Five students from the OU School of Media Arts and Studies will be in Austin, Texas during finals week, where they’ll spend their days working with Jim Eno, the drummer of the band Spoon and a veteran producer.
For six days, these students will be assisting in music production with Eno in his nationally renowned studio Public Hi-Fi. MDIA students will work approximately 10 hours a day in the studio, learning engineering and production techniques for both digital and analog tracking. Public Hi-Fi boasts a custom Neve/API console, along with scores of vintage compressors, outboard gear, and microphones. The facility has a storied history and has been used by artists as diverse as Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire, Miguel, Parquet Courts, and Explosions in the Sky, to name just a few.
The trip is facilitated by MDIA lecturer Josh Antonuccio, who developed the course with Eno in 2015. The vision was to create a week-long apprenticeship experience that would serve as a master class for five music production students. During the week, the students get hands-on experience recording and mixing tracks and work alongside Eno as he demonstrates his production and engineering techniques. Eno arranges for the best of the Austin scene to come in as clients, providing artists to track and mix with. On the final day of the week, students have been invited to join Eno to the Black Fret Gala concert at the Paramount Theater, which highlights the biggest acts of the Austin Music Scene. The red carpet event will cap off an extraordinary week for students.
“The MDIA Production Masterclass provides an unparalleled studio education experience for our students,” Antonuccio said. “Getting to work side-by-side with a producer of Jim’s stature, recording the kinds of talent he is providing, makes for a learning experience that puts them directly into real world music industry education.” During last year’s trip, Eno was so impressed with one of the student attendees, that he hired him to come work at Public Hi-Fi upon graduation. That MPRI student, Grant Eppley, has worked with Eno for the latter half of 2016 and will be on-hand to assist in this year’s trip.