This Friday is Career Day at Sweetwater Sound in Fort Wayne. It's not too late to reserve a seat on the bus (see previous newsletters for details). Otherwise go to Botsford-Swinford dorm on Friday, Nov. 6 at 8:15 am, fill out the release form, and depart at 8:30. Sweetwater is the Google of music stores, and you should make every effort to attend as it can be a solid career opportunity. If you have classes on Friday, excuse forms are tacked to my bulletin board (MI 211) that you can use to work out missing class (in advance) with your teachers.
To prepare for a visit to Sweetwater Sound, check out their website, including their tour, glossary, and "Sweetwater Minutes". We have two videos on the MMP Organization Blackboard site of two presentations they made for the MMP area, the first with Greg Bates, a BSU graduate and head of their training program, and Jeff McDonald, another BSU grad who is Senior VP of Human Resources. To access them, log into Blackboard, click on your name in the upper right hand corner, and pick Organizations under the list of your classes. You should see "Music Media Production" there. Once you're in to the Organization area, click on the "Videos" tab in the left column. If you've never been to the site before, there are also some audio recordings including conversations with Javier Mercedes and his alumni colleagues about getting into the business after graduation.
Registration for next semester's classes starts next week. Take advantage of advising appointment times set up by your advisor and register when your slot opens for the best selection of sections. Trying to get questions answered later by email is a slower process. Amanda Droste in the School of Music Undergraduate Office can help with MMP advising and questions about CORE and general music requirements such as ensembles. Dr. Willey is is also available to meet for drop in questions with Dr. Pound's advisees while he is on sabbatical.
Dr. Pounds was recognized as one of the "15 outstanding professors every audio enthusiast should know" on the Recording Excellence blog. "Michael Pounds specializes in computer music composition and collaborative intermedia projects. His expertise stems from years of experience and a decorated academic career with studies at Ball State University, Bowling Green State University, the University of Birmingham in England, and the University of Illinois. He has composed music that has been performed all over the world. He currently teaches courses covering composition, music perception, recording, computer music, and acoustics."
Dr. Thompson is organizing an online streaming conversation in Studio 2 with Ted Fletcher on November 11th.
"Ted is part of the UK rock history. He has worked as an engineer with the greatest of the great and has designed equipment that dominated the sound of hit records. He worked with Jethro Tull, Pete Townsend, Yes, Cat Stevens, among many others, and is one of the few living people who worked with the legendary Joe Meek (Tel-Star). Ted will talk about the Plug-In Vs. Hardware controversy, optical compression, and will be available for a Q&A"
Dr. Willey visited the KIPP Indy College Prep Middle school in order to observe how they foster the seven character strengths of grit, self-control, social intelligence, zest, curiosity, gratitude, and optimism. School of Music alumni and Advisory Board member Matthew Rooney teaches there. He will be giving a presentation on how we are focusing on the same qualities in the MMP program at the College Music Society / Association for Technology in Music Instruction's national conference this Friday.
We had a great time at the rehearsal, soundcheck, and performance by Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. Students from the live sound class had a talk with lead audio engineer Devin Schonsheck about the setup. He, Dan Porter, and other members of their team mentioned how much they gained from the experience of being interns at Interlochen in the summer, and said there are opportunities to intern there in Carmel in one of their four venues. We were on our best behavior and hope to be invited back for future shows such as Kenny Barron.
Last week we had another visit from Muncie attorney Eric Welch who is representing a group that is proposing bringing an Internet TV show called "The Song" to Ball State. On this occasion he was accompanied by songwriter Elliot Sloan, producer Mark Ligett, and engineer Jerry Lane. They hope to shoot 7 episodes in Sursa Hall using students from MMP to screen applicants and audio production and from TCOM for video recording and editing. The project seems to be gaining some traction on campus and would be a reality program like "The Voice" but for songwriters. Those selected would work with a producer in the MMP studios to develop their songs and then compete as openers for shows by pro bands.