Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Third Annual Guthman Musical Instrument Competition: Call for Entries

Submit Entrees Online by October 1st 2010

Inventors, composers, creators, and designers are encouraged to submit their musical instrument inventions to the 2011 Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition. The event is hosted by the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology and features a grand prize of $5,000. In total, $10,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the best novel musical instruments. Entries will be accepted through October 1, 2010 via an Online Submission Form and notification of acceptance will be provided November 1, 2010.

The competition, which will take place February 24-25 2011, will be judged by an expert panel including Tom Oberheim, inventor of the first polyphonic music synthesizer, Sergi Jorda, inventor of the Reactable tabletop musical instrument, Georgia Tech professor Jason Freeman, and Wired.com music journalist Eliot Van Buskirk. This annual competition is supported by the philanthropic gifts of Tech alum Richard Guthman in honor of his wife Margaret. It showcases new uses of technology to enhance participation in music performance and music creation.

For more information about previous iterations of the competition, judging criteria, submission format etc. go to our website.

We are looking forward to receiving your submissions, and please feel free to distribute this information to other interested parties,

Friday, July 23, 2010

“Anatomy of a Film Score” seminar with Hummie Mann

September 25 – 26, 2010
10 am – 6 pm each day
At the Nashville Film Institute The Factory, Franklin, Tennessee click here for a map/directions – parking is free for attendees lodging is available in nearby Cool Springs

The Nashville Composers Association presents the two-day seminar “Anatomy of a Film Score” with two-time Emmy-award winning composer/arranger Hummie Mann. Hummie has collaborated with some of Hollywood’s most celebrated directors in both theatrical and television films. His motion pictures projects have ranged from Mel Brooks’ “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” to Peter Yates’ “Year of the Comet”, the children’s film “Thomas and the Magic Railroad” to “Wooly Boys” directed by Leszek Burzynski starring Peter Fonda, Kris Kristofferson, Keith Carradine and Joe Mazzello. For television, he has scored projects for Simon Wincer (the miniseries “P.T. Barnum”), Jonathan Kaplan (the miniseries re-make of “In Cold Blood”), Norman Jewison (“Picture Windows – Soir Bleu”), Peter Bogdanovich (“The Rescuers: Tales of Courage – Two Women”), Joe Dante (“Masters of Horror: Homecoming”), Jim Abrahams (“First Do No Harm”), Richard Friedenberg (“Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas”), William Friedkin, John Milius and Ralph Bakshi (all part of the “Rebel Highway” series of films), among others. Click here for Hummie’s complete credits, and here for his bio.

Anatomy of a Film Score attendees will receive 50+ pages of scores/notes with a CD of the music studied. Hummie will discuss the process of creating a score from initial concept to finished recorded music using audio and video examples. He will also discuss some specific compositional and technical film scoring techniques utilized in the process. Hummie recommends attendees bring note and manuscript paper as there will be much information you may wish to jot down. Attendees may also submit questions for Hummie ahead of time that he will address as part of the class or during the Q & A segment at the end.

You will learn, among other things:

  • Where to begin? Establishing a vocabulary and policy for the score.

  • Creating themes and varying them to work in different dramatic situations.

  • Techniques of contracting and expanding phrase lengths to fit a film’s timing requirements.

  • Discussion about various harmonic languages/progressions used in film.

  • The use and control of dissonance for dramatic results.

  • A step by step method of scoring a film from start to finish.

Read about the quality of Hummie’s teaching and courses here.

Anatomy of a Film Score attendees will also receive a free one-year Nashville Composers Association membership, worth $50.

To Register, click here. Seating is limited. Regular enrollment fee: $300 - includes scores and CD.


Regular enrollment fee applies after August 28th.