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NESCom Video Production Students & Faculty Work On Red Bull Frozen Rush

Video Production Student Chris Rancourt

Video Production Student Chris Rancourt

NESCom Instructor Steve Vachon

NESCom Instructor Steve Vachon

Students studying video production at NESCom got some real (chilly) world experience as utility on on the recent Red Bull Frozen Rush off-road truck race event at Sunday River in Newry, ME. The event, which was filmed for broadcast, included Red Bull athletes Ricky Johnson and Bryce Menzies driving the slopes of Sunday River on January 10th. Drivers that dared face the course found a variety of jumps, banked turns, slalom gates and a wild over-under gap jump.

Working the event were students Chris Rancourt and Jack White, both of which were hired by Boombox Productions to work utility on the event. Set up took a week of hard labor running cables and setting up for each camera position. Also working the event was NESCom Video Production Instructor Steve Vachon who was so close to the action a camera op that “…when a passing truck would strike the concrete retaining wall, I could feel the wall nudge against my camera position”.

The event will air nationally this Sunday at 3PM on NBC. For more information on the Frozen Rush series, visit

President’s Blog – Spring Semester Begins

It was hard to believe that classes were going to begin tomorrow. For the last two weeks of the New Years break, NESCom was been humming with activity, faculty and students. Last Saturday we worked in the Gracie to present a TedTalks event with students from John Bapst Memorial High School.



This weekend, again on Saturday, it seemed like classes were in full gear. The recording studio was the site of laying down vocal tracks with Associate Professor Walter Clissen, student Elijah Gudroe, Grammy award winner Christopher Tin and the Anonymous 4.

The Live Truck and its blended crew of professional, faculty and students was broadcasting a Husson basketball doubleheader for Channel 7/Fox from Newman Gymnasium. This was our first use of the newly installed optical fiber backbone and “plug and play” system from the Gym back to NESCom. And, Husson women and men won both games, setting two records. One is the Kissy Walker coached her 400th win, and the men’s team has now extended its streak to 13 wins without a loss.

Anonymous 4 recording at NESCom

Anonymous 4 recording at NESCom

Finally, post-production of Three Brothers was in full swing. The video team has finished the rough edit in our edit suites of 5 scenes. These are ready for post-audio students to begin Foley studio work in the isolation booth and to bring in the actors frothier work on dialogue replacement. Take a look at or NESCom on YouTube for some recent news on our student project.

Husson Basketball Mobile Production Coverage

Husson Basketball Mobile Production Coverage

Other work included a site survey of the Cross Insurance Center for high school basketball tournament where NESCom and MPBN will broadcast championship games. Faculty member Steve Vachon was at Sunday River Ski Area as part of the video crew with Red Bull Frozen Rush Event. We have Audio Coordinator and Assistant Professor Eric Ferguson and eight Live Sound Technology students at sea on the Norwegian Pearl working audio for the Trace Adkins Country Cruise. Our thanks to NESCom alum Tim Cabral of Cruise Production for making this possible. I can’t wait to hear about their adventure and to look at the photos they’ll bring back.

It’s hard to believe all of this is going on and, and school hasn’t even begun!

Thom Johnston

NESCom Recording Session to be Included in Album Featuring London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Husson University’s New England School of Communications (NESCom) announced today that one of its professional quality audio recording studios, Studio D with the API Vision console, will be used for recording vocal tracks with the quartet, the Anonymous 4, on January 18 at 3:30 p.m. The audio recorded here in Bangor will part of an album featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London.

API Console

“We are honored to be a part of this groundbreaking album composed by Christopher Tin,” said Associate Professor Walter Clissen, a member of the audio engineering and live sound technology faculty at NESCom. “His last album, ‘Calling All Dawns,’ was a multiple Grammy Award winning effort. Being able to participate in Mr. Tin’s latest project will be a great educational experience for our students and a tribute to the educational program we provide to aspiring audio professionals.”

The audio tracks recorded in Bangor are for Tin’s new piece “Seirenes,” a work for orchestra and vocal quartet commissioned by the Bangor Symphony Orchestra that will have its world premiere with the BSO on Sunday, January 19 at the Collins Center for the Arts. The piece uses text from Homer’s The Odyssey and is part of a larger song cycle called “The Drop That Contained the Sea.” The full song cycle, including the tracks recorded at NESCom, will be part of an album featuring London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra set to be released later this year.

“Once the session is completed, NESCom will be able to use the recorded material for educational purposes. This material will be a great addition to our audio recording and sound mixing curricula,” said Clissen.

More About Christopher Tin:
Christopher Tin is a two-time Grammy-winning composer. His work covers diverse terrain: from fusions of orchestral and world music, to reinventions of 90s electronica, to award winning scores for film, video games, and commercials.

His debut album Calling All Dawns won two Grammys at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards: Best Classical Crossover Album and Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists for the song ‘Baba Yetu.’ Both wins were historic: Calling All Dawns was the last album ever to win the Best Classical Crossover Album category, and ‘Baba Yetu’ made history as the first piece of music written for a video game ever to be nominated for, or win, a Grammy.

He received his undergraduate education at Stanford University, studying Music Composition, Conducting, and English Literature. After a brief stint as an exchange student at Oxford University, he won a Fulbright Scholarship to continue his studies at the elite Royal College of Music in London. There, he earned an MMus with Distinction, graduating with the highest marks in his class, and winning the Horovitz Composition Prize. He is also a Sundance Institute fellow.

Many distinguished orchestras, including the National Symphony Orchestra, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Philharmonia, Metropole Orchestra, and hundreds of amateur ensembles around the world, have performed Tin’s music live. In addition to his album work, he is also an active composer of music for films, video games, advertising, and other media. He has won awards for his video game music, for titles such as Civilization IV and Pirates Of The Caribbean Online. He has written music for such Hollywood blockbusters as X2: X-Men United and Lilo And Stitch 2, and a host of independent features, documentaries and TV specials. Major advertising clients include Puma, Verizon, The Gap, and others.

More About the Anonymous 4
Four women got together for a music reading session one afternoon in the spring of 1986; they wanted to hear what medieval chant and polyphony would sound like when sung by female voices. Twenty-five years later, Anonymous 4 has performed for sold-out audiences on major concert series and at festivals throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East; and has made 19 recordings for harmonia mundi usa, selling over two million copies.

Anonymous 4’s programs have included music from the year 1000; the ecstatic music and poetry of the 12th-century abbess and mystic, Hildegard of Bingen; 13th- and 14th-century chant and polyphony from England, France, and Spain; medieval and modern carols from the British Isles; American folksongs, shape note tunes, and gospel songs; and works newly written for the group.

Their recordings have received France’s prestigious Diapason d’Or, Classic CD’s Disc of the Year, Classic FM’s Early Music Recording of the Year, several Gramophone Editor’s Choice awards, Italy’s Antonio Vivaldi Award, Le Monde de la Musique’s Choc award; the group has also twice been voted one of Billboard’s top classical artists. Anonymous 4 recently returned to the Billboard charts with the release of Secret Voices (2011), music from the 13th-century, Spanish Codex Las Huelgas.

Live Sound Technology Students To Set Sail With Country Music Stars

Students working in their chosen field while still in college is nothing new but for students in the Live Sound Technology department at the New England School of Communications, the field work takes them to warmer climates while getting world-class experience.

Eight Live Sound Technology Seniors will leave for Miami, Florida on Saturday to work as stage crew on Country Cruising 2014, a floating cavalcade of country music stars with stops in Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Mexico. At the heart of this great opportunity, which takes place on the Norwegian Pearl, is hands-on work in live sound as the cruise features performances by 25 country music acts including Trace Adkins, Montgomery Gentry, Wynnona & The Big Noise, Neal McCoy, Love & Theft, Craig Morgan and Lonestar.

Cruise Production

The 7 day field experience is made possible by a partnership with Cruise Production, a company founded by NESCom alum Tim Cabral after his many years working for Carnival Cruise Lines.

Eric Ferguson, Director of Audio at NESCom will be working alongside the students for the 7 day cruise which runs from January 12th to the 19th. More information on the cruise is available at