Pictured (L to R): Spencer White, Rob Fellman, Jim Eno, Megan Sulfsted, Zach Walton, Bobby Booshay, Josh Antonuccio.
In December, MDIA lecturer Josh Antonuccio and five Music Production and Recording Industry students traveled to Austin, TX to work with famed producer Jim Eno as a part of the MDIA Master Production Class.
Eno is the drummer and founding member of the critically acclaimed band Spoon, who have enjoyed a long and storied career as an iconic band. The band recently wrapped a successful national tour for their newest album Hot Thoughts. Spoon was also featured on a variety of high profile appearances, including spots on Ellen, Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Eno’s studio Public Hi-Fi has hosted numerous notable artists including Lady GaGa, Miguel, Father John Misty, Arcade Fire, Parquet Courts, and Miike Snow, to name just a few.
Antonuccio and the students joined Eno at Public Hi-Fi for an entire week of assisting and observing the recording sessions of three Austin bands, including Superfónicos, Boyfrndz, and Warm Sugar. Students actively participated in each session, aiding in microphone, patch-bay, and board set-ups, running ProTools sessions, operating tape machines, and much more. Each day involved an average of twelve hours in the studio, and concluded with time for review and questions between Eno and the students. The students will receive assistant engineering credit on the singles as they are released in 2019.
“Not only were we able to freely experiment with mics and outboard gear, we got a deeper understanding of the workflow and what the setting is like inside of a professional recording studio,” said junior Rob Fellman.
“It was an amazing experience to have gotten to work and learn with Eno, his team, and all of the musicians,” added Megan Sulfsted, a senior and rising artist in Ohio. “We learned so much in one week – from working with analog tape machines to Eno’s various outboard gear and even new miking techniques – I am excited to apply it to my own projects.”
“Working with Jim was one of the best learning experiences I’ve had in my years at Ohio University,” said senior Spencer White. “Watching him fulfill his vision and problem solve along the way was truly an inspiration.”
This was the fifth year that the course has run. Started in 2015 by Antonuccio and Eno, the two wanted to develop a partnership course that would provide an exclusive apprenticeship experience for students interested in learning the art of production. Students through the years have gotten to work a host of leading Austin artists including Bright Light Social Hour, Walker Lukens, and Hard Proof.
Opportunities for MDIA students to gain exclusive hands-on, in-studio experience continues to grow this year with the launch of the NYC Masterclass with 7-time GRAMMY winner Michael Brauer in his Manhattan studio. Interested MDIA students have until March 1st to apply for this newest offering which will take place over Veteran’s Day weekend this upcoming November. For further information, contact Josh Antonuccio at email@example.com.
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