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Northern Faces Records at NESCom

Equal Vision recording artists Northern Faces visited the studios of WHSN 89.3 FM last week to promote their first full-length album, set for release in early 2015. The interview and performance for WHSN was recorded in the audio engineering studio of the New England School of Communications by the students of the Audio II lab. You can watch their performance below via WHSN’s youtube channel.

For more on Northern Faces, visit them on Facebook.

2012 Alum Joe Visciano Nominated For Grammy

The Grammys announced their full list of nominees for their 57th annual awards, and one nominee has close ties to the New England School of Communications.

2012 NESCom Audio Engineering alum Joe Visciano worked on Beck’s 2014 album Morning Phase and the album is included in the nominations for BEST ENGINEERED ALBUM, NON-CLASSICAL.

The full list of nominees for the category are:

Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer –  Bass & Mandolin
Richard King & Dave Sinko, engineers; Robert C. Ludwig, mastering engineer (Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer)
Label: Nonesuch

Keb’ Mo’ – Bluesamericana
Ross Hogarth & Casey Wasner, engineers; Richard Dodd, mastering engineer (Keb’ Mo’)
Label: Kind Of Blue Music

Beck – Morning Phase
Tom Elmhirst, David Greenbaum, Florian Lagatta, Cole Marsden, Greif Neill, Robbie Nelson, Darrell Thorp, Cassidy Turbin & Joe Visciano, engineers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer (Beck)
Label: Capitol Records

Lee Ann Womack – The Way I’m Livin’
Chuck Ainlay, engineer; Gavin Lurssen, mastering engineer (Lee Ann Womack)
Label: Sugar Hill Records

Thomas Dybdahl – What’s Left Is Forever
Tchad Blake, Oyvind Jakobsen, Jo Ranheim, Itai Shapiro & David Way, engineers; Bernie Grundman, mastering engineer (Thomas Dybdahl)
Label: CMG

The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast will be held on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015 on CBS.

NESCom WebMedia and College of Business students to work with youth on Hour of Code

As part of the global annual Hour of Code project, students of NESCom WebMedia and Husson University’s College of Business have events planned all next week to promote coding to young people as well as the campus community.

Working with faculty including Laura Gurney, Mike Knupp, Gerald Wright and Scott Traylor, the student have the following events planned:

The Web Creations Club and Tech Club have organized and planned events in the Furman for Monday through Thurs from 3-4pm each day.

Students will host Hermon High School students on Thursday Dec 11th for Hour of code activities and a tour of campus.

On Friday Dec. 12th, students will  work with 6th, 7th, and 8th graders at Dr. Lewis S. Libby School in Milford to lead hour of code activities.

For more information on the annual Hour of Code project, visit Code.org

Video Students & Faculty Work With NAC On You Can Play Video

The North Atlantic Conference, the Division III Intercollegiate Athletics conference that includes Husson University, recently worked with NESCom to create a video for their involvement in the You Can Play movement. The video was created by students Heather Andrews, Ryan Carignan, Ellis Ducharme, Justin Foster, Dave Roberts, and Nick Young with help from Fran Bouchard, Rodney Verrill, and Frank Welch.

The You Can Play project was designed with the mission of “ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation”. The first video released for the project, which started production in Spring of 2014, includes stories and thoughts on equality direct from athletes within the conference.

For more information on the You Can Play initiative and the North Atlantic Conference, visit http://nacathletics.com

Scenes From Live Sound Technology Students Working Reggae Cruise

Students from Live Sound Technology at the New England School of Communications traveled from Bangor to Miami and then on to Jamaica working on the Welcome To Jamrock 2014 reggae cruise. The cruise, hosted by Damian Marley, included live music performances from more than 16 artists.

Entertainment Production Students Announce Spring Musical

The Entertainment Production department has announced that their spring 2015 musical will be a production of the musical Once On This Island, by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.  The production will be in the Black Box Theatre at the Gracie Theatre at Husson University’s Bangor campus April 17th, 18th and 19th, 2015.

Based on My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy, Once On This Island is a Caribbean tale of a Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues a wealthy boy from the other side of her island and the love that builds between them. This story of love and status garnered eight TONY nominations for its Broadway run, including Best Musical, Book and Score.

The NESCom production of Once On This Island will be a project of students in the Entertainment Production degree program and will include the work of students in EP 235 Musical Theatre Performance, EP 340 Design and Technical Practicum and EP Theatre Management Practicum. This will be the third musical production for the Gracie’s Black Box Theatre with the most recent being the successful run of the 25th Annual Putnam County Regional Spelling Bee that took place in May, 2014.

Live Sound Technology Students to Work Jamaica Reggae Cruise

Imagine sailing to Jamaica while being surrounded by reggae music being made by some of the best artists in the genre including Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Stephen Marley and Julian Marley. It may sound like a dream vacation but for students of Live Sound Technology at NESCom, it’s field experience like no other. Eight Live Sound Technology Students will leave for Miami, Florida to work as stage crew on Welcome To Jamrock, a celebration of reggae with stops in Montego Bay & Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

Cruise Production

The 6 day experience-at-sea is coordinated with an on-going partnership with Cruise Production, the production company founded by NESCom alum Tim Cabral.

Eric Ferguson, Director of Audio at NESCom will be working alongside the students for the cruise which runs from October 20th to the 25th. More information on the cruise is available at http://www.welcometojamrockreggaecruise.com

Entertainment Production to Give Backstage Tours of the Nite Show

GracieStage

The Entertainment Production department at NESCom invites high school students, their families and their educators to a backstage experience of the Nite Show, which now tapes in the Gracie Theatre at Husson University.Tickets for this backstage tour at Husson University in Bangor are free, but limited to 25 people per show. The backstage tour includes a pizza dinner, and an introduction to programs of study at The New England School of Communications (NESCom). Areas of focus related to the show include: Video and audio production, stage management and lighting, scenic design and construction, and other skill sets. For more information, contact Assistant Professor Brave Williams at williamsbrave@husson.edu or call 207-941-7195.

Auditions for WHSN’s annual Edgar Allan Poe radio drama set for September 23rd.

The 2013 Edgar Allan Poe radio drama - Photo by Narda Albatrino

The 2013 Edgar Allan Poe radio drama – Photo by Narda Albatrino

Students and staff at Husson University are welcome and encouraged to audition for the sixth radio drama produced by WHSN-FM in conjunction with NESCom’s Entertainment Production and the Live Sound Audio Program at NESCom.

Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery & Imagination 2014
“The Murders In The Rue Morgue”
Presented by WHSN-FM, NESCom & Husson University

Auditions will be Tuesday, September 23rd from 6:30 to 7:30 PM in the Gracie Black Box Theatre (upstairs at the Gracie Theatre) on the Husson University campus.

It all started with a holiday production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, which was then followed by Halloween presentations of THE TELL TALE HEART, THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO, THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER, THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH and THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM. This year we will present our first 60 MINUTE Poe Show… one of the first detective stories ever written…. THE MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE!

The show will be performed on the stage of the Gracie Theatre on Thursday, October 30 before a live audience, and will be broadcast simultaneously by WHSN-FM. In past years, the annual Poe radio Show has received awards from the Broadcast Education Association. Last year’s production is up for an award again from the BEA, and is also a finalist for the Pinnacle Award, presented by the College Media Association.

The Audition procedure will be pretty simple and fun. Auditioners will be asked to read from script selections. So, be ready to use your most effective 1940’s radio voices.
This year’s production is looking for the following voices:
Announcer (1940’s Radio Voice)
Narrator (Dr. Watson-type)
Auguste Dupin (Amateur detective)
Officer Muset (Paris Gendarme)
Sailor (Seaman with a Soul)
Multiple Female Cameo Roles (Need to be able to SCREAM!)
Multiple Male Roles (Character Voices)
Additionally, the show requires live Sound Effects artists, who will create all of the sounds for the show live, during the performance
Please join us on September 23rd to help celebrate Halloween by auditioning for our Sixth broadcast of TALES OF MYSTERY AND IMAGINATION BY EDGAR ALLAN POE!

Casting Call Set For Next NESCom Short Film

Auditions for the Tale of the Three Brothers

Auditions for the Tale of the Three Brothers

The New England School of Communications at Husson University is pleased to announce the commencement of pre-production of their new short film entitled, The Endless Ends. The original script, written by NESCom instructor Kris Bridges, is a story of a recovering alcoholic forced to reflect on his past and his decisions to make amends with the family he has severely damaged.

A public casting call is set for Friday, September 12th from 4pm to 6pm and Saturday, September 13th from 10am to 2pm. Both calls will be held in the Black Box Theatre, located at the Gracie Theatre on the Husson University campus in Bangor. The script calls for actors ranging in ages from 18 to 40. Actors interested in auditioning call download the script and review roles now at http://theendlessends.com.

The Endless Ends is the third short film produced by the students and faculty of the New England School of Communications. In the spring 2014 semester, production was complete on the Tale of the Three Brothers, based on a story by J.K. Rowling and the Stephen King based short film The Last Rung on the Ladder was finished in 2011.

Actors who have questions regarding the audition are encouraged to email theendlessends@husson.edu

Production of the Tale of the Three Brothers

Production of the Tale of the Three Brothers