Electronic Production and Design Faculty

Jeff Baust

Also affiliated with:: Berklee Online (available courses)
jbaust@berklee.edu | 617 747-8585

"The technology and tools of music synthesis are changing at an incredible speed. Berklee has been really good at making sure that students have the latest tools in their hands, both in the studios and through the Berklee laptop program. No matter what the tool, however, faculty know and impart upon the students the commonalities of all of those tools. We don't teach just the button pushing for today's technology, but how to achieve effective music and sound design with any set of tools. We want students to sit down at the newest synthesis software tool, and say, 'I know what I'm looking for; the question is, where are they hiding it?'"

Michael Bierylo

Also affiliated with:: Berklee Online (available courses)
mbierylo@berklee.edu | 617 747-8275

"I developed an elective called Sound Design for Animation. . . . Mass Art students studying animation pair off with Berklee students and collaborate on developing sound design for their projects. It's interesting to watch Berklee students negotiate with Mass Art students, not just about what the music and sound is going to be—there's also timetables and scheduling meetings and the whole idea of the interpersonal relationship you have. How do you talk to a visual artist? How do you listen to what he's saying and parse that into specific musical ideas? That's the kind of stuff I could go into a classroom and do a lecture on, but you really don't learn it until you start doing it with people."

Richard Boulanger

rboulanger@berklee.edu | 617 747-2485

"For me, music is a medium through which the inner spiritual essence of all things is revealed and shared."

Michael Brigida

mbrigida@berklee.edu | 617 747-8127

"The technology changes; the concepts do not change. The foundational concepts do not change, but it’s easy to bypass those concepts and get on to the great sounds."

Brian Cass

bcass@berklee.edu | 617 747-6353

"I want my students to understand that a good sound designer, like a good painter, has the talent to see the world in a special way, break it down, then recreate it." 

Stephen Croes

scroes@berklee.edu | 617 747-2992

"Music technology is a very interdisciplinary part of Berklee. To produce music in our studios and labs, we engage all aspects of contemporary musicianship and skills taught throughout the college, all of Berklee's essential offerings in terms of musical analysis, performance, improvisation, and composition."

Matthew Davidson

mdavidson@berklee.edu | 617 747-6352

"I spent most of my professional life in the music software industry, so I know firsthand how quickly technology evolves. I teach the generalized concepts underneath the technology so my students can apply what they learn to any future technology they’re going to encounter."

David Doms

Also affiliated with:: Berklee Online (available courses)
ddoms@berklee.edu | 617 747-8516

"It's a nice spot to be in, to be able to draw back on some of the things in the analog world, some of the physical tools we've had post-World War to now, but also to have this whole digital tool set. It's pretty incredible. We've realized how crucial it is for the student to get exposed to this, even the ones who aren't synth majors. Part of what we do is to make sure those students get exposure and learn how to use what's on their laptop, which is pretty extensive."

Ben Houge

bhouge@berklee.edu | 617 747-6233

"Innovation in music technology is not just about teaching tools; it’s about ideas. Tools come and go, but if you understand the underlying concepts, you’ll be able to apply them to tools that haven’t been invented yet or, even better, invent your own."

Neil Leonard

Professor; Artistic Director of the Berklee Interdisciplinary Arts Institute, Electronic Production and Design
nleonard@berklee.edu | 617 747-8402

"I believe in intuition and inspiration, and in luck. But what do you do when you don't have those? You've still got to get the job done. I zero in on strategies for doing this in my classes."

Steve Maclean

Also affiliated with:: Berklee Online (available courses)
smaclean@berklee.edu | 617 747-8114

"Some people have stereotypes that electronic music is just about dance beats, but there's a ton of music you can make using these technologies. One ensemble I'm now teaching focuses on compositions using electronic instruments and processes. Advanced students are writing their own software and doing all sorts of things in all genres. Using the technology is the thread that holds the ensemble together, often with fascinating results!"

Chris Noyes

cnoyes@berklee.edu | 617 747-2298

"I'm constantly in learning mode. There is no, 'Now I know everything I need to know and I'm just going to work.'"

Thomas L. Rhea

trhea@berklee.edu | 617 747-2487

"To be really successful—to be a professional—requires a form of controlled fanaticism."

Jay Rinaldi

jrinaldi@berklee.edu | 617 747-2782

"Be inquisitive. Open your eyes, open your minds to things you don't necessarily know even exist."

Kai Turnbull

Also affiliated with:: Berklee Online (available courses)
kturnbull@berklee.edu | 617 747-8401

"Technology is a tool and, ultimately, when mastered it can become transparent. It takes time and discipline to learn, of course, but this is no different from other musical skill sets. On the piano, for example, one develops technical proficiency through the practice of specific exercises and repertoire with the aim to ultimately express oneself fluently and effortlessly. It's the same way with music technology. You have to spend the time required to get the fundamentals-the principles that work behind it-to really know it inside and out, in order to support those unexpected and creative leaps of imagination."

Jeffrey Williams

jdwilliams@berklee.edu | 617 747-8480

"I can sit here till I'm blue in the face, show you how I do it, tell you why I do it, and give you example after example of why this is cool, but it's up to you to spend the time to get your head around this concept. That's when it's going to become yours."