MMP Newsletter - April 27, 2017

Added on by Robert Willey.

Report on Cleve Scott's Visit

Cleve Scott working at the Arp synthesizer

Cleve Scott working at the Arp synthesizer

Cleve Scott came back to campus on April 24th. He spoke in Soundhouse C and attended the EM|4 concert in his honor in the evening. Photos of some of those in attendance are on Box. A 3-CD set is in the works with compositions by past and present students and faculty released on the Beneficence label.

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Jeff Seitz made this page about Cleve and the history of the MET program.

Results of Songwriting Contest

The MMP area's first songwriting contest took place on April 14th at Be Here Now. It came off very well, thanks to planning by Christoph Thompson and Dr. Hourigan. Congratulations to all those who participated and to the winners:

Jeremy Nevil

Jeremy Nevil

1st Prize - Jeremy Nevil - Trip to Germany and tuition to the Popakadamie's summer program in Mannheim.

2nd Prize - Katie Hall - Recording Session in MMP Studios

3rd Prize - Aaron Gecowets - Gig at Be Here Now

Noteflight Songwriting Competition

Noteflight and Berklee have announced a new a songwriting contest. You are invited over the to submit your best melody, lyrics, and chords for a chance to win a lesson with a Berklee faculty member, enrollment in any Berklee Online Songwriting Course ($1,200+ value), and have your song digitally published by Hal Leonard Corporation. Entries are due in Noteflight format by June 30th. Learn more about the submission process here.

MMP 495 Capstone Presentations

The MMP 495 class gave three-minute overviews on March 29th of their senior capstone projects, and demonstrated a great variety of interesting projects this year showing the range of activities that can be accomplished using skills developed in the program.

Video with three-minute overviews of this semester's senior capstone projects.

It is recommended that you attend one or more of the full presentations taking place in Soundhouse C in order to learn from your colleagues' experience, and to get ideas for your own capstone. The schedule is:

Thursday, April 27

7:00 Dustin Burks: A Guide to Career Options

7:30 Michael Tabor: Acoustical Analysis of MMP studios

8:00 David Rohrer: Certifying Assistant Engineers

Friday, April 28

5:30 Kaitlyn DelleDonne: Film Score Composition

Monday, May 1

6:00 Gavin Kidder: Storybook Radio Drama

6:30 Zach Matthews: Z-Theremin

7:00 Ian James: Composing for Drone Footage

Tuesday, May 2

6:00 Myron Fett: Guitar Synthesizer

6:30 Cory Runyon: Music Production in a Live Venue

7:00 Ryan Sheehan: Jam Tracks

Wednesday, May 3

6:00 Adam Jefferies: Music for Gaming [ paper ]

6:30 Alex Knight: Using Interviews to Promote Bands

7:00 McKay Powers: Making Your Music Marketable

7:30 Alex Rodriguez and Sean Alvarez: Parallel Performance

8:30 Josh Kerwin: Website to Promote My Performing

MMP Newsletter - April 9, 2017

Added on by Robert Willey.

Register Now for Summer Classes

These MMP classes will be taught online this summer:

MMP 100 - Survey of Music Industry - 3 hours, Dan Porter and Robert Willey

MMP 201 / 202 - Pro Tools Production 1 and 2 - 1 hour each, 2 hours total, Jeff Seitz
These two classes cover the essentials you need to know to complete a complete Pro Tools project. The curriculum is meant as a supplement to MMP 235, 236, and 335.

MMP 280 - Music Products and Industry - 2 hours, Robert Willey
This class is designed to help you prepare to apply for jobs at Sweetwater and other music products companies. For more information, visit

MMP 301 - Songwriting - 2 hours, Robert Willey

MMP 494 - Internship - 3 hours, Dan Porter

On Campus:

MMP 430 - Production Workshop - 3 hours, Christoph Thompson

Founder of the Program Returns

Cleve Scott was the founder and architect of the Music Engineering Technology program at Ball State, which later evolved into the Music Media Production and Industry and Sonic Arts programs. He came to Ball State in 1970 to direct the New Music Ensemble and develop an electronic music studio and curriculum. Early purchases included the Arp 2500 synthesizer that we still use. The BM degree with emphasis Music Engineering Technology degree was first offered in 1989, and Dr. Scott helped with planning beginning in 1999 for the new Music Instruction Building, which was completed in 2004.

Dr. Scott will be back on Monday, April 24th to discuss music technology with students at 4:00 p.m. in Soundhouse C, followed by the EM | 4 concert at 7:30 p.m. in his honor in Sursa Hall. Please mark your calendar for both events and take advantage to meet the founder of the program, benefit from his unique perspective, and to learn more of the history and development of our program and facilities.

Here is an interview with Dr. Scott back in the 1990s when the music technology studio was located in a house on Bethel:






Keith Kothman, Michael Pounds, and Jeff Seitz wrote a studio report in 2004. Pounds and Seitz were both students of Cleve, and Dr. Nagel was hired at Ball State to work with him.

Computer music offerings and other electives for fall semester

The following computer music classes are available in the fall semester. These classes can fulfill elective requirements for your degree. MMP students should sign up for MUST 121 if they have not already taken it.

MUST 121 Introduction to Computer Music
An introductory course in computer music. Topics include digital audio, musique concrete, MIDI, digital audio workstations, audio synthesis and sampling. Creative projects and laboratory time mandatory.

MUST 241 Computer Music 1
Intermediate applications in computer music synthesis, processing, and programming focusing on expanding technical and creative control of computer music parameters, and extending knowledge of synthesis and audio processing techniques. Laboratory time is mandatory. Prerequisite: C or better grade in MUST 122 or MMP 125; or permission of the instructor.

MUST 350 Computer Composition 1
Composition using the computer for the generation and/or control of music. Presents compositional techniques involving computer processing of sound, virtual instruments, and computer control. Prerequisite: MUST 212, 241, or permission of the instructor.

MUST 450 Computer Composition 2
Advanced composition using computer means. A continuation of MUST 350. Prerequisite: MUST 350 or permission of the instructor.

In addition, we are planning to offer the Electroacoustic Ensemble, MUSP 436. This fall, the ensemble will focus more on performance and improvisation. Advanced technical skills are not required.

Also, if we have enough students, we can run a section of MUST 445 Music Perception. Let Dr. Pounds know if you are interested or have questions.

MMP Newsletter - March 24, 2017

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Bob Katz is Koming to Town!

Dr. Thompson is hosting a visit next week by legendary audio mastering engineer Bob Katz. Here is the schedule. Communicate with Dr. Thompson if you want to sign up.

Wednesday 3-29

9am- 11am – Core Topic presentation (Essential, important topics) Loudness, Normalization, Metering. Especially important for 300 and 400 level students. This may be the most important presentation.

11 am-12 pm  Music examples following Core topic presentation
2 pm–5 pm Mastering techniques - important for 300 and 400 level students.

Thursday 3-30

 9:30 am-11:30 am Recording Techniques – 236 Students
2:00 pm–5:00 pm Mastering techniques - important for 300 and 400 level students.
6 pm and later Mix review – Bring your MIX!

 Follow the links below to RSVP on doodle as soon as you can.

300/400 Level students:
200 level students:

Career Opportunities at Sweetwater Sound

Jeff McDonald, VP of Human Resources, will be on campus on Wednesday, March 29th to meet with students.

Mr. McDonald will be giving a public presentation about job opportunities at Sweetwater from 2:00–3:00 in Soundhouse A. Enter through door for room 213 in the Music Instruction Building, at the top of the stairs by the left-most entrance to the building.

Let Dr. Willey know if you'd like to meet Jeff, and which of the following slots you're available for:


Sweetwater Field Trip

Whether you meet Jeff or not on Wednesday, you are invited to go on a site visit to Sweetwater in Fort Wayne on Friday, March 31st, sponsored by the Career Center. They will be providing sack lunches to eat on the bus ride, followed by a tour of the facility and a Q&A. The bus leaves at 11:30 a.m. and and will be returning around 5:30 p.m. Let Dr. Willey know if you need a field trip form to present to your teacher.

  • Arrive no later than 11:20 a.m. (the bus will depart at 11:30 a.m.

  • Check in with a Career Center staff member before loading the bus. Career Center staff will be on the first floor of Lucina Hall next to the entrance off of University Avenue. 

  • The bus will be located in the driveway on University Avenue in front of Lucina Hall.

  • Provide the attached notice to any faculty or staff members, as appropriate, for missed classes or work. 

  • Please dress appropriately (no sweats, workout clothing, short-shorts, or low cut shirts). This is an opportunity for you to network and meet a potential future employer, so you'll want to be dressed appropriately. 

  • Lunch will be provided. This will include a turkey or ham sandwich along with a water, chips, cookie, and vegetables. Lunches should be eaten on the bus before arriving to Fort Wayne.

To reserve a place on the bus, sign up using Cardinal Career Link:

Login as a student at
Cardinal Career Link àEvents à Workshops à RSVP to Employer Site Visit: Sweetwater Sound

See the flier for more information.

MMP Senior Showcase

You are invited to attend the MMP Senior Showcase on Wednesday, March 29th from 1:00–2:00 p.m. in Soundhouse C (enter by top of the stairs by the left-most entrance to the MI building). The 18 seniors in MMP 495 will be giving 3-minute overviews of their capstone projects, This may help you come up with an idea when your time comes that applies your portfolio of skills. Topics to include:

  • composing for drone footage
  • film scoring
  • recording studio acoustic analysis
  • creating background tracks
  • music venue service
  • training assistant engineers
  • careers in music retail
  • building a guitar synthesizer
  • building a 21st century Therimin
  • creating an eBook and video game
  • making a hip-hop dance video and promoting using Twitch
  • websites recording, interviewing, and promoting regional bands.

Disklavier News

Brian Hostetler (Piano Solutions) and Michael Brumit (Yamaha) made a visit to campus over spring break and ran the School of Music's three Disklavier through their calibration routines. We have an older model in Soundhouse A, and there are two newer instruments in the Piano Pedagogy Lab across the street. We are using all three in our preparations for the Scott Joplin Online Centennial.

Dr. Willey was in New York City last week to perform his arrangements of Conlon Nancarrow's Studies for Player Piano Nos. 2b, 6, 7, and 21 on Disklavier and synthesizer at the Baryshnikov Arts Center. Short story writer Deborah Eisenberg was there with her husband, actor/playright Wallace Shawn, along with choreographer Lar Lubovitch, and Makia Matsumura from Yamaha. Check out the 360° panoramic photo using a device with a gyroscope (like a phone) or drag across the image in your browser to scroll in order to see the salon atmosphere of the venue.

Alumnus Returns


Rob Cracknell, MMP grad and Live Audio Operations and Engineer at the Interlochen Arts Center, will be speaking at the meeting of the Audio Engineering Society student chapter on March 23 at 7:00 p.m. in Soundhouse C. He will talk about the internship opportunities at Interlochen including live sound and lighting as well as recording. He will also be talking about what he does on a day to day basis.

Promo Video

Here's a video that Matt Vice and Jessica Peterson made about the MMP program, using footage from the MMP 300 class's fall summer exam when they worked with the Max Allen Band.

Songwriting Competition

The International Broadcaster's Idea Bank, Inc. is holding a songwriting scholarship competition. Entries must be received by March 25, 2017.

MMP Newsletter - February 13, 2017

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Visit from Røde Microphones

On February 20th the members of the BSU faculty jazz combo will be recorded using a variety of the latest Røde microphones. This open session with their representative, Ryan White will allow both students and audio professionals to hear the faculty jazz combo, see the studios, and experience a professional recording session. Contact Dr. Thompson for more information.


Visit Creative Research Space in Cooper Science Building

The Office of Information Technology and the College of Sciences and Humanities will host a reception for the Fulldome Media Production Lab on February 16th between 2:30-4:30pm in CP 90. Light refreshments will be provided. The lab is a collaborative production studio between BSU's IDIA Lab and the Department of Physics and Astronomy. With the launch of the Charles W. Brown Planetarium, the former planetarium has been reinvented to become a powerful creative research space for the production of immersive fulldome planetarium programming. Several computer-savvy MMP and Sonic Arts grads are employed at IDIA working on human interfaces and other projects.

Cardinal Film Fights Recruiting Members for New Production Team

Stuart Elmore is recruiting MMP students to do audio for the second season of Cardinal Film Fights video podcast. The show is recorded in the MMP studios. There are a number of opportunities that required a relatively low time commitment to produce a new episode each two weeks. Contact Stuart if you are interested in being part of a production team for these or other positions:

Chief Sound Engineer: run the Studio 1 board, hook up mics in Soundhouse A, record up to 6 channels for the podcast. 3 hours every other week.  Make it sound good, adjust levels during show.

Assistant Sound Engineer: set up mics, cables, gaffer tape, Avioms, fill in for Chief Sound Engineer if they have to miss. 3 hours every other week.

Audio Editor:  take audio after it has been recorded, take out peaks, maintain good levels, add a little compression and EQ for podcast. 1 hours every other week.

Recording Opportunities

Here are some of the latest recording requests. Contact Dr. Willey if you are interested.

Hiromi Sasaki: doctoral student recording a keyboard suite composed by Jean-Philippe Rameau for her dissertation, in Sursa Hall.

Voice of Triumph performing January 24, 2017 at Ball State University, recorded by Adam Jefferies.

Voice of Triumph: BSU's student gospel choir, on a Tuesday night between 6:30-8:30 in Soundhouse A. There are 15 members in the group plus piano. I think it would be worth experimenting with double tracking the three male singers. There may be some students from TCOM making a video combining the audio.

Alex Balestra: hip-hop and jazz styles, recording a small drum set, piano, and possibly some MIDI recording from a keyboard. Alex says this would be a cool project for someone who wants the experience, without requiring a lot of time/effort, as he and his partner know the songs well. Check Alex out on SoundCloud. Here's a demo of what he's working on with Peter for this project:



MMP Newsletter - January 23, 2917

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The Indigos Recording Session

The Indigos will be back in Studio 1 on Wednesday night from 7:00–10:00 pm recording a score composed by Joshua Kattner for the next BSU TV commercial. Observers are welcome.

Update: Here is the finished audio recording:

Recorded by Alex Rodriguez, assisted by Theron Dalton

Matas Olsauskas, drums
Brett Schall, bass
Dimitri Putney, piano
Tyler Harris, sax
Billy Binder, trumpet
Joshua Kattner, synthesizer

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Concert


Come with your percussion instrument at 7:00 p.m. tomorrow night (Tuesday, January 24) to the lobby and join in with the drum circle, followed by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Concert starting at 7:30 in the auditorium. The program will feature a wide variety of presentations, with speakers, pro jazz combo, spirituals, a solo piano piece kicking of the MMP area's Scott Joplin Online Centennial, hip-hop dancers to a video produced by, and two choirs.

Soundbreaking Series Now on DVD


If you didn't catch the much-heralded Soundbreaking series produced by George Martin in the fall on PBS, now's your chance to catch it on DVD. Check the media collection in the basement of Bracken Library, DVD Video 12765. You will love it!

MMP Newsletter - January 10, 2017gi

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Happy New Year, and welcome to Spring semester!

Peyton Cox: Pendulum Electronic Music Concert in Brown Planetarium

Cox presented her MMP 495 senior capstone recital in Brown Planetarium last year. The 22 minute program, which is accompanied by astronomical projects from Planetarium assistant director Dayna Thompson, was a hit, and they decided to have four more showings this week to kick off the 2017 season at 6:30 and 8:00 p.m. this Friday and Saturday (January 13 and 14). It's recommended to arrive 20 minutes early to get a seat. The Planetarium is the last building on the left as you're walking down to Christy Woods.

This is a fun concert that will expand your horizons, and is definitely worth checking out if you haven't been in the Planetarium yet, which is considered to be one of the best in the country.

Kevin Ray Finishes Teaching Run

The Star Press wrote an article about Kevin Ray's last class in December which included a lot of quotes from him, Dan Porter, and students.

Live sound instructor Matt Vice brought the Max Allen Band up from Indy to be the client for his MMP 335 class's final last semester. 

Live sound instructor Matt Vice brought the Max Allen Band up from Indy to be the client for his MMP 335 class's final last semester. 

Max Allen Band

Works in Studio 1

It was interesting to see Max work—he had a bunch of Go Pro video cameras that he could switch between from his iPad.

It was interesting to see Max work—he had a bunch of Go Pro video cameras that he could switch between from his iPad.

Jessica Peterson shot and edited a great video combining interviews with students about the MMP program, and the band stayed on for a couple of hours after the exam was over to record some of their material.





Visit to Texarkana

Dr. Willey visited Texarkana over the break. He performed several Scott Joplin rags at the Regional Music Heritage Center in honor of the composer's approaching centennial, visited the Klipsch factory, the Klipsch Audio Museum, and the cemetery where the inventor is buried.

Fall Ball - Songs of the State

Middletown Records released its first CD project: a compilation disk of new songs from the MMP 301 songwriting class. The title track is "Frog Baby" which was composed by MMP majors Alexander Moss and Sean Erickson, which the class recorded during the last week of the semester. You can listen order a CD from Kunaki and peruse the portfolio pages students in the class made documenting their work for the semester

Kunaki is a great option for low-cost full-color one-off CDs.

Apply Now for Interlochen Internships

We schedule MMP 335 in the fall so juniors will have live sound experience on their resumes when they apply for the primo summer internships at Interlochen. Everyone who works there over the summer raves about it and many friendships and professional relationship are fostered and developed there. They are starting to hire now, so get your applications in soon if you want to have a intense summer live sound or recording opportunity in a beautiful natural setting.

MMP Newsletter - December 11, 2016

Added on by Robert Willey.

The Scene

Dan Porter sent this reminder about THE SCENE (MUSC 299X-1), the immersive learning class in partnership with Indiana Public Radio where students record, edit, and mix live shows performed by bands around the state. "We are looking to fill two audio producers and one booking/promotions coordinator positions to help record Indiana live music and produce weekly broadcasts that are distributed statewide."  You must have completed MMP 235 and 236 to apply. Contact Mr. Porter if you're interested or want more information. The class can count for guided specialization credit. Here is a link to The Scene's new website where you can listen to past episodes produced by the class:  

Virtual Instrument Design

Dr. Thompson is running another section in the spring of the Virtual Instrument Design class (MUSC 299X-2), where you learn to sample instruments and code them in Kontakt.


Dan Porter is also in charge of the MMP area's internship program. Here are some opportunities you can discuss with him for the spring. Internships must be approved in advance if you want to take the class for credit, so now is the time to talk with him if you want to sign up (MMP 494).

VILLAGE GREEN RECORDS: VGR is in need of a social media savvy intern that can book all spring in-store performances, communicate with artists, and market said shows to the BSU community.  Once the shows are booked, you will be responsible for all show pre-production and day of live sound oversight.  You will also have the opportunity to learn about the day-today operation of a record store as Travis Harvey's retail assistant.  Must have completed MMP100 to apply.
Internship at

EMENS AUDITORIUM: A tech savvy live audio intern is needed to assist the Emens Auditorium professional staff with all in-house and large scale road show productions.  Must have completed MMP330 to apply.
Internships at

BE HERE NOW:  Interns are needed to cover either live sound or marketing/booking...if the right intern can be found to cover both, that will be considered as well.  21+ only and must have completed MMP 330 to be apply.

The internships and the immersive learning project are 3 credit hour courses that require 15 hours per week of scheduled on-site time and some light reading/written work.  Each enrollment is special permission only. Applicants will first meet with the instructor of record (Daniel Porter) to determine eligibility and then with the internship site coordinator for a formal interview.

Indiana Public Radio drama

This is a call for any audio engineers who’d be willing to volunteer their time to set up and/or tear down the stage for IPR’s Holiday Radio Drama, “It’s A Wonderful Life”. 

Tech night and setup is Thursday, Dec. 15th at 5pm until late in Sursa Hall. Call time is 4:30p at IPR - room LB128 in the Letterman Building for gear transport. 

The event itself is Friday, Dec. 16th at 7:30pm in Sursa Hall. Call time TBA. Tear down roughly slated for 9pm that evening. 

If you are available and interested, please let Sean Ashcraft know via email and I’ll get back with you. The work will consist of setting up mic arrays and running lines for a music ensemble, a voice actor ensemble, foley effects artist, and other announcer mics. 

IPR student employees may clock these hours if your pay period allows. 


Dani Strong Visits MMP

Canadian country singer and songwriter Dani Strong took a took of the MMP studios on December 3. She has a number one record in Canada and is working with students in the MMP 100 class promoting the Toronto music scene.

Brazilian Music Concert

Brazilian Doctoral Student Bruno Cabrera will be leading the BSU Brazilian Percussion and Jazz Ensembles in Pruis Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, December 12. This is a good opportunity to warm you up with some Carnaval heat.

MMP Newsletter - December 2, 2016

Added on by Robert Willey.

Charting Singer Visiting on Saturday

Singer/songwriter Dani Strong will be touring the studios on Saturday, Dec. 3rd at 11:00 a.m. with producer Mark Liggett and Muncie attorney Eric Welch. Drop in if you'd like to say hello and find out about the Canadian music scene. She is at #2 on the Canadian iTunes country music chart.

Join Immersive Learning Class to Promote Muncie Redevelopment

ecoREHAB is a partnership between Building Better Communities and a local non-profit. Architecture students do cool renovations of local properties. Let Dr. Willey know if you're interested in being part of the team or have any ideas for how audio production could be used in the project or its promotion. Every business is the music business—your challenge is to find the connections.

Before and after

Before and after

Help tell the story of a Muncie nonprofit building safe, energy-efficient homes that empower our neighbors in neglected communities. ecoREHAB partners with Ball State architecture students build a foundation of hope through sustainable design, rehabilitation, and education. But with its focus on building and outreach, the organization needs you-journalism, marketing, graphic design, and communications studies majors-to develop and implement a marketing and communications strategy to promote its services, develop dynamic educational materials and web pages, and share stories of student workers and homeowners transformed during the process. This is your chance to gain real-world experience in assessment, analytics, planning, web design, and varied forms of storytelling on multiple platforms.

Last Chances to Survive the Music Business

As the semester winds to a graceful end there will be two remaining sessions in Dan Porter's Surviving the Music Business Class held in LB125 that you can are welcome to in on:

Troye Kinnett, accordion/keyboards for John Mellencamp's band, 5:00–7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7

Kevin Ray, 4:30–6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14.

MMP 495 Presentations

The following seniors will be presenting their capstone projects on Monday, December 5:00 in Soundhouse A:

5:30 p.m., Ali Hegedus: "Producing A Cappella." Recording, producing, editing, and mastering a recording of Ladies Choice, and the difficulties of working with busy performers.

6:00 p.m., Kelly Spencer: "Acoustic Arrangement of Electronic Music." Recreating texturally-dense material with acoustic instruments.

6:30 p.m., Kyle Snyder: "Alternative/Modern Recording Techniques." Learn to utilize half-time recording, drum programming, drum reinforcement, autotune, riff building, and amp simulation.

7:00 p.m., Miles Hall: "Producing and Mastering a Multi-genre Album." This CD was made as a benefit for the A Better Way shelter.

7:30 p.m., Zach Higdon: "Artist/Producer Relations: Who Wins?" Focusing on customer service to get the best out your performers.


Talent Show Entrance Extension

There was a glitch in the entry submission process to the U Got It? talent show. You now have until January 2 to enter the contest in order to have a shot at the $10,000 scholarship.

Cultivate Gratitude

One of the character strengths we try to foster in the MMP program is gratitude. According to the Harvard Medical School, gratitude can increase happiness. “Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.“Here's a Gratitude Challenge Kit you can use as a tool to boost your feelings of gratitude. For more information on the concept, visit The Gratitude Project.

MMP Newsletter - November 16, 2016

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Society of Composers, Inc.

The Theory/Composition department will be hosting the Student National Conference for the Society of Composers, Inc. from November 17–19. Conference hosts Carter Rice and Chad Powers hope that you will attend one or more of the seven concerts and paper sessions to hear some interesting music and ideas, and be good hosts as you encounter the 50 visiting composers from across the country in the Music Instruction Building. This will be an excellent opportunity to increase your listening and communication skills.

Concert I: Nov 17, 7:30pm - Sursa Hall
Concert II: Nov 18, 10am - Choral Hall
General Meeting: Nov 18, 1pm
Concert III: Nov 18, 4pm - Choral Hall
Concert IV: Nov 18, 7:30pm - Sursa Hall
Concert V: Nov 19, 11am - Sursa Hall
Paper Session: Nov 19, 1pm - Soundhouse A
Concert VI: Nov 19, 4pm - Sursa Hall
Concert VII: Nov 19, 7:30pm - Sursa Hall

All events free and open to the public.

Musicians and Engineer needed for BSU Commercial

Joshua Kattner has scored music for Ball State's next TV commercial and we're looking for one or more engineers and the following musicians for a 2-hour session to record 30 minutes of music.

Electric/Acoustic Guitar
Electric/Acoustic Bass Guitar
Acoustic Drums (Kit) 
Brass Section (1 lead trumpet & brass section) 

Last year's commercial

Got Talent?

MOXY invites current Ball State students to enter the U Got It? talent contest. Finalists will be recorded on December 12 an 13th in Pruis for the pilot of a TV show. The winner will get a $10,000 scholarship. Enter online or contact Dr. Thompson if you're interested in volunteering to help with the taping. The show is masterminded by Colts punter Pat McAfee is a comedian in the off season and performed on campus last February.

MMP Newsletter - November 9, 2016

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Tony Faulkner Master Class

Dr. Thompson's next International Audio Workshop will be with Tony Faulkner, a legendary recording engineer whose credits include Lang Lang, Yo-Yo Ma, Berlin Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, and the Vienna Philharmonic. In his career of over 40 years he has recorded for the finest labels, developed his own stereo recording arrays, and won multiple GRAMMY awards. This is a rare opportunity to learn from a specialist in the recording of classical music and can help you learn techniques that you can apply while you have access to the ensembles in the School of Music.

Workshop topics will include microphone placement, main arrays and spot mics, stereo techniques, the “Faulkner” array, and an in-depth analysis of his recent Beethoven Symphony No. 9 recording. Free and open to the public.

This workshop is free and open to the public and will take place in the Music Instruction Building's Soundhouse C (MI-216).

Sitar Concert Thursday Night

Sitar player Ustad Shafaat Khan will be performing in Pruis Hall on Thursday, November 10. You can purchase a student ticket at the Emens Box Office (now temporarily off the Sursa lobby) for $5.00 in advance (before 6 p.m.) or $10.00 at the door.

Ustad Shafaat Khan, world-renowned Indian classical musician has performed all over India, America, Europe, China, Russia and Japan. Recently, he performed with Stevie Wonder at the Bonnaroo Festival. In the rich history of Indian classical music, Mr. Khan has distinguished himself by being the first known artist to have attained simultaneous excellence in performing sitar, surbahar and tabla.


Spring Electives

These classes can count for guided specialization credit.

Virtual Instrument Design class (MUSC 299X-2) - learn to sample instruments and create plugins for Kontakt.

The Scene (MUSC 299X-1) - create radio programs for Indiana Public Radio from recordings of bands made around the state.

There are several computer music classes with the MUST prefix. Ask Dr. Pounds if you have questions about content or prerequisites. 

Computer Music 2 (MUST 342) - Topics focus on computer programming with Max/MSP for MIDI, audio, and video, resulting in creative projects involving student-developed virtual instruments, digital synthesis and processing. Prerequisite: MUST 241 or permission of the instructor.

Computer Composition 1 (MUST 350) - Compositional techniques involving computer processing of sound, virtual instruments, and computer control.

Human-Computer Interface Design (MUST 444/592) - Exploration of practices and techniques of human-computer interface design and implementation in musical, visual, and intermedia arts. Projects will focus on the development of human control systems for real-time artistic output. Studio laboratory time required.

Computer Music Composition 2 (MUST 450) - continuation of MUST 350

Max Allen Band Coming in December

Matt Vice is arranging for the Max Allen Band to come to the MMP studios on December 15 to work with the live sound class followed by a recording session. Stay tuned for more information on how to get involved.

MMP Newsletter - November 1, 2016

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Free Tickets for Upcoming Shows at Carmel Center for the Performing Arts

Our friend Julia Shildmyer-Heighway (Community Engagement Manager) got in touch to invite music students to three upcoming show at the lovely Carmel Center for the Performing Arts. Please let Dr. Willey know at least two days in advance if you would like to have a ticket held for you at the box office.

Russian String Orchestra
Saturday, Oct. 29 at 8pm at the Palladium

R.E.M.'s Mike Mills' Concerto - Yes, from R.E.M.!
Saturday, Nov. 5 at 8pm at the Palladium

JOHN ADAMS   Road Movies
featuring Christopher Taylor, piano
I. Relaxed Groove
II. Meditative
III. 40% Swing

PHILIP GLASS  Symphony No. 3  
featuring Fifth House Ensemble
I. Movement I
II. Movement II
III. Movement III
IV. Movement IV

MIKE MILLS  Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra
featuring Fifth House Ensemble
Robert McDuffie (Violin)
Mike Mills (Bass & Piano)
John Neff (Guitar)
William Tonks (Guitar)
Patrick Ferguson (Drums/Percussion) 

I. Pour It Like You Mean It
II. On The Okeefenokee
III. Sonny Side Up
IV. Stardancers' Waltz
V. Nightswimming
VI. You Can Go Home Again

Jake Shimabukuro strums monster sounds out of the tiny Hawaiian ukelele, as he plays a cover of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." 

Jake Shimabukuro - Ukulele master
Monday, Nov. 7 at 7:30pm at the Palladium

Computer Game Class Needs Audio Specialists

Computer Science professor Paul Gestwicki is recruiting students for an immersive learning Game Studio course for Spring 2017. They will be designing games around themes of environmental sustainability and would benefit from some team members with experience in that area in addition to the usual need for programmers, artists, writers, audio specialists, and general researchers.

Sound Designer and Alumnus Daniel Clark Visits MMP

Daniel Clark (class of 2006) was back on campus last week. After receiving his MET degree (the original name for the MMP major) and a masters from Syracuse University Daniel worked at Notre Dame and then relocated to Los Angeles, where he does sound design and directs commercials, short films, documentaries, and web series. He was just out in South Bend for a film he had mixed sound for that is playing at the Chicago Film Festival and then at Notre Dame called "Catholics vs. Convicts", a feature film as part of the ESPN "30 for 30" programming.

Daniel brought up the idea of collaborating with the Architecture department to consider creating quiet or silent spaces in noisy urban environments, inspired by a film one of his friends made called "In Pursuit of Silence." Since returning home he has been in touch for recommendations for students who might be able to help with a couple of projects.

New Music Videos from Songwriting Class

Songwriting students from MMP 301 just completed a music video project. Here are a couple to whet your appetite. More can be found on the MMP Video Podcast. Please contact Dr. Willey if you have news or productions you'd like share in the Newsletter.

Alexander Moss and Sean Erickson: "Frog Baby":

Music and Lyrics by Sean and Alex. Video by Ryan Shank


Theron Dalton and Kyle Mann: "Everything's Better With a Beard":

MMMP Newsletter - October 20, 2016

Added on by Robert Willey.

Got Vexation?

The New Music Ensemble will be presenting Erik Satie's "Vexations" on Saturday, October 22nd. The concert, under Dr. Kaplan's direction, will begin at 9:00 a.m. in Choral Hall, and is expected to continue non-stop until at least midnight in order to fulfill Satie's instructions to repeat the theme 840 times.

The event is free and open to the public, and you are welcome to come and go as you wish. There will be a tip jar out in case you would like to donate to the Cardinal Kitchen

Let Dr. Kaplan know if you are interested in being one of the pianists who will be appearing in a series of 20-minute slots.    [ score ]

The entire day will be broadcast live on Middletown Radio, the MMP area's Internet streaming radio station. The mic signals from Choral Hall will be patched into an audio interface in the patching room next to Studio 1, and the computer to which it is connected will be running Nicecast. We can then point our public streaming provider, to the Nicecast stream so that it will broadcast the concert to listeners rather than our regular playlists. This same system could be used on other computers, so let us know if you're planning on attending a show or would like to have a timeslot during the week and broadcast your audio feed as a remote DJ.


Live Sound Engineer needed

Roger McConnell is looking for a live sound engineer to work with America's Hometown Band. They have 4–5 performances a year and have the necessary equipment. The engineer is paid $50 for about 3 hours of work. Contact the director if you are responsible (i.e. will show up and be focused) and would like to know more about the job.

Cardinal Film Fights

Stuart Elmore started a club last spring with MMP and TCOM students called Cardinal Film Fights (CFF). Their video web show and audio podcast airs biweekly and can be enjoyed on YouTube, SoundCloud, or their website.

The show brings together three people (students, faculty, guests) on the show to debate four questions pertaining to film and television. The questions vary widely from silly ones like "Who would win in a fight?" or "Which movie is better?" to serious questions like "Best _____" or "Who/What is the best ____". They also allow participants to pitch an idea (movie, television show, cast, etc.) and debate about why their idea is the best among the other fighters. 

Contact Stuart if you would like to get involved as:

  • Production Assistants (help set up microphones and any other tech we have on set), 

  • Sound Engineers (assist in running signal flow on the board and setting good levels

  • Audio Editors (editing all tracks to balance out with each other and add some compression/limiting). 

The Cast:
Stuart Elmore - Director and President - MMP (tcom minor)
Nick Evans - Assistant Director and Fighter - TCOM video
Ben Thatcher - Director of Photography and Executive Producer - TCOM video
Dylan Query - Post-Production Supervisor and Executive Producer - TCOM video
Tyler Moore - Director of Promotions and Advertisement - Advertising
Allison Griffith - Assistant Director of Promotions/Advertisement - Marketing
Bryson Maesch - Chief Sound Engineer and Producer- TCOM audio
Von Storm - Chief Video Editor and Producer - TCOM video
Marissa Anderson - Production Assistant (video) and Producer - TCOM video
Morgan Fuller - Production Assistant (video) and Fighter - TCOM video
Kathryn Gardiner - Faculty Sponsor - Professor for Screenwriting

MMP Student Work

Recent additions to the MMP Podcast include songs from Alexander Moss and Janessa Williamson. Email .mp3s and links to YouTube videos with production and performance credits to Dr. Willey so we can share your work.

Special Harp Concert

On Thursday Oct. 20, 7:30 in Sursa hall, guest artist Alice Giles will be playing a recital which includes Berio's Sequenza for Harp. The diverse program includes:

  • Suite BWV 996 e-minor (originally for Lute - trans. A. Giles)
  • Praeludio / Allemande / Courante /Sarabande / Bourrée / Gigue J.S. Bach (1685 - 1750)
  • Suite for Harp Op 83 Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976)
  • Overture / Toccata / Nocturne / Fugue / Hymn (St Denio)
  • Especially… Dennis Eberhard (1943 - 2005)
  • Sequenza II Luciano Berio (1925 - 2003)
  • Une Châtelaine en sa Tour… Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924)
  • Jolly Piper - Concert Fantasy on the Theme of “The Sailor’s Hornpipe”, Carlos Salzedo (1885 – 1961)

You might want to consider inviting one of the harp students to record for one of your outside projects. One of the advantages of having an audio production program in a School of Music is to hear and have opportunities to record a wide variety of instruments.

MMP Newsletter - October 3, 2016

Added on by Robert Willey.

George Massenburg Masterclass

Legendary audio mixer George Massenburg will be presenting a masterclass on Tuesday, October 4th at 5:00 in Soundhouse C. Topics to be discussed will include mixing, EQ, compression, and loudness. Massenburg has extensive recording credits with over four hundred records over the past 45 years. His work includes recordings of Earth, Wind &Fire, Linda Ronstadt, Little Feat, Lyle Lovett, Aaron Neville, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Natasha Bedingfield, Herbie Hancock, Arlo Guthrie, Billy Joel, the Dixie Chicks and many more. His studio work has gained him international recognition and four Grammys (including the Grammy for Technical Achievement in 1998, at the time making him one of only seventeen individuals to receive that honor) as well as numerous Mix Magazine TEC Awards. In 1988 he also won the Academy of Country Music Record of the Year Award. George has designed, built and managed several recording studios, and has contributed to the acoustical and architectural design of many other studios, including George Lucas’ Skywalker Sound.

Kevin Ray Dates

Kevin Ray has three more visits scheduled to MUSC 299X-3 this semester on October 5, 19, and November 13. The class meets Wednesdays from 5:00–7:00 pm in Letterman 125. Dan Porter says that visitors are welcome at these session and other guests including Spencer Hooks, Tad Druham on booking and venue logistics, Jim Ryser (guitarist for John Mellencamp), Charles Stanton (career planning and branding), Travis Harvey (Village Green Records), and Troye Knnette (keyboardist for John Mellencamp). See the class schedule for dates and topics.

Cinesonika Film Festival Report

Joshua Kattner presented a workshop in Soundhouse A on composing music for film, assisted by Theron Dalton in Studio 1.

Ali Hegedus ran sound for the keynote address in Sursa Hall on Saturday night. Rick Altman had many interesting things to say reflecting on his career and proposing a new vocabulary to describe films, instead of always breaking them down into a series of shots, including soundscapes, spatial signatures, and interconnected performances. His book Sound Theory, Sound Practice is divided into three sections, theoretical perspectives, historical speculations, and neglected domains. The call number at Bracken Library is PN1995.7 .S69 1992 

AES Event Postponed

The Audio Engineering Society Fifth Annual Student Workshop originally scheduled for Saturday, October 8th at St. Francis has been postponed.

MMP Newsletter - September 26, 2016

Added on by Robert Willey.

Cinesonika International Film Festival

The Cinesonika International Film Festival will be at BSU this week, and in the Music Instruction building on Saturday. This is a special opportunity if you are interested in film music and applying your skills to another art form. "The intent of Cinesonika is to give attention to innovative work in the creation of film and video soundtracks, and to give due credit to the importance of audio in audiovisual media." The organizers have opened the sessions to students, and you can get a badge on the second floor of the Letterman Building. Here are some highlights:



Peter Damski, Production Mixer

David Stone, Supervising Sound Editor

3-3:45 with Hollywood pros

Steve Lee, Sound Effects "Wrangler" and Archivist

Vanessa Ament, Foley artist

1-4:00 The Hollywood Sound Museum - Classic Sound Effects Exhibit




1-2:15 Paper panel

"The Portable Recording Studio"

"Documentary Filmaking and Live Album Recording 1967-1969"

"We're Surrounded by Sound"


"Directing Films to Elucidate Musical Compositions," Robert Willey, Music Instruction 229 (the ensemble room at the end of the hall)


"Film Scoring Demonstration," Joshua Kattner, Music Instruction 213 (Studio 1 / Soundhouse A). Three techniques will be covered: Recording music to video, ADR (dialog replacement), and foley (sound effects).


"Keynote Speech and Ear Wax Award", Rick Altman, Sursa Hall. 

See the attached program for more details.


Immersive Learning Class Opportunity

Lori Rhoden is recruiting students for a possible immersive learning class next semester and will rush the process through if there are enough students interested in it. The project would be to create a musical collection of piano works at the upper-elementary and early intermediate level focused on teaching the various rhythms associated with sixteenth-note and triplet patterns. MMP students would assist with tech resources such as audio and video recordings of performances of the pieces, website, and notation. I think there could be some added partnerships with Yamaha by recording and editing MIDI on the Disklavier and releasing the work through their Pianosoft series and online through Hal Leonard's Noteflight. The class could count toward guided specialization credit.

Please contact Dr. Rhoden ASAP if you want more information on the class.

Alex Rodriguez Working With Mike Mentz

The Ball State Daily recently reported a story about Alex Rodriguez and his ongoing work with Mike Mentz, the runner up from THE SONG. Mentz's entry into THE SONG may be recorded by Rascal Flatts, thanks to the efforts of Skip Bishop, who was one of the judges. Alex was one of the assistants for THE SONG, stayed in touch with Mike, and is now recording 7 tracks with the songwriter. Alex also produced a live show in Soundhouse A that was open to an audience.

THE SONG's producers are continuing in their efforts to find a home on a network for the series and are confident that it will happen.

Songwriter to Perform in Pruis on Wednesday, October 5

Kara Claudy, songwriter, singer, and recording artist will be performing at Pruis Hall on Wednesday, October 5 at 7 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. More information about Claudy can be found at

Security Issues

MMP majors are fortunate to have 24/7 access to the facilities and in the past there has been very minimal breakage, damage, and theft. However, lately a number of items have gone missing and the access policy may have to be restricted to working hours. Examples of losses include power and patch chords, an AudioBox, and an M-Audio Axiom 49 keyboard. If you have seen any of our equipment outside the studios return it immediately.

Nothing is to be removed from any of the studios without advance permission from Jeff Seitz. Ball State has some of the finest audio production facilities of universities in the United States, and we are abundantly equipped. However, do not think that there is an unlimited supply. The university will not replace equipment that is stolen, and if the frequency of thefts increase the administration will expect tighter security measures. It is in everyone's interest that we all do our part to keep the facilities in good order, which includes setting rooms back to their default configuration when you finish a session, especially in Soundhouse C which is used as a classroom. Please report anything that appears missing as soon as possible to Jeff as that will make it easier to track down who was last in the room before it disappeared. The swipe cards do keep a record of entry to the hallways.

Failure to follow rules in the studio regarding the care or equipment and eating policy can result in access privileges being revoked. Remember that you are also responsible for the behavior of musicians that you bring into the studios to record. Keep an eye on them and do not let them wander around unsupervised.

Michelle Treacy Session Report

Kaitlyn Delle Donne, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Liggett Jery Lane Christoph Thompson, Michelle Treacy

Kaitlyn Delle Donne, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Liggett Jery Lane
Christoph Thompson, Michelle Treacy

SONY recording artists Michelle Treacy was in Studio One last Monday to record vocal track for her song "I Blame Me". She and producer Mark Liggett worked with Dr. Thompson and Jerry Lane, who were assisted by MMP students Mike Tabor, David Rohrer, Kaitlyn Delle Donne, and Alex Rodriguez. The track is expected to be released by SONY on Michelle's next CD early in the second quarter of 2017.

Mark Liggett and Michelle met with students after the session, and Mark later commented: "The students were total pros. They want to help, and are eager to listen and learn. The recording at your place is great. The control room (in my opinion) is not a super critical listening environment, but overall it's a solid room and I can't say enough about Christoph. We love Ball State. You guys know what you are doing and really care, and that speaks volumes to someone that has done this for thirty years." 

Mark suggests this setup to make a singer more comfortable:

"Cover the window in the vocal booth (through the left window in Studio 1). It should be more private and not distracting for vocalist since they are the most important element in a song. There's too much traffic. Or you could move it to Soundhouse B (where the piano was before) so they don't feel inhibited. Block their view of the control room so they don't see the engineer and producer talking to each other, which might make them worry they are saying negative things about them. That way you can just let them hear what you want them to hear when you hit the talkback switch."

MMP Newsletter - September 23, 2016

Added on by Robert Willey.

David Cutler on Entrepreneurship in Music

David Cutler, author of The Savvy Musician will be on campus Sunday and Monday for a series of presentations about making a career in music as part of the School of Music's entrepreneurship initiative. 

5–6:30 p.m. (Choral Hall): Workshop - A Life in Music: Nine BIG Ideas On Career & Financial Success

1–1:50 p.m. (Sursa Hall): General Recital Hour - TED Talk: The Outward Artist
2:30–4p.m. (Sursa Hall): Workshop - Average Student, Savvy Student
4–4:30p.m. (Sursa Hall): Q & A Session

SONY Recording Artist on Campus on Monday

Music video by Michelle Treacy performing Armageddon. (C) 2016 Legend North under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment

Mark Liggett, the producer who we worked with last spring break for the pilot episode of THE SONG is bringing Michelle Treacy to record a vocal track for "I Blame Me" in Studio One on Monday, Sept. 19. Michelle is one of the artists that work with his production company Legend Entertainment Corp. Liggett is hoping to achieve the same great vocal sound that Dr. Thompson and the students got for Jerzey Jung and the other vocalists for THE SONG. Dr. Thompson will be engineering the vocal session on Monday, assisted by Mike Tabor, David Rohrer, Kaitlyn Delle Donne, and Alex Rodriguez.

Producer Mark Liggett

The track is expected to be released by SONY on Michelle's next CD early in the second quarter of 2017. Mark and Michelle have 8 tracks finished so far and still need to record the final 4 that she is writing. Her song "Armageddon" is currently #19 on Billboard's Canadian Top 40 chart. The plan is to release it in the U.S. after it's moved up.

Mark and Michelle will be available after the vocal recording session to talk with students about songwriting and the record business. It is expected to end between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. You can wait in the MMP area or contact Dr. Willey if you would like to receive an email or include your phone number if you prefer to receive a text message in order to join us afterwards at the Pita Pit in The Village.

Music Needed for Animation Reels

The Animation Department is looking for music for demo reels of new student projects. You'll get a credit and be able to add it to your portfolio. Here are some examples of past reels:

They would like a 10-sec intro/buildup, sections of 30-sec, and a 10-sec ending that they can edit together with the animations. Contact Drs. Willey or Pounds if you're interested.

Updated Studio Manual

Jeff Seitz has given the MMP Studio Manual a fresh coat of paint. He is updating and transferring the old manual to a new School of Music server that will be responsive and give you the best experience, whether you access it on a computer or phone. Update your bookmarks and check it out at: 

Quote for the day

"What you are today and what you will be in five years depends on two things: the people you meet and the books you read." —Twyla Tharp, in The Creative Habit: Learn to Use it for Life."

MMP Newsletter - August 22, 2016

Added on by Robert Willey.

Welcome to the 2016–17 academic year!

We hope you will grow as people, musicians, and music producers. We are looking for ways to foster character strengths that contribute to success and happiness, such as communication skillsgrit (perseverance to accomplish long-term goals) and self-control (ability to resist distractions that get in the way of doing the work). 

Music Needed for Commercial and Animated Films

We have started a new collaboration with the Animation department and look forward to a number of interesting opportunities this year to supply undergrad and grad films with custom music.

1) The first project that needs to be done soon is a commercial for Ball State for which they want 2 to 3 minutes of music for a BSU commercial that will appeal to high school students but not alienate state legislators. For one past project they used an R&B groove. Communicate with Drs. Willey or Pounds if you would like to get involved. 

2) The second opportunity are Animation department show reels for undergraduate and graduate students made in the past with library music:

For these they would like a 10-sec intro/buildup, sections of 30-sec, and a 10-sec ending that they can edit together with the animations. Contact Drs. Willey or Pounds if you're interested.

3) The third project are undergrad and grad films that will start to take shape at the end of the fall semester and finished during the spring and then entered into film festivals. You could do these through composition lessons. Contact Dr. Pounds if you're interested.

Open Classes

You can apply a maximum of 6 hours of MUSC 299X towards guided specialization. 

MUSC 299X-3 “Surviving the Music Business” with Dan Porter, Kevin Ray, and other guest speakers. 2 credits, Wednesdays, 5:00­–7:00 p.m. Counts for guided specialization credit. No prerequisites.

MUSC 299X-2 “Virtual Instrument Design” with Christoph Thompson. 3 credits, time TBA. Students will learn to sample instruments and singers to create synthesizer plugins which will be distributed using the Kontakte and Studio One platforms. Email Dr. Thompson ( for prerequisites. 

MUSC 299X-1 “The Scene” with Dan Porter. 3 credits, time TBA. Meets at Indiana Public Radio in the Letterman Building. Create radio programs from live band performances around the state. Email Mr. Porter ( for prerequisites.

MUSP 436 “Electroacoustic Ensemble”. 1 credit, time TBA. A cooperative, flexible group that will work together to explore and experiment with electronic technology in performance. Various levels of knowledge and experience are welcome, and participants can share knowledge, tools and resources. Programming skills (Max, Pure Data, SuperCollider, Reaktor, etc.) are certainly helpful, but not necessarily required. Contact Dr. Pounds (


Friday Aug. 26 will be the deadline for add/drops this semester. No classes on Sept. 5, October 10–11, November 23–25. Course withdrawal period ends October 26. Last day of classes December 12. Check the Academic Calendar for more details.


Amanda Droste in the the School of Music office is now advising all undergraduate students in the School of Music. Make an appointment or visit her during morning or afternoon drop-in hours to discuss your degree map and general music questions. Area Coordinators and primary applied teachers will be the first point of contact if there are curriculum questions.

Kevin Gerrity is the new Coordinator of Undergraduate Programs in Music.

Dan Porter is the MMP department's Internship coordinator.

Loads of Links to Bookmark

MMP Newsletter - August 8, 2016

Added on by Robert Willey.

Just two more weeks until school starts! Let Dr. Willey know what you've been up to share the news in the next issue of the Newsletter.

Germany's University of Popular Music and Music Business

Christoph Thompson was in Germany this summer, and one of his stops was for a tour at the Mannheim Pop Akademie. We hope to begin work on some collaborative projects and receive a visit from their faculty in the spring.

Film Scoring Experience

Joshua Kattner is a former MMP major who is now doing his degree in TCOM. He has scored quite a number of short films and is someone you should network with if you are interested in film sound or scoring.

"I am looking for musicians and engineers to record music for a promo video for Muncie Innovation Connector, a group that looks for opportunities to license Ball State intellectual property, and a short film of his own called Lucy's Lullaby.

8 to 10 violins
2 to 4 violas
2 to 4 cellos
Female Vocalists

3 recording engineers
Sound Assistant(s)

Musicians will be compensated a flat rate of $100 per session. The engineers will have the possibility of being paid depending on how the budgetary meetings play out. Rehearsal(s) will be a part of the 3hr session(s). The tentative recording date is set for SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22 @ 2:00PM. Music will be disbursed to musicians 3-5 weeks prior to the recording date(s). 

Since these are professional projects, I would want to treat individuals with professionalism and pay what individuals are worth, within reason of course for short indie film budgets. 

These projects are due to be completed by the beginning of November. Lucy's Lullaby has a runtime of roughly 9min with 6-7min of score to record. The Innovation Connector Short Film has a runtime of roughly 4min with 3-4min of score to record. 

If there are any questions about the project and/or you would want to meet up personally with myself or the directors please email us at: or Call/Text +1(765)-702-7855.

Joshua N. Kattner
CEO, Pure Note LLC

BSU Email:: 

Fall Classes

Dan Porter is wrapping up the list of guest speakers for MUSC 299X-3 "Surviving the Music Business" that will meet Wednesday evenings from 5:00–7:00 p.m. Kevin Ray, BSU alumnus and Walk The Moon bassist will be teaching five of the sessions. The 2-hour courses can be used for MMP guided specialization credit and will include many aspects of the music business not otherwise covered in the curriculum.

Christoph Thompson will be teaching MUSC 299X-2 "Virtual Instrument Design" in which students will learn to sample instruments and singers to create synthesizer plugins which will be distributed using the Kontakte and Studio One platforms. This will be another class to consider for guided specialization credit and a great opportunity to diversify your music production skills. We hope to grow the project in the spring into a business and entrepreneurial learning project.Contact Dan Porter immediately if you're interested in earning credit for an internship in the fall. Proposals are normally due a month before the semester begins.

Middletown Radio

If you're looking from relief from the hyper-produced textures pounded out on commercial airwaves, point your browser or phone towards Middletown Radio streaming commercial-free originals from the midwest on the Internet 24 hours a day, including rebroadcasts of The Scene M-F from 9:00–11:00 am. Contact Dr. Willey if you'd like to be part of the team developing the technical and managerial aspects of the station, possibly for MMP 491 (Independent Study) credit.

Faculty Updates

We are excited to welcome back old and new faculty. Michael Pounds will be returning in the fall after a year's sabbatical to teach acoustics, composition, and computer music (synthesis and human interfaces). Chin Ting (Patrick) Chan will be joining the Theory/Comp department to teach composition and computer music (synthesis and Max).

Dr. Willey taught an online class in Music Retail Products over the summer. The content is open anytime you want to use the resources to prepare for a career in sales and support. The 2-hour class will be offered online in future summers.

News from Last Year's Grads

Ethan Hardwick has taken a position as Technical Arts Director and Worship Assistant at Brookville Road Community Church in New Palestine, Indiana. I will be in charge of all technical equipment and production for services and events, but will also get to use the musical part of my training by helping lead worship for Saturday night services, training musicians, charting songs, etc. Ethan got to know Bob Katz through the webinar in MMP430 last spring, and took him up on Katz's offer to master one of his songs in his Florida studio over the summer. "I got to spend two and a half hours with him, he showed me around, and mastered the song with me while I got to watch, listen, and ask questions."

Joe Trinite has been working at as an audio engineer at Transient Sound in Chicago. "I assisted on the Kurt Elling recordings, met both Rob Mounsy and Steven Rodby, and joined up with the Minor Ninths as their lead guitar playerworking on an album at Pressure Point studios with producer Chris Schneider, who apparently worked with some big names like Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake. I was also given a reggaetone session to produce and that's going really well, too. I was invited to some sort of Grammy event, and on August 30th our studio is hosting an EARS meeting in which 50+ engineers and producers are attending, the program is being run by Harry Brotman."

Alexis Sanford is working as an audio engineer at Interlochen. Allison Swingley was there as a team leader over the summer and is starting sales training at Sweetwater. 

Alex Balestra accepted a job in digital audio networking at Attero Tech in Ft. Wayne. Mackenzie McErlane is interning at Aire Born Studios.

Alumni contacts.





MMP Newsletter - July 16, 2016

Added on by Robert Willey.

Society of Composers, Inc. National Conference

Carter Rice is laying the foundation for the Society for Composers, Inc.'s Student National Conference to be held at Ball State in November. The deadline to submit is July 20th. SCI is an independent organization concerned with the fellowship, collaboration, career goals, and objectives of new and contemporary music composers and those interested in topics related to composition and is an excellent opportunity to share your music, network, and if your music is selected for the conference, something to put on your resume. A national conference caries more weight as it is peer-reviewed, so send in an entry of your acoustic or electronic music right away.

Invitation from TCOM

Stan Sollars reports that his summer semester for TCOM's cinema-post-sound immersion SoundLink, and TCOM's music-recording immersion RecordLink, wraps up with  special guests — two in-studio and one via Skype.  

Members of the Wrecking Crew (also known as "Phil Spector's Wall of Sound") employed for a session at Gold Star Studios in the 1960s.

Members of the Wrecking Crew (also known as "Phil Spector's Wall of Sound") employed for a session at Gold Star Studios in the 1960s.

On Monday July 18 at 3 p.m. in LB Studio 2A, guitarist/composer/arranger Don Peake will Skype in from L.A.  Don was a member of the famed "Wrecking Crew" backing band that appeared on literally hundreds of hit pop and rock records in the 1960s and 70s.  Don was also Ray Charles' guitarist for 10 years.  He occupies chapter five in the book about the Wrecking Crew, and is in some of the "extra features" on the Wrecking Crew documentary DVD. This is his second appearance in the last three years in RecordLink.  

In-studio on Monday, veteran Indianapolis recording engineer Alan Johnson returns for his second visit this year. He will be discussing a recent band mix of his and how he did it.  Alan will also offer some general useful tips from his 30-year career of recording, mixing and mastering music of all sorts. The former BSU scholar has been a regular guest in RecordLink since the immersion began in 2009.

Then, on Wednesday July 20th, recording engineer Don Worsham flies in from Burbank to visit with both SoundLink (1 p.m., LB Studio 2A) and RecordLink (3 p.m.).  Don started his education at BSU, but finished with a degree from IU Bloomington in the 1960s.  He has experience in radio, television, and film. Don has at least four national Emmys to his credit for mixing the Grammy Awards. He will discuss the differences and similarities between cinema and television mixes of today, and bring us up-to-date on metering and file delivery methods being used in L.A. and other major centers of media.

Stan has eight students in each class, leaving at least 12 more seats available in Studio 2A.  MMP students are welcome to join! 

Walk the Moon's Kevin Ray to guest lecture music class

Photo courtesy of

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Excitement is building across campus for MUSC 299X-3, Dan Porter's new fall class on surviving in the music business featuring Kevin Ray.

Porter was quoted in a story in the Ball State Daily News last week: “Anyone who is serious about making a career with their solo work or a band should enroll in this one-time class opportunity,” Porter said. “Others who want to know how to get involved as a non-musician working the business angle of the industry will gain invaluable context into how all the different pieces come together to form the modern music industry as we know it.”

Interested in a job in electrical engineering?

Guitar pedal master Brian Wampler for students interested in electrical engineering who may have graduated or graduating soon and are looking for work. 

Wampler's "Sovereign Distortion" box

Wampler's "Sovereign Distortion" box

Become part of Planetarium team

Dayna Thompson looks over applications at the start of each semester for volunteers for volunteer positions at the Brown Planetarium.:

Those who email Dr. Thompson that they submitted an application typically get a response quicker. We have been meeting with Dr. Thompson and Dr. Kaitchuck on collaborations between MMP, the planetarium, and John Fillwalk's IDIA Lab to develop immersive content that can be distributed to consumer VR systems, and this would be a good time to get in on the ground floor of that project. Volunteering and internships may lead to paid student positions. Dr. Thompson said that one thing MMP students could do is to mix surround sound audio effects. They are also open to composers wishing to add to the soundtrack for their winter show.

Peyton Cox gave a very well-received performance of her MMP capstone project to a full house in the Planetarium last spring, and we are expecting to have a series of encore showings in the spring.

Summer Reading

Here are a couple of books to consider for personal growth:

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

In this must-read book for anyone striving to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents, educators, students, and businesspeople - both seasoned and new - that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a focused persistence called "grit". [ podcast interview ]

Why do some people succeed and others fail? Sharing new insights from her landmark research on grit, MacArthur "genius" Angela Duckworth explains why talent is hardly a guarantor of success. Rather, other factors can be even more crucial, such as identifying our passions and following through on our commitments.

Drawing on her own powerful story as the daughter of a scientist who frequently bemoaned her lack of smarts, Duckworth describes her winding path through teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience, which led to the hypothesis that what really drives success is not genius but a special blend of passion and long-term perseverance. As a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Duckworth created her own "character lab" and set out to test her theory.

Deskbound: Standing Up to a Sitting World by Kelly Starrett

Sitting can wreak havoc on your health, and not just in the form of minor aches and pains. Recent studies show that too much sitting contributes to a host of diseases—from obesity and diabetes to cancer and depression. The typical seated office worker suffers from more musculoskeletal injuries than those workers who do daily manual labor. It turns out that sitting is as much an occupational risk as is lifting heavy weights on the job. The facts are in: sitting literally shortens your life. Your chair is your enemy, and it is murdering your body.

Deskbound provides creative solutions for reducing the amount of time you spend perched on your backside, as well as strategies for transforming your desk into a dynamic, active workstation that can improve your life.

MMP Newsletter - June 29, 2016

Added on by Robert Willey.

Kevin Ray Coming Back to Campus in Fall

Kevin Ray, MMP alumnus and bass player in Walk the Moon is coming back to campus in the fall to be one of the featured guest lecturers in "Surviving the Music Business: Insights from Active Professionals" (MUSC299X-2), a special 2-hour course taught Wednesday nights from 5:00–7:00 p.m. Take this opportunity to get practical music industry information while earning guided specialization credits for the MMP degree. The class will be organized by Dan Porter. Kevin will be there for 5 of the weeks, the other classes will feature other speakers from the community.

Middletown Radio

The MMP department's own Internet streaming station, Middletown Radio, is on the air! Our mission is to promote new music from the midwest and share what's being performed and recorded in the School of Music. 

Get to know us at and leave voicemail at (765) 280-2255 with news, comments, music reviews, jokes, or anything else you'd like to say on the show and we may put add you to the broadcast. Email your comments and blog content to Let Dr. Willey know if you'd like to be part of the administration or programming of the station.

Submit your own music, and invite other musicians to do the same.

Click the triangle to tune in: - Example Player

GearFest report

GearFest 2016 was bigger and better than ever before. Over 12,000 people visited displays from 475+ manufacturers.

Sweetwater's new pavilion was constructed to accommodate their 1000+ employees for meetings and to use for concerts. It was the site for parties in the evening on Friday for vendors and Saturday for the public. Sweetwater is also considering building an amphitheater for large events. 

Sweetwater CEO Chuck Surack welcomed guests and visited all the tents

Sweetwater CEO Chuck Surack welcomed guests and visited all the tents

The Sweetwater R&B Band comprised of employees played Saturday night and featured numerous guests including Larry Dunn and Jordan Rudess, keyboard players from Earth, Wind, and Fire and Dream Theater respectively.

Many legends were on hand to meet visitors and represent manufacturers.

Roger Linn is an American industrial designer known for designing the Linn Drum, the first drum machine to use digital samples. He later designed the MPC60 for Akai, an integrated digital sampling drum machine and MIDI sequencer released in 1988, an instrument that enjoyed great popularity among hip-hop producers.

Roger Linn is an American industrial designer known for designing the Linn Drum, the first drum machine to use digital samples. He later designed the MPC60 for Akai, an integrated digital sampling drum machine and MIDI sequencer released in 1988, an instrument that enjoyed great popularity among hip-hop producers.

Linn's new invention, the Linnstrument is a highly expressive instrument that senses pressure, velocity, and left/right and forward/back position to control loudness, vibrato, and timbre.

Linn's new invention, the Linnstrument is a highly expressive instrument that senses pressure, velocity, and left/right and forward/back position to control loudness, vibrato, and timbre.

Jordan Rudess demonstrated another expressive instrument, the Roli keyboard. 

Part of Rudess's demo at GearFest

The Seaboard RISE 49

Where else but at GearFest do you get a chance to talk ask Jordan Rudess questions and get an individual demo?

Where else but at GearFest do you get a chance to talk ask Jordan Rudess questions and get an individual demo?

Companies like inMusic put all their different brands in one tent

Companies like inMusic put all their different brands in one tent

Craig Anderton has a long history in the music industry as an author, musicologist, and innovator. He has played at Carnegie Hall, published over two dozen books, and written thousands of articles. Now he is Executive Vice President and "Evangelist" for Gibson.

Craig Anderton has a long history in the music industry as an author, musicologist, and innovator. He has played at Carnegie Hall, published over two dozen books, and written thousands of articles. Now he is Executive Vice President and "Evangelist" for Gibson.

Steve Fisher is manager for Yamaha's acoustic and electronic drum division. He worked at Roland for many years in product development but says he thinks Yamaha is in a better position to make the engineering breakthrough to usher in a new age of expressive electronic percussion.

Steve Fisher is manager for Yamaha's acoustic and electronic drum division. He worked at Roland for many years in product development but says he thinks Yamaha is in a better position to make the engineering breakthrough to usher in a new age of expressive electronic percussion.

Brian Wampler demonstrated some of his boutique pedals after giving one of the many workshops.

Brian Wampler demonstrated some of his boutique pedals after giving one of the many workshops.

Mark your calendar for June 23–24 2017 for next year's GearFest.

MMP Newsletter - June 16, 2016

Added on by Robert Willey.

Gear Fest Starts Tomorrow

Tonight there was a party to celebrate the start of Gear Fest, which will happen tomorrow and Friday, June 17–18 at Sweetwater in Fort Wayne. Tomorrow there will be another party after Gear Fest Saturday evening, again in their new Pavilion. The Sweetwater R&B band will include Mark Hornsby, Don Carr, Nick D'Virgillio, Phil Naish, Sweetwater CEO Chuck Surack, Brett Kelsey, along with Kat Bowser, Bob Bailey and Adam Johnson.

Chuck got his start doing remote recording out of his VW van, and branched out to making sample sets for an early Kurzweil keyboard, which let to working for a lot of A-list recording artists like Stevie Wonder. When you enter the building there is a display along the left wall showing all the vintage gear he used.

There's a good chance you'll see Mr. Surack there himself welcoming visitors. Take the opportunity to shake his hand and introduce yourself as a Music Media Production student at Ball State University.

There will be a reception hosted by the School of Music on Saturday, June 18 from 6:00–8:00 p.m. at Don's Guesthouse 10 minutes away from Sweetwater in Fort Wayne for MMP students—past, present, and future. Do your best to go to Gear Fest, the largest music products show in the United States that is free and open to the public and take in some of the many presentations and workshops on Friday and/or Saturday, and please join us Saturday evening if you can.

Now that Sweetwater has 1000 employees they needed a bigger place to meet.

Now that Sweetwater has 1000 employees they needed a bigger place to meet.

Kevin Ray Returning to Teach Class in Fall

We are in final negotiations with Kevin Ray (MMP alumnus and bass player in Walk the Moon) to have him be the lead guest teacher in a new class called "Surviving the Music Business" (MUSC299X-3) in the fall. Dan Porter will be organizing the 2-hour class and will bring in an experienced panel of guest lecturers. Kevin will be coming to campus 5 times. The class is scheduled to meet Wednesday evenings from 5:00–7:00 p.m. in LB 125. The class will count for guided specialization credit for MMP majors, and it is open students in other departments, so please pass the word.

Music Retail Products Class

The new Music Retail Products class being taught online this summer is open to the public. We are using the Sweetwater ProGear guide as the textbook and many of their other resources. The students are writing case studies of representative companies.

Job at Markeys

Kalalau Cantrell, one of our alumni, let us know that Markey's is hiring:

"The hours would be somewhere between part-time and full-time (weeks seem to vary between 25 and sometimes 40 hrs), and it would be an events driven schedule meaning frequent nights and weekends and varying shifts times and lengths. The types of show that occurs at the Crane Bay vary widely anywhere from a wedding to a corporate meeting to a full on rock show.  I'm not sure what skill level they're exactly looking for but I don't see them turning someone down that would need just a little training to fill in any gaps in knowledge (e.g. not knowing lighting or video; or, being strong in studio audio and needing some help applying those skills to live audio)."

Kalalau Cantrell <>