New York, NY (October 26, 2006)–The Manhattan Producers Alliance (MPA), founded with the mission of helping its members share knowledge, resources, and contacts, is now extending these principles outside the organization with its new Fall Workshop Series. The three workshops are intimate, affordable, held at MPA’s state-of-the-art facility, and include a networking reception the evening prior.
The seminars also utilize the vast collection of technological resources at the studio and pull from MPA’s diverse network of seasoned composers, producers, music supervisors and sound designers for instruction. After the success of its first seminar, On Film Scoring, the Alliance is convinced that its educational initiative will continue to grow and develop to all parties’ benefit.
Students met on Saturday Sept 30 from 11 – 5 to participate in MPA’s debut workshop, On Film Scoring, led by MPA member and composer Rick Baitz (The Irreversible Year, The Vagina Monologues). Discussions of 12-tone music, a-tonal music, and polytonality gave way to laughs, enthusiastically emulated scatting, and animated discussion throughout the day. The classes’ observations of Toru Takemitsu “clusters of emotions” for Women in the Dunes and other films alike were particularly relevant as commentary erupted from all participants. In agreement with the workshops organic direction, Baitz also offered inspired advice such as “Sometimes you don’t score. Sometimes you just play and listen.”
Students were given this opportunity as they broke into small groups, utilizing MPA’s various studios, and created their own scores to cues for The Irreversible Year and The Vagina Monologues. Their creations were later mixed and mastered at the MPA studios to be returned to students with that professional polish that adds shine to their portfolios. Ending the workshop, a discussion of the underlying business environment of film music and networking advice grounded the more philosophical and introspective explorations of the day.
One of the unique features of the MPA workshops is that each workshop includes an invitation to an industry-networking event held the night before. On the evening of Friday September 29, MPA celebrated its first networking event with an abundance of food and drink as well as an impressive attendance of 40-50 music business people. Students got to know one another and their soon-to-be instructor, Baitz. The festivities were effective and everyone enjoyed themselves, but not without purpose.
Two seminars remain in the Fall Workshop Series: Hans Ten Broeke (Super Size Me, Frontline) will lead Audio Post Production on October 28. Paul Special will lead a course in modern DAW techniques on December 2nd’s In the Box workshop. Participating students will, as usual, gain hands-on experience with professionals and get to party before their studies.