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Interview with Rich Vreeland ’09 and Akash Thakkar ’12 via Skype

Thursday / April 20, 2017 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Interview with Rich Vreeland ’09 and Akash Thakkar ’12 via Skype
presented by the Sound Design Network and the Video Game Music Club
 
Join us for an interview with composer Rich Vreeland B.M '09 and sound designer Akash Thakkar B.M. ’12, two Berklee alumni who worked in tandem on the hit indie game Hyper Light Drifter. Developed by Heart Machine, this 2d action role-playing game pays homage to classic 8-bit and 16-bit video games, and is considered by its lead developer Alex Preston to best resemble a combination of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Diablo. Preston originally launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the game’s development for approximately $27,000 but ultimately raised more than $600,000, allowing the hiring of a full team of visual artists and audio specialists.
 
Rich Vreeland
Pulsing, ambient, nostalgic, oozing — these are some of the unique qualities critics have used to describe the film and video game music of Berklee alumnus Rich Vreeland, who is better known by his alias Disasterpeace. He is behind the recent and bold score to the horror film It Follows. He's gained a following from the independent film community, including positive reviews from Filmmaker Magazine, Moviepilot, and Entertainment Weekly. Rich also comes from a video game scoring background, and while he has credits for Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien and Hyper Light Drifter, he is perhaps best known for the 8-bit ambient soundtrack of FEZ, a popular independent game that was featured in Indie Game: The Movie. Vreeland began his college career in 2006 at Berklee College of Music and graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Synthesis. Eventually, he learned of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Game Lab and took advantage of the internship opportunities there. The work and dedication Vreeland puts into all of his opportunities has led him to the impressive portfolio he has at such a young age.
 
 
Akash Thakkar
Based in Seattle, WA, Akash has extensive experience in the indie game scene as a composer and sound designer, with credits including Hyper Light Drifter, Infinifactory, Ironclad Tactics, Gnomoria, Freedom Planet, City Quest, and more. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Akash has given talks at dozens of PAX events, MAGFest, PopCap Games, TEDx, and more. He also teaches as a game audio professor at the Seattle Film Institute and is constantly looking for new ways to spread his knowledge within the game industry.
Admission: 
Free

Copyright 101

Wednesday / April 19, 2017 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Copyright 101
hosted by George Howard, Associate Professor, Music Business/Management
with guest panelists Kyle Thornton, Berklee and Jennifer Marr, Harvard Law School
 
co-sponsored by the Music Law & Mangement Club.
 
Join us for a discussion delving into the basics of copyright. This talk will address several questions. Do I need a copyright? What can I do with my copyright? What are the different types of copyright? Can I collect royalties? What is a PRO? What is the impact of streaming on copyright? Come learn how copyright impacts you as a music professional.
 
George Howard is an associate professor of management at Berklee College of Music. Howard is the COO of Norton, LLC, the parent company of Wolfgang's Vault, Daytrotter, Concert Vault, and Paste Magazine. He has managed Carly Simon, a Grammy- and Oscar-winning singer-songwriter, and advised Mark Isham, a Grammy- and Emmy-winning composer. Howard was an original founder of TuneCore, and was the president of Rykodisc. He has written a number of books on the music industry, including Getting Signed! An Insider's Guide to the Record Industry and Music Publishing 101.
 
Kyle Thornton is a Berklee artist who leads the group Kyle Thornton & The Company. No longer one of Boston’s best-kept secrets, Soul/Hip-Hop collective Kyle Thornton & the Company has performed at festivals such as Lollapalooza, while tens of thousands of people on YouTube have viewed their videos of original and cover songs.
 
Jennifer Marr is a member of the Class of 2018 at Harvard Law School. She is the industry relations chair of the Recording Artists Project, an orginization that aims to provide musicians with free legal counsel.
Admission: 
Free

OMI Members Tech Review

Friday / March 10, 2017 / 10:00 a.m.
195 Chrystie Street
New York
New York
United States
10002
Open Music Background

Members will meet to review and comment on version 1.0 business requirement specifications recommended from the five OMI Working Groups. Additionally use cases for proof of concept implmenetations will be presented. 

All members of OMI are encouraged to join us, and contribute to the discussion. Coffee and lunch will be provided.

Agenda:

9:30 a.m. Registration

10:00 a.m. Agenda and Updates (Panos Panay)

10:05 a.m. Summer Lab 2017 (Michael Hendrix)

10:20 a.m. Minimum Viable Interoperability (MVI) 1.0 Objectives (Dan Harple)

10:40 a.m. Break

10:50 a.m. Company Presentations from MVI 1.0 OMI Member Partners (Dubset, BigchainDB, Round Hill Music)

11:30 a.m. Lunch

12:00 p.m. Toolbox for API Specifications (Gavin Nicol, and Erik Beijnoff - Spotify)

12:50 p.m. Working Groups Breakout Session

2:40 p.m. Working Groups Present Back (Facilitators: Daan Archer and George Howard)

3:45 p.m. Break

4:00 p.m. OMI Member Townhall Discussion (Facilitators: Panos Panay, Dan Harple, Michael Hendrix, George Howard)

4:30 pm Adjourn


 

Please visit open-music.org for more information and FAQs.

Admission: 
OMI Members

Music Tech Meetup: Next Generation

Wednesday / March 15, 2017 / 6:30 p.m.
Workbar
45 Prospect Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02139

This Music+Tech Meetup will center around connecting the new generation of student techies with industry experts, sparking new relationships and ideas. 

Event Overview: 

6:30 - 6:45: Arrive and snag some hot pizza! 

6:45 - 7:00: Open Pitches lasting 2-3 minutes per person (sign up sheet will be available at the entrance)

7:00 - 7:45:  Brainstorming Activity covering topics such as

1. Live music: How might we reinvent the live music experience with new technologies?

2. Music therapy: How might we heal people using music and technology?

3. Musical instruments: How might technology change the way we create music?

4. How might technology create new ways to experience music?

7:45 - 8:00: Optional Presentations, Keynote from student led startup, EchoMe

8:00 - 9:00: Open Network

This Meetup is co-hosted by The Student Entrepreneurship Association and BerkleeICE.

Admission: 
FREE

Sarangi and Hindustani Music Workshop by Suhail Yusuf Khan

Tuesday / April 18, 2017 / 12:45 p.m.
Room B41, Multipurpose Hall 150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02115, United States
MA
02115

The sarangi, one of the oldest and most popular string instruments in Hindustani (North Indian classical) music, is known to be one of the most demanding string instruments to play. It is also the only instrument in the world that can emulate all the nuances of the human voice. Played with a bow, this instrument has three main strings and 37 sympathetic strings. 

Suhail Yusuf Khan, a sarangi prodigy, started to play the instrument when he was 7 years old. The grandson of the sarangi legend Ustad Sabri Khan, and nephew of sarangi genius Ustad Kamal Sabri, his professional career took off at age 11 when he played his first live concert in Liverpool, England. 

Ever since, Khan has toured extensively in India, across Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the U.S. Having played with artists like Steve Vai, James Yorkston, and John Thorne, Khan has transcended musical and cultural boundaries as a music composer, instrumentalist and singer. A musician who delves heavily into experimentation, and integrates musical influences from all over the world into his playing, Khan is the first of his kind to fuse ancient classical music from India with genres as varied as jazz, rock, electronic, and Irish music. 

Berklee India Exchange is proud to host Khan as he conducts a master class on Hindustani music and the sarangi. He will also be one of the featured guest artists in the Berklee Indian Ensemble spring concert, Bridges, on May 9.

Admission: 
FREE

Beyond BTOT: Spirituality in the Classroom

Thursday / April 27, 2017 / 1:00 p.m.
The Loft
939 Boylston St.
Boston
MA
United States

The Beyond BTOT series offers our community opportunities to continue conversations that began at our annual faculty development conference and to learn together through collaboration.

 

Spirituality in the Classroom
Presented by John Funkhouser (Professor, Ear Training), Linda Chase (Professor, Liberal Arts) and Jon Hazilla (Professor, Percussion)
 
Does your spiritual practice and belief system affect your teaching? In a pluralistic institution such as Berklee, how do you address and nourish the spiritual growth of your students while respecting differences in religious and cultural backgrounds and spiritual languages? What ways have you found to bring your spiritual practice to life in the classroom? Whether you practice prayer, meditation, yoga, Tai Chi, music, or any other spiritual or mind/body practice, join us for this inclusive roundtable discussion. Share your stories and hear from colleagues about how their spiritual practices and beliefs affect their teaching in positive ways. All are welcome, whether or not you attended the January BTOT session.
 
At January’s BTOT session, we spent most of the session hearing everyone’s personal stories and thoughts about their spiritual practice and philosophy.  At this session, we hope to move more toward discussion of how and to what extent these practices and viewpoints affect our day to day teaching.

 

This event is open to faculty, chairs and deans. Lunch will be provided.

RSVP by Monday, April 24 to reserve your seat. 

Admission: 
Free

Move Fast and Break Things: A Conversation with Jonathan Taplin

Saturday / April 22, 2017 / 3:30 p.m.
Club Passim
Palmer Street and Brattle Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138

Jonathan Taplin graduated from Princeton University and began his work producing concerts for Bob Dylan and the Band. He later moved to film, producing Martin Scorsese's first major feature film, Mean Streets. His work in documentaries and feature films has been nominated for Academy and Golden Globe awards, and was chosen for the Cannes Film Festival six times. 

Currently, Taplin serves as the director of the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab and has just published his book Move Fast and Break Things: How Google, Facebook, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy. The book tells the story of how a small group of libertarian entrepreneurs began in the 1990s to hijack the original decentralized vision of the Internet, in the process creating three monopoly firmsFacebook, Amazon, and Googlethat now determine the future of the music, film, television, publishing, and news industries. 

Admission: 
Free

Course Evaluation Info Session

Monday / April 24, 2017 / 1:00 p.m.
Steve Heck Room
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Dear faculty, chairs, program directors, and anyone interested in learning more about students' evaluation of their courses:

Please join us for a lunch session on Student Course Evaluations, hosted by Institutional Research and Assessment and Faculty Development.

Learn about the course evaluation process itself, ways to interpret the results, and strategies for using the evaluations to improve your teaching.

Lunch will be served. 

Please RSVP here or send an email to institutionalassessment@berklee.edu.


 

Admission: 
Free

Suzanne Ciani on Humanizing Technology

Tuesday / April 18, 2017 / 6:30 p.m.
22 Fenway
22 Fenway, Room 112
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02215

Dual Buchlas

Women, Technology, and Creativity present a discussion with Suzanne Ciani on humanizing technology.

About Suzanne Ciani
Suzanne Ciani was an early pioneer of electronic music in the United States. She studied composition at the University of California at Berkeley and computer music at Stanford with John Chowning and Max Matthews. She began working with synthesizer designer Don Buchla in the early 1970s, and her knowledge and passion for the Buchla synthesizer led to a very successful career as a synthesist and commercial sound designer. Throughout the 1970s, her work led to the creation of iconic sounds for commercials and video games.

In 1981, Ciani became the first woman to score a major full-length Hollywood release, Lilly Tomlin’s the Incredible Shrinking Woman. In 1982 she began a career as a solo artist producing instrumental music that combined electronic and acoustic instruments, picking up five Grammy nominations and numerous industry awards. Her career has come full circle with a return to her electronic roots, performing solo modular synthesizer concerts in the past two years. She was a featured artist at Moogfest 2016, and a documentary film of her career is currently in production.

Admission: 
Free

Creative Entrepreneurs Conversation: Exploring the Links Between Music and Food

Thursday / April 20, 2017 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Brother Cleve, '73, cocktail expert and DJ
Tracy Chang, chef at Pagu
Youji Iwakura,'94, chef at Kamakura, formerly of Uni
Jason Bond, chef at Bondir

Innovative chefs who have worked with or as musicians, including Berklee alumni who have made it in the food world, will discuss the intersections between music and food. Examine the history of multisensory dining, learn about the emerging field of crossmodal psychology. The event will include a tasting of a new food and music pairing by Berklee EPD faculty Ben Houge and chef Tracy Chang.

Panelists will include:

  • Jason Bond, Chef at Bondir
  • Tracy Chang, Chef at Pagu
  • Brother Cleve ’73, cocktail expert and DJ
  • Youji Iwakura ‘94, Chef at Kamakura, formerly of Uni
Admission: 
Free

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