Clinics and Master Classes

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

Christiano Galvão

Wednesday / March 11, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
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Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

In this clinic, Brazilian drummer and author Christiano Galvão will demonstrate exercises from his book, Creative Brazilian Drumming.

Born in 1971 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Galvão is one of the most in-demand drummers in Rio. He has been building a solid musical career for more than twenty years. Inventive, creative, and drawing from pop, rock, instrumental, and modern Brazilian music, his drumming is well known due to his collaborations on records and tours with some of Brazil's top artists, including Simone, Zélia Duncan, Jorge Vercilo, Marina Lima, and Celso Blues Boy, among many others.

Galvão started out a self-taught drummer but later had private lessons with great drum teachers such as Ronaldo Alvarenga, Damaso Cerruti, Pascoal Meirelles, and Márcio Bahia. He studied at the Brazilian Music Conservatory in Rio de Janeiro and at the Drummers Collective in New York in 1994, attending workshops with Simon Phillips, Dave Weckl, Steve Smith, and Omar Hakim. In 2006 in partnership with bassist Alexandre Cavallo, he released the solo CD 1+1, an instrumental album highlighting the performances of the drums and bass within some popular Brazilian rhythms. His instructional book, Creative Brazilian Drumming, is a drum guide to exercises and grooves based on Brazilian rhythms.

Galvão regularly performs his drum clinics throughout Brazil and writes instructional articles for Brazilian drum magazine Modern Drummer Brasil. He also teaches and performs as an artist in residence at the University of Michigan, and he is finishing his master's degree in music education at UNIRIO University in Rio de Janeiro.

Admission: 
Free

Intro to Sound Design for Film & Games

Thursday / February 5, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Sound Design Network is a student club that focuses on sound design for film and games. This event will introduce the concept of designing and using sound as a narrative device in media. It will also explore the specifics of creating sound for film and video games and introduce some of the top sound designers in the industry. 

Topics will include:
  • What is sound design?
  • Sound design techniques for film vs. games
  • Sound designers everyone should know
  • Examples of some of the top sound work in today’s film and games

This presentation is brought to you by David Lin, Austin DeVries, and Lucas Alexiades of the Sound Design Network.

Admission: 
Free

Clinic: Music from the Colombian Andes

Thursday / February 19, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Ensamble Conclave
Image courtesy of the artist

Colombian group Ensamble Conclave will present a clinic focusing on music from the Colombian Andes with a contemporary twist, highlighting their approach to creating original arrangements of traditional songs, dances, and more. 

All top interpreters and professors of Colombian music, these performers will introduce Berklee students to traditional Andean rhythms, forms, instruments, and styles through lively audience participation. This clinic will include demonstrations along with written and aural examples.

The clinic is cosponsored by Berklee's Latin Music and Culture Celebration, the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, the Woodwind Department, the Office of External Affairs, the Office of Institutional Advancement, and the Office of Global Initiatives.

Admission: 
Free

Gaby Moreno Meets Berklee

Monday / March 9, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
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Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Gaby Moreno, Latin Grammy Award winner for Best New Artist 2013, will share her experience with the Berklee community in this clinic. Her music is a mix of jazz, blues, soul, and folk with strong influences from R&B and her Latin roots. Recently she was signed by Metamorfosis (an independent record label from superstar Ricardo Arjona) and distributed by Warner Music.

Among other achievements, Moreno won the prestigious John Lennon Songwriting Contest as best Latin song of the year. She has shared the stage with many notable artists including Bono, Hugh Laurie, Tracy Chapman, Ricardo Arjona, and Jorge Drexler.

Admission: 
Free

CANCELED: Mike Posner Clinic

Wednesday / February 18, 2015 / 11:00 a.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
CANCELED: This event has been canceled.

Singer-songwriter and producer Mike Posner will do a presentation about songwriting, production, and the music business, followed by a brief Q&A and song reviews for selected students.

Posner's debut album, 31 Minutes to Takeoff, included the top 10 single "Cooler Than Me" as well as "Please Don't Go" and "Bow Chicka Wow Wow." He is also known for writing songs for big names such as Maroon 5, Justin Bieber, Pharrell Williams, Big Sean, and Snoop Dogg, among many others.

Admission: 
Free

Sound Design with Reason

Friday / January 30, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Reason has a great collection of synths, samplers, and effects that can be used to create unique sounds for film and games. In this workshop, we'll go over how you can get started with these tools and begin crafting your own sounds.

Admission: 
Free

Creative Scoring Techniques with Kontakt

Friday / February 6, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Kontakt 5 is the latest version of Native Instruments advanced sampler loaded with lots of factory stocked samples but it is also a great tool for designing effects. Join us for a look into Kontakt 5 specifically for scoring techniques and unique ways of using this powerful sampler to get the desired results for film cues and special effects.

Admission: 
Free

Networking & Portfolio Creation

Tuesday / February 3, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Join us as Elise MacDonald of the Career Development Center, Emily Joseph from the Women's Film Initiative, and Learning Center Training Manager Blair Pershyn discuss preparing your portfolio as well as strategies for networking and building contacts. Get some ideas to put into action at our upcoming Connecting Sound & Picture networking event for music, sound, and visual media artists on Friday, February 13.

Admission: 
Free

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