Clinics and Master Classes

Reactive Audio in Video Games

Thursday / February 19, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

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:

  • Non-linear vs. linear formats
  • Layering/branching/crossfading
  • How gameplay affects audio
  • Using FMOD with game builds in Unity
  • Implementation techniques with code
Admission: 
Free

Master Class with Dan Wilson

Friday / February 27, 2015 / 2:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

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.

Admission: 
Free

Polishing Your Score: Mockups, Mixes, & Dubs

Tuesday / February 17, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

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
Admission: 
Free

Dweezilla on the Road

Sunday / April 12, 2015 / 2:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Dweezil Zappa
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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."

 
See a sample from Dweezilla here:

 

Master Class with Jacob Collier

Friday / February 6, 2015 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Join us for an evening with the one and only Jacob Collier – famous for his amazing YouTube videos in which he reimagines classic tunes and demonstrates immense skill in performing them on various instruments, most notably his voice.

Collier is a musician based in London. Inspired by many trades, his music combines elements of jazz, folk, acapella, trip-hop, classical music, Brazilian music, gospel, soul, and improvisation.

At age 14, Collier joined the Royal College of Music Junior Department as a composer. His love for harmony, rhythm, and improvisation brought him to discover jazz. Following this discovery, Jacob joined the Royal Academy of Music Junior Jazz Department as a pianist in September 2010 and also enrolled in the Purcell School where he studied composition, jazz piano, and voice.

It was around this time that Jacob began to share some of his music with the YouTube world and he has since gained a huge following worldwide with over 40,000 online subscribers from 156 countries and more than two and a half million YouTube views. His fan base includes such luminaries as Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Steve Vai and Take 6.

Admission: 
Free

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.
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
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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

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