Clinics and Master Classes

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

David Rosenthal: Designing and Playing a Touring Keyboard Rig

Thursday / March 3, 2016 / 7:00 p.m.
22 Fenway
Room 112
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, the musical 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.

Imagine that your job is playing every synthesizer and keyboard part used in a major artist’s 30-year catalog of hit songs for a summer stadium tour. That could mean switching between hundreds of patches on dozens of instruments without a single hitch every night. Sound like a daunting task? Rosenthal has built his career on not only being a journeyman keyboard player but also a technical wizard capable of designing and programming touring rigs for artists like Joel and Bruce Springsteen as well as a synthesizer programmer for additional artists and Broadway shows. This session will provide an in-depth look at the hardware and software used in a modern touring rig and how synthesizer patches for an entire show are developed and maintained. Using the basic rig he uses on tour, Rosenthal will present a practical case study of how a deep knowledge of MIDI and synthesizer programming techniques is put to use in developing a reliable, professional system. This session is essential for anyone interested in performing with synthesizers, regardless of musical style.

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 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.

Rosenthal will also deliver master classes on the role of the music director and MainStage, Apple's performance synthesizer.

Admission: 
Free

String Recording Techniques Workshop

Friday / February 26, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
String Recording Techniques Workshop
Although the quality of today's virtual string libraries is very high, recording string players live can be a rewarding way to achieve natural-sounding string parts. In this workshop, we will record solo instruments and small string ensembles. Along the way we will look at some of the basic equipment needed to record in both project studios and at remote locations. We'll also discuss microphones and miking techniques.
 
Topics covered will include the following:
  • Pro Tools setup and prep
  • Required equipment
  • Setting up your session
  • Microphone selection and placement
  • Mono and stereo recording
  • Tempo mapping and video import
Admission: 
Free

Hey Rim Jeon: Solo Piano Improvisation of Keith Jarrett

Wednesday / March 2, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

As part of the Berklee Piano Department faculty showcase, Hey Rim Jeon, an assistant professor in the Piano Department, presents a clinic and performance on the solo piano improvisation techniques of Keith Jarrett. The presentation provides an introduction to Jeon’s new Keith Jarrett course entitled Solo Piano Improvisation of Keith Jarrett, which will be offered in fall 2016. Topics covered include discussion of a number of Jarrett’s early musical influences and analysis of selections from historic recordings including the Koln concert, the Sun Bear concerts, and the Solo Concerts: Bremen/Lausanne and La Scala.

In addition to Jeon’s demonstration of Jarrett’s unique improvisational techniques and playing style, the clinic will feature solo piano performances by two of Jeon's students, Jung-Mun Choi and Myungbum Seo. There will also be a Q&A at the end of the session.

Admission: 
Free

Next Generation Audio Editing with Melodyne 4

Tuesday / February 23, 2016 / 6:30 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Next Generation Audio Editing with Melodyne 4

Product expert Carlo Libertini comes to show off the new features of Melodyne 4, the latest version of this flagship audio editing software. With Melodyne you can adjust the pitch, timing, dynamics, and timbre of individual notes, even within chords. New features include the Sound Editor with its totally new sound design possibilities, DNA: Direct Note Access, and ultra-accurate tempo detection. Furthermore, Melodyne 4 Studio now also runs directly as a plugin within your digital audio workstation.

This event is supported by the Music Production and Engineering Department, the Audio Engineering Society student chapter, the Pro Tools Users Group of Boston (moderated by Dan Cantor and Sean Mclaughlin), and Parsons Audio.

Admission: 
Free

Marco Granados Masterclass at Berklee

Friday / February 26, 2016 / 5:00 p.m.
1140 Boylston St, Room 2Z2
Boston
MA
02215
It is with great pleasure that I announce the upcoming Masterclass with Marco Granados, to be held on Friday, February 26, from 5-7 pm, in 1140 Boylston, Room 2Z2.  This class will be sponsored by Haynes Flutes. The topic of the session will be  Classical Wind Techniques for the Jazz/World Music Performer.

 

Admission: 
Free

Music Therapy and Wellness Preview: Student-Led Music Experiences

Thursday / March 3, 2016 / 3:00 p.m.
Eisenson Room
160 Massachusetts Avenue, third floor
Boston
MA
United States
02215

These student-led experiences will serve as a preview of Music Therapy and Wellness: Flourishing With Music, the Music Therapy Department's spring symposium, taking place on March 4. Come and explore the many ways in which music therapy impacts wellness.

Admission: 
Free

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