Sunday, March 4, 2018

Group Recording Sessions Class Produces Live Performances


The Group Recording Sessions class is an upper-level course that takes place in the recording studio and other recording spaces in the Music department. This course is designed to give students hands-on experience with producing music for a variety of musicians. Throughout the semester, we are hosting guest musicians and recording them with both audio and video in order to create a live performance production. During our first week, student Jon Glowcheski played a Debussy piece, giving us the opportunity to test our setup for audio and video capture.


Following our session with Jon, our most recent guest was singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist David Paul Martin. During his visit, we had a fantastic session recording four of his recent original songs. In addition to our work in the studio, David had the idea to record a song at the end of the night in an art gallery that has a particularly unique and reverberant sound to it. This idea turned into the beautiful performance that you see below. We are continuing to work on David's other song recordings and also look forward to recording more bands in the coming weeks!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Kids from the Boys & Girls Club Visit UWO


As a part of our connection to the community, Derrick Holt, the Director of Digital Audio Arts for the Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay, has paid us multiple visits with kids over the course of the past year. Each time, we have worked on a different project in the recording studio, which has included recording a radio commercial.


Some topics include learning how to perform in the studio, and what kinds of careers can be pursued in the current Music Industry. The kids learn that so much is possible if they devote the energy and passion to their pursuits.


On their most recent visit, the kids and students collaborated in class, and they decided to record a short song together. They performed "ABC" by Jackson 5, and featured the Boys & Girls Club kids providing vocals while the students played various live instruments.

The experience was a blast, and an excellent learning opportunity for not only the BGC kids, but for the students in order to learn collaboration and leadership. I look forward to keeping connected with the BGC and other important connections within our communities. Here is the final result!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Students Finish out the Fall Semester with Projects and Performances


The final weeks of the Fall semester are always jam-packed with final projects, concerts, and recitals. One example, shown above, was the final song of Music Industry student Brett Bosetski's recital. Students from the Music program joined Brett for a performance of "Little Talks" by Of Monsters and Men. Recitals give students the opportunity to push the limits of their musical experience.


Student projects are also a major part of Music Industry classes as the end of the semester nears. In the photo above, we are doing a demonstration in our Audio for Video class on how to properly mic the talent on-screen for the best possible audio quality. The result of our demo can be seen here!


As another exciting way to end the semester, the Students for Music organization welcomed Tom Washatka Quorum to bring their engaging brand of jazz fusion. The event served as a perfect example of how UWO Music students not only experience great music, but also learn how to produce and record a professional live concert. This is only a small sample of all that we did to close out the semester. We made it to break, but rest assured, things will be kicking back into full gear when courses resume for the upcoming Spring semester.

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.