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AES143 Student Recording Competition Interview: Loren Dorland

AES143 Student Recording Competition Interview: Loren Dorland

1) Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from and what do you study?

I was born and raised near Tulsa, Oklahoma. I moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music and join their Music Production and Engineering major. It had been my dream to attend Berklee since I was 13 and getting to be a part of such a musically rich culture was more than a dream-come-true.

I’ve been so lucky to study under some of the most talented audio engineers in the industry and learn from them first-hand. Having my engineering projects graded by Susan Rogers is nerve-wracking, to say the least, but it lead me to set strong foundations as an audio engineer.

At Berklee I was able to work on dozens of different projects, ranging from folky string quartets to 12 piece funk bands. Being around such incredible musicians who are so dedicated to their art meant I was never at a loss when looking for new material to record. 

Now I’m a freelancer in Boston. I work for Berklee’s Internet Radio Station (The BIRN) and assist engineers and studios around the city, such as Dan Cantor at Notable Productions and Robin Moore at WGBH. Since I graduated I’ve found that the learning never really stops and I’m eager to work hands-on with seasoned professionals in the audio industry!

2) What initiated your passion for audio? When did it start?

My father is a music enthusiast and his library spanned decades, from jazz to early rock and roll to 80s disco, he loved collecting music. We would have contests on who could find the coolest new artist on the charts. I spent my childhood making playlists with him on CDs and sharing them with our family and friends. Every activity was embellished by the smooth tones of Motown or folk hits of the 70s.

I started writing music at a very young age and was always eager to share my songs. My parents bought me a guitar, I taught myself how to accompany my voice and by the time I was 13 my mother had me in the studio working through my songs with producer Jung Song from Tulsa. During this time, I became fascinated with recording. I found myself envious of the job behind the glass and asked a million questions to gain insight on exactly what the job of “engineer” and “producer” entailed.

I was lucky enough to attend a program at a local technical college during high school for music production. It was there that I finally got my hands on a microphone, learned how to mic a drum set and got certified in ProTools. This lead to my acceptance into Berklee and my journey through the Music Production and Engineering major there.I don’t think I could ever give up the feeling of anticipation when walking into a studio before set-up and preparing for music to be created. I’ve never felt more at home than when I’m behind that glass. I am honored to be an active part in bringing artist’s music to “tape” and enabling them to share it with the world. 

3) Tell us about production of your submission? What is the story behind it? What inspired it? How long did you work on it? Was it your first entry?

Brandon Hassan is not only one of my favorite clients, but a dear friend of mine. His music is volatile and passionate and working with him in the studio never fails to excite. I submitted to two categories at AES, Traditional and Modern studio recording, with two of my productions with Brandon. Both productions probably accumulated 40+ hours each if you include every recording session and mix sessions. Because Berklee only give 2-hour studio slots, everything had to be pieced together bit-by-bit. The songs are a part of Brandon’s band SHAH, who are all incredibly talented and enjoyable people. It was a blast!

These were my first entries into the AES competition and they both won awards! It was my last shot for submitting my work before I graduated and I’m super thankful that I did.

4) What/who made you join AES?

My second year at Berklee I went to an AES convention in New York. Dan Cantor at Notable, who also was a professor of mine, convinced me to go. I was completely enamored the whole weekend with the gear, the talks, and the people I met! Everyone is so kind and it’s so fun to be in a huge group of people who are all there for the same reason: to nerd out over audio. AES has always been a no-brainer. I want to be a part of the audio engineering community and joining was the first logical step.

5) Tell us about your favourite experiences at the 143st AES convention in NY!

Well, seeing Andrew Scheps mix Iggy Pop was incredible, along with all the other great minds at the Mix With the Masters booth. It’s cool to hear the pros talking about the mindset to have during the process, as opposed to worrying about technical stuff (which you can always learn). There was such a wide range of experience there. Getting to talk with professionals at booths and get ideas for the steps I should take in my career in the future was an invaluable experience.

 

 


Posted: Monday, February 5, 2018

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AES143 Student Recording Competition Interview: Kerrick Michael Crace

AES143 Student Recording Competition Interview: Kerrick Michael Crace

1) Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from and what do you study?

I'm originally from Kennesaw (suburb of Atlanta), but I've lived in Nashville for 7 years now and it's my home. I recently graduated from Belmont University with a self oriented focus on score composition and film audio, and formally I graduated with a B.S. degree in Audio Engineering Technology with a minor in Music Business.

2) What initiated your passion for audio? When did it start?

I've grown up playing and composing on piano since I was 4 years old, though I never really learned to read music past a basic level. My piano teacher, after my stubborness wouldn't cease, fostered ear training and I learned to play fully by ear by the age of 8 or so. From there I learned to play other instruments - guitars, bass, drums, a little trumpet and viola, and I developed an ear for how instruments sound and fit together. Recorded bands throughout high school with a super simple Zoom 16 multitrack and maybe 3 mics. From that point on my perfectionist mind was always fascinated with sound and making things sound better and better. I realized in 2014 that I wasn't meant to record bands all my life (though I still will on the side), but I realized with my passion for audio and composition - and after having an incredible emotional reaction to seeing Interstellar in IMAX - that I had to fight to become a film score composer. Since then, I have trained myself to score films and have been lucky enough to work on over 2 dozen short films and bigger ones are in the works right now! Scoring really is the one things I feel that I can do in this world to impact people and to help creators share their story or to enhance a vision. This is everything to me, it is purpose.

3) Tell us about production of your submission? What is the story behind it? What inspired it? How long did you work on it? Was it your first entry?

This was my second entry! Last year I won a Bronze for a project under a similar situation, so I was really exciting and relieved to know I not only placed this time as well, but I did better than last year which feels great! So for this project I was hired to both create an original score and fully mix/master and do all the postproduction audio. The film was a successful graduate thesis project for Emerson College M.F.A. student Logan Freeman. I began the project in January of 2017 and completed both the score and the final mix in April of 2017. Upon deciding to submit, I created a 2.1 version and performed a remix to enhance and tighten things. The film, "Fated to Repeat," covers the struggle of an Alabama grunge rock band attempting to recover after losing one of their members in a tragic accident. My submission took place towards the middle of the 20min film and followed Mia, the band's now lead singer, who has gone outside the music venue to find the father of their deceased lead singer, Evan. The clip begins with Evan's father abruptly driving away when he sees Mia, which triggers Mia into a dream state where she recalls her past experiences with Evan and the band.

4) What/who made you join AES?

I went to a local Nashville AES when I was a freshman or sophomore I believe, and I joined our Belmont chapter then. I became the Treasurer for my junior year and then the Chair for my senior year.

5) Tell us about your favourite experiences at the 143st AES convention in NY!

Two of my fellow Belmont friends who are in the Audio masters program were able to present their research at AES and it was exciting to see that! I loved the seminars on film audio - they will keep me coming back every year for sure. Honestly I also just enjoyed New York as it was my first time being there, and getting to spend it with friends, celebrating the Recording Compeition results was incredible. Also getting to be in the room with SO many incredible engineers and creators is priceless and gives me a boost of energy that I hope will last me until next time!

 

To listen to Kerrick's project click here:


Posted: Friday, January 26, 2018

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AES143 Student Recording Competition Interview: Julián David Rincón Ruiz

AES143 Student Recording Competition Interview: Julián David Rincón Ruiz

1) Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from and what do you study?

My name is Julián David Rincón Ruiz. I studied at the University of San Buenaventura in Bogotá, Colombia.

2) What initiated your passion for audio? When did it start?

My passion for audio was born from the need to save the sounds that I generated with my electric guitar, as a result of this, I started reading about audio and I realized the great amount of interesting things that the audio world offered, it was about 13 years ago.

3) Tell us about production of your submission? What is the story behind it? What inspired it? How long did you work on it? Was it your first entry?

I always try to record musical genres that are not very common. I do this, because I think that each genre has interesting things to contribute and challenges to solve when I record. Some time ago I wanted to record something that had instruments like: charango, violins and flutes. Initially I contacted a friend of mine who makes music for movies but unfortunately he had to move out of town, so I decided to search the internet for some musical groups of genres that had some of these instruments, searching, I found "Tierra Fertil" a group of Andean music and I decided to contact them to record a session in block. We were approximately 2 months adjusting schedules and dates and I was listening to many songs of that genre to study their sonority and thus be able to choose the indicated microphones so that the recording would sound as organic as possible; the day of the recording, we spent about 8 hours in the studio and recorded 4 songs in block. I decided to choose the song "Sol del Sur" because it was the song that most conveyed emotions. I think that although the recording process is very important. Finally in my opinion when we create music we generate emotions.

4) What/who made you join AES?

Last year, by suggestion of a university professor, I decided to join the AES to participate in the student competition of the 141st convention that was to be held in Los Angeles. I signed up with my degree project partner and I participated with the project "Design and construction of a control system for audio editors with integrated communication management" with which we got the gold award. Considering the great support and incentives from the AES, this year I decided to participate in the section of traditional recording in studio.

5) Tell us about your favourite experiences at the 143st AES convention in NY!

The 143rd convention was incredible because I had the opportunity to meet incredible people and excellent engineers, besides being able to see the latest in audio technology and to visit amazing studios in NY.

To listen to Julián's project click here:


Posted: Thursday, January 18, 2018

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