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Spreading the word of Slam Academy and more; My role as Special Projects Manager

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By Kyle Goodrich (Guest Blogger, Slam Academy Instructor / Staff / Alum)

If you’ve ever spent time at our main campus in Minneapolis, it’s very likely that you don’t need a formal introduction to who I am, but for those of you who haven’t, I will gladly give you a quick one. My name is Kyle Goodrich (Kyle King), I am an instructor at Slam Academy, a DJ, sound designer, engineer, producer, and almost every other kind of audio work I’ve dabbled in at some point over the last 15 or so years working in music. I also am a former student of Slam Academy, having taken the Ableton Live, Sound Design, and Mixing & Mastering Programs throughout 2016 – 2017.

My role now has become the Special Projects Manager at Slam Academy and while that might sound like a very “business” oriented role, I’m really just someone who very strongly believes in the mission of Slam Academy and wants to connect with as many people as possible to make sure that we can get out to more and more students and help them achieve their goals of making great music!

Recently we’ve worked with the Department of Defense Education Activity on a project that involved all of the executives at Slam helping train teachers who are working at schools near military bases and are going to be teaching Ableton to those students whose parents are part of our armed forces. I actually can relate a lot to those kids, as someone who was an army brat myself, I think that this is an extremely noble cause, and I am quite jealous of the kids who are getting this opportunity to learn music production!

Myself and Tanya Lano (Recruitment Specialist at Slam) also got to spread the word of Slam Academy at The Commons in downtown Minneapolis right outside of US Bank stadium this past summer! It was a beautiful day outside, and the music was a perfect compliment to the day. There were food trucks, outdoor games, and a nice big park for people to relax and spend the last fleeting days of summer, as the Minnesota winter slowly begins to take over.

Also, a collaboration between Slam Academy and the Adoption Is Love foundation took place where one of our wonderful TAs, Mike Johnson (Baard) worked with a young woman who wrote a song dedicated to her biological mother entitled “First Mom” and I got to do the mixing and mastering for the track! It was a very heartfelt song and was such a joy to work on. Both Tanya and I will be at the rotunda in the Mall of America on Saturday October 6th [with the Adoption Is Love Walk at Mall of America]. Stop by to hear the song, support the event, and also say hello to us!

There is more in the works and just keep your eyes out for more events!

If you’re interested in getting Slam Academy involved in your event, or if you want to work with me and help get Slam out to more people, please feel free to email me at [email protected] and let’s get in touch!

 

Editor’s Note: Between Tanya, Kyle, and the rest of the staff at Slam Academy we have been fortunate to participate with these organizations and their events. Beyond those listed above, Slam Academy also works closely with Beats by Girlz and She Rock She Rock, hosting many of the organizations’ workshops, classes, and events in our main studio (A: Performance Hall). Tanya will also be involved in this fall’s Performance and Visual Arts Fair! The fair will be held at the Minneapolis Institute of Art on Tuesday, October 9th at 7pm. We encourage everyone to stop by, say hi, and learn more about Slam!

Advisory Board Member Releases New Solo Album

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Gregory Taylor, longtime electronic musician and Madison radio host, releases new solo album, “Randstad”

As a live improviser, Gregory Taylor has been recording electronic works since the late 1970s, but is also well known for his radio show, RTQE, on Madison’s WORT-FM since 1986. Currently, Taylor works for Cycling ’74, developer of the widely used music software program Max.  But, his latest album, Randstad, released in June 2018, embraces working alone and his solitary experiences living in the randstad – the Dutch use this term to describe their urban area that encompasses four large cities: Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht.

Much of the album was made with field recordings of his travels using a small handheld recorder. He made a rule that the material had to be produced from where he lived and made with what he had with him. This technique proves that the smallest pieces of technology, made with small parts, can end up turning into a big sounding album. Randstad is his 4th album for PoL.

Listen & Preview here: 

https://youtu.be/x1UBp0ZWJLA

https://youtu.be/T2DZOw6oaY8

 

Discogs:
https://www.discogs.com/Gregory-Taylor-Randstad/release

Juno:
https://www.juno.co.uk/products/gregory-taylor-randstad

 

Disc: 1

1) To Kijkduin By Monorail
2) Shoulder Alignment
3) Prayer Wheels – Voorschoten
4) Alchemical Refrigeration
5) Illuminated By Optimism – Teyler
6) Imagined Anaphora
7) Cockpitgebouw – Trajectum Ep Digital Bonus Track
8) Satellite Campus (Cohort) – Trajectum Ep Digital Bonus Track

 

*Tracks 7 and 8 are available as digital downloads via a code supplied with the CD.

Style: Electronic, Ambient, Abstract, Drone, Experimental | Format: CD, Album | Cat: POL 012018 | Label: Palace Of Lights | Composed By, Producer, Photography By – Gregory Taylor | Recorded At – H33A | Mixed At – H33A | Mastered At – GS Mastering & Post | Mastered By – Anders Peterson

Able10 – Live 10 Release Party Great Success

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On a crisp and cold day in Minneapolis, MN, things were brewing up hot inside at Able Seedhouse & Brewing for the Able10 – Live 10 release party celebration held on Sunday, February 18.  The event was hosted by Ableton aficionado, Brian Botkiller, in addition to Minneapolis Ableton Live User’s Group and Slam Academy (an Ableton Certified Training Center and multimedia art and music studio). Ableton released of the version 10 software on February 6th, 2018.

Many enthusiasts gathered at the brew house to check out all the new features that have been introduced to Live, including four new devices called Wavetable (synthesizer), Echo (delay), Drum Buss (shape the sound of your drums), and Pedal (character of analog stomp boxes).  The new Capture feature allows you to put your spontaneous ideas together without having to press record.  You can also edit multiple MIDI clips in tandem to take better control of your song.  Overall, the interface has been updated to have cleaner and sharper graphics and colors, in addition to countless more improvements.  All of these new Live updates bring new functionality to Push (hardware instrument specifically for Live), like melodic step sequencing and advanced visualization to see everything in rich detail.

“Our partnership with Ableton allows us to stay on top of the latest advancements and upgrades and to provide our music community with the highest level of instruction on the most relevant tools to today’s producers” says Slam Academy Founder and ACT, Dr. J Anthony Allen.  

There’s really no better way to fuel your creativity than by interacting with individuals who share your interests.  Also in attendance and providing his wealth of knowledge was Ableton Certified Trainer and Slam Academy co-Founder, James Patrick.  

With three Ableton Certified Trainers on its faculty and over 35 years of collective teaching experience, Slam Academy has quickly become the premiere destination for learning Ableton Live in the Midwest.  All Users Groups in Minneapolis feature local guest artists and Certified Trainers from the area. Slam Academy is also the home of many dedicated Ableton courses, and the only official and listed Max for Live institution in Minnesota.  Slam Academy is also an Ableton Retailer.

We got you curious?  Come to our next Open House on Saturday, March 10th, to experience it all.  Our friendly staff will provide you with the information you need to help get you in the right direction for your music and digital technology endeavors.

Ableton Live Program start dates for 2018 are March 8th, May 7th, August 30th, and November 5th.  Classes meet once a week, and you can choose your start time at either 11am or 7pm depending on your schedule.  

You live far away from Slam Academy?  Or would like remote training because you are on the go?  We got you.  We offer our Ableton Live Program online!  Our Ableton Live Online Program is a six-month plan designed to give students a comprehensive understanding of this powerful and versatile tool. It’s available to start whenever you like.

 

Upcoming Free Ableton Classes @ Slam Academy:

Intro to Ableton Live – Monday, April 23 @ 11am
Intro to Ableton Live – Monday, April 23 @ 7pm

Intro to Ableton Live – Thurs. August 23 @ 11am
Intro to Ableton Live – Thurs. August 23 @ 7pm

Intro to Ableton Live – Monday, Oct 29 @ 11am
Intro to Ableton Live – Monday, Oct 29 @ 7pm

Slam Staffer Teaches Beats By Girlz

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Slam Academy staff member, Tanya Lano, taught a successful first day of class for the Beats By Girlz Ableton Series 1 on February 3, 2018 hosted at Slam Academy and supported by Beats By Girlz – Minnesota Chapter, She Rock She Rock and Ableton.

 

Beats By Girlz is a non-traditional, creative and educational music technology curriculum, collective and community template designed to empower students to engage with music technology.  It was developed and written by Associate Professor at The Berklee College of Music, Erin Barra-Jean.  

 

Slam Academy proudly supports Beats By Girlz, knowing that electronic music can be a male-dominated field.  To encourage more women to feel at home in this artform and explore electronic music Slam offers a scholarship called the Beats By Girlz scholarship.


Tanya joined the Slam Academy team in Fall 2017 as their Recruitment Specialist.  She supports the students at Slam Academy by providing information and helping them make educational decisions.  She is a role model by being an active member in the electronic music community as a DJ, producer, label owner and teacher.