30 Rooms 30 Producers flyer

30 Rooms 30 Producers – Music Production End-of-Year Show

30 Rooms 30 Producers flyerT-block has been home to the Northbrook Music dept for fifteen years and cultivated the most innovative and creative music makers. This coming year we move to a new state of the art facility.  Join us in saying goodbye to T-block and hear our graduating producers play their best material in this year’s 30 Rooms event

Disraeli and the Small Gods playing at the Great Escape

A student’s experience working for The Great Escape Festival

So volunteering as an Assistant Tech at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton was a blast. It was an awesome experience and gave me a chance to both meet plenty of people in the industry, as well as giving me invaluable insight into the world of live sound. The Spiegeltent (the venue I was based at) is a fabulous place and the people running both the venue and the festival as a whole were great people to work with.

Volunteering for all three days of the festival really gave me a chance to get to grips with the venue and learn the ins and outs of how the in house sound tech (who was awesome to work with too) had set everything up. By the 2nd day I knew pretty much everything I needed to know in order to set up for each individual band.

Every single band I helped set up were really relaxed and just generally really easy to get along with.

As a volunteer I was provided with wristbands for each individual day I worked there. This allowed me to gain access to any of the venues to see bands I wanted to see.

On the whole I really enjoyed my time at The Great Escape and would recommend it to anyone who wants to get a foot into the industry or just loves music in general.

 

Prince Fatty

Weekly Industry Visits to the Music Department

Each year we organise visits by several music business professionals. Set up as an open question and answer session chaired by a lecturer, we try and uncover as many details about their profession as possible in an hour. We’ve had visits from A & R people to lawyers, publishers to live event promoters, and of course  professional musicians and producers.

This year we heard from  Chris Davies of Bleeding Heart Recordings who told us of his experience of running a DIY record label. Jon Crawley of C3 Audio talked about running one of the biggest south coast P.A. companies and installing his sound systems on the festival circuit. Jonny Aitken told us about his recent experience as the drummer of the band Spiritualized, just before departing for Spain to record their new album with the producer Youth. And who better to interview a drummer than Brighton drumming duo AKDK, both of whom are lecturers on the music production course.

Brighton Music Conference

Brighton Music Conference

Producer Prince Fatty visited us with his collection of analogue equipment to show how he creates his dubby sound. Then we heard from Tim Rabjohns of landfmusic.com on how to write music for TV and film. We also have an arrangement with landfmusic to share some live briefs with our  interested – and its so brilliant for them to receive real industry feedback on their compositions.

Julian Deane of Raygun Management (who handle  Wytches, and X Certs amongst others) gave some stylistic tips to two of our student groups, and told us about the pitfalls of negotiating your way through the music business. And Kevin Christian Blair told us about his role as A&R person for Rudimental, Ed Sheeran and Skrillex as part of the Warner Asylum label.

Thanks to all involved, and here’s to many more visits next year!

New Studio Render

New Studio Complex

Control Room 1 Control Room 1 Control Room 2 Control Room 2 Control Room 2 Live Room 1 Live Room 1 Live Room 2 Live Room 2

The music department is having a brand new studio complex built over at the University Centre in West Durrington. The design and build is being handled by world renowned studio design company The Studio People, and will be ready for students in September. Continue reading

focusrite rednet interfaces

New Focusrite Rednet System

We have just installed a brand new set of audio interfaces; Focusrite’s RedNet system. It is an upgrade from our old ProTools HD 192 intefaces and brings network audio to Northbrook for the first time. The system allows any control room to connect to any live room via ethernet in a simple control panel app. We will soon be able to have one band playing in a live room and have students in multiple control rooms recording them.

The system features extremely low latency and extremely high track counts, and puts students in control of state-of-the-art recording facilities.