Bernie Worrell, “The Wizard of Woo”, Remembered

Bernie Worrell, musician extraordinaire, passed away last week and leaves behind a profound legacy of music making from his work as keyboardist with Parliament-Funkadelic , the Talking Heads, and numerous other artists and bands. Bernie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 along with his bandmates from Parliament-Funkadelic. Bernie was at the Sonic Arts Center in the Spring of 1997 recording keyboard and piano parts for an album by The  Devotees called Gimme Gimme. The session was engineered by Grammy winning engineer Jeff Jones. Needless to say, the two days that Bernie spent at the Center were filled with impassioned and inspiring music making.

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Tower Music Album Released on April 29

On Friday April 29 the album Tower Music  by Joseph Bertolozzi will be released on Innova RecordingsiTunes, and Amazon. Three years ago SAC director Paul Kozel and Technical Director Joe Popp traveled to Paris with Mr. Bertolozzi and spent two weeks recording over 10,000 sounds on the Eiffel Tower. During the intervening years Mr. Bertolozzi cataloged each of the 10,000 sounds, selected 2,800 sounds, and then composed the nine pieces included in the album. Finally, the pieces were mixed by Paul Kozel and Joseph Bertolozzi at the Sonic Arts Center and mastered by Scott Hull of Masterdisk. During the cataloging and composing process Mr. Bertolozzi relied on Jonathan Perl for technical guidance and advice. The album is produced by Joseph Bertolozzi and Paul Kozel.Towermusic

Garden State Film Festival Features Underscores by SAC Student

The 14th annual Garden State Film Festival took place last weekend and featured five short films that were all scored by fourth year student Taylor Bradshaw. In addition, the feature film Stuff, screened at the festival, licensed a piece of Taylor’s music for the underscore. Taylor will be graduating in June and is already a busy professional composer, arranger, and engineer working primarily on production and post production projects for film and television. Below is a trailer for one of the short films scored by Taylor entitled The Last Taxi Driver.

Manchester Film Festival Awards – Best Music/Score

On Sunday March 6, the Hudson West Productions movie There’s a Future in the Past won Best Music/Score at the Manchester Film Festival. Co-directors Dave Davidson (director of the BFA Film & Video program here at City College) and Amber Edwards accepted the award on behalf of Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, the subject of the film. SAC director Paul Kozel recorded many of the performances in the film and mixed all of the music for the film. Congratulations to Dave, Amber, Vince, and Paul for this award.

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Director Paul Kozel at the Manchester Film Festival

The Manchester (England) Film Festival’s “Saturday Night is Music Night” event on March 5 will present live music throughout the day leading up to the world premier of the documentary “Vince Giordano – There’s a Future in the Past”. Vince Giordano is one of the most important practitioners of Jazz from the 1920s and 1930s and has worked tirelessly performing, collecting, and preserving this music for future generations. SAC director Paul Kozel has been involved with the film since it’s inception, first as the music recording engineer on location, and finally as the dialog editor, music mixer, and film sound mixer in post production. Paul will be attending the festival along with Dave Davidson of Hudson West Productions the co-director of the film and the director of the BFA Film & Video program here at City College. Congrats to Paul and Dave!

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A Capstone Evening

Last night the Center hosted our first annual Capstone Evening. Fourth year students in our program are now required to create a Capstone Project during the Fall semester. The Capstone Project is a multifaceted assignment that serves as a culminating academic and artistic experience for students near the end of their tenure at the Center. These projects can be in music production or audio post production. During last night’s event students introduced their projects followed by audio or video playback. After playback two distinguished professional guests provided comments. This year’s guests included producer, engineer, and songwriter Curt Frasca (Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, Moby, Seal, Avril Lavigne) and engineer, producer Jay Messina (Lou Reed, Judy Collins, Aerosmith, Kiss, Miles Davis). A reception in honor of the Capstone students followed the event. Congratulations to all of our Capstone students!

Pictured directly below are (seated L-R) Jay Messina, Paul Special, Paul Kozel, Curt Frasca and the Capstone students.

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Tower Music Album is Mixed and Mastered

In late Spring of 2013 staff members Joe Popp and Paul Kozel were in Paris to record the sounds of the Eiffel Tower for Joseph Bertolozzi’s Tower Music. Since that time Mr. Bertolozzi has cataloged the more than 10,000 recorded sounds and then composed an album’s worth of pieces with these sounds. This past summer Paul Kozel mixed the album and in September the album was mastered by Scott Hull of Masterdisk. The album will be released in April of 2016 by Innova Records. Below are Paul, Joe, and Scott at the mastering session.

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SLC Punk Sequel Audio Post at SAC

Staff member Chris Woll created the sound design, recorded ADR and VO, mixed (stereo and 5.1), and provided additional music composition for the feature film Punk’s Dead: SLC Punk 2. Punk’s Dead, is the sequel to the 1999 cult hit SLC Punk by director James Merendino. It follows the next generation of outcast and misfits through the Utah hinterlands. Cinedigm has acquired all North American distribution rights to Punk’s Dead and it will be released with a limited theatrical run in early 2016 followed by digital, TV, and video on demand (VOD) distribution. The trailer for Punk’s Dead: SLC Punk 2 is found below.