Commercial Music Project class practices skills with studio and band
By Aly Miranda
Music business sophomore Matt Rathmell was in control of Studio A on the second floor of Longwith Radio, Television and Film Building Oct. 14 when he brought in a Latino rock/blues fusion band, Puro Constante.
It was his turn to provide a live band to perform a few songs in the studio for MUSB 2450, Commercial Music Project, class.
Music business Program Coordinator Donnie Meals requires each student to find and bring in a band to play live between 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Fridays.
“This class is designed to be like a capstone,” Meals said Oct. 14. “So they use all the skills learned during this semester or during a previous semester.”
Students have to find their own acts and schedule the day they’re going to be in the studio. A student is in charge of what production looks like the day of recording.
“We each have our own artist. We set them up — everything from the plot to what they’re going to do, who does what on the cameras and sound and switcher,” music business sophomore Angela Rodriguez said. “We record them, edit them and do their interview, and the artist takes the final recording with them.”
Another student suggested Puro Constante to Rathmell earlier this semester when brainstorming a band or artist to bring in for studio time.
“I didn’t really knew much about them other than what my friend told me, that they were a really good blues band,” Rathmell said.
On Oc.t 21, music business sophomore Terrell Mabrito brought in one-man band Max Gonzalez.
“He’s a good friend of mine,” Mabrito said. “I went to high school with him, and he’s also a former music business student.”
Mabrito also said he contacted two other musicians, who both canceled.
“That was a good lesson on getting solid commitment from bands,” Mabrito said. “Max is a really cool guy and down to earth but still has depth within his music.”
Now that all the students have brought in a band or musician, students now have to do 25 hours of work of remixing and editing the music recorded in the studio.
“Each day’s recording is in post production, packaged to be a 30-minute show that promotes the band and the students’ skills,” Meals said.
The work is posted on the Facebook page, The Science of Sound, as well as a YouTube channel, Science of Sound.
For five years, the class has provided content for InTV, the local education television channel that is run by creative media services on the sixth floor of Moody Learning Center.
Kathy Armstrong, coordinator of special programs, took an interest.
“I had an intern who was taking Donnie’s class, and I like to ask my interns how they’re doing, what they’re doing,” Armstrong said. “He mentioned what his class does, and I thought it would be creative and fun for us run the students’ work on Friday nights.”
The videos can be seen 10 p.m. Fridays-12 a.m. Saturdays on Spectrum cable Channel 98, AT&T 99 Channel and Grande cable Channel 21.
“The Science of Sound” has been playing in San Antonio for the past year and a half.
The bands or artists the student brought in get the final product of their shoot as well as the raw files.
“So after shooting it, you get all the files and you have to remix all the stuff and make it sound good,” Rathmell said. “We make everything into a DVD to give it to them.”
For information, call Meals at 210-486-1380