December 6th, 2013 by Jonathan Prozzi
Concepts: Advanced Audio Editing, Interview Skills
Hello everyone! The last two weeks have been abbreviated due to Thanksgiving and holiday travel plans, so I’ve decided to do a quick post combining the session notes for each week. We’ve been focusing on expanding our editing skills, and further building on the techniques involved in creating loop-based compositions. Thanksgiving week, J was able to work in depth on a piece he’s envisioned as the backdrop soundbed for one of his ‘Top Ten’ lists. In creating the piece, he was able to select several source audio files and cut them into individual slices, and then process several of the slices.
Through this project, he discovered the ‘reverse selection’ function and began to experiment with organizing his cut audio into completely new clips, integrating several of the newly reversed slices. This is a very advanced concept and requires precision with cutting and a solid ear for layering the resulting clips. He then created a working soundbed from his track and recorded himself speaking over it, marking the first session in which one of the students recorded over a soundbed that they created!
I also had J take a few moments to teach his classmates some of his secrets for chopping and pasting audio. I’ve posted the resulting short beat that he created to show them. He looped a drum break and then cut a vocal line and matched it using the visual element of the waveforms.
Since we had only one session the week of 12/2, we focused on reviewing interview skills and discussing future plans. As a proof of concept, we did a 15 minute ‘talk show’ and the students have all improved so much in their confidence levels, question asking, and with the ‘unseen’ skills such as mic awareness.
We look forward to getting back on our regular schedule next week!
J’s ‘Happy Waves’ Soundbed
J Top Ten Worst Characters
J Teaching Cuts
December 6th, 2013 by Samantha Chemali
When: December 8th, 2013
Where: Union Square
Join us for an afternoon full of homemade cookies and holiday cheer as you tour 15 historic Union Square homes decked in holiday finery! The Union Square neighborhood invites you to our 28th annual Christmas Cookie Tour. The park and the homes will all be decorated to celebrate the season. We offer you a special afternoon to stroll through our National Register of Historic Places district, and through the many fine 19th century homes opened for your pleasure. If you are new to our tour, you may be surprised to find that while we are very consistent in our views of proper Victorian streetscape, we vary widely in our concepts of interior decor. Our homes run the gamut of style from country to contemporary, with eclectic coexistence as a common rule. Read the rest of this entry »
December 5th, 2013 by Samantha Chemali
When: November 19 – December 22
Where: Center Stage
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel spins a musical tale of hope and forgiveness. It’s a bitterly cold Christmas Eve in 1864 and all along the Potomac, from the White House to the battlefields, friends and foes alike find their lives strangely and poetically intertwined. Weaving together carols and folk songs, this “beautifully stitched tapestry of American lives” (The New York Times) is sure to become a new holiday classic for the entire family!
For ticketing information visit their website!
December 4th, 2013 by Samantha Chemali
When: Tuesdays : 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (December 3rd through December 17th)
Where: Harbor East
Who would pass up free hot chocolate? Warm up with complimentary hot chocolate on Tuesday nigths in December at Harbor East’s Hot Chocolate Happy Hour, sponsored by Whole Foods Market. You can drop into the market or just bump into one of Whole Foods “team members” passing out the beverages in the Harbor East district. Look for the Harbor East elves strolling the neighborhood delivering warm cups of hot chocolate!
Visit this website for more information!
December 3rd, 2013 by Justin Thomas
The Monday Night Football game between the Saints and the Seahawks promised a great contest between the top two teams in the NFC. The Seahawks set out to make a statement and prove that there is a large gap between one and two in the NFC.
Mission accomplished! The Seahawks had their way with the Saints at home in Seattle, winning by a convincing score of 34-7. With the win, Seattle improves to an 11-1 record on the season, a full two games above the next NFC teams, which are the Saints and the Panthers.
December 3rd, 2013 by Billy Dries
With his sophomore release, Blood Orange delivered an absolute masterpiece. The R&B meets disco groove of the album immediately captured me and drew me in. From the first track, “Chamkay”, to the closing, “Time Will Tell”, the album keeps the listener guessing, weaving in and out of multiple genres it gets almost anybody on their feet and dancing.
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December 3rd, 2013 by The Professor
Once again, WLOY scores you a chance to do something cultural and even seasonally-relevant! On December 21, for one day only, the Moscow Ballet will put on 3 performances of The Great Russian Nutcracker. WLOY has tickets for you for the 12 noon show. Want to win a pair? Of course you do! Come to our Late Night Concert Thursday December 5 from 9-11pm in McGuire Hall, enter at our table during the Live at Boulder remote broadcast Friday December 6, noon-2pm or listen in to the station for your chance to win one of the 4 pairs of tickets we’re giving away! Don’t miss out on this one day show – get your own tickets now!
December 3rd, 2013 by Samantha Chemali
When: From now until December 31st 2015
Where: Discovery Station Museum
Discover the history of Maryland and the Civil war in this exhibit! See this authentic scale model Civil War railroad on display in 3D terrain. The importance of railroads during the Civil War was significant. From the arrival in Baltimore of a Union regiment of Massachusetts troops by train in April 1861 to the end of the war in 1865, when troops used the railroad to return home, railroads played an important role in the Civil War.
To learn more about this important part in history visit the website for hours and more information!
December 2nd, 2013 by Joe Lomuti
Now that the gorging has subsided, let us not merely lie static in a stomach ache, but use this newly acquire sustenance for the ultimate cause–musical celebration! Baltimore’s own Sweet Leda & Swamp Candy will be puttin’ the jam in your cranberry jelly, and mashin’ up some funky beats for your post-thanksgiving cool-down. But don’t get me wrong, these performances will be anything but cold leftovers. The musical ingenuity of these bands will shock you out of your chairs, and on to the dance floor with some boogie in your step. Also, special guest Ron Holloway, esteemed saxophonist will be joinin’ the melodies. Check out Sweet Leda and Swampcandy for a little taste before the feast. Show start Thursday, December 5th @ 9pm, McGuire Hall.
December 2nd, 2013 by Samantha Chemali
When: From now until August 31st, 2014
Where: American Visionary Art Museum
“Two billion personal computers later, post DNA-sequencing, are we on the road to becoming a better, healthier, happier, less warlike, human race?” Computers have had such a large impact on our lives, but just how large? 40+ artists, cutting edge futurists, and inventors take on this view and attempt to show us through their eyes. This exhibit appeals to all ages, young and old. They take on the most complex subject, how artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology, genetics, 3D printing and Big Data play a role in human life. This thought-provoking exhibit investigates technology’s influence on issues of privacy and surveillance, employment and manufacturing, longevity and health, defense and warfare, farming and food, access to global and personal information, creative invention, and entertainment. The American Visionary Art Museum’s 19th original thematic exhibition makes you think and question all aspects of human life.
For more information visit their website!