SAC Post-Production Team Has Film Premiere at Lincoln Center

On June 20, the film Cinema and Sanctuary had its premiere at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center. The film, by CCNY Professor Dave Davidson, charts the tumultuous and exuberant history of The Institute of Film Techniques at the City College of New York – the first documentary film school in America that was under the leadership of DADAist and pioneering experimental filmmaker Hans Richter.

The audio post-production team was lead by staff members Paul Kozel and Chris Woll, who also mixed the film. SAC fourth year students were the sound designers and  composers for the project. Dialog editing was done by Paul Kozel and Santiago Celi provided the dialog restoration. Congratulations to the team for delivering a throughly professional sound track!

Pictured from left to right are the members of the audio team: Kevin Halvordson, Will Fisher, Ben Hansen, Nathan Palan, Jed Dimaya, and staff members Paul Kozel and Chris Woll.  Missing from the photo are Noble Thomas and Santiago Celi.

SAC Graduate on Bleacher Report

Patrick Noth’s work as a composer, performer, and writer have been featured extensively on Bleacher Report’s on-line series Gridiron Heights. Bleacher Report is one of the most popular websites that focuses on sport and sports culture. Patrick’s talents as a composer, rapper, actor, voice over talent, and writer have also been featured on Comedy Central, MTV,  IFC, NBC, Nickelodeon, TV Land, and several broadcast specials by the comedian Jim Gaffigan.

SAC Students Visit Engine Room Audio

SAC instructor Paul Special brought his fourth year students to the Mastering Suite at Engine Room Audio to work with senior engineer Andy Vandette. Andy provided a detailed overview of the mastering software and hardware in the studio as well as his approach to mastering. After Andy’s presentation, he walked through the mastering process using fourth year student Kevin Halvordson’s Capstone project entitled Strange Days for the mastering example. Congratulations to Kevin for walking away from the session with a professionally mastered song!

Recent SAC Graduate is a Busy Location Sound Mixer

Since graduating from the Sonic Arts Center in 2017, Katerina Aurigema has been an in demand location sound mixer working in the fields of television, web series, commercials, corporate videos, short and feature films, and documentary films. Her clients include Buzzfeed, A&E, Remy Cointreau, Arm & Hammer, Weight Watchers, Citibank, Marriott, and National Geographic (Genius Tech & Art). In addition, she has recorded interviews with The Daily Show co-creator and head writer Lizz Winstead and the directors of the acclaimed documentary RGB, Betsy West and Julie Cohen. Katerina currently works as a third sound mixer on the VH1 reality show Black Ink Crew. Her extensive list of credits can be found here.

SAC Student Awarded a BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.) Prize

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!

SAC Control Room Featured in JBL and Dolby Presentation

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.

SAC Student and Alumni on Sound Editing Team for Z-Nation

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.

New Immersive Audio Monitoring System in the 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.


Without a Trace Album Tracked at SAC Released on Origin Records

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!