Monthly Archives: November 2015

CU Denver A Cappella Ensemble Lark–wins SoJam in Atlanta

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So proud of these young women and their director Erin Hackel. Prof. Hackel also gave a class at SoJam:

Erin Hackel

Erin Hackel
Erin Hackel

Singing in All Styles
Dr. Erin Hackel is an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado, Denver. Her research and publication arc have centered around historical female belters such as Dame Vera Lynn, Yvette Guilbert and Bokken Lasson. Erin is passionate about demystifying belt voice technique and teaching singers to sing functionally in all styles. She directs the award winning collegiate a cappella groups MIX and Lark, who have placed first and second in BOSS, SoJam and the Mile High Vocal Jam. Erin has presented workshops on healthy singing techniques around the country and in Europe.

CU Denver’s Scott Burgess at Aspen

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http://www.fohonline.com/current-issue/22-installations/13627-aspen-music-festival.html

“The audio team at this year’s event was headed by Lisa Nigris, director of audio-visual services at the New England Conservatory (NEC) since 1996 and director of audio production at AMFS since June 2011. Scott Burgess, the manager of recording labs and live sound at the University of Colorado Denver campus and the festival’s head media engineer, was in charge of the broadcast recordings.”

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MEIS Chair Sam McGuire’s new book

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http://www.taylorandfrancis.com/books/details/9781138829787/

Sam McGuire, an active audio engineer, composer, and University of Colorado Denver faculty member, is the primary author on three audio technology books and multiple audio software instructional videos. He has scored and mixed multiple award-winning documentary and feature films.

Nathan Van der Rest is a University of Colorado graduate student and a professional audio engineer and composer.

Sam McGuire
Sam McGuire

New synths with unique features and layers of complexity are released frequently, with hundreds of different synths currently available in the marketplace. How do you know which ones to use and how do you get the most out of the ones you already own? The Musical Art of Synthesis presents synthesizer programming with a specific focus on synthesis as a musical tool. Through its innovative design, this title offers an applied approach by providing a breakdown of synthesis methods by type, the inclusion of step-by-step patch recipes, and extensive web-based media content including tutorials, demonstrations, and additional background information. Sam McGuire and Nathan van der Rest guide you to master synthesis and transcend the technical aspects as a musician and artist.

Synths are presented using a multi-tiered system beginning with basic instructions for all common synth techniques. Historical information is included for each type of synth, which is designed to help you understand how each instrument relates to the bigger picture. Advanced level instruction focuses on modern implementations and on mobile devices, with special focus on performing and practical usage. The goal The Musical Art of Synthesis is to bring all of the different types of together in the same discussion and encourage you to see the similarities and differences that force you to gain a better overall understanding of the synthesis process.

Key features of this title:

• This book will teach you how to put synthesizers to use with easy-to-use synth patch recipes

• Using a unique, multi-tiered approach applicable to the level of equipment in use, this publication introduces concepts that apply to a wide range of hardware/software synthesizers.

• A robust companion website, featuring video demonstrations by synthesizer experts, further supports the book: www.focalpress.com/cw/mcguire

David Liban tackles a tough topic–in his latest documentary

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https://vimeo.com/144176343
This is a trailer for the new documentary called “Live Through This: Survivors of Sex Trafficking,” a film that is airing on Rocky Mountain PBS on Dec 15th at 10PM.

David Liban, Chair of Theatre Film and Video Production at College of Arts & Media
David Liban, Chair of Theatre Film and Video Production at College of Arts & Media

David Liban has worked in the television and film business since 1987. He has produced and directed numerous independent productions that vary in style from fiction to documentary to television studio production. He is an Assistant Professor of Film & Video Production at the University of Colorado Denver, College of Arts & Media since 2004.

Liban’s films and videos have received numerous awards from both national and international film festivals. His latest film is called Mortal Lessons which is a feature length documentary about death, dying and living life. It is being distributed by Icarus Films.
His previous film, Carhenge: Genius or Junk? was aired nationally on PBS and was nominated for an Emmy Award. Another film, “Smithee’s Lecture” screened at the NY Metropolitan Museum of Art.

In 2002 Liban received a Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Award to Porto, Portugal where he taught television production.
External Links
www.davidliban.com