret Weapon

Eurorack modular synthesizer systems are becoming an essential part of an electronic musician’s arsenal. With the number of modules available, the possible combinations to make up a system are almost infinite. Each artist needs to make decisions on the design of a system that will become the heart of their compositional sound palette. In this session, Gadi Sassoon will have his traveling modular system, and he will go through his choice of modules, and strategies for sound design and composition.

Gadi Sassoon

Gadi Sassoon is a composer working for Just Isn’t Music, Ninja Tune’s publishing arm, specialised in electronic music and orchestral writing. He holds a BA in Music Synthesis and Composition from the Berklee College of Music and an MA in Sonic Arts from Middlesex University. Sassoon has published several solo records as Memory9, and regularly collaborates with high profile recording acts in the UK and the US. His work has been heard on games, TV shows, adverts and trailers worldwide. He has realised sound installations for museums and galleries in Italy, the US, the UK, Germany, Spain and China, and has lectured at Berklee, Milan’s European Design Institute and the Shanghai Normal University.

Admission: 
Free

David Rosenthal: The Role of the Music Director

Wednesday / March 2, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
The Boston Conservatory
31 Hemenway Street, Theater T401
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02215
David Rosenthal '83

The Electronic Production and Design Department and Alumni Affairs are hosting an artist residency with Berklee alumnus David Rosenthal '83, the music director for Billy Joel. During his visit, Rosenthal will make class visits as well as give presentations open to the entire Berklee and Boston Conservatory communities.

Rosenthal is a classically trained pianist whose career trajectory has taken him to concert halls and stadiums around the world with major pop and rock artists. For the last 23 years, he has worked with Joel, and he’s been his musical director for the last six. His dynamic tenure with Joel includes the current record-breaking residency at Madison Square Garden and all of the sold-out tours with Elton John. Rosenthal has also worked with Robert Palmer, Cyndi Lauper, Enrique Iglesias, Rainbow, and Whitesnake, among many others, and worked on countless TV shows, concert videos, and video clips as well as on Broadway shows. He has been nominated for two Grammy Awards and has numerous gold and platinum albums to his credit.

For this workshop, titled A Matter of Trust: The Role of the Music Director in a Major Touring Musical Group, Rosenthal will share his story of building an impressive career on a foundation of outstanding musicianship, music technology skills, and a positive work ethic. He’ll talk specifically about the role of music director in a modern touring act and how to develop the broad range of skills needed to fill this essential role. Rosenthal is an outstanding role model for musicians of all backgrounds, and we welcome students from both The Boston Conservatory and Berklee College of Music to this special event.

Rosenthal will also deliver master classes on touring keyboard rigs and MainStage, Apple's performance synthesizer.

Admission: 
Free

David Rosenthal on Apple’s MainStage, Performance Synthesizer of the Gods

Thursday / March 3, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02215
David Rosenthal '83

The Electronic Production and Design Department and Alumni Affairs are hosting an artist residency with Berklee alumnus David Rosenthal '83, the music director for Billy Joel. During his visit, Rosenthal will make class visits as well as give presentations open to the entire Berklee and Boston Conservatory communities.

In this clinic, entitled Apple’s MainStage: Performance Synthesizer of the Gods, he will discuss the music application and its uses. Once upon a time, a touring keyboard player traveled with road cases packed with the synthesizer modules needed to cover all the sounds used in a show. As laptop computers became more powerful, keyboard players looked to simplify their rigs. Apple’s MainStage has become the touring standard with artists as diverse as Billy Joel and Nine Inch Nails. The power of MainStage lies in its ability to integrate any software plugin into a performance setup that can be instantly recalled on stage. During the clinic, Rosenthal will address how he uses the power and flexibility of MainStage, running off a laptop, on tours around the world. He will also demonstrate how he creates live-performance instruments in MainStage and get you started on creating your own customized performance setups.

A keyboardist as well as a musical director, Rosenthal has been a member of Joel’s band since 1993. His dynamic tenure with Joel includes the current record-breaking residency at Madison Square Garden and all of the sold-out tours with Elton John. Rosenthal is also musical director for Ethan Bortnick and has toured and/or recorded with Robert Palmer, Cyndi Lauper, Enrique Iglesias, Rainbow, and Whitesnake, among many others. He was the associate musical supervisor and synthesizer programmer for all four productions of the Tony Award–winning Broadway musical Movin' Out.  As a synth programmer, his credits include Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys, and Joel. As an orchestrator, his credits include Joel, Phil Ramone, Rainbow, and Yngwie Malmsteen. Other career highlights include countless TV shows, concert videos, and video clips; the Broadway production of A Tale of Two Cities; two Grammy nominations; and numerous gold and platinum albums.

Rosenthal will also deliver master classes on touring keyboard rigs and the role of the music director.

Admission: 
Free

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