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.
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.
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
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:
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.
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
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."