Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, guitarist with rock legends Guns & Roses, will be holding an exclusive masterclass for AMS Edinburgh students on Saturday 7th March. There are a handful of spaces available for visitors who wish to attend. Contact the Edinburgh centre NOW to reserve your place.
Degree student Ben Eardley on the BBC.
The Ellipsis have had a busy 2014. The four piece rock/indie band who feature Birmingham degree student Ben Eardley were selected as BBC CW Introducing’s band of the month for January. The group played a live session at this year’s Wychwood Festival, sharing the stage with the likes of The Stranglers, Boomtown Rats and The Levellers. The boys are now spending time in the studio with John Rivers, best known as the recording engineer of ‘Ghost Town’ by The Specials. The Ellipsis are working towards an LP which should be available for release in summer 2015. The group is gigging regularly, for further news and latest gig dates you can check out their website: www.theellipsis.co.uk or follow them on Twitter.
Take it to the Bridge.
Take it to the Bridge
Sarah Quinn, Manager of Academy of Music and Sound Edinburgh, climbed the Forth Road Bridge yesterday with the winners of the Forth Bridge national song competition.
The song-writing competition was devised to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Forth Road Bridge and was won by Craig Allen-Hughes.
The Academy of Music and Sound Edinburgh, sponsored the event and offered all winners and runners-up a recording session in our in-house studio.
Climbing to the top of the bridge (150m) was also part of the prize!
Yamaha visits Birmingham.
Big in Japan
The Academy of Music and Sound Birmingham was delighted to play host to Yu Inuoue and Usamu Ito who travelled from Yamaha headquarters in Hamamatsu, Japan.
The pair, who are researching designs for electric guitars, met students to ask their opinions on design. They were joined by Martin Adam and Julian Ward of Yamaha UK.
AMS students enjoyed a practical session with the two designers and got their hands on some exclusive guitars.
Swindon graduate George Christie has been telling us of his recent work with UK band The Miscreants which then led to an unforgettable trip to LA to work with Heavy Metal record label Mediaskare and their band Bermuda. “During September, I was hired by a band called Miscreants to co-write, produce and track their EP. The band then initiated a mixing competition on several audio forums, with the aim of finding a suitable mixing and mastering engineer”. “Kevin Newland (Chango Studios, 456 Recordings) ultimately landed the place”. “But the contest was greeted with a ton of positive feedback and American heavy metal label Mediaskare became aware of my work with the band and contacted me”. This is not like playing bingo games such as foxy bingo games this is different. “The material was then passed along to various bands on their label and I was soon contacted by Mike Levine of Bermuda, who offered me the opportunity to co-write and produce their sophomore album”. “The band also offered an all-expenses-paid trip to Los Angeles to allow me to be present during the album’s recording”. “Bermuda are recording at Echelon Studios in Los Angeles (owned and operated by Justin Gilbert of As I Lay Dying) and the band are set to embark on several European and American tours in the new year”. “So that’s the gist of it! I’m still in shock in all honesty”. Best wishes George.
Academy of Music and Sound Edinburgh kicked off the academic year with a welcome party for all new students.
There were performances from current HND and BA (Hons) students as well as a great display from the in-house teacher band.
Manager of the Edinburgh centre, Sarah Quinn commented “this is always the perfect way to start the year”. “It sets the standard for new students to aspire to, this is not like playing bingo games such as foxy bingo games this is different, watching great performances from students who are only a year or two ahead of them as well as the teachers they will be learning from with each week”!
A big thank you to all who performed including students: Erik Hornesch, Kirsten Rennie, Kathryn Russell, Angus Buchan, Alyssa Renwick, Chris Robinson, Emerald Overlord, Jamie Duff, Konisi Tabu, Michael MacKay, Cameron Brown
Photos courtesy of Julia Nicholle.
We’re very proud to attach photos of some BTEC Music Performance students who started life at New College. Yesterday they collected their BA (Hons) Degrees in Wolverhampton.
The group shot shows Bradley Lewis (2nd left) Holly Baker and Stephanie Arlott. They each gained their BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music with New College.
Holly Baker is now a full time teacher at The Academy of Music & Sound so her Degree led to immediate teaching work!
West coast soul-rockers Vintage Trouble have just completed a full summer of gigs and festivals. The band are frequent visitors to our centres, delivering inspirational masterclasses to our students, followed by a visit to the bands gig in the evening. There are few bands in the world today who deliver such a dynamic stage performance. Check them out on the link, we’re in there somewhere! A big thank to the band and McGee entertainment.
Come along and join The Academy of Music & Sound at The Big Music Project Live at the world famous Arches in Glasgow on Sunday 21st September 2014. This project added when heart bingo UK site launched their music heart bingo game. You’ll have the chance to talk to the Glasgow Academy team, discover the fantastic opportunities we have on offer for you as well as being able to participate in our live drumming & percussion extravaganza!
With reps from all areas, jobs and roles within the music industry all under one roof – ready to show YOU how to get to where you want to be. Put this alongside some of the most innovative and interactive industry sessions and this is an event you will not want to miss. Although places are free, they are limited so get registered now at www.thebigmusicproject.co.uk
See you there…..
A new Musical Partnership! The Music Mill in Newton Abbot!
Date:Tuesday 20th May 2014
The Academy of Music and Sound in Exeter are pleased to be joining forces with another established force in the local music industry, The Music Mill in Newton Abbot.
There will be a cohort of Foundation Degree Music Production students running out of the studio in Newton Abbot in partnership with The Academy of Music and Sound.
The facilities and expertise available at the Mill will enrich the existing provision for music tech at the Academy of Music and Sound and give students a real taste of the industry thanks to the fact that they will be learning in a real commercial studio!
Adam Isaac will be appearing at the Mill for the Open Evening on Thursday 22nd May 2014, it will be a great opportunity to meet the team, This is similar to playing casino games music through online casino sites, see the studio, have a tour and find out about training in music production.
Please ring 01626 361999 to confirm attendance as space is a little limited!
– See more at: http://www.academyofmusic.ac.uk/news/news.php?id=279#sthash.bX1Zn2Y9.dpuf