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Meyer Sound To Give Workshops For Live Sound Technology & Audio Engineering Students

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Leading loudspeaker manufacturer Meyer Sound will spend 4 days this month working with students from NESCom’s Live Sound Technology and Audio Engineering departments.

February 23rd through the 26th, Meyer Sound’s Mauricio “Magu” Ramierez and Buford Jones will work with students on 2 detailed workshops. Mauricio “Magu” Ramierez will lead a course called “Line Array Design and Application” withparticipants learning how to utilize line arrays as part of the design and implementation of complex sound reinforcement systems in a performance environment. Then, legendary live sound engineer Buford Jones returns to NESCom to teach “the Mixing Workshop”, brining his world-class experiences with Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd. Stevie Wonder and more to the classroom.

These workshops will take place in the Gracie Theatre at Husson University.

Northern Faces Records at NESCom

Equal Vision recording artists Northern Faces visited the studios of WHSN 89.3 FM last week to promote their first full-length album, set for release in early 2015. The interview and performance for WHSN was recorded in the audio engineering studio of the New England School of Communications by the students of the Audio II lab. You can watch their performance below via WHSN’s youtube channel.

For more on Northern Faces, visit them on Facebook.

2012 Alum Joe Visciano Nominated For Grammy

The Grammys announced their full list of nominees for their 57th annual awards, and one nominee has close ties to the New England School of Communications.

2012 NESCom Audio Engineering alum Joe Visciano worked on Beck’s 2014 album Morning Phase and the album is included in the nominations for BEST ENGINEERED ALBUM, NON-CLASSICAL.

The full list of nominees for the category are:

Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer –  Bass & Mandolin
Richard King & Dave Sinko, engineers; Robert C. Ludwig, mastering engineer (Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer)
Label: Nonesuch

Keb’ Mo’ – Bluesamericana
Ross Hogarth & Casey Wasner, engineers; Richard Dodd, mastering engineer (Keb’ Mo’)
Label: Kind Of Blue Music

Beck – Morning Phase
Tom Elmhirst, David Greenbaum, Florian Lagatta, Cole Marsden, Greif Neill, Robbie Nelson, Darrell Thorp, Cassidy Turbin & Joe Visciano, engineers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer (Beck)
Label: Capitol Records

Lee Ann Womack – The Way I’m Livin’
Chuck Ainlay, engineer; Gavin Lurssen, mastering engineer (Lee Ann Womack)
Label: Sugar Hill Records

Thomas Dybdahl – What’s Left Is Forever
Tchad Blake, Oyvind Jakobsen, Jo Ranheim, Itai Shapiro & David Way, engineers; Bernie Grundman, mastering engineer (Thomas Dybdahl)
Label: CMG

The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast will be held on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015 on CBS.

Casting Call Set For Next NESCom Short Film

Auditions for the Tale of the Three Brothers

Auditions for the Tale of the Three Brothers

The New England School of Communications at Husson University is pleased to announce the commencement of pre-production of their new short film entitled, The Endless Ends. The original script, written by NESCom instructor Kris Bridges, is a story of a recovering alcoholic forced to reflect on his past and his decisions to make amends with the family he has severely damaged.

A public casting call is set for Friday, September 12th from 4pm to 6pm and Saturday, September 13th from 10am to 2pm. Both calls will be held in the Black Box Theatre, located at the Gracie Theatre on the Husson University campus in Bangor. The script calls for actors ranging in ages from 18 to 40. Actors interested in auditioning call download the script and review roles now at http://theendlessends.com.

The Endless Ends is the third short film produced by the students and faculty of the New England School of Communications. In the spring 2014 semester, production was complete on the Tale of the Three Brothers, based on a story by J.K. Rowling and the Stephen King based short film The Last Rung on the Ladder was finished in 2011.

Actors who have questions regarding the audition are encouraged to email theendlessends@husson.edu

Production of the Tale of the Three Brothers

Production of the Tale of the Three Brothers

Husson University Southern Maine to Offer an Audio Production Course This Fall

Husson University’s renowned New England School of Communications is bringing “Intro to Audio Technology” to Westbrook on Thursday evenings from 6:00pm-9:00pm.

Are you a musician interested in producing your own recordings? Does the idea of a career in live sound, music production, film or TV sound appealing to you? Want to learn from the best but don’t want to travel to Bangor to do it? Then “Intro To Audio Technology” at Husson’s Southern Maine campus is for you. The course combines an exciting survey of the audio industry with hands-on instruction. You’ll experience cutting edge technology as you learn how to operate a full-sized audio console and use digital effects to craft unique music mixes. Best ofall, students receive individual, weekly lab time to complete mixing and signal flow exercises in a fully equipped, studio control room. Take your first step toward an exciting career in sound and enroll in “Intro to Audio Technology” today!

For more information, contact Charles Collins at
collinsc@husson.edu

Early Summer 2014 Updates from NESCom

Inquiring minds need to know – What’s going on at NESCom? As usual, there is a lot of activity because summer is our time to plan, build, and repair. We can unveil a few at this point, and we’ll report on more as the summer progresses.

• One of our labs (room 219) will become the new location for our IT staff, and that lab will be designed, expanded from 13 to 18 stations and moved into 306 with new 2.9 GHz iMacs
• Two other labs (rooms 105 and 109) will be re-equipped with new Apple Mac Pro’s with 27” Thunderbolt displays and dual graphics cards to HD editing and 3D rendering capacity. Apple has packaged this beast in a neat new case. Take a look at http://www.apple.com/mac-pro/
• We will deploy Apple’s latest operating system (we thought it would be OS X Mavericks, but with the announcement at the Apple Developer’s Conference a few days ago, it could be Yosemite) on all of our computers.
• Our Analog AV switcher will be replaced with new AirPlay technology to increase speed of HD file transfer.
• In the Gracie, the Yamaha PM5D audio console is being replaced with Yamaha’s updated console, the CL3 and associate outboard gear.

Yamaha CL3

Yamaha CL3

• The laptops for our Apple Cart will be replaced with Apple MacBook Airs.
• Brave Williams and a crew of Entertainment Production students have designed and are now building the set for the Nite Show with Danny Cashman, from which we’ll broadcast this fall, in our own Gracie Theatre.
• “The Tale of Three Brothers” is being entered in film festivals around the country. We’re looking at several possibilities for our next major film project.

NESCom faculty, as usual, are busy this summer. Walter Clissen is in Europe (primarily the Netherlands and Serbia) working with Dragana and Jose Feliciano on an album project, and working on audio post for a film to be released in Europe. Here is Walter at the Studio Barba in Belgrade. For those audio geeks, that’s an AMEK 9098i (originally designed by Rupert Neve).

Walter Clissen

Walter Clissen

Wells Gordon is busy recording, both as an engineer and as a musician. Here’s a shot of Wells multi-tasking at our API 1608 while laying down the bass track for some nice Blues.

Wells Gordon in Studio B

Wells Gordon in Studio B

Ken Stack has a gig at The Grand in Ellsworth, entertaining the “summer folk” as the artistic director for a new production of Monty Python’s “Spamalot”.

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Larry Ayotte is finishing his project on Reflections – the use of reflective surfaces in photography. If you haven’t seen one of these, check this out:

Reflections photography by Larry Ayotte

Reflections photography by Larry Ayotte

With the recent focus on train safety, Frank Welch is working on an industry video project about the extraction of personnel from train engines that have been in an accident. Here is a photo from the set in Chicago:

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Looking forward to the next installment on the blog, I think I’ll write about our fiber optic cable installation project around campus. Stay tuned for this layman’s discussion of a technical area.

As always, if you have any questions, please send an email or call.

Thom Johnston
Dean, New England School of Communications at Husson University
johnstonth@husson.edu or thom@nescom.edu
207-973-1062

A busy week finds rehearsals, presentations, workshops and upgrades at NESCom

Over the past week NESCom played host to everything from equipment upgrades to a world-renowned audio engineer to award-winning writers and directors. Here is a brief sampling of what a busy week at NESCom looks like.
We welcomed Hitachi technicians into our video production studio.  Emilio Aleman and Chee Liew were here to update our fleet of mobile unit and studio video cams with new components, enhancements and software. This is part of the great service that our partners like Hitachi, provide to us. By staying ahead of the curve, our students gain access to the latest Hitachi ideas and are better prepared for their careers. IMG_2646_sm IMG_2648_sm On another stop, a roving photographer caught the practice of two Husson teams on a great sunny day.  Below you’ll see some of the Eagles preparing for their next competitions. lacrosse1_sm lacrosse2_sm In the category of “you-never- know-what-to-expect-at-NESCom”, we received a call from the producers asking us to do a quick ADR session with one of the actors of USA Network’s Graceland. It so happens that Brendan Powers, who plays the role of Agennt Cranston on Graceland, was in Bangor performing in Penobscot Theater’s production of “Our Town” running from April 24 through May 11. IMG_2657_sm The cast for “Putnam County Spelling Bee” (May 2,3 &4) was in rehearsal in the Gracie’s Black Box Theater, which resulted in a few pics. IMG_2727_sm IMG_2685_sm A late night stop by the Gracie itself found the semi-finals of “Husson’s Got Talent” in full swing.  The new woofers from Meyer Sound really pump up the low end! Husson’s Got Talent is an annual campus competition that has grown to be quite a big event. IMG_2687_sm IMG_2692_smThursday night in the Gracie Theater, the NESCom chapter of the Audio Engineering Society welcomed world-class mastering engineer Bob Ludwig for a presentation. Ludwig owns Gateway Mastering in Portland, Maine and has mastered countless classic albums and modern hits like Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories. BobLudwig Finally, on Friday, NESCom partnered with the Maine Film Office and the Maine Video & Film Association to host a filmmaking workshop with the award winning writing/directing team of alumnus Aron Gaudet (’96) and Gita Pullapilly. Their latest film, Beneath The Harvest Sky, was filmed in Maine and had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and its US premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. aron_sm

NESCom AES Chapter To Host Lecture By Bob Ludwig

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EDITOR’S NOTE: THE LECTURE HAS BEEN MOVED TO THE GRACIE THEATRE

Bob Ludwig, the legend of mastering is coming to NESCom. Bob Ludwig has mastered countless legendary recordings from Nirvana to Guns N’ Roses to the recent award winning album by Daft Punk, Random Access Memories.

He’ll being his expertise in the field of audio engineering and mastering  to Kominsky Auditorium on April 24th at 7PM. All students are welcome.

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.

2006 Audio Engineering Alum Bret Johnson Wins First Emmy

Congratulations to 2006 alum Bret Johnson on his first Emmy; Outstanding Sound mixing for non-fiction programming for his work as Sound Re-Recordist for History Of The Eagles. The Emmy was awarded at yesterday’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.

l-r: Elliot Scheiner (Music Mixer), Tom Fleischman (Re-Recording Mixer), Bret Johnson (Sound Re-Recordist).
Photo credit: Invision/AP