June / July 2007

June 21, 2007

Berklee Launches the BIRN
Berklee College of Music has launched a global, four-channel, 24-hour guided tour through the world’s premier college for contemporary music education. The BIRN (Berklee Internet Radio Network) is the college’s first radio station in its 61-year history. Listen at www.thebirn.com.

Under the leadership of Stephen Croes, dean of Berklee’s Music Technology Division, the BIRN has grown into a credit-earning course and thriving, student-run organization, complete with DJs, producers, engineers, and promoters. BIRN DJs are career-oriented music students, not communications majors – they are not generally training for jobs in radio. Rather, they use the studio as a tool for personal expression, resulting in a highly original and improvisational approach to programming, capturing a phase in a young musician’s life when they are hungry to discover new artists and styles, and dying to share the music they love with others. Since all participants are musicians, expect to hear original songs by Berklee students and bands, as well as music created by the DJs themselves.

For more information, visit www.berklee.edu.

JAZZed: One of 2006′ Best
The May issue of The Library Journal Book Review included JAZZed in its “Best Magazines of 2006” feature. For more information, visit: www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6435521.html

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Maynard Ferguson in Print
Photographer and digital artist Will Hammond has recently finished a limited edition photograph in honor of his longtime friend, Maynard Ferguson, who passed away August 23, 2006. All proceeds from the sales of the photograph will be donated to the Maynard Ferguson Institute of Jazz Studies at Rowan University. For more information, including a complete story of the project, please visit www.maynardfergsuon.com/tonality.htm.

Dr. Fritz Sennheiser Celebrates 95th
A pioneer in the field of electroacoustics celebrated his 95th birthday on May 9th. Prof. Dr. Fritz Sennheiser has had a decisive influence on the development of sound transmission technology with his company Sennheiser electronic GmbH Co. KG. It was in June 1945 that Prof. Dr. Fritz Sennheiser founded his “Laboratorium Wennebostel” with a staff of just seven employees #151; but with a great deal of pioneering spirit #151; in an abandoned laboratory of Hanover’s Technical University. Virtually overnight, the developer became a businessman #151; and a very successful one at that. Today, more than 1,650 people work for Sennheiser throughout the world, and the company now has production sites in Germany, Ireland and the USA.

The family company’s most important innovations included the shotgun microphone in the 1950s, open-back headphones in the 1960s, infrared transmission technology in the 1970s and the revolutionary developments in multi-channel wireless technology in the early 1980s. In 1982, Fritz Sennheiser handed the management of the company over to his son, Prof. Dr. J

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