Saturday, November 11, 2017

Guests and Student Performers Enhance Learning this Fall Semester


The "Recording Studio Procedures" class is an integral part of the Music Industry program that focuses on techniques for recording a variety of instruments such as piano, drums, brass, winds, and vocals. As a part of the class, we welcomed special guest, Vic Lombardi, from the company, "Spoiled by Technology" to talk to us about Audix mics. The event was arranged by David Pietila at Pixel Pro Audio in Appleton, a recent graduate of the program.


As a part of the process, students willingly volunteer to bring in their instruments and play them for us while we test out various mic positions and techniques. It is often very surprising to learn how much the microphone choice and placement affects the tone of the recording. On the day that Vic visited, we learned the process of setting up and recording a drum kit.


We are looking forward to finishing out the semester by bringing together what we learned as we learn more advanced mixing and signal routing skills in the studio and prepare for all of the potential scenarios that will require professional-level processing and editing of audio.

It was a particularly "colorful" day working with Pro Tools in class.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Special Guest Alumni Share Their Experiences with Students


During homecoming week, students in the Music program had the pleasure of welcoming a visit from two distinguished alumni from the UW Oshkosh Music Industry program. Our guests, Tony Memmel and Sue Guenther, brought a wealth of experience to share from their diverse backgrounds.


Tony Memmel is a world-traveling singer-songwriter, composer, and clinician. He is an ambassador for the non-profit organization, The "Lucky Fin Project", which supports children with limb differences. He has also been commissioned to compose symphonic and choral works based on his music. During the discussion and presentation sessions, Tony talked about the excitement and challenges that are a part of being a professional musician, what led him to study music in college, and ultimately, why he decided to pursue a career in music.


Sue Guenther spent the last 18 years of her career in the Arts Management and Administration field. She currently works with the North Carolina Symphony, which has an extensive music education program. In addition to her business experience, she is an accomplished vocalist and active performer. Sue shared her insight on how to work with people in the music industry, including nationally recognized musicians, and what it takes to find long-term success.



Both Tony and Sue were so generous to offer their time and expertise. We are grateful for their insight and so proud to see the wonderful work that is being done by our grads. We have no doubt that they inspired and made a strong impression on students. It was a very memorable week! You can listen to Tony's latest album below:

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Student has unforgettable internship experience with "Gear Gods"


During the Spring semester of 2017, UWO student (and now alum) Isaac Stolzer-Gary landed an internship at the popular metal music-based website "Gear Gods". As a part of his internship experience, he traveled to the National Association of Music Merchandisers conference in Anaheim, California.



"My two main jobs during the NAMM show were to assist with the camera operations, as well as to edit the footage and audio every night that we gathered throughout the day." Isaac wrote in his internship journal, "Overall the NAMM show was an incredible experience. Under the Gear Gods name, I got to meet so many of my favorite guitarists and musicians, and it was truly amazing to be a part of such a supportive community. I really saw how everything is connected in the music industry (from musicians to videographers to business personnel, and everyone in between). At least at NAMM, everyone seemed so supportive of each other and the idea of being passionate about music and music business."



Isaac spent the majority of his time at the Gear Gods internship working on a variety of videos for the website's connected YouTube channel, as well as contributing written articles to the website. The internship serves as a great example of the variety of experience that graduates must bring into Music Industry jobs. Not only was it important for Isaac to have a strong grasp of media editing skills for audio and video, but also requires strong social skills for interacting with musicians, writing skills, a strong sense of organization and the ability to complete tasks in a timely manner.


Ultimately, Isaac finished his internship having completed several dozen important projects. In his final journal entry, he said, "This internship was such an enlightening, helpful, and important experience in my life. I was able to network with so many important people in the music scene, work alongside people I’ve always looked up to, and develop my video, audio, and writing skills even further in a real-world scenario. I opened so many new doors with this internship and solidified tons of connections with people not only in California, but all over the world. To see my work being admired and shared by famous musicians and music industry representatives was so surreal and important to my own career in the industry." Congratulations to Isaac on his accomplishments, and we look forward to following his success in the future.


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!