First Call Horn Players at the Sonic Arts Center

Dan Levine, trombone (Bruce Springsteen, Fatboy Slim, David Byrne), Craig Johnson, trumpet, (Blood, Sweat, & Tears, Dizzy Gillespie, Aretha Franklin) and John Scarpulla  tenor sax (Billy Joel, John Mayer, Tower of Power, Ruben Blades) were recently at the Sonic Arts Center for a reading of student horn arrangements for our Instrumentation and Arranging for Commercial Music class. The student arrangers had the rare opportunity to hear their music played by first call players and receive invaluable feedback from them as well. The guys were impressed with the level of arranging. Dan remarked “You’ve created a real professional environment for these students, which is a rarity in colleges.”  Thanks Dan, Craig, and John.

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Ryan Leslie Live at City College

Artist, producer, singer/songwriter, entrepreneur Ryan Leslie will be on the City College Campus on Monday, February 24 as part of his film screening tour of Black Mozart. The City College and the Sonic Arts Center are co-sponsoring the event. Free admission but you must RSVP to be admitted to the theater. Members of Ryan’s Renegades Club will have the opportunity to meet Ryan in person after the show.

Mitch Coodley, TV Music Specialist, Holds Two Day Seminar at SAC

This summer Mitch Coodley, composer, producer, and guitarist, gave a two-day seminar on writing music for television. Mitch, the lead composer and founder of the Metro Music Production Library and The Buzz Music Library, has written and produced music for CBS, WCBS, ABC TV, FOX Sports, ESPN, and commercials for Virgin Megastores, Schick, Ralph Lauren, Victoria’s Secret, Donna Karan, and Tommy HiIfiger.  During his two-day seminar Mitch exposed students to the various types of television music and provided an in-depth presentation on how to create appropriate music for each type. Mitch will return during the next academic year to work with student composers/producers who will be working on scoring projects under his direction.

“Off The Record with Scott Hull” Featuring Rob Mathes.

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!

Voice Over Artist Frank Simms in the Center

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.

“Off The Record with Scott Hull” Featuring Travis Harrison and Jamie Siegel

The second installment of “Off the Record with Scott Hull” will take place here at City College on Thursday, March 21 at 7:30.  Join our host, Scott Hull (mastering engineer and owner of Masterdisk), and his guests Travis Harrison (producer / recordist and owner of the Serious Business studio and record label) and Jamie Siegel (producer / engineer and owner of JRock Studios) for a lively discussion about what it means to be a producer in today’s music business.  These events are 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!


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“Off the Record with Scott Hull” Launches

On Thursday, November 15 the inaugural presentation of “Off the Record with Scott Hull” featuring John Davis and Aaron Nevezie of The Bunker Studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn took place in the City College Recital Hall to a packed audience. Scott engaged John and Aaron in an informal and enlightening discussion with audience Q&A and music from The Bunker clients. A video of the entire evening will be featured on this web site in early January. Stay tuned!


Bottom Row Left John Davis, Scott Hull, and Aaron Nevezie. Standing Paul Kozel

New “Off The Record” Series with Scott Hull of Masterdisk

The Sonic Arts Center, in partnership with Scott Hull owner of Masterdisk, will be presenting an enlightening glimpse into the record making process through conversations and demonstrations with music industry professionals called “Off the Record with Scott Hull”. These presentations are for music producers, mixers, songwriters, musicians, and anyone working on the craft of making music.  The inaugural event will take place at City College on Thursday, November 15.  These events are free and open to the public.


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Peter Katis speaks at the Sonic Arts Center

Peter Katis, (Interpol, Jónsi of Sigur Rós) producer/engineer spoke to the student body of the Sonic Arts Center in November about his work on the latest The National album High Violet and his recording and mixing processes. Peter’s wide ranging discussion was filled with valuable insights into the way he creates the sound world for his productions during the tracking stage and his point-of-view during the subsequent mixing stage. Peter encouraged the students to jump in at any point with questions which created a very lively interaction throughout the presentation.


Peter Katis (center) with SAC Staff Brian Trent (L) and Joe Popp (R)

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John Stork, of Walters-Storyk Design Group presentation at Sonic Arts Center

John Stork, of Walters-Storyk Design Group the preeminent designer of architectural acoustics for recording studios and performance spaces, visited the Center in September and gave a presentation on “Architecture and Acoustics of Critical Listening Environments – A Look Towards Tomorrow’s Studios”. During the presentation John gave a concise history of recording studio design from an architectural acoustics point of view that included a look at Jimi Hendrix’s personal studio, Electric Lady, which John designed in 1969. His presentation also looked at designs of today and where studio design may be going in the future. After the lecture John came into our Control Room to visit with a class of third year students and engage them in conversation about the state of the music and audio technology industry and their future careers in this industry.


John Stork, of Walters-Storyk Design Group

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