MMP Newsletter - August 18, 2015

Added on by Robert Willey.

Welcome (back) to the MMP program at BSU. We hope you had a great summer and are ready to have a productive year.


  • There will be a MMP area kickoff meeting for all majors on Thursday, September 3rd from 7:00–8:00 pm in MU 117. This will be an opportunity to meet new and old students and discuss plans for the semester.

  • We are finishing building a new signup system to request recording sessions in the MMP studios. Please encourage your friends and contacts to fill out the form that will go into a list from which students will pick projects. Starting this year students in all 200+ level MMP classes will be required to do at least two sessions per semester outside regular course assignments.

  • Indiana Public Radio has one student position available for a Producer / Engineer to work on the weekly music in performance radio program The Scene. Full details about the position may be found on the Cardinal Career Link by searching for "ID 770603" or “Producer / Engineer”. To apply, contact IPR Production Manager Sean Ashcraft at to submit your resume and arrange an interview. Interviews will be held the first week of Fall semester classes, 08/24 - 08/28. A demo reel will be required from all applicants, which can be submitted at the time your interview. 

  • Digital Corps occasionally needs audio engineers and producers to join their production staff.

  • Jeff Seitz will be announcing how to apply to join the Central Recording Services staff to record and stream concerts in Sursa Hall.

  • The School of Music at Ball State University will be hosting the preliminaries for the prestigious Hastings International Piano Competition. We have already spoken to UMC and are creating a website to go with this event.  Ball State University has invested over a million dollars in state-of-the-art pianos for this event to be held in November. We are looking for assistance in developing vignette stories of some of the participants and other content for the website.

  • Eleven MMP freshmen have moved into our new MMP/Emerging Media Living Learning community in the Botsford-Swinford dorm in the Johnson A complex. We'll be having some MMP activities there this year and look forward to seeing what comes about from having MMP students collaborating with their counterparts in College of Communication Information and Media (telecommunications, information and communication science, journalism) and the Emerging Media initiative.

  • BSU's student chapter of the Audio Engineering Society will have their first meeting on September 2 from 7–9 pm in MI 216. The meetings are open to members and non-members and they are planning on launching a mentorship program to help freshmen get started as assistant engineers on sessions in the MMP studios.

  • Benny Link is a new system for finding out about student organizations and what's happening on campus. Get the free Corq app for your phone to access it. One event you mustn't miss is the CCIM Super Party, taking place on Wednesday, September 2 from 6-7:30 in the AJ/BC/LB buildings, It's an opportunity to learn about opportunities in the communications area and student organizations. Check in with your I.D. on the first floor of the AJ building.

  • The Central Indiana Audio Studio Workshop will take place in the MI building all day on Saturday, September 12. Dan Porter worked hard all summer putting the event together which promises to be a great opportunity to learn from industry professionals and network.


  • Christoph Thompson has degrees in jazz and composition and has taught composition, music theory, and computer music at Ball State and Taylor University. In addition to working on recording projects he is involved in sound design and jazz keyboard performance. Dr. Thompson is filling in for John Fishell, who moved to IPFW to head their music technology program, and will be teaching MMP235/235, The Scene, helping with CRS, and doing recording projects.
  • Daniel Swilley composes acoustic and electroacoustic music. He holds degrees in composition and is interested in electroacoustic music analysis, computer-assisted algorithmic composition, and laptop performance. He is filling in for Dr. Kothman who moved to Montana to be head of the MSU School of Music. Dr. Swilley will be teaching MUST121, the new introduction to computer music class that has replaced MMP302 (Songwriting II) in the MMP curriculum.
  • Eli Fieldsteel has degrees in composition and is interested in the intersection between music technology and contemporary instrumental practice. He works with concert production, live audio recording and has developed software for generative music. He is replacing Dr. Pounds who is on sabbatical and will be teaching a section of MMP125 (Acoustics).
  • Dan Porter will continue to teach online sections of MMP100 (Music Industry) and our new live sound and recording class (MMP330). He consults for Auralex, has his own mastering company,  and performs in a variety of groups, including The Dapper.
  • Robert Willey directs the Music Media Production and Industry program. His degrees are in theoretical studies and computer music and he is interested in fostering communication skills and character strengths. Hal Leonard published his new book Getting Started With Music Production this summer. Dr. Willey teaches Music Industry (MMP100), Songwriting (MMP301), Senior Projects (MMP495), MUST121 (starting in the spring), and supervise internships.
  • Carter Rice is pursuing a DA degree in the Theory/Comp and will be teaching a section of MMP125 (Acoustics).

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