MMP Newsletter - Januray 7, 2016

Added on by Robert Willey.

Happy new year!

Interlochen Summer Jobs

Now is the time to be applying for positions at Interlochen Center for the Arts for the summer. There are many openings in all sorts of areas. The best for MMP students is as a Production Sound and Lighting Technician. We have had many students working one or more summers at Interlochen and all report that it is a fantastic experience.

The dates of the contract are 6/13/16-8/14/16 and the stipend for the entire duration of the contract is $1,585. Housing is provided for the dates contracted (early arrival/late stay requests, if space is available, will be paid in full by the employee). All meals are included with your agreement- breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The production crew will support Interlochen student productions that include classical, jazz, theatre, and dance as well as work closely with Summer Arts Festival guest artists including classical, jazz, dance, comedy, country and pop entertainers.  Past guest artists include Steve Miller Band, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Styx, KT Tunstall, Joshua Bell, Ra Ra Riot, Parsons Dance, Paula Poundstone, etc. They are also responsible for the care and upkeep of venues and production equipment. Must be an efficient multi-tasker. A collaborative, creative spirit is a must. Must be 18 years of age. Students currently studying audio production, lighting or theatrical production preferred.  Position requires someone who is motivated and a quick learner with the ability to work occasional long hours and a flexible schedule. Knowledge of or participation in any performing arts is desirable. The position requires a self-motivated individual who is a team player.

Live Sound Event

MMP students are invited to attend an AES event at Butler University.

DATE: THURSDAY, February 12, 2015. 7:30 - 9:30 PM

LOCATION:  Hinkle Fieldhouse, Butler University campus - 510 W. 49th St. (Recommend heading Westbound from Meridian St. on 49th St.)

DIRECTIONS: Hinkle Fieldhouse is located on the Butler University campus at the corner of W. 46th Street & Boulevard Place. It's Bldg. 22 on this map: and here is a link to Google Maps:

PARKING – Main lot (south side of Fieldhouse).  Enter the Fieldhouse via Gate 4 (farthest east)


Hosts Joe Gentry and Russ Hoppel will review recently completed technical system upgrades at Hinkle Fieldhouse, including:

A new center court LED video scoreboard with supporting video production suite
New audio system - center scoreboard loudspeakers, audio infrastructure for new mix position and band position, Yamaha console and reconfigured and optimized signal processing for the entire sound system to all seats
The presentation also will include discussion of:

  • Design considerations and construction challenges
  • Addressing the challenge of overcoming a large, reverberant room and high crowd noise to maintain intelligibility
  • Optimizing signal processing for live band vs. media vs. talker
  • Managing feeds fir multiple broadcast – home and visiting radio, live TV, in-house video production

Please RSVP

Auditorium Acoustics Event

Date:  Wednesday, January 20th
Time:  6:45 PM
Location:  Clowes Hall (Butler University campus, 46th Street) Indianapolis.
Parking:  Plenty of parking is available in a brand new garage directly behind Clowes Hall and the Schrott Center.  Enter off Sunset Ave. just north of 46th Street.
Entrance:  Please enter via the northeast door (closest to the parking garage) - there will be a sign on door. We will meet on stage.

Clowes Memorial Hall, celebrating 50 years, is a multi-purpose performing arts facility that serves Butler University and the greater Indianapolis community.  It was once THE Indy Concert Hall and hosted Eric Clapton and Cream in 1967, as well as the ISO.  Its programming has migrated over 50 years from symphonic originally, to more pop and road show use. This necessitated changes in acoustics and sound systems as a phased plan, now completed.  Clowes Hall is now one of only a few performing arts centers in the region with a complete “LCR” (left/center/right) theatre sound system.  It is optimized with acoustics driving the design.  A new L-Acoustics array was specified and installed.
The presenter will be David Wright of Wright Consulting Associates, now a part of a national engineering firm, KJWW Engineering Inc.  David will review how design steps were prioritized with budgets and how acoustics were addressed before any sound system or product could be designed.   If time allows, we also plan on doing a relative calibration for attendees' SLM meters, as a field exercise.  Bring your portable measuring mic and calibrators if you have one! 
The host at Clowes Hall will be Ernie Yezzi, Sound Technician/Technical Stage Crew.

RSVP here.

Songwriting Contest

January 15 is the deadline to submit a set of lyrics for the American Songwriter Lyric Contest. The $15 entry fee gives you a chance to win:

  • 2015 “Dream Co-Write” with Mary Gauthier
  • Professional Demo Session (1 song) at Omni Sound Studios
  • Round-Trip Flight to Nashville
  • Gibson J-35 Acoustic Guitar
  • Legendary Shure SM58 Microphone

Register Now

If you still have space for another class, here are some of the options with space still available:

MUST 445 Music Perception - 3 credit hours
An advanced seminar on auditory perception and music psychology. I will be jointly teaching this seminar with doctoral composition student Carter Rice. The course will include topics such as:
 - hearing and the human auditory system
 - the physiology of the ear
 - introduction to the human brain
 - pressure, power and loudness
 - musical scales, pitch, tuning, and temperament,
 - perception of musical time
 - musical cognition
 - early musical development
 - meaning and emotion in music

MUSP 436 Laptop/Electroacoustic Ensemble - 1 credit hour
An ensemble course focused on composing, performing, and improvising music written for computers, new technologies, and electronic/electroacoustic instruments. This is a student-centered and student-driven ensemble, and how you end up contributing to the course may vary widely depending on your skill set. We had an excellent turnout last semester, culminating in a quintet performance for laptops, recorder, mixer, electric guitar, and live loop pedal. Open to all styles, aesthetics, hardware, and software.

MMP 236 Section 2 Recording Techniques 2
Continuation of MMP 235. Topics include multitrack recording, multichannel mixing, signal processing, and problems in multiple microphone arrays and stereo imaging. Laboratory time is mandatory. Prerequisite: MMP 235

MMP 430 Production Workshop
An advanced course in technical application of music production oriented toward independent projects. Projects require a production product such as a technical demonstration, a broadcast quality program, an album, or an intermedia performance. Prerequisite: MMP335 or permission from Dr. Thompson.

MUSC299X Section 2 Making Educational Videos
Students taking the class will learn to select content, arrange for experts to appear on camera, negotiate intellectual property agreements, develop scripts following pedagogical principles, make audio and video recordings, edit and output finished video files, and get feedback about the results from the Conn-Selmer production staff. In addition, students in the class will make their own instructional video on a topic of their choosing.. 3 hours, planned to meet Mondays and Fridays from 12:00–12:50. Contact Dr. Willey if you're interested in the class but have a time conflict as we can reschedule. Talk with your adviser about counting it for guided specialization credit.