Marginalia, Graduate Blog

Recording for a Feature Film

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Hey everyone!

Our winter break is over, and it has been an extraordinarily fun one! Last week I went to the Old Town School of Folk Music and educated myself on all the different types of folk instruments for about three hours. Luckily, the retailers there are very knowledgeable and were very happy to answer all of my questions!

Recording for a Feature Film

Hey everyone! Our winter break is over, and it has been an extraordinarily fun one! Last week I went to the Old Town School of Folk Music and educated myself on …

Music Composition for the Screen, MFA Katrina Zemrak, info@katrinazemrak.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

New Year, New Opportunities

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Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic New Year’s Eve, as well as Christmas! Since we haven’t been in school since December 18th, and we won’t be back until the last week of January, I figure I’ll give you the lowdown on what I’ve been doing outside of class.

I am currently working on a feature film called Bongee Bear and the Kingdom of Rhythm. This film is a great opportunity for me for many, many reasons. One, this is an animated musical, and I don’t give myself enough credit when working with lyrics, so this is an opportunity to show myself that writing for songs isn’t actually all that bad! Two, Dom DeLuise—the actor who voiced Fievel in American Tail, as well as many other animated characters—and Debi Derryberry—the voice of Jimmy Neutron and Tommy from Rugrats—are main characters in the film.

New Year, New Opportunities

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic New Year’s Eve, as well as Christmas! Since we haven’t been in school since December 18th, and we won’t be …

Music Composition for the Screen, MFA Katrina Zemrak, info@katrinazemrak.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Howard Shore Master Class

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I’m going to start this blog post off with a very wonderful video of our Master class at Columbia College with Howard Shore. The class in it’s entirety is shown above! Take a look at the inside scoop of how Howard Shore (composer of Lord of the Rings/ so many other films) works on a film, what his process is, and what his advice may be to aspiring composers!

Howard Shore Master Class

Hello Everyone! I’m going to start this blog post off with a very wonderful video of our Master class at Columbia College with Howard Shore. The class in it’s entirety …

Music Composition for the Screen, MFA Katrina Zemrak, info@katrinazemrak.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

First Feature Film

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It was so wonderful seeing a handful of your lovely faces during the Open House events! I hope you all found the Open House being very helpful in your choice of a Masters program! If you have any questions that you didn’t think of before, don’t hesitate to contact me. And also anyone who was unable to attend the Open House can definitely contact me also.

First Feature Film

Hello Everyone! It was so wonderful seeing a handful of your lovely faces during the Open House events! I hope you all found the Open House being very helpful in …

Music Composition for the Screen, MFA Katrina Zemrak, info@katrinazemrak.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Traveling, Concerts, and Jeff Garlin

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These last few weeks have been quite exciting! I took a trip back home to Maine to surprise my mom for her birthday over the weekend, and got to see some amazing scenic views that I haven’t seen before. The views were beautiful, with mountains and the colorful trees. The whole time we were hiking and exploring though, it was snowing! not enough to settle, but enough to notice.

Traveling, Concerts, and Jeff Garlin

Hello Everyone! These last few weeks have been quite exciting! I took a trip back home to Maine to surprise my mom for her birthday over the weekend, and got …

Music Composition for the Screen, MFA Katrina Zemrak, info@katrinazemrak.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Gerard Marino, Composer of God of War

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Hello Everyone! And welcome to week 5 of classes! We are given the amazing opportunity to study under Gerard Marino, composer of the God of War game scores. In the featured photo above, 2nd year students are in class with Gerard, going over their work. A nice addition to the program starting this year is the composer in residency program. Every eight weeks a new composer is brought in that gets to speak with the students about his/her work and advise them on their work. The second year students mainly get this opportunity, but Gerard has graciously accepted to meet with year one students also. He’s not only taking the time with the graduate students, but also the undergraduate students. The second years are currently working on a game with him.

Gerard Marino, Composer of God of War

Hello Everyone! And welcome to week 5 of classes! We are given the amazing opportunity to study under Gerard Marino, composer of the God of War game scores. In the …

Music Composition for the Screen, MFA Katrina Zemrak, info@katrinazemrak.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Student Work and A New Year

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Hello Everyone!

My name is Katrina Zemrak, and I am the new Graduate Ambassador for the Music Composition for the Screen program! If you would like any information about the program outside of this blog, don’t hesitate to shoot me an email at music.comp.mfa@colum.edu!

Student Work and A New Year

Hello Everyone! My name is Katrina Zemrak, and I am the new Graduate Ambassador for the Music Composition for the Screen program! If you would like any information about the …

Music Composition for the Screen, MFA Katrina Zemrak, info@katrinazemrak.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Farewell

 

Since the beginning of 2014, I have had the pleasure of being the ambassador for the MFA Music Composition for the Screen Program. It was a great experience communicating with prospective students, attending school events, getting to know the other ambassadors and staff, and writing this blog. I moved to LA two months ago for the semester in LA, graduated from my program after two years of study, and just recently found work assisting a Hollywood composer. My classmates and I have come a long way since starting the program in 2013. I very am excited to see what our futures hold.

Farewell

  Since the beginning of 2014, I have had the pleasure of being the ambassador for the MFA Music Composition for the Screen Program. It was a great experience communicating …

Music Composition for the Screen MFA Logan Stahley, unhello@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

How to Create a Sound Panel Absorber

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As a continuation from the previous blog, I thought I would get a little more detailed on how to create a sound panel absorber (aka bass trap). These panels help attenuate a broad range of frequencies. Usually the most troublesome in a small room is the mid to low range, and these panels, which use insulation to deaden the sound, are great for this purpose. Foam is also used quite a bit in home studios, which helps reduce high frequencies, but does not tame as broad of frequency range as the insulation based panel.

How to Create a Sound Panel Absorber

As a continuation from the previous blog, I thought I would get a little more detailed on how to create a sound panel absorber (aka bass trap). These panels help …

Music Composition for the Screen MFA Logan Stahley, unhello@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Graduated / Home Studios

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We have officially graduated! Our thesis recording session at The Bridge went very smoothly, the musicians are no doubt the best I’ve ever heard.
We owe a lot of thanks to Eimear Noone, who led the orchestra in conducting, and always had great suggestions to help make the most out of our time there. Another round of applause is owed to John Rodd, who engineered and later mixed our sessions at his studio. A few students have found work directly after the semester, and some are continuing their internships. I have yet to find a full time position, but am applying to all opportunities that come my way while continuing my internship. You can take a listen to a few of our sessions below:

Graduated / Home Studios

We have officially graduated! Our thesis recording session at The Bridge went very smoothly, the musicians are no doubt the best I’ve ever heard. We owe a lot of thanks …

Music Composition for the Screen MFA Logan Stahley, unhello@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605