Archive for November, 2009

Sound Works Collection

I just ran across this amazing web site which features great video interviews conducted by Michael Coleman:  soundworkscollection.com

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Rydstrom

“If we do our jobs well and throw in a little evangelizing, we can make sound as important a part of filmmaking as it should be.”

-cool quote I found from Gary Rydstrom from filmsounddaily.com.  Let’s start evangelizing a little bit.

Sound Education

My long subway commute on the MARTA train to work in the morning is spent trying not to think about anything audio related, knowing that the rest of the day will be spent being preoccupied with such things.  However, a few mornings ago, the New York Times had an op-ed that had me right back thinking about audio, and more specifically audio education. While the article did not specifically address sound education, the philosophy in the article applies to education on any level, field, or age group.  The article was an op-ed entitled Teach Your Teachers Well and cut through so much of what I saw, not only in my youth in public schools, but what I also experienced in the Post-Graduate levels working with experts in their chosen fields, namely sound disciplines.

So much attention gets paid to the cool, shiny gear that audio schools offer, and while there is no doubt that these resources can make a significant difference in an audio student’s success, the quality of the teachers often times gets overlooked.  If you go to many audio schools, they will tout first how much cool stuff they have, and next their instructor’s industry experience.  Although I think that industry experience may be important in demonstrating the realities of a student’s chosen profession, much more important is a professor’s ability to plan a curriculum, lessons, and inspire students.  “Show me a school where teachers are smart, well-educated, skilled and happy to be there, and I’ll show you a group of children who are getting a good eduction”, writes Susan Engel.  Too often in my own experience I have seen professors who are content to talk about what the industry is like rather than to inspire a true interest in the art of what we do.  “To fix our schools, we need teaching programs that are as rich in resources, interesting, high-reaching, and thoughtful as the young people we want to attract to the profession”.  Through hiring practices that focus on how well an instructor would do in a classroom mixed with teacher training, audio programs will increase in their efficiency and creativity.

Paparazzi

By some strange twist of fate, I ended up with my picture in two magazines this month.  The first is in a French magazine called VSD, which seemingly covers all things fluff, although it is hard to tell since I don’t read French.  VSD had somehow come across The Wiitles, my Wii-remote rock band, and thought we’d fit nicely into their article titled (I love this) “Du jeu video a l’art geek”.  Again, I don’t speak French, but can demise that the article is about Arty Video Game Geeks.  The Wiitles will gladly take France, fits in with our plan to change the world.

Not nearly as exciting but kind of cool in context, I also am in a full sized advertisement in Mix magazine for my alma mater, the Savannah College of Art and Design.  I haven’t yet seen this since my subscription has worn out, but heard about it from one of my favorite old professors, Rob Miller.

Max for Live

As I find my excitement level for Max for Live continues to increase and my bank account continues to let me know that buying the program is not likely to happen for at least a little while, I find myself compensating for my lust by reading about Max for Live online.  This interview with Robert Henke from  Cycling ’74’s own web site  is one of the finest I have read.  He both talks about the exciting possibilities of Max for Live and also warns about having too much expectations from it.  Here is the link: http://cycling74.com/2009/11/21/an-interview-with-robert-henke/#more-3329.