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Sounds of Berklee
32 minutes | Jan 11, 2022
How Sarah Tudzin Let Herself Make One of 2021's Best Albums
The alum and leader of Illuminati Hotties discusses the long road to her latest album and how her work as a producer gave her the confidence to finish the record. [Image by Courtney Cole]
12 minutes | Dec 22, 2021
To Make Art from Grief, Ray Soul Needed a New Language
Composer Ray Soul takes us behind the making of his track, "Seu Aprendiz," which is an honest, moving, and cathartic reckoning with his mother's suicide.
16 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
Jeremy Pelt's 'Griot' Reveals the Personal Side of Jazz History
The author and trumpeter discusses his new book, which features intimate interviews with jazz greats from Bertha Hope to Robert Glasper. The book and its companion album shine a light on how personal history is cultural history. (Theme music is "You Made Me" by Sleeping Lion)
17 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
Aviations Cozies up to Metal with 11-Minute 'Outliers'
There are three hashtags at the bottom of the YouTube page for the song "Outliers," by the band Aviations. The first two are #aviationsband and #progressivemetal—pretty standard. But the last one is a bit surprising: #cozymetal. In this episode of Sounds of Berklee, the band's drummer, James Knoerl B.M. '15 talks about why you might want to curl up with cup of tea when listening to this 11-minute prog metal epic . Take a listen.
15 minutes | Sep 8, 2020
MHIC Says Song "Fear" Reflects the Anxiety of a Generation
Michela McDonagh B.M. '19, who goes by the artist name MHIC (pronounced “Mick"), remembers sensing the uneasiness in the air just before lockdown began in Manhattan, where she worked while living at home with her parents on Long Island. The ambient tension made her think about how her generation, the last to have a memory of 9/11, was brought up in an anxious world and is graduating into a particularly distressed moment.
11 minutes | Apr 8, 2020
Alper Tuzcu Translates Poetic Wisdom on 'Con Ella'
The Turkish guitarist and producer shares his musical arrangement of a poem by the great Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.
26 minutes | Mar 10, 2020
Composer Marti Epstein Makes 'Unimaginable' Music
The long-time Berklee faculty member talks imagination, her opera 'Rumpelstiltskin,' composing without computers, and more. Note to listeners: this episode refers to a planned performance of 'Rumpelstiltskin' at the Kennedy Center that has now been canceled.
24 minutes | Feb 25, 2020
Recorder Player Tali Rubinstein on Translating Nostalgia
The Berklee alumna discusses her shift from instrumentalist to singer/songwriter, her love of sad music, and how translating lyrics can be a metaphor for making music in general.
21 minutes | Feb 11, 2020
Jazz Pianist Emily Bear Ventures into Pop
The Berklee student, already a successful jazz pianist and composer at 18, talks to the BIRN about exploring new musical territory.
16 minutes | Jan 28, 2020
How Amanda Addleman Used Music to Work Through PTSD
Amanda Addleman B.M. '09 always assumed she had stage fright, but after years of not being able to shake it she sought help and learned that she had something else: post-traumatic stress disorder. In this episode of Sounds of Berklee, she talks about how PTSD affected her career and how she used music, including writing a new album, to work through it.
14 minutes | Dec 18, 2019
Kris Davis’s 'Corn Crake' Makes Difficult Music Easy to Like
In this episode, Kris Davis breaks down her song, "Corn Crake," and how it brought together jazz improvisation, turntables, and the voice of Olivier Messiaen.
30 minutes | Dec 3, 2019
Andrew Sarlo's Big Year: On Producing for Bon Iver, Big Thief, and More
The alumnus goes behind the scenes of some of 2019’s top releases, including Bon Iver's 'i, i' and Big Thief's 'U.F.O.F' and 'Two Hands.' We also asked Sarlo to curate a collection of some of the most memorable tracks he’s produced over the years. Listen and read see what Sarlo had to say about each track he selected on Berklee Now: https://www.berklee.edu/news/berklee-now/andrew-sarlos-big-year-producing-bon-iver-big-thief-and-more Theme music by Sleeping Lion.
23 minutes | Nov 19, 2019
Melissa Aldana Explores Self-Identity on ‘Visions’
Award-winning Chilean saxophonist Melissa Aldana B.M. '09 talks about the inspiration for her latest album, struggles she has faced in her artistic journey, and how she stays at the top of her game.
11 minutes | Nov 5, 2019
Film Composer Pedro Osuna Reinvents Himself with Each Score
In this episode, Pedro Osuna talks about deadlines, working in L.A., and finding his compositional voice.
18 minutes | Oct 22, 2019
Erik Hawkins and Team Build Dance Tune 'Champagne' on Splice
Hawkins recruited a team of Berklee alumni, former students, and others to write and build the song "Champagne" using the online collaboration platform Splice. Here's how they put the song together.
15 minutes | Oct 8, 2019
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s Orchestra of Electricity
Take a moment to clear your mind with the alumna synth composer's organic, meditative music, featured on this episode of Sounds of Berklee. This episode features music from "Abstractions," “Tides VII,” and “Tides I” by Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith. For more information, visit touchtheplants.com.
20 minutes | Sep 25, 2019
Mental Health for Musicians
Leah Driscoll B.M. '03, director of Student Wellness Promotion and Services, and student Lyzz Zinn discuss mental health tips and resources for musicians.
17 minutes | Sep 13, 2019
How Shoegaze Lived, Died, and Came Back to Influence a New Generation
Even if you've never heard of shoegaze, there's a good chance some of your favorite artists are fans. With a focus on heavily effected guitars and ethereal vocals, the underground rock genre came to prominence and was critically panned in the '90s. But the genre and its influence has made a comeback. In this episode, we look at the implications of that return and why the underground plays a vital role in music.
10 minutes | Aug 27, 2019
Nirvana Producer Steve Albini Recorded this Cotones Track, 'The Final Cut'
The legendary 'In Utero' producer engineered the Cotones’ “The Final Cut” and dropped priceless studio wisdom in Berklee’s Studio 2. Listen to the track premiere on Sounds of Berklee.
5 minutes | Aug 13, 2019
Niu Raza Issues a Dance Challenge with "Moramora"
Niu Raza, a Berklee alumna and Madagascar native, gets audiences to dance with her pop track "Moramora."
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