MMP Newsletter - July 16, 2016

Added on by Robert Willey.

Society of Composers, Inc. National Conference

Carter Rice is laying the foundation for the Society for Composers, Inc.'s Student National Conference to be held at Ball State in November. The deadline to submit is July 20th. SCI is an independent organization concerned with the fellowship, collaboration, career goals, and objectives of new and contemporary music composers and those interested in topics related to composition and is an excellent opportunity to share your music, network, and if your music is selected for the conference, something to put on your resume. A national conference caries more weight as it is peer-reviewed, so send in an entry of your acoustic or electronic music right away.

Invitation from TCOM

Stan Sollars reports that his summer semester for TCOM's cinema-post-sound immersion SoundLink, and TCOM's music-recording immersion RecordLink, wraps up with  special guests — two in-studio and one via Skype.  

Members of the Wrecking Crew (also known as "Phil Spector's Wall of Sound") employed for a session at Gold Star Studios in the 1960s.

Members of the Wrecking Crew (also known as "Phil Spector's Wall of Sound") employed for a session at Gold Star Studios in the 1960s.

On Monday July 18 at 3 p.m. in LB Studio 2A, guitarist/composer/arranger Don Peake will Skype in from L.A.  Don was a member of the famed "Wrecking Crew" backing band that appeared on literally hundreds of hit pop and rock records in the 1960s and 70s.  Don was also Ray Charles' guitarist for 10 years.  He occupies chapter five in the book about the Wrecking Crew, and is in some of the "extra features" on the Wrecking Crew documentary DVD. This is his second appearance in the last three years in RecordLink.  

In-studio on Monday, veteran Indianapolis recording engineer Alan Johnson returns for his second visit this year. He will be discussing a recent band mix of his and how he did it.  Alan will also offer some general useful tips from his 30-year career of recording, mixing and mastering music of all sorts. The former BSU scholar has been a regular guest in RecordLink since the immersion began in 2009.

Then, on Wednesday July 20th, recording engineer Don Worsham flies in from Burbank to visit with both SoundLink (1 p.m., LB Studio 2A) and RecordLink (3 p.m.).  Don started his education at BSU, but finished with a degree from IU Bloomington in the 1960s.  He has experience in radio, television, and film. Don has at least four national Emmys to his credit for mixing the Grammy Awards. He will discuss the differences and similarities between cinema and television mixes of today, and bring us up-to-date on metering and file delivery methods being used in L.A. and other major centers of media.

Stan has eight students in each class, leaving at least 12 more seats available in Studio 2A.  MMP students are welcome to join! 

Walk the Moon's Kevin Ray to guest lecture music class

Photo courtesy of

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Excitement is building across campus for MUSC 299X-3, Dan Porter's new fall class on surviving in the music business featuring Kevin Ray.

Porter was quoted in a story in the Ball State Daily News last week: “Anyone who is serious about making a career with their solo work or a band should enroll in this one-time class opportunity,” Porter said. “Others who want to know how to get involved as a non-musician working the business angle of the industry will gain invaluable context into how all the different pieces come together to form the modern music industry as we know it.”

Interested in a job in electrical engineering?

Guitar pedal master Brian Wampler for students interested in electrical engineering who may have graduated or graduating soon and are looking for work. 

Wampler's "Sovereign Distortion" box

Wampler's "Sovereign Distortion" box

Become part of Planetarium team

Dayna Thompson looks over applications at the start of each semester for volunteers for volunteer positions at the Brown Planetarium.:

Those who email Dr. Thompson that they submitted an application typically get a response quicker. We have been meeting with Dr. Thompson and Dr. Kaitchuck on collaborations between MMP, the planetarium, and John Fillwalk's IDIA Lab to develop immersive content that can be distributed to consumer VR systems, and this would be a good time to get in on the ground floor of that project. Volunteering and internships may lead to paid student positions. Dr. Thompson said that one thing MMP students could do is to mix surround sound audio effects. They are also open to composers wishing to add to the soundtrack for their winter show.

Peyton Cox gave a very well-received performance of her MMP capstone project to a full house in the Planetarium last spring, and we are expecting to have a series of encore showings in the spring.

Summer Reading

Here are a couple of books to consider for personal growth:

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

In this must-read book for anyone striving to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents, educators, students, and businesspeople - both seasoned and new - that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a focused persistence called "grit". [ podcast interview ]

Why do some people succeed and others fail? Sharing new insights from her landmark research on grit, MacArthur "genius" Angela Duckworth explains why talent is hardly a guarantor of success. Rather, other factors can be even more crucial, such as identifying our passions and following through on our commitments.

Drawing on her own powerful story as the daughter of a scientist who frequently bemoaned her lack of smarts, Duckworth describes her winding path through teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience, which led to the hypothesis that what really drives success is not genius but a special blend of passion and long-term perseverance. As a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Duckworth created her own "character lab" and set out to test her theory.

Deskbound: Standing Up to a Sitting World by Kelly Starrett

Sitting can wreak havoc on your health, and not just in the form of minor aches and pains. Recent studies show that too much sitting contributes to a host of diseases—from obesity and diabetes to cancer and depression. The typical seated office worker suffers from more musculoskeletal injuries than those workers who do daily manual labor. It turns out that sitting is as much an occupational risk as is lifting heavy weights on the job. The facts are in: sitting literally shortens your life. Your chair is your enemy, and it is murdering your body.

Deskbound provides creative solutions for reducing the amount of time you spend perched on your backside, as well as strategies for transforming your desk into a dynamic, active workstation that can improve your life.