Fourth year student Will Fisher was awarded the annual Evelyn Buckstein Scholarship at a reception on October 9 hosted by the BMI Foundation. The Evelyn Buckstein Scholarship was endowed in 2007 by BMI Foundation Board Member, retired BMI Assistant Vice President and Counsel, and CCNY alumna Evelyn Buckstein. The program annually awards $6,000 to a gifted CCNY music student who aspires to a career in professional songwriting, composition, performance and/or music education. Will is a talented multi-instrumentalist, producer, engineer, composer, and DJ. Congratulations Will!
The recently completed Atmos system in the Center’s Control Room will be featured at a presentation this week by JBL Professional and Dolby at the Audio Engineering Society annual show at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. JBL and Dolby were instrumental in providing vital support for the design of our Atmos system. We are proud to be a part of this presentation by two of the leading companies in the audio industry.
Third year student Henry Bellingham had an internship with Red Hook Post during the 2017-2018 year and was hired in June as a sound editor for the show Z-Nation on the SyFy Network. Henry’s work on the show includes editing Foley, ADR, and FX (sound effects). SAC Alumni Jaime Marcelo and Ben Kruse Calla are also part of the sound editing team at Red Hook Post! Below is Henry in the Red Hook Post control room.
Over the summer the SAC staff installed and calibrated a new JBL monitoring system in the Control Room for multiple playback scenarios including stereo, 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound, and Dolby Atmos; a twelve speaker, 360˚ surround sound format. Our Atmos system employs four ceiling speakers as well as the full compliment of horizontal speakers creating a totally immersive listening experience. This system will allow students to accurately monitor surround sound projects for broadcast and streaming outlets, commercial theaters, DVD, Blu-ray, and music and game creators. Since this installation represents one of the early adoptions of the Atmos system in a college facility, our students will be at the forefront of Atmos technology training and job placement.
CCNY music faculty member Scott Reeves recorded his latest album Without a Trace at the Center in January of 2015 and 2017. Recently released by Origin Records, the album was recorded by SAC faculty member Paul Special and was assisted by SAC students and staff including Michael Paliocha, Dawid Arciszewski, Jonathan Wright, and Avi Greenstein. Without a Trace features a twenty piece jazz orchestra with some of New York’s finest jazz musicians including saxophonists Steve Wilson (CCNY music faculty) and Tim Armacost, pianist Jim Ridl, and vocalist Carolyn Leonhart (CCNY music faculty). Congrats to Scott and to to the musicians and engineers for creating such a great sounding album!
On March 30, the vocal quartet The Manhattan Transfer released their latest album entitled The Junction. For three days in April of 2017 the Transfer was at the Sonic Arts Center recording vocal parts for The Junction with SAC director Paul Kozel engineering. Additionally, Paul recorded percussionist Luisito Quintero for the album as well. Winy Taveras provided technical assistance for these recording sessions. On April 5, 2018 The Junction reached #1on the iTunes Jazz Chart! The album is available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and Google Play. Congratulations to The Manhattan Transfer and to Paul and Winy on this exciting news! The Manhattan Transfer’s PBS special show with Take 6 will be airing nationwide starting April 26 and will feature songs from the new album.
Paul Kozel is the founding director of the Sonic Arts Center and the guiding force behind it’s curriculum, facilities design, and overall operations. Paul’s professional work includes audio post production dialog editing, sound design and mixing, location music recording, underscore recording, and music recording and mixing. Paul’s work in production and post production audio has been screened at over one hundred film festivals world wide, won numerous awards, and has been covered by news organizations including the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, BBC, NPR, Reuters, Wall Street Journal, and the Village Voice. His projects have included working with Grammy award winners Vince Giordano and Arturo O’Farrill, various ensembles from the New York Philharmonic, Oscar winning actor Melissa Leo, and Oscar nominated actors David Strathairn and Ruby Dee. Paul recorded vocals at the Center for the recent album by The Manhattan Transfer entitled The Junction that placed #1 on the iTunes Jazz Chart just days after its release.
Jonathan Perl is a producer, engineer, songwriter, keyboardist, and sound designer. He is the music production and synthesis coordinator at the Center. Recently, Jonathan has been busy writing, recording, and producing his original songs for his Darklight Songs project. He worked as co-producer, mix engineer and sound designer for the electronic rock duo Cyborg Asylum’s recent album Never Finished, Almost Abandoned. He served as the audio and MIDI consultant with composer Joe Bertolozzi on his Tower Music album, converting over 10,000 audio samples from the Eiffel Tower into sampled instruments to realize the score. From 2011-2013, Jonathan worked in collaboration with climate scientist Marco Tedesco for his project Polarseeds to create dozens of music and sound design pieces based entirely on 54 years of actual climate data. This work has been exhibited around the country through the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. Regarded as one of the premier experts on the use of Apple’s Logic Pro DAW, Jonathan founded the New York Logic Pro Users Group and Mac Audio Trainers in 2005, and has authored a number of training videos for Logic Pro, as well as various other music software applications.