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.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Students Finding Diverse Internship Experiences

Internships are a vital part of the Music Industry program. Students will generally fulfill this requirement at the very end of the program, often traveling to various locations across the country. A number of recent grads have done their internship in Nashville, while others have been to locations in Chicago, various areas of California, and also right here in Wisconsin.

The types of internships have been quite varied. Some have been recording studio positions, while others have been connected with the Music Industry, such as with marketing and promotional companies. Students, faculty, industry professionals and alumni all work together to help students find beneficial and lasting experience that can often lead into a career. Take a look at our "careers" page for more specifics about the experiences of our students and alumni.


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Computer Music Lab Gets an Update


The Computer Music Lab in the Arts & Communications building has a full room of iMac lab stations. The lab is an excellent resource for students to utilize recording and composition software such as Pro Tools, Adobe Audition, and Sibelius. It is also used for several classes, including Recording Techniques I and II, as well as Audio for Video.

Over the break, the lab was updated with brand new MIDI keyboard controllers at all stations, as well as Auralex acoustic paneling on the walls. These panels help to reduce unwanted "flutter echo" from the sound reflecting between the walls and improves the overall acoustics of the space.

We are looking forward to doing more upgrades over the course of the next year, but the changes have already provided an excellent acoustic and visual upgrade.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Students Present Recording Projects to Music Students

During a Fall Semester convocation, several students from the Practicum II class presented their recording projects to all of the students in the Music program. Adam Robinson and Dylan Finley did a fantastic job explaining the process by which they captured and mixed the audio in order to create a professional final product. This served as a great opportunity for students to better understand what is behind the recording process, and how the use of signal processing tools can change the final outcome of the mix.

Adam Robinson presents his recording project to music students

Another Practicum II student, Matt "Mackie" Mikunda, was a performer on the song that was presented by Adam Robinson. Matt has also just released a full-length album that includes songs that were discussed in class over the course of the semester. One of the tracks from the album is posted below: