Clinics and Master Classes

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Wednesday / April 15, 2015 / 12:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Join us for this panel discussion and presentation from visiting aritst Richie Hawtin and members of the electronic production and design community.

Admission: 
Free

iZotope RX & Iris – Spectral Showcase

Thursday / April 2, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Join us as Brandon Carroll, Product Specialist for iZotope shares some of the invaluable and unique features of the company’s flagship spectral tools, RX 4 and Iris 2.
 
Since its release, iZotope RX has proven to be a game changer in the world of audio restoration and repair. From individual sound editors to large production teams for major motion pictures such as The Hobbit, iZotope RX is an invaluable tool for fixing common audio problems like noises, distortions, and inconsistent recordings. It’s like Photoshop, but for audio.
 
Composers, sound designers and producers were floored when iZotope created Iris, a new and unheard of virtual instrument. Leveraging the technology that fuels RX, Iris combines the power of a sampler, the flexibility of a modular synth, and the fun of spectral filtering. Using either the included 11GB of samples or your own recordings, you can create an instrument with sounds that are truly your own.
Admission: 
Free

Mixing with Waves Plug-Ins

Tuesday / March 31, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Heard on hit records, major motion pictures, and popular video games worldwide, Waves’ cutting-edge software and hardware processors are used in every aspect of audio production, from tracking to mixing to mastering, broadcast, live sound, and more.

Join us as Luke Smith from Waves showcases how to use their unique plug-ins for contemporary workflows. In particular, Luke will be focusing on some of the exciting new plug-ins announced at NAMM, including the Butch Vig Vocals Signature plug-in, DBX 160 compressor/limiter and H-Verb hybrid reverb.

Admission: 
Free

Where's the "One"? A Clinic with Tony Smith

Thursday / April 2, 2015 / 4:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

As part of Percussion Days, Tony "Thunder" Smith presents a clinic on manipulating rhythms in four/four time with odd time groupings.

Admission: 
Free

You and the Drums and the Music

Friday / April 3, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Marko Djordjevic
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Drummer Marko Djordjevic presents a clinic that is part presentation, part performance, and part open-forum discussion dedicated to the drums and their relationship to music. Non-drummers are strongly encouraged to attend. What they hear from drummers may bring them a step closer to understanding us and our beloved instrument. In return, their insights will shed new light on how other instrumentalists view drums and drummers. 

Djordjevic is a Serbian-born drummer, composer, and band leader based in New York City. He has recorded on over 50 albums (four CDs and one DVD as a leader) and has performed with multiple artists including Matt Garrison, Wayne Krantz, Jonah Smith, Clarence Spady, and Lucky Peterson,  among others. He was recently featured in the book The New Face Of Jazz: An Intimate Look at Today's Living Legends and the Artists of Tomorrow alongside some of the most important figures on the contemporary music scene. Djordjevic is the author of the critically acclaimed DVD Where I Come From and the book The New Frontier, both distributed by Alfred Music Publishing. In addition to his busy performing schedule, he teaches at the Drummer's Collective in New York City as well as at his private studio.

Admission: 
Free

Licensing and Taxation for Self-Employed Music Professionals

Wednesday / April 8, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Todd Gardner
Todd Gardner
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Does the thought of setting up your own business as a self-employed musician make you break out in a sweat, especially around tax time? Come learn the ins and outs with Todd Gardner, Berklee faculty member in the Music Business/Management Department. He will discuss the following:
  • Going into business in California and other U.S. states
  • Choosing the proper entity and the steps in forming a sole proprietorship (SP), general partnership, limited liability company (LLC), and corporation, with particular attention paid to SP and LLC
  • Filing for a business license in various cities and counties
  • Hiring employees, collaborating with others, and common tax issues
  • Finding free or inexpensive resources for the process in Los Angeles or anywhere else you find yourself  
Gardner has spent more than 20 years as a musician, business consultant, litigator, mediator, facilitator, lecturer, and problem solver. His experience varies widely and includes contracts, environmental and health law, administrative enforcement, entertainment law, after-school media and arts programs for at-risk youth, litigation in both civil and criminal cases, interagency negotiations, community disputes, workplace conflicts, business development, and licensing and land-use disputes. He has also been an official NGO observer in the United Nations Framework Climate Change Convention in Copenhagen, Denmark. When not engaged in those pursuits or teaching in the Music Business Department at Berklee, he is the drummer for the JD Moffat Quartet.
Admission: 
Free and unticketed

Skype Call with Mike Morasky

Thursday / March 26, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The life and career of Mike Morasky, perhaps best known for his work on Team Fortress 2 and the groundbreaking Portal and Left 4 Dead series of games from Valve Corporation, sounds a lot like one of the post-modern audio collages he is so fond of creating — teenage guitar player in a bar band in Montana; award-winning experimental composer in Tokyo; audio hardware programmer in Silicon Valley; underground art rocker touring the world; 3D animator and director for television; electronic audio collage artist in France and Japan; visual FX artist on The Lord of the Rings and Matrix trilogies; AI animation instructor at an art college. These days, Mike is doing some combination of all these things at Valve.

Admission: 
Free

The Many Faces of Samba

Friday / April 3, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Berklee faculty member Alberto Netto presents a clinic on spicing up samba grooves on the drum set. As Brazilian music has spread in popularity, drummers around the world and in many musical genres are incorporating these addictive rhythms into their music. Learn how percussion rhythms evolved and developed into the distinctive Brazilian sound, and how to transfer them to the drum set.

Admission: 
Free

James Murphy: Solid Soloing Using the Glue Method

Friday / April 3, 2015 / 4:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Many drummers struggle with the art of soloing and the ability to play a solo freely and musically without the constant burden of which idea to play next. In this clinic, James Murphy, Berklee assistant professor and drum set player for the Blue Man Group Boston, will discuss and demonstrate his glue method of soloing, which he developed to connect set ideas at fast note rates without hesitation. When practicing, the development of this method is very structured and mechanical. However, it transforms into freedom behind the kit as you add more set ideas and glue stickings to your bag. A selection of vocabulary, combined with muscle memory, creates the freedom to mix, match, and connect these ideas spontaneously into a seamless flow of thoughts while soloing. With this method, come and go freely in and out of the groove, or leave the groove and create a solo based on an endless stream of set ideas and glue stickings.

Murphy graduated from Berklee with a bachelor of music degree in performance in 2003. Upon graduation, he quickly immersed himself in the Boston music scene as an active player, educator, and clinician. In addition to his busy performing schedule, Murphy is a sought-after drum set instructor. In addition to teaching at Berklee, he has maintained a full rooster of private students at his drum school, Stix Drum Instruction, located in Essex, Massachusetts. He also started PeaceAndDrums.Com to accommodate his demand as an instructor: the site offers pre-recorded video lessons for beginner, intermediate, and advanced players with lesson topics including technique, fills, and grooves. Murphy’s unique teaching methods are shared with readers around the globe, too, as an educational contributor to Modern Drummer Magazine.

Admission: 
Free

Analogue Heaven

Sunday / May 10, 2015 / 12:00 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Sponsored by the Electronic Production and Design Department, Analogue Heaven is a gathering for synthesizer enthusiasts to share their interests in analogue, modular, virtual analogue, and DIY synthesizers and controllers. This event will allow members of the Berklee community and the general public an opportunity to experience unique, one-of-a-kind synthesizer systems. The day will conclude with an informal performance opportunity for participants.

Admission: 
Free

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