Captain's Log - April 12th, Day 18 of the journey
Stephen Croes met me at the train station last night and gave me a quick tour of Berklee College of Music. Stephen is the Dean of Music Technology and also works on the music for the Star Trek series. Berklee is an incredible and thriving institution. It's a music technology enthusiast's dream. If I was studying music, this would be my first choice without doubt.
We met in the morning at Starbucks and then met some faculty at Berklee. I met Prof. Greg Fritze, Chair of the Composition Department, Prof. Matthew Nicholl, Chair of the Contemporary Writing & Production Department, and other faculty. We had lunch with Rich Mendelson and Kurt Beiderwolf, Chair of the Music Synthesis Depatment. By happenstance I ran into Jim Copper, Director of Marketing for MOTU, on the street en route to the restaurant. A few days ago I talked with Jim at the MOTU party at Frankfurt. Small world. And I saw Kyle in the hallway at Berklee, one of our first GPO users and a student at Berklee.
After lunch I gave a talk to the Advanced Music Synthesis class. This class is taught by Michael Brigida one of the Kurzweil pioneers.I talked about the history and future of sampling, sound design, and what's involved in developing sample libraries.
Later I gave a talk to the Advanced MIDI Systems class taught by Michael Bierylo. The topics of discussion were orchestral emulation, maximizing expression, sequencing techniques and going from MIDI-mockup to real orchestra.
The students at both classes were knowledgeable about sampling, on the ball and inquisitive. Those students are in a great place.
Later it was dinner atop the Prudential Tower while watching the snow fall. This is mid April?
Looking forward to tomorrow. More soon...