Hey folks, it was another great week in the classroom. We are in the second and fourth weeks of the second quarter.
At Synergy School Serafin and I taught D.A.W., or digital audio workstation, basics. Jimi Hendrix graced he screen as our inspirational video. I always love the opportunity to quote him and my favorite lyric, "I stood right next to a mountain, and chopped it down with edge of my hand."
The Synergy students are already producing some solid material and we really are looking forward to a great quarter.
At Devereux Cleo Wallace this week we sampled all the student's voices, so it was the first opportunity for them to hear themselves recorded. We like get the students used to hearing their own voices, so that when it comes time to do any further recording, they are not surprised by the experience. The album covers are coming along nicely and can be seen on the "Student Music" page.
Also, Thea, Program Director of Playing for Change, graced us in our classroom on Wednesday. It was an exciting class, we were shooting video in order to demonstrate to the students the similarities between audio and video production. It was a lot of fun, and really generated some interest around campus!! The lesson this week was "Music Fundamentals" and we talked over such concepts as form, melody, harmony, and then also covered the basics of song structure. Although these are concepts that they will not fully understand until later, it is imperative that we are using the terms consistently, so that they may accurately reference their work.
This week at Devereux Cleo Wallace the students sampled records to incorporate into their projects, demonstrating that production is taking from the now and the past and making it your own.
Today we dug through crates of records for samples to incorporate into our personal projects.
Cody Davidson, of Youth On Record Alaska, is throwing a benefit for the launch of Youth On in Homer, Alaska. Here is the flyer, see you all there!