MMP Newsletter - February 14, 2016

Added on by Robert Willey.

Reality TV show about songwriting coming to MMP Studio 1

The Internet reality TV show about songwriters called THE SONG is coming to Ball State over spring break and is looking for MMP students to intern.

Their open call produced several thousand submissions from songwriters all over the country, from which they've chosen 15 to come to Muncie March 9-12. The next round of judging will be done by Elliot Sloan (Blessed Union of Souls), Steve Lindell (WLBC), and Robert Willey (MMP), who will reduce the field to 5. A third celebrity panel composed of Darius Rucker (Hootie & the Blowfish), Skip Bishop (formerly of Sony and Arista), and one other will be coming to Muncie to pick the top 2 from these to work in the MMP studios on March 10–12 to work up the final arrangements and rehearse with a band of professional musicians.

The winner of the competition will open for a show open to the public on March 12 in Pruis Hall, featuring Tryon, Ryan Star, and Daya, (whose song "Hideaway" has charted in the Top 10). The producer is open to MMP students helping with the recording and providing mixes, that if acceptable would be used in the show.

We are looking for the following assistants:

  • an intern to assist producer Michael Braverman and coordinate volunteers, March 9–12
  • an intern to help Mark Liggett (music producer) and the band in Soundhouse A, March 10–12
  • an intern to assist Jerry Lane (engineer) in Studio 1, March 10–12
  • two runners to help in Studio 1 and Soundhouse A - advanced knowledge of Pro Tools not required
  • 3 assistants to work with Darius Rucker, Skip Bishop, and other judge March 11–12
  • a publicity person starting now
  • assistant live sound engineers to help with the show in Pruis Hall on March 12 and mix the multitrack recording down afterwards

Let Dr. Willey know if you are available and interested in working, and for which position. Indicate which days you're available for if you can't be here the entire time.

Multimedia project Wednesday night


The Langston Hughes Project "Ask Your Mama" will be presenting a free multimedia performance Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Sursa Hall. It will combine Hughes' poetry, a jazz quartet, video projections, and the Ball State Symphony Orchestra. Come see this interesting event that fires on so many cylinders.


Planetarium show needs music

A show developed by students is being presented in the Brown Planetarium, one of the top 10 university planetariums and biggest in Indiana. There are 10 chapters to it, including our place in the universe, the solar system, asteroids, Kiper Belt, Orc Cloud, Beyond, etc. Let Assistant Planetarium Director Dayna Thompson know you're interested in plugging some of your music this week. [ Listen to the audio of the narration with current music waiting to be replaced by student compositions ]

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Review

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis thrilled the Emens Auditorium audience during their show on Feb. 3, performing a set including Thrift Shot, Downtown, Same Love, And We Danced, Irish Celebration, and Can't Hold Us. Macklemore said it was the next to last engagement on their national tour before heading home. They'll be turning around later in the month to start promoting their new album.

One of the members in the group was introduced as being a BSU graduate.

It took 5 tour buses to bring everyone to Muncie: Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, 3 dancers, 3 singers, 4 horn players, and a couple of utility players. Macklemore, a real showman, connected with the audience, and at the end walked out on top of the standing audience's hands.

Many of the numbers included video projections, some with pre-recorded vocals, which made for a fatter sound and engaging visual display. As a result a weak group of backing musicians was sufficient, though the musicians in the audience might have enjoyed a higher level of musicianship.                                                       

Changes in Internship Policies

Changes in the procedure for getting credit for an internship are being made in order to provide a better experience and to comply with best practices in other departments on campus. Dan Porter will be developing an online class to start this summer for MMP 494 (Internship). It will no longer be possible to do an internship during the summer and to get credit for it the following fall. Internships will have to be approved well in advance by him and Dr. Inks, the School of Music Internship Coordinator. Talk to Dr. Willey if you have any questions, and watch for future announcements as the new policies are finalized.