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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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.

New York Philharmonic Cellist Records at SAC

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 OrchestraNew 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.


Big Band Recording at SAC Featuring CCNY Faculty

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 SpecialScott 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.Paul & Scott in Control Room

Chris Woll Works on James Franco Film

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.

Members of the New York Philharmonic String Section Record at SAC

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.