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 http://middletownmusic.org/radio 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 middletown765@gmail.com. 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:

Radio.co - 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.