Sunday, July 2, 2017

Summer Workshops and Visitors in the Studio

Student David Niemi (David Paul Martin) performs as a demonstration for the Boys & Girls Club

Just because it's Summer doesn't mean the that nothing is happening in the studio! Along with some Summer cleaning and student projects, we were excited to welcome some friends to visit and talk about sound and recording!

Posing with teacher Rhex Arboleda during the summer teaching workshop
Wisconsin teachers spent several weeks on campus for a Choral and General Music Licensure Workshop led by Dr. Ken Liske. The teachers were a part of a class on the last day that discussed many aspects of recording and sound reinforcement. One of the goals was to find ways to utilize technology in the most efficient and effective way.

We also had the opportunity to invite the Boys & Girls clubs of Oshkosh and Green Bay to check out the studio and learn about how to produce a song. Student David Niemei assisted by giving a performance demonstration and explaining the recording process. The students had a great time learning in a new environment, and we enjoyed learning about the great work that leaders are doing with the local Boys & Girls clubs. We plan to stay closely connected with them in the future!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Guests Visit and Projects Wrap Up to End the Semester

Students in the Group Recording Sessions class put the final touches on their original recording
The end of the school year is always a busy time of finishing projects, performing in concerts, and cramming in all that can be learned before summer begins. The students in the Practicum and Group Recording Sessions classes made the push to complete their projects, which ranged from a classic hip-hop track to heavy metal, while students in the Music Industry Operations class gave project proposal presentations based on real-world music industry scenarios.

Ryan Romenesko (left) and Morgan Schutz (right) discuss their respective topics with the classes.
We were also excited to invite several guest speakers to our classes. This included a return visit from UW Oshkosh Music alum, Ryan Romenesko. He is currently doing amazing work at "The Refuge", which is an arts foundation and artist residency in Appleton that supports artists and musicians.

Additionally, student Morgan Schultz paid a visit to our Recording Studio Techniques II class and shared tracks from his recent album release. The students were subsequently challenged to remix the tracks and then presented their project later in the semester. The first ever Recording Concert also took place, and was a success! We received excellent feedback and plan to continue to produce concerts each year.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Finishing the Year with Many Exciting Concerts and Recitals

There has been a lot going on as we move into the final weeks of the semester. At this time of year, there are concerts and recitals nearly every night, and both students and faculty are keeping very busy. This past Friday, musical guests, "Pulsoptional" were welcomed, which includes Dr. John Mayrose, a composition professor in the Department of Music. They showcased a blend of contemporary and prog rock sounds.

Pulsoptional performs at the Recital Hall

Another great concert was, "Sounds Like Now", which took place in the Priebe Art Gallery on campus. This series is a continuing collaboration between faculty and students. This particular event featured a variety of unique contemporary pieces, one of which included a large 52-page musical score that required the performers move around the room in order to read!

Dr. Dylan Chumura-Moore, Dr. Drew Whiting, and student Logan Lamers performing at the "Sounds Like Now" concert.

Additionally, many students are performing their junior and senior recitals before graduating or starting their internships. One of our Music Industry students and singers, Matthew Mikunda, finished his recital with guests Adam Robinson and Cam Anderson. We always look forward to the students displaying their range of musical talent that they have developed throughout their time in the program.

Students (and soon to be grads) Ryan Lindley (behind piano), Macky Mikunda, Cam Anderson, and Adam Robinson

Lastly, the Music Industry program is excited to be hosting the first ever Recording Concert this Wednesday, April 26, aptly titled, "R1". It will feature 10 songs that were recorded by Majors and Minors in the program, which also feature the talents of many UWO musicians. We are sure to finish out the semester in exciting fashion!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Recording Class Produces Drum Miking Video

During the Fall 2016 Recording Studio Procedures class, we took on the challenge of recording drums in the choir room next to the studio. Our goal was to capture a professional sound while taking advantage of the acoustics of the room. This gave us the opportunity to experiment in new ways and learn how different microphones affected the tone of the kit.

The band that we recorded was The Present Age, consisting of students Isaac and Logan Lamers. Isaac did a fantastic job performing on drums, and he nailed it in only a few takes. From this experience, we produced a video that documented the process and also shows how the mics were used on each part of the kit. Check it out, and notice the difference between the raw sound of the room and the fully mixed final product:

In the months that followed, the band worked on recording the remainder of the song, and just recently released it as a new single. You can check it out below! We were really thrilled at how well the project turned out. It goes to show that good mic technique and taking advantage of room acoustics can yield fantastic results.