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Spring 2018

2018 Spring Symposium: Study in Sound

Over June 14 and 15, 2018 the Sound Arts and Industries Class of 2018 presented their final Studies in Sound, culminating an academic year of scholarly progress and insight. The projects included sound art installations and performances, research presentations, business plans, podcasts, music compositions, sound-based video games, and sound designs (among other things!), demonstrating the fantastic range and interests from this talented cohort of students.

Speaker Series: Alex Patsavas

Founder of Chop Shop Music Supervision Alex Patsavas visited the Sound Arts and Industries program on May 17, 2018 and gave a talk moderated by Northwestern lecturer Gregg Latterman. In her talk, Patsavas discussed selecting music for some of the world’s most popular television shows and films as well as being a champion of independent artists, before then taking questions from the audience.

Music Therapy Conference

On May 11, 2018 world leaders in music therapy converged on Northwestern’s campus for the Music Therapy Conference. The goal of the sold-out event was to generate awareness and excitement around the fast-growing use of music therapy in human health intervention. The conference was co-sponsored by the MA in Sound Arts and Industries and featured in one of our blog posts published in May.

Masterclass: “Where Should We Begin…and will I ever get this right?” with Jesse Baker

On April 27, 2018 Jesse Baker, Vice President of Original Content Development at Audible, led a masterclass for Sound Arts and Industries students that explored the art of the crucial opening few seconds of a podcast. Baker also discussed common pitfalls that new producers make in their work and answered questions about her career in radio, podcasting, and Audible.

Visiting Speaker: Tom Myers

Tom Myers, Northwestern alum and Supervising Sound Editor, Sound Designer, and Re-Recording Mixer at Skywalker Sound, returned to his alma mater as a guest speaker for the Sound for Animation class on April 10, 2018. Myers discussed film sound design in animation and fielded questions from Sound Arts and Industries students about the industry. He has been nominated for 3 Academy Awards, as well as receiving multiple BAFTA, CAS and MPSE honors.

Performance: Jana Winderen

Sound artist Jana Winderen visited campus April 5, 2018 and gave a live performance of her piece “Glimmer” in an event open to the public sponsored by the MA in Sound Arts and Industries. Winderen is an artist educated in Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London with a background in mathematics, chemistry and fish ecology from the University of Oslo.