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Arup Acoustic Consultant Leads New Winter Course

Course instructor Ryan Biziorek answers questions about the first-time class.

Date: 09/15/2017
By Sound Arts and Industries

Students enrolled in Northwestern’s Sound Arts and Industries program will have the opportunity to take a new course on the acoustics of sound next quarter. We caught up with the course instructor, Ryan Biziorek, Arup Associate and Acoustics, Audio Visual, Theatre Consulting Leader (Chicago), to talk about his new venture into teaching, what students can expect and his own sound education.

Q: You work for Arup , a global engineering and consulting firm in Chicago. Can you talk a bit about your role there?

A: The aural environment is very subjective. I often compare acoustics to tastes...

Going Full Circle with Professor Jake Smith

How Professor Jake Smith started his career in music and created the Sound Arts and Industries program

Date: 09/08/2017
By Sound Arts and Industries

When Jake Smith thinks about the ideal Northwestern Sound Arts and Industries student, he can’t help but think about his own career trajectory.

“I was a musician and my career took me into academia,” Smith says. “That’s one of the profiles of students we’re looking for.”

Smith is a professor in Northwestern’s Radio/Television/Film Department. He’s also one of the founders of the Sound Arts and Industries program.

Smith’s career in sound began in high school when he learned to play guitar. He was a member of several bands...

Sound Devices Co-Founder Returns to Northwestern for Convocation Speech

Jon Tatooles discusses his successes, his challenges and how Northwestern established the foundation for his career

Date: 08/31/2017
By Sound Arts and Industries

On August 23, Jon Tatooles returned to his alma mater to deliver the convocation address to the first graduating master’s students of Northwestern’s Sound Arts and Industries program.

Tatooles graduated from Northwestern’s School of Communication, then called the School of Speech, in 1989 and majored in Radio/Television/Film. He’s been back to the school several times since then and even lived in Evanston from 1998 to 2005, but this was his first speaking engagement.

“I was presented with the opportunity to speak and it was quite an honor,” Tatooles says....

Q&A with Incoming Student Conor Lannan

A conversation with one of our newest sound students

Date: 08/16/2017
By Sound Arts and Industries

As students and faculty gear up for the second year of Northwestern’s MA in Sound Arts and Industries, we caught up with Conor Lannan, who will begin the program in the fall.

We talked to Conor about his sound interests, what attracted him to the program and what he’s most looking forward to during his first quarter.

Q: Did you always have an interest in pursuing sound as a career?

A: I was in band in high school and always really interested in a career in music. But...

A Summer in the Life of a Sound Student

How Andrew Peterson is spending his summer as a sound intern on the West Coast.

Date: 07/27/2017
By Sound Arts and Industries

After completing coursework in the MA in Sound Arts and Industries program this year, Andrew Peterson is spending his summer in Los Angeles. He’s applying the skills he developed at two internships with Atlantic Records and 4th Street Recording Studio .

“My main interest in sound is songwriting, plus engineering and producing,” Peterson says. “I took a lot of classes aimed at that – sound production classes and a [production] seminar class.”

Peterson’s interest in sound and desire to work in the music industry developed while he was pursuing a...

Top Picks on Our Summer Playlist

What Northwestern Sound Arts and Industries students and faculty are listening to this summer.

Date: 07/20/2017
By Sound Arts and Industries

Missing Richard Simmons

What is it? Podcast
Why it’s on our Radar: One day in February 2014, fitness guru Richard Simmons stopped showing up to teach his regular exercise class, cut off ties with his closest friends and removed himself from the public eye. The podcast is hosted by filmmaker Dan Taberski, a friend of Simmons’ and a regular in his fitness classes. As Taberski digs deeper into the case, he uncovers more questions than answers, including the biggest one of all: does Richard Simmons want to...

On the Open Road

Exploring the sonic experience of driving and the power of noise-cancelling technology.

Date: 07/14/2017
By Sound Arts and Industries

Last year, Northwestern Radio/Television/Film lecturer and MA in Sound Arts and Industries faculty member Stephan Moore spent several months in Australia working on a project related to sound design and the impact of highway road noise. An expert in environmental sound design, Moore worked alongside colleague Jordan Lacey, a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Architecture and Design at RMIT University , an Australian public research university in Melbourne.

The project – and subsequent research paper that Lacey and Moore presented at the Invisible Places conference in April – is called “Acoustic design innovations for managing traffic by cancellation...

3 Soundworthy Stories You Might Have Missed in June

From melting glaciers to sonic tattoos, see what made the news in June.

Date: 07/07/2017
By Sound Arts and Industries

We rounded up three of June’s most noteworthy sound-related stories to keep you in-the-know this summer.

Combatting Climate Change with Sound

Climate change remains a hot topic and has inspired communities large and small to combat it in their own ways. Jonathan Gilmurray is the author of “Ecological Sound Art: Steps Toward a New Field,” a look at artists who have created works based on the sounds made by melting glaciers. Gilmurray argues that ecological sound art – incorporating naturally occurring sounds with or without modification and other elements – can be effective in motivating people to...

Presenting a Year in Sound Arts

A recap of the students’ final projects, from podcasts to albums and sound installations.

Date: 06/23/2017
By Sound Arts and Industries

The first cohort of Northwestern Sound and Industries students finished out the quarter by presenting their final projects to fellow classmates on June 9. Student projects varied in terms of subject matter and presentation – from podcasts to concept albums to sound installations.

“It was refreshing not to have to listen to the same thing over and over again,” says student Adam Mizner. “Some other people were making podcasts, and I was afraid it would just be press play and listen to podcast after podcast.”

Mizner’s final project, “Radio Isn’t...

Your Guide to Chicago Summer Music Festivals

Breaking down the lineup of music festivals coming to Chicago this summer

Date: 06/15/2017
By Sound Arts and Industries

Not only does Chicago have state-of-the-art indoor audio facilities, but the city’s outdoor audio experience is also quite impressive. With a rich history of music festivals, summer in the Windy City will be no different.

Possibly the most popular festivals in Chicago, Lollapalooza and Pitchfork both return in 2017, each boasting exciting lineups over multiple days.

“Lollapalooza is a great way to see many different types of music without going to various concerts,” says Nathaniel Fink, a student in Northwestern’s Sound Arts and Industries program.

Though he does not plan to attend the festival this year when...

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