Alumnus Christopher Aud sound designer on Oscar-winning film

Aud_Chris.smallerCongratulations to Christopher Aud, sound designer on the film Mad Max: Fury Road, which won Oscars for Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing at the 88th Academy Awards, Feb. 28. While he did not receive a golden statue, he was an integral part of the award-winning film.

In addition, he won a Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) Golden Reel Award for sound editing on the picture.

Aud graduated from the Jacobs School of Music with an A.S. in Recording Arts in 1989.

He knew he loved sound ever since he found himself daydreaming about his cassette recorder during baseball games as a little kid. He was a DJ throughout high school and recorded rock and roll bands as well as classical, jazz, and opera performances while attending the Jacobs School of Music.

Aud’s favorite part of being a supervising sound editor is working with directors and being able to help craft their vision. During his 20 years in the craft, Aud has been nominated for four British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards and three Academy Awards—for The Thin Red Line, The Mask of Zorro, and Eraser.

He feels that setting the mind free and possibly making mistakes in the process has allowed him to grow from his mistakes and ultimately learn to not let the challenges defeat him. When not at work, he enjoys cooking, playing guitar, racing, and photography.

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Patrick O’Brien (B.M. ‘05) joins Yessian Music’s Detroit studio as producer

PatrickObrienYessian Music recently announced that Jacobs School of Music alumnus Patrick O’Brien has joined its Detroit studio as a producer. O’Brien earned his degree at Indiana University in vocal performance with a focus in composition.

O’Brien is active in the non-profit advertising community, and has worked on projects for notable brands and organizations including Chevy, The Detroit Institute of Arts and Alternatives for Girls.  As an independent artist, he has recorded several albums and secured publishing deals for his original songs.  Among others, O’Brien has recorded with Jim Diamond, Don Boyette, Scooter Weintraub, Ben Elliot and Mick Fleetwood.

Read the full article here


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Jesse McQuarters receives Swedish-American Award

Radio producer and Recording Arts alumnus Jesse McQuarters, BSOF, AS ’03, will travel to Sweden in August and September 2012 on an award from the Swedish-American Bicentennial Exchange Fund. There, he will conduct musicological research in support of the radio series Vykort fraÌŠn Sverige (Postcards from Sweden), which will air on 98.7 WFMT in Chicago.

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Alumni Tony Elfers wins BMI Award

Recording Arts alumni Tony Elfers (BS ’06) won a BMI award for his score to the discovery special “Flying Wild Alaska“. Tony composed the music in collaboration with iSpy music and Sonixsphere, where Tony is a staff composer. This is Tony’s second BMI award, he also won in 2011 for the season 2 of Flying Wild Alaska. Check out Tony’s profile on our alumni page.


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Recording Arts students awarded Honors College grants

Recording Arts students Kate Haldrup and Aaron Frazer have each been awarded $2,000 creative activity grants from the Hutton Honors College.

Aaron Frazer will be travelling to Mississippi to collect field recordings of African-American and rural music. His research will focus on the importance of traditional religious and secular musical styles to modern-day communities. His recordings will be deposited at the Archives of Traditional Music.

Kate Haldrup will be developing her music and video blog, Second Kitchen Collective. This blog, created by Kate,  Stephen Carlsgaard (another Recording Arts student) and several other IU students, chronicles local musicians as well as touring acts that come to the Bloomington community. The grant will fund audio and video production equipment and website design and programming.

Congratulations to Aaron and Kate. These two grants highlight some of the diverse projects Recording Arts students do outside of the classroom.


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IU Music Live viewing statistics

For the 2011-12 school year IU Music live had over 74,000 visitors from 106 countries and we served more than 4600 hours of on-demand video. Our top events were the Dec 6 Holiday Celebration with 1109 viewers, the four Nutcracker performances with almost 1700 viewers, and he two La Boheme streams with  over 1400 viewers.



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Jazz Celebration

On April 21 Jazz Studies alumni Randy Brecker, Robert Hurst, Perter Erskine, and Alan Pasqua visited the Jacobs School to give master classes, clinics, and perform with the David Baker Jazz Band and Latin Jazz Band. Recording Arts students and faculty provided the front-of-house PA, audio recording, and a multi-camera live video stream for the event.

Recording Arts Junior Adam Beck at the M7CL setting levels during rehearsal

Junior Andy Spillman at DM2000 recording the show under the supervision of faculty member Mark Hood. Sophomore Dan Talton is running Pro Tools.

Randy Brecker performing with the Latin Jazz Band

Alan Pasqua, Robert Hurst, Perter Erskine, and Randy Brecker performing “Sing, Sing, Sing” with the David Baker Jazz Band.

All-star guest combo

With David Baker at the reception following the concert.

Director Glenn Hicks, senior Kyle Zucker at the switcher, and faculty member Fallon Stillman in the video booth.

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Student Seven

Make sure to catch the film “Student Seven” at the IU Cinema Thursday May 3 at 9:30pm, featuring sound design and audio mix by senior Steve Veldman.

Watch the trailer!

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Spring 2012 A311 projects

Here’s a photo of the A311 student final projects for Spring 2012. An “Orange” amp, 2 tube mic conversions, pencil condensers from scratch, LA2A, five fish preamp, Tube headphone amp, Tube power amp (Dynaco), Powered studio monitors.

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Guest Patrick Feaster to unveil “Voices from the Grave” in upcoming Lecture

The Department of Recording Arts in the Jacobs School of Music is delighted to welcome Dr. Patrick Feaster as special guest lecturer this coming Wednesday evening, April 18 at 5:00pm in Sweeney Hall, Room M015 of the Simon Building on the IU Bloomington campus.  His presentation is entitled “Voices from the Grave (1850s – 1890s): Recent Discoveries in Archeophony.”

A special feature of his presentation will be the unveiling of phonautograms recorded exactly 152 years before, to the day, on April 18, 1860.  These recordings remained mute for over one and a half centuries and have never before been heard in a public venue.

Two-time Grammy nominee Patrick Feaster is one of the world’s leading researchers specializing in the early history of recorded sound.   His investigations have helped unearth dozens of significant, heretofore unknown historical artifacts containing aural information captured 120 to 160 years ago.  He has also developed revolutionary methods to recover these ancient sounds and make them audible, in some cases for the first time since they were recorded in the nineteenth century.

In his presentation, Dr. Feaster will discuss and play examples from several of the recent archeophonic expeditions in which he has played a central role, including:

  • newly identified wax cylinders recorded in Europe in the 1880s by William J. Hammer and Theo Wangemann, pioneering recording engineers who worked for Thomas Edison.
  • phonautograms created in Paris in the 1850s and 1860s by French inventor Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville utilizing a stylus to etch patterns in soot-covered paper.  The discovery these scientific artifacts and successful eduction of their audio content by Feaster and his colleagues at stunned scholars and forced the rewriting of the history of sound recording to acknowledge Scott, and not Edison, as the father of recorded sound.  These revelations were profiled in The New York Times and on National Public Radio.
  • audio recovered from paper prints made in the late 19th century, inked from the surfaces of metal phonographic discs that have since been lost to history.  Some of these prints were published in popular magazines of the era and Dr. Feaster has developed innovative techniques to educe the sounds contained on those discs from their printed images.

Patrick Feaster’s rigorous research, technical ingenuity, passion for all things audio and sheer tenacity have combined to unlock a vast wealth of ancient human sonic expression – musical instruments, acting, singing, oration and more – captured well over a century in the past and at last, available again for all to hear, study and enjoy.

For more information on the Department of Recording Arts, visit

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