Alumnus Chris Woll is presently assisting on the sound design and underscore for a new PBS documentary The Gettysburg Story along with the primary composer, Ravi Kittappa. The Gettysburg Story takes a unique look at America’s bloodiest battle by utilizing cutting edge technologies such as, stunning motion control time-lapse photography and video cameras mounted on remote controlled aerial drones. Chris has been responsible for assembling a sample library of Civil War era music played by reenactment bands on period instruments that will be used as sound sources in the underscore. In addition, Chris has been responsible for creating some of the original music for the film, particularly in the battle sequences. The Gettysburg Story will have it’s premiere on PBS in July to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War battle.
SAC alumni Andy Mineo’s latest album Heroes for Sale was released on iTunes on April 16 and by the end of the day had sold approximately 5,000 copies. This put him at #2 on the iTunes album chart and number #2 on the iTunes hip-hop chart, for the day, ahead of artist like Macklemore, Tyga and Lil Wayne. Sources are reporting that Andy Mineo’s Heroes For Sale sold over 27,000 units in it’s first week of release. This represents the biggest first week of sales for a debut album in Christian Hip Hop history. Heroes for Sale has just debuted at #11 on the Billboard 200. Congratulations Andy!
Yesterday, singer songwriter Richie Havens passed away at his home in Jersey City. As a seminal figure in the folk/rock scene in the 1960s and 70s, Richie will always be remembered as the opening act at Woodstock on August 15 of 1969. In the Spring of 2006 Richie spent time at the Sonic Arts Center recording a yet unreleased children’s album along with SAC student Pat Noth. We will always remember the moments he spent here at the Center and his gentle and congenial spirit.
The documentary film “Everything Turns, Everything Revolves”, on the life of artist and film maker Hans Richter, will have its US premiere at the Los Angeles County Art Museum (LACMA) on Sunday, May 5 in conjunction with a retrospective entitled “Hans Richter: Encounters“. Audio post production for the film, by CCNY Film & Video Production faculty member Dave Davidson, was done at the Sonic Arts Center by Paul Kozel. Kozel provided the dialog editing, sound design, audio restoration, and audio mix for the film. Richter was the founder of the The Institute of Film Techniques at CCNY(1941-1957) the precursor to the present film and video programs. Kozel, Davidson, and Eric Weitz, Dean of the Humanities and the Arts, will be on hand for the premier of the film and to meet with CCNY alums after the event.
The third installment of “Off the Record with Scott Hull” will take place here at City College on Thursday, April 25 at 7:00. Join our host, Scott Hull (mastering engineer and owner of Masterdisk), and his guest arranger/composer/producer/artist Rob Mathes. Rob’s impressive client list includes Sting, Panic at The Disco and The Young Veins, Sir Elton John, Tim McGraw, Jay Z, Eric Clapton, Beck, Mary J. Blige, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, U2, and many more. This event is sponsored by Masterdisk, The Sonic Arts Center, and Alto Music. Attendees can enter to win a $250 gift certificate to Alto Music, “The Most Complete Music Store In The World. Period.” This event is FREE and open to the public!
Frank Simms voice over artist and background singer extraordinaire, was in the Center today working with the students in the Audio for the Moving Image class. Frank talked about the voice over industry and then demonstrated concepts and techniques for voice over production. During his visit Frank recorded voice overs for all of the underscore and sound design projects for the semester. Frank has worked as a background singer with Madonna, David Bowie, Billy Joel, Elvis Costello, Brian Wilson, Carly Simon, Cyndi Lauper, Roberta Flack and many more. Just recently Frank performed with Roger Waters in the 12/12/12 Sandy Relief concert. His voice over credits are numerous and include recent Superbowl commercials for Gillette and Mennen as well as work for Cool Aid, Saturday Night Live, Nickelodeon, and JC Penny.