What a fantastic day we had recently recording vocals with the wonderfully talented Tony Award winning actress Cynthia Erivo. Cynthia came in to record some groovin' vocals with Paul Bruski assisted by Julia Bruski and Cynthia's pup Caleb for some songs on the soundtrack to the motion picture Bad Times At The El Royale, which Cynthia just happens to star in. Also joining the session patched in via Face Time from LA was multi Grammy Award winning producer Harvey Mason Jr, son of legendary Drummer Harvey Mason Sr. Harvey has worked with the likes of of everyone from Aretha Franklin to Elton John and we we’re certainly privileged to work with both Harvey and Cynthia. Be sure to check out the movie and the soundtrack.
JAMinc and IYE couldn't have picked a better team of artists to celebrate their 100th JAMinc show other than the super group of legendary Richmond musicians Mike McAdam, Bill Blue, Audie Stanley and Bobby (Rico) Antonelli. It was a wonderful night of music and stories for all that were there. For the past 14 years IYE has been hosting JAMinc's concert series which are held in the intimate and acoustically pristine confines of In Your Ear's Studio A. The eclectic roster of talent span from all over North America and the shows also include a pot luck dinner which adds a special flavor to the evening! When attending be sure to try Tim's meatballs. JAMinc's mission is "To open minds, hearts and ears to music deserving a wider audience through education, performance, and support" and IYE is proud to assist them in that mission.
Photo Courtesy of Charlie Reilly
The Richmond Forum opening took Best In Show in the production category at the 2017 Richmond Show. Stunning graphics were created by Cream, while the elegant music was composed by IYE's Carlos Chafin and the voice over was done by Cream's very own Dave Swain. Congratulations and nice work to everyone involved in this production.
Last Friday, the IYE gang left the studio for a long three day weekend with some VERY good news! SCHEV (State Council of Higher Education for Virginia) has approved The Advanced Media Production & Technology Program. AMPT is a collaboration between In Your Ear & VCUarts, and is a 24 credit hour Post-Baccalaureate certificate in digital media. AMPT has been specially designed by VCU faculty, Industry professionals, and students from various arts departments to enhance the VCUarts education. Students will learn multiple industry skills from professionals. It's a great way to learn what's current, from people who are working in the industry right now. It's been a long journey up to this point, but we are so excited about our new journey ahead.
Click on over to our classes page to see what we're offering for Spring 2016!
On Thursday August 27th, Sennheiser will be at IYE for their Sound Academy RF Wireless Seminar. The seminar teaches how to plan for trouble-free operation in the toughest environments. Learn how to use multi-channel wireless microphones and wireless monitoring systems, or enhance your existing knowledge of these complex RF systems. The RF seminar features classroom instruction on the following:
1) WAVES & FREQUENCIES
• Mechanical waves vs. Electro-Magnetic waves
• RF wave propagation characteristics of various ranges.
3) FREQUENCY SELECTION & FREQUENCY COORDINATION
• Best practices
• Software and on-line resources
4) SYSTEM CONFIGURATION
• Mic capsule choice
• Lav mic placement and dressing
• Testing your set-up
• Best practices for operation
• Types and placement
• Distribution systems
• Combining systems
• Multi-zone configurations
6) IN-EAR MONITORING (IEM)
• Mono vs. stereo operations
• Focus mode and engineering mode options
7) COMPUTER MONITORING, CONTROL AND NETWORKING
• Auto frequency scans
• RF recording and spectrum analysis tools
• Configuring scenes
8) NEW DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY
• Comparison to traditional analog FM systems
• Latency and field strength considerations, CNR
• Self-adjusting antenna booster technology
9) FCC UPDATE
• Licensed vs. unlicensed operation
• TVBD Geo-Location Database
• Reserving TV channels for your events
• Future spectrum re-allocation topics
Register here, there are still slots available!
The Times Dispatch wrote about young composer and musician Ajay Reddy's session at In Your Ear, during which he recorded the original song he co-wrote for this year's LIVE ART. “I just love music. It means everything to me. Everything to me. I love it, love it, LOVE IT. So much,” Ajay says. He has issues with verbal communications but finds a sure voice when he sings. You can hear Ajay's song at the LIVE ART performance on June 7. Read the rest of Ajay's remarkable story here.
The terrific Charlottesville-based indie radio station WNRN brought Hiss Golden Messenger into Studio A for a live show yesterday. WNRN knows how to show their supporters a good time! Coming out of North Carolina, Hiss Golden Messenger is picking up some heat. They played Letterman this past November and are currently touring the country.
Listen to Hiss Golden Messenger play "Southern Grammar" (not to be confused with timeless classic "Country Grammar") on Letterman here.
AMC's Revolutionary War period spy drama starts its second season tonight with a 2 hour premiere! It's a fantastic show with an incredible (and incredibly nice) cast (Jamie Bell, Angus MacFadyen, Burn Gorman). It's always a pleasure to see these folks around the studio when they come in for ADR sessions.
TURN shoots on the outskirts of Richmond, which means it creates jobs for the area's film and television professionals. That also means you can enjoy gorgeous Virginia scenery while you watch the schemes, plots, and intrigues unfold. Maybe spot a friend among the extras!
We personally can't wait to see what that fink Simcoe is up to.
In Your Ear has loved working with Sissy Spacek on the ADR for BLOODLINE for the past few months. Now that Netflix has released its new series, we’re loving it maybe a little too much. No one can watch just one! Or just two…or three…
BLOODLINE (from the creators of DAMAGES), follows the Rayburn family, thrown into turmoil when the black sheep of the family returns. It has an incredible cast (Kyle Chandler, Sam Shepard, Linda Cardellini) on top of the compelling story. Watch it, but beware! You might blow right through bedtime.
John Kelly at the Washington Post tracked down Carlos to answer a reader's question about the "great classical music" she remembered from a Riggs Bank commercial she heard growing up. Carlos tells the story of "Washington Celebration," his first piece of advertising music, which went on to be a breakout success, with a three-minute version released as a 45! It's a great story not just about the song, but about what it means to compose music for ads, and the ways one opportunity seized can turn into something huge and memorable.
Maggie Prisby from Alexandria, thanks for the walk down memory lane!
We've always known the ultra-talented girls who make up the duo McBeth were headed for great things! They've scored a serendipitous hit in Taiwan, where superstar Jacky Cheung released a version of their song "The Rest of Time" to instant chart-topping success.
“It’s like Elvis coming back from the dead and saying, ‘I want to sing your song,’” McBeth’s manager Michael Congdon said.
We love working with McBeth whenever they're in the studio and couldn't be more excited for them. Onward and upward!
Check out the writeup here.
I woke up this morning
The breeze blowing across my face
I just had to look up above and thank somebody for this place
Because He must have been have been thinking 'bout me when
He planted that very first dogwood tree
It's where I want to be living in the sweet Virginia breeze
Sweet Virginia Breeze became the official popular state song of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Written by Robbin Thompson and Steve Bassett, the song was created in 1977 on the front porch of Robbin's Floyd Ave. Richmond home. Recorded at Alpha Audio and produced by Ken Brown, the original version was engineered by Joe Horner and Carlos Chafin. The song became an instant regional hit record launching both artists careers. Robbin who's is the co-founder of In Your Ear and one of Virginia's best known singer-songwriters has always felt that if "The Breeze" became the state song, it would do so because the people of Virginia wanted it to be. It appears the people have been heard. Congratulations to Steve and Robbin on a great song and a wonderful accomplishment and to State Senator Walter Stosch for carrying the bill to passage.
Everything will be all right! Livin' in the Sweet Virginia Breeze.
Multi Grammy award winning artist and record producer Trey Songz, has been very busy at In Your Ear lately. Best known for hits like "Bottoms Up" and "Touchin, Lovin" with Nicky Minaj and more recently "Na Na", Trey has been coming in for sessions with his newly signed rap artist Chi Sanity. Sessions are being engineered by Michael Congdon who also worked on the Grammy winning Chris Brown sessions at In Your Ear in 2012. Trey Songz massive hit "Na Na" was written by Sam Hook who has been working with Lee Major and Michael Congdon on production of Richmond based vocal duo McBeth. We'll keep you posted on release information on Trey Songz and Chi Sanity right here.
IYE is proud to announce its involvement with the brand new animated movie Strange Magic from Lucas Film LTD. Paul Bruski and Terry Stroud spent a day last summer recording dialog for the film with one of its stars Evan Rachel Wood who plays Marianne a princess fairy. Also attending the session patched in from Skywalker Ranch via ISDN and FaceTime was the director Gary Rydstrom, better well known as one of the greatest Sound Designers on the planet. If you have been to a movie in the last twenty years that had amazing sound, Gary probably did it. Gary directed the session, Paul attended to recording Evan's dialog for the film while Terry captured video of her performance so the animators could see her facial expressions while she was delivering her lines. With the story by George Lucas, Strange Magic is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic, which created the CGI animation, bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects. This will be one for the whole family to see.
They have been unleashed!
Two years ago sound wizard Andrea Stefl, and visual master Rinny Wilson came up with a crazy idea, 'let's make a short film.' A couple of rather strong lattes later, they came up with Hill of the Hapersnoks. This is the story of Beatrice Outbridge of Sallowberry Hill, the main charater of a novel in progress. Early on, she meets these sneaky little critters called Hapersnoks. They are supposed to helping the author in writing the story, but instead decide to cause trouble for everyone! Film was written & directed by Rinny Wilson (who also did the editorial and compositing work), Andrea Stefl acted as First AD and all things audio, the animation was done by our friends at Studio Flatland, and the musical score was written by our very own Carlos Chafin. This film took two years, and a lot of hard work from some really awesome people. So sit back and enjoy Hill of the Hapersnoks!
The Spring 2015 semester has begun here at In Your Ear! Our two popular audio classes, Listen and Capture, and Sound Manipulation are now underway. For those who may not know, we have been teaching the first class in conjunction with the VCU School of the Arts for eight years now and the advanced class "Sound Manuipulation" for three years. Listen and Capture is the first part and covers proper acoustics, microphone types and techniques, audio physics, audio history, software used in recording and editing, and computers and computer accessories. The second course, Sound Manipulation, focuses on the start to finish process of recording a singer songwriter and then a full band. The students are expected to set up for the recording sessions, run the equipment, do the mixing, and exploring economic, marketing and distribution options for the final product. The final "exam" for this class is to individually mix the project and share the results with the artist(s) and class for a open critique. Last semester, one of our student's mixes was chosen by the artist for the final release version! If you're interested in these classes for the future, click on over to our classes page to learn more about developing your music production skills.