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.
Albany Records recently released an album of music commissioned and played by New York Philharmonic cellist Eric Bartlett entitled The Essence of Cello. Eric is recognized as one of the foremost interpreters of contemporary music for cello. He has been involved in over 90 premiers as a soloist and as a member of various ensembles including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York Philharmonic Ensembles, and the Contact New Music Series. Mr. Bartlett will be the featured soloist in the New York premier of Per Nørgård’s Cello Concerto No. 2, Momentum in a Contact New Music Series concert March 7. The Essence of Cello was produced, recorded, edited, and mixed by SAC director Paul Kozel. Mastering for the album was done at Masterdisk by Scott Hull.
During the first week of January the seventeen-piece Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra recorded their new album at the Sonic Arts Center engineered by SAC faculty member Paul Special. Scott Reeves is a faculty member of the City College music department and is the Director of Jazz Studies. All compositions for the recording session were either arranged or composed and arranged by Scott. Steve Wilson, another music department faculty member, was the lead alto sax for the recording and was a featured soloist on two of the songs. SAC students, Dawid Arciszewski, Michael Paliocha, and Johnathan Wright were the General Assistants for the recording session. Below Scott Reeves and Paul Special listen to some playbacks from the recording session.
Recently the New York Times featured an article on a series of short films by the artist Daniel Arsham starting James Franco entitled Future Relic. Mr. Arsham wrote nine short screenplays, which together form one story about life after humanity’s ill-fated attempt to save the planet from ecological disaster. The article launched the second film in the series Future Relic 02. SAC faculty member Chris Woll is the sound designer and audio mixer for this film series.
Good Morning America was chosen as the Outstanding Morning Program for the 2013-2014 Emmy Awards. As Senior Audio Engineer and the Broadcast Music Mixer for GMA, Paul Special was awarded an Emmy Certificate as part of this award. Below is Paul sitting in front of the new Calrec Artemis mixing console in Audio B Control Room at ABC’s Times Square Studios, home of Good Morning America.
Members of the New York Philharmonic string session were at the Center today to record several tracks for a documentary movie underscore including pieces by Ravel and Telemann. The Philharmonic players included Lisa Kim and Fiona Simon, violins, Dorian Rence and Rebecca Young, violas, Eric Bartlett and Eileen Moon, cellos, and Orin O’Brian bass. The tracks were recorded by Paul Kozel and SAC alumnus Ian Reilly who works as a Production Assistant in the New Media Department at the Philharmonic and also as the audio assistant engineer for Philharmonic recordings.
The New York Times recently reviewed Shards, a recording of piano solo music composed by CCNY music professor Jonathan Pieslak. Shards was produced, recorded, edited, and mastered at the Sonic Arts Center by Paul Kozel and released recently by Albany Records.
Paul Special has had a very busy schedule as broadcast music mixer for ABC’s Good Morning America. Over the last six months Paul has mixed music for over seventy acts including Elton John, Lorde, Nelly, Postmodern JukeBox, Lady Gaga, John Legend, Alicia Keys, The Wanted, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kenny Chesney, Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, Pitbull, Kid Rock, Taylor Swift, Eve, Lady Antebellum, The Wanted, and Rod Stewart. Paul is pictured below in the music mix control room for Good Morning America. Other recent projects for Paul include the design and installation of a new live music mix control room for ABC’s Times Square Studios and a his work as music mixer for MTV’s 2013 Online Music Awards Show.
In August, Paul Kozel was in Studio A of Avatar Studios with Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks as they recorded two songs for the upcoming season of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. Vocalists for the two songs included David Johansen aka Buster Poindexter who will be playing Al Jolson in the series and cast member Stephen DeRosa who plays Eddie Cantor. Paul was working with Dave Davidson and Amber Edwards of Hudson West Productions on There’s a Future in the Past, a documentary on Vince Giordano. Paul was the film production mixer on the set while Stewart Lerman was busy producing and recording the songs. Stewart recently won a Grammy for his work on a compilation of music from Boardwalk Empire’s season one. Pictured below are (left to right) Paul Kozel, Vince Giordano, Dave Davidson, and Stewart Lerman.
The New York Times front page online story and the front page story in Arts section of the print version was on the Tower Music project now under way in Paris. In addition, the online story included a video featuring composer Joseph Bertolozzi and Paul Kozel andJoe Popp of the Sonic Arts Center.