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New to Chicago

by Steven Spiel

My name is Steven Spiel, and I am the next Graduate Student Ambassador for the Music Composition for the Screen MFA program at Columbia College Chicago. I am new to the school and …

New to Chicago

My name is Steven Spiel, and I am the next Graduate Student Ambassador for the Music Composition for the Screen MFA program at Columbia College Chicago. I am new to the school and …

Music Composition for the Screen MFA Steven Spiel, steven.spiel@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Flip Flops in the Windy City: THE CAPITOL RECORDS RECORDING SESSION

by Mason Kaye

It’s the day we’ve all been waiting for since we were accepted into this program more than 2 years ago!  On Wednesday, August 1, we each got 40 minutes of …

Flip Flops in the Windy City: THE CAPITOL RECORDS RECORDING SESSION

It’s the day we’ve all been waiting for since we were accepted into this program more than 2 years ago!  On Wednesday, August 1, we each got 40 minutes of …

Music Composition for the Screen MFA Mason Kaye, mason.kaye@yahoo.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Flip Flops in the Windy City — Conducting to Picture

by Mason Kaye

One of the most important parts of our Semester in Los Angeles is learning how to conduct in a studio environment, in particular conducting to synchronized video.  Luckily, we have …

Flip Flops in the Windy City — Conducting to Picture

One of the most important parts of our Semester in Los Angeles is learning how to conduct in a studio environment, in particular conducting to synchronized video.  Luckily, we have …

Music Composition for the Screen MFA Mason Kaye, mason.kaye@yahoo.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Flip Flops in the Windy City: Pitch Perfect

by Mason Kaye

What happens when you get a frantic call from a friend of a friend, asking you to work on Disney-produced acapella arrangements for a Universal film?  You say yes, and …

Flip Flops in the Windy City: Pitch Perfect

What happens when you get a frantic call from a friend of a friend, asking you to work on Disney-produced acapella arrangements for a Universal film?  You say yes, and …

Music Composition for the Screen MFA Mason Kaye, mason.kaye@yahoo.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Flip Flops in the Windy City: Summer Semester — What to Expect

by Mason Kaye

Here’s a breakdown of what the SLA (Summer Semester Los Angeles) will consist of, now that we’re hitting the sunshine state and the city of angels!

Flip Flops in the Windy City: Summer Semester — What to Expect

Here’s a breakdown of what the SLA (Summer Semester Los Angeles) will consist of, now that we’re hitting the sunshine state and the city of angels!

Music Composition for the Screen MFA Mason Kaye, mason.kaye@yahoo.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Flip Flops in the Windy City: Conducting Someone Else’s Work

by Mason Kaye

Conducting original work is pretty much the coolest thing you can do.  Conducting someone else’s original work is almost the coolest thing you can do.  Conducting your own work can …

Flip Flops in the Windy City: Conducting Someone Else’s Work

Conducting original work is pretty much the coolest thing you can do.  Conducting someone else’s original work is almost the coolest thing you can do.  Conducting your own work can …

Music Composition for the Screen MFA Mason Kaye, mason.kaye@yahoo.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Flip Flops in the Windy City: Recording @ Hinge Studios

by Mason Kaye

We recently had the opportunity to record at Hinge Studios.  It went very, very well.  I have both audio and video to share, and some cool stories…

Flip Flops in the Windy City: Recording @ Hinge Studios

We recently had the opportunity to record at Hinge Studios.  It went very, very well.  I have both audio and video to share, and some cool stories…

Music Composition for the Screen MFA Mason Kaye, mason.kaye@yahoo.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Flip Flops in the Windy City: Game Score Review – Gun

by Mason Kaye

Gun is a 3rd-person, open-world, cowboy western game for PS2/PS3.  It is awesome.  And on top of being awesome, it has unexpectedly good music.

Flip Flops in the Windy City: Game Score Review – Gun

Gun is a 3rd-person, open-world, cowboy western game for PS2/PS3.  It is awesome.  And on top of being awesome, it has unexpectedly good music.

Music Composition for the Screen MFA Mason Kaye, mason.kaye@yahoo.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Flip Flops in the Windy City: A little bit of orchestration

by Mason Kaye

We have a recording session coming up this Friday, and I have written a pretty awesome string orchestra piece featuring solo violin.  But on top of a 12-piece string orchestra, …

Flip Flops in the Windy City: A little bit of orchestration

We have a recording session coming up this Friday, and I have written a pretty awesome string orchestra piece featuring solo violin.  But on top of a 12-piece string orchestra, …

Music Composition for the Screen MFA Mason Kaye, mason.kaye@yahoo.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Flip Flops in the Windy City: Chicago Recording Company

by Mason Kaye

We have three recording sessions this semester at the Chicago Recording Company.  These guys are the real deal– with industry standard equipment, facilities, and engineers.  We learn a tremendous amount …

Flip Flops in the Windy City: Chicago Recording Company

We have three recording sessions this semester at the Chicago Recording Company.  These guys are the real deal– with industry standard equipment, facilities, and engineers.  We learn a tremendous amount …

Music Composition for the Screen MFA Mason Kaye, mason.kaye@yahoo.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605