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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

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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

NESCom To Present Performance Lecture With D.V.S.

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D.V.S. photo by Phil Clarkin Photography

On Thursday, September 18th, Husson University’s New England School of Communications will present a performance lecture with Audio Engineer, Producer, DJ and Guitarist D.V.S. “The Modern Producer/DJ; a look at live performance, composition techniques and integration of hardware and software” will examine the role of Producers/DJs as both music composers and performers.

D.V.S. is Derek VanScoten, an accomplished composer, performer and licensed Ableton clinician based out Austin, TX. VanScoten has been releasing solo material since 2009 and has released music under Pretty Lights Music, Electronic Music Magazine, Soulection and more. In addition to studio work, his talents have taken him to numerous festivals as a performer including the Gathering of the Vibes, SXSW, Sonic Bloom and following his appearance at Husson University, will be performing at Tantrum in Bangor,  and Great North fest in Norridgewock, ME. The performance lecture will take place in Kominsky Auditorium on the Husson University Campus starting at 7pm. Admission is free and the public is welcome.

For more information on D.V.S.
http://dvsmusic.com
http://facebook.com/dvsmusic
http://twitter.com/DVS_music

Husson University Southern Maine to Offer an Audio Production Course This Fall

Husson University’s renowned New England School of Communications is bringing “Intro to Audio Technology” to Westbrook on Thursday evenings from 6:00pm-9:00pm.

Are you a musician interested in producing your own recordings? Does the idea of a career in live sound, music production, film or TV sound appealing to you? Want to learn from the best but don’t want to travel to Bangor to do it? Then “Intro To Audio Technology” at Husson’s Southern Maine campus is for you. The course combines an exciting survey of the audio industry with hands-on instruction. You’ll experience cutting edge technology as you learn how to operate a full-sized audio console and use digital effects to craft unique music mixes. Best ofall, students receive individual, weekly lab time to complete mixing and signal flow exercises in a fully equipped, studio control room. Take your first step toward an exciting career in sound and enroll in “Intro to Audio Technology” today!

For more information, contact Charles Collins at
collinsc@husson.edu

Radio Broadcasting Student Creates PSA Promoting Maine Job Bank

A student from the New England School of Communications will receive more than just a grade for this semester’s radio project. Ethan Faulkner’s public service announcement for the Maine CareerCenters’ Job Bank will be distributed to radio stations throughout the state.

“It is great to see a student choose to promote a service that helps people find good jobs,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “This project will benefit many people who are looking for work but unsure where to start. I thank Ethan for his initiative and effort on behalf of the Department of Labor and our job seekers.”

Faulkner said it was an easy pick in choosing what to focus on.

“I remembered learning how helpful the Job Bank service was when I visited the CareerCenter for the first time,” said the college freshman. Faulkner originally created the public service announcement for Professor Mark Nason’s Advanced Radio Applications class.

The one-minute psa features a woman, played by classmate Hannah Billings, who can’t seem to find a job. Her solution is the online Job Bank at www.mainecareercenter.com .

The Maine Job Bank is an online job posting and job search system helping Mainers to find jobs available throughout the state and allows employers to post jobs at no charge. “It is a service I think is very helpful to anyone who is a jobseeker at any given moment, as it will always point you in the right direction to finding work,” said Faulkner. “I thought that was more than enough reason to make this the PSA project I could be proud of.”

Faulkner is originally from Rochester, Mass. He plans to graduate from NESCOM in 2017.

An mp3 of the PSA is available online at http://www.mainecareercenter.com/audio/index.shtml and distributed to radio stations statewide by the Maine Department of Labor. The mp3 promotes the use of the Maine Job Bank for the benefit of jobseekers and employers. The Maine Job Bank can be accessed at http://www.mainecareercenter.com.

Early Summer 2014 Updates from NESCom

Inquiring minds need to know – What’s going on at NESCom? As usual, there is a lot of activity because summer is our time to plan, build, and repair. We can unveil a few at this point, and we’ll report on more as the summer progresses.

• One of our labs (room 219) will become the new location for our IT staff, and that lab will be designed, expanded from 13 to 18 stations and moved into 306 with new 2.9 GHz iMacs
• Two other labs (rooms 105 and 109) will be re-equipped with new Apple Mac Pro’s with 27” Thunderbolt displays and dual graphics cards to HD editing and 3D rendering capacity. Apple has packaged this beast in a neat new case. Take a look at http://www.apple.com/mac-pro/
• We will deploy Apple’s latest operating system (we thought it would be OS X Mavericks, but with the announcement at the Apple Developer’s Conference a few days ago, it could be Yosemite) on all of our computers.
• Our Analog AV switcher will be replaced with new AirPlay technology to increase speed of HD file transfer.
• In the Gracie, the Yamaha PM5D audio console is being replaced with Yamaha’s updated console, the CL3 and associate outboard gear.

Yamaha CL3

Yamaha CL3

• The laptops for our Apple Cart will be replaced with Apple MacBook Airs.
• Brave Williams and a crew of Entertainment Production students have designed and are now building the set for the Nite Show with Danny Cashman, from which we’ll broadcast this fall, in our own Gracie Theatre.
• “The Tale of Three Brothers” is being entered in film festivals around the country. We’re looking at several possibilities for our next major film project.

NESCom faculty, as usual, are busy this summer. Walter Clissen is in Europe (primarily the Netherlands and Serbia) working with Dragana and Jose Feliciano on an album project, and working on audio post for a film to be released in Europe. Here is Walter at the Studio Barba in Belgrade. For those audio geeks, that’s an AMEK 9098i (originally designed by Rupert Neve).

Walter Clissen

Walter Clissen

Wells Gordon is busy recording, both as an engineer and as a musician. Here’s a shot of Wells multi-tasking at our API 1608 while laying down the bass track for some nice Blues.

Wells Gordon in Studio B

Wells Gordon in Studio B

Ken Stack has a gig at The Grand in Ellsworth, entertaining the “summer folk” as the artistic director for a new production of Monty Python’s “Spamalot”.

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Larry Ayotte is finishing his project on Reflections – the use of reflective surfaces in photography. If you haven’t seen one of these, check this out:

Reflections photography by Larry Ayotte

Reflections photography by Larry Ayotte

With the recent focus on train safety, Frank Welch is working on an industry video project about the extraction of personnel from train engines that have been in an accident. Here is a photo from the set in Chicago:

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Looking forward to the next installment on the blog, I think I’ll write about our fiber optic cable installation project around campus. Stay tuned for this layman’s discussion of a technical area.

As always, if you have any questions, please send an email or call.

Thom Johnston
Dean, New England School of Communications at Husson University
johnstonth@husson.edu or thom@nescom.edu
207-973-1062

A busy week finds rehearsals, presentations, workshops and upgrades at NESCom

Over the past week NESCom played host to everything from equipment upgrades to a world-renowned audio engineer to award-winning writers and directors. Here is a brief sampling of what a busy week at NESCom looks like.
We welcomed Hitachi technicians into our video production studio.  Emilio Aleman and Chee Liew were here to update our fleet of mobile unit and studio video cams with new components, enhancements and software. This is part of the great service that our partners like Hitachi, provide to us. By staying ahead of the curve, our students gain access to the latest Hitachi ideas and are better prepared for their careers. IMG_2646_sm IMG_2648_sm On another stop, a roving photographer caught the practice of two Husson teams on a great sunny day.  Below you’ll see some of the Eagles preparing for their next competitions. lacrosse1_sm lacrosse2_sm In the category of “you-never- know-what-to-expect-at-NESCom”, we received a call from the producers asking us to do a quick ADR session with one of the actors of USA Network’s Graceland. It so happens that Brendan Powers, who plays the role of Agennt Cranston on Graceland, was in Bangor performing in Penobscot Theater’s production of “Our Town” running from April 24 through May 11. IMG_2657_sm The cast for “Putnam County Spelling Bee” (May 2,3 &4) was in rehearsal in the Gracie’s Black Box Theater, which resulted in a few pics. IMG_2727_sm IMG_2685_sm A late night stop by the Gracie itself found the semi-finals of “Husson’s Got Talent” in full swing.  The new woofers from Meyer Sound really pump up the low end! Husson’s Got Talent is an annual campus competition that has grown to be quite a big event. IMG_2687_sm IMG_2692_smThursday night in the Gracie Theater, the NESCom chapter of the Audio Engineering Society welcomed world-class mastering engineer Bob Ludwig for a presentation. Ludwig owns Gateway Mastering in Portland, Maine and has mastered countless classic albums and modern hits like Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories. BobLudwig Finally, on Friday, NESCom partnered with the Maine Film Office and the Maine Video & Film Association to host a filmmaking workshop with the award winning writing/directing team of alumnus Aron Gaudet (’96) and Gita Pullapilly. Their latest film, Beneath The Harvest Sky, was filmed in Maine and had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and its US premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. aron_sm

NESCom AES Chapter To Host Lecture By Bob Ludwig

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EDITOR’S NOTE: THE LECTURE HAS BEEN MOVED TO THE GRACIE THEATRE

Bob Ludwig, the legend of mastering is coming to NESCom. Bob Ludwig has mastered countless legendary recordings from Nirvana to Guns N’ Roses to the recent award winning album by Daft Punk, Random Access Memories.

He’ll being his expertise in the field of audio engineering and mastering  to Kominsky Auditorium on April 24th at 7PM. All students are welcome.