Beyond Strings: Explorers of New Sounds

August 12, 2017
SkyMuse Studios
29127 40th Ave NW
Stanwood, WA 98292

Join us for an afternoon of discovery of the art of creation involving stringed artifacts. We’ll move beyond the typical and see some unique instruments and meet the inventors responsible for them. The premise of Beyond Strings is to get behind the mind of the artist. In our panel we’ll discuss our motivations and where they have led over our careers to date.

From soundscape to stringstation and a modified bike, this will be a masterclass you won’t want to miss.

We’ll begin with Joel Palmer performing soundscapes starting 20 minutes before the panel to get everyone seated and in the proper frame of mind. Joel did this “tuning the space” prior to dozens of Seattle Guitar Circle Tuning The Air shows…

Then, we’ll start with a discussion on tuning spaces, and follow wherever the conversation leads. Next, Jim and Sean will give a short demonstrations of their instruments, with discussion after each performance regarding the path taken to have realized their work.

After the panel, and after a break, our intention is to have an improvised recording session with the panelists in the studio.

The panelists:

Joel Palmer is a long-time producer of electronic and guitar music, who draws from the principles of analogue synthesis for guitar sound design. His solo work is inspired by the likes of Fripp & Eno, Guthrie & Budd, and Reich & Glass. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1bK-RCdw7E

Jim Bartz is a visionary inventor and musician, and the creator of the Stringstation – a 40 string prototype of the final version he has been working towards for decades. The Stringstation is incredible in itself – see it here: https://youtu.be/oEtF01a9Sco

Sean Lane is a Seattle based session and touring drummer. He also makes and performs on instruments of his own design. He has played with Perfume Genius, David Bazan, Yppah and many others. Visit https://seantlanemusic.wordpress.com/ for general information, and see https://youtu.be/Ez9VZFBCcFk for an example of Sean playing “The Bike”.

Steve Turnidge, mastering engineer, circuit board designer and author of Beyond Mastering will be moderating the class. http://www.arsdivina.com/

1-3 Master Class 3-4 special recording session. Free. SkyMuse Studios. RSVP to Ron Jones to reserve a seat. ron@ronjonesproductions.com

Thanks!

Steve Turnidge

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Ravel’s Process

An inside look at how the greatest of orchestrators created his amazing sound.

Hosted by Ron Jones
June 3rd
1-3pm
SkyMuse Studios
29127 40th Ave NW
Stanwood Washington 98292

I have waited a while before offering any class on Ravel. I founded and led the Academy of Scoring Arts’ Ravel Study in Los Angeles for over 10 years. It was great but each score took about 2 1/2 years to study in depth, so I did not feel like diving into another long study. I did want to share some vital insights about Ravel’s way to create such amazing sonorities. His process is the ultimate way to think orchestrally.

So I am starting from the conclusions. The goal is to give some insight and clarity about creating orchestral sparkle and musical balance. There are actually some rules that when followed lead to a more vibrant sound. Even if you use samples or non-orchestral instruments, the principles are the same, the physics work. This master class is really about the music and about learning a few of Ravel’s special tools.

RSVP for a seat asap. You can also sign up via the web site at www.masterclassesatskymuse.training I hope to see you then.

Best regards and good vibes,

Ron Jones
SkyMuse Studios

To sign up for this exciting class, please contact:
ron@ronjonesproductions.com to sign up!

 

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Lecture notes for April 29th Masterclass

Please click the link below to download the lecture notes.

The Human Side Lecture Notes

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The Human Side with Ron Jones and Jeff Leisawitz

The Master Classes at SkyMuse Studios Presents
The Human Side with Ron Jones and Jeff Leisawitz
Sat. April 29th 1-3 PM Free

SkyMuse Studios
29127 40th Ave NW
Stanwood, WA 98292

Space is limited and seats fill up early so please RSVP ASAP if you would like to attend.

More info is at:

www.masterclassesatskymuse.training

The ultimate gear is actually who we are and how we deal with the human side of everything. This Master Class aims to present some great ways to elevate not just your creative music efforts.

The Master Classes at SkyMuse Studios presents The Human Side with Ron Jones and Jeff Leisawitz Most of our efforts as creative musicans and composers involves being really good at making music. The music business as well as creative output place enormous demands on everyone. The challenge is how to we balance those demands with all the human demands. This Master Class is all about ways to create that balance and find ways to elevate both sides. This is a vital master class no matter at what point you are in your career. The ultimate gear is human.

Jeff Leisawitz burns with a mission— to inspire writers, artists, musicians, filmmakers, entrepreneurs (and everyone else) to amp up their creativity, heal their hearts and shine in the world.

Jeff is an award-winning musician/ producer, a critically acclaimed author and internationally distributed filmmaker who has devoted his life to creativity.As the guy behind Electron Love Theory, Jeff fused interviews with Seattle’s WTO demonstrators into electronic music, garnering more than a quarter million downloads worldwide. Jeff has released five studio albums and has landed thousands of music placements in film, TV and multimedia for clients like HBO, MTV, Discovery, Microsoft, NBC and many others.

As the founding writer for Seattle’s taste-making alternative rock station 107.7 The End, he chronicled the alternative grunge scene in the 90s.

After training as a Life Coach and practicing NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Re-Patterning) Jeff landed a gig as an adjunct faculty member at Pacific Lutheran University— teaching college students to rock. (Seriously) When creative businesses, schools and organizations like Brown Paper Tickets, Tacoma School of the Arts, Gage Academy of Art, Northwest Film Forum and others need an Awesome Infusion, Jeff leads workshops and events to fire up the creative spirit and empower people to tap into their true potential. Jeff is available for workshops and speaking gigs in the Seattle metro area and select cities across the country.

Not F*ing Around— the No Bullsh*t Guide for Getting Your Creative Dreams Off the Ground is Jeff’s first book.

Ron Jones is a composer with over 40 years creating music. His work is heard all over the world as the soundtrack for many of the most popular TV series. Always asking questions about the art and craft of making music and seeking better ways forward, Ron founded the Academy of Scoring arts non-profit organization based in Los Angeles and the Ravel Study from which the ASA grew out from. SkyMuse Studios is his dream for a place where music and creativity and growth happens. The greatest output at SkyMuse is not only great music, but great people. A recipient of 4 Emmy nominations, a Grammy nomination and many more, Ron is busy composing, conducting, teaching, performing and building towards the future.

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Dr. Norman Ludwin at SkyMuse

Norm Ludwin is a great friend and one of the top orchestrators working in L.A. as well as a symphonic and film scoring bass player. Mr. Ludwin’s main expertise is in helping composers and orchestrators learn how to make their music great. Norm has authored several books and is in demand world-wide as a teacher and guest lecturer. It is really fantastic that he is flying up from L.A. to share his insight with our Master Class attendees.

This special Master Class will require a fee of $50. The class will be 3-hours and include his book, Developing Variation (sells for $40 typically). All fees go to cover Norm’s costs and to cover providing the book to attendees. It would cost far more to fly down to L.A.

It will be all about how to develop your musical material. He will use examples from both concert scores as well as an emphasis on film score excerpts. Once you have paid to reserve a seat in the Master Class you will be given a link to download the book.

This is powerful info and a very clear and effective teacher. Anyone at any level can pick up vital insight and technique that will advance their music efforts. Plus it is summer at SkyMuse so it will be fun and in a beautiful setting.

So here is what you do:

1. send an e-mail to info@skymusestudios.com saying you want to attend. You can do this through the www.masterclassesatskymuse.training also.

2. You will get an e-mail confirming your spot and details on how to pay, how to get the book We will limit the number to 40 who can attend.

The Master Classes at SkyMuse Series Developing Variation with Norman Ludwin July 15th, 2017 1-4 PM $50 includes Developing Variation e-book. SkyMuse Studios 29127 40th Ave NW Stanwood, WA 98292 For further info call 1-360-629-7400

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Scoring an Animated Series: Inside the process with Family Guy Composer Ron Jones

Scoring an Animated Series: Inside the process with Family Guy Composer  Ron Jones

Sat. March 25th 1-3 pm

As many of his fans know, Hollywood composer Ron Jones has written music for the very popular FOX animated series “Family Guy.” Now, Ron is presenting a masterclass emphasizing the techniques involved in overseeing such an operation. The process of scoring for a major studio teach a few very important lessons. How do you manage your time? Who should you bring in to help? How do you get the job done and not totally exhaust yourself? How do you break down the creative and productive aspects as well as remain Human?

The goal of this masterclass is to reveal how each person can learn to excel under great stress and pressure. Each recording session Mr. Jones conducted at the Fox scoring stage was a total joy because he had developed a system to fall back upon. It is no surprise that music for a globally televised show must be delivered without overtime and without errors, and it was because of this system that allowed Mr. Jones to manage the pressures and joys of orchestrating a show as widely watched as Family Guy.

This will be a good opportunity to hang out and meet composers, musicians and creative people. “That is far more important that any presentation,” says Ron. “People in a room sharing stuff, that is vital. Take care and I hope you can join us.”

This Masterclass is limited to the first 50 that RSVP! Please sign up today!

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“What’s all this music licensing thing about, anyway?”

Feb. 18th 1-3 PM
What is this Licensing thing about, anyway?
Panel discussion with Q+A.
Opt. live recording session 7-10 pm.

Part One: Panel discussion with questions from the audience – 1-3pm

Panelists:

Luke Rowland, Medicine Music LLC

Bio: Luke is one of the top tier licensing agents in LA… Luke is Head of Medicine Music an L.A. based music licencing company. Luke has been at the forefront of this specialized part of the music business with many years of leadership and involvement. Luke is an expert and it is great that he is coming up to share his insight.

Ron Jones, Composer

Bio: Ron has worked his way into the holy grail of music licensing, with over 40,000 works providing a very strong income stream


Spencer Carlson, Singer/Songwriter

Bio: Spencer is a talented musician, just signed by Luke’s company. Spencer can tell you what it is like to go through the process from an artist’s perspective

Steve Turnidge, Mastering Engineer

Bio: Steve has many clients that would like to know what best to do with their music, and is happy to have been guided to Luke via Ron…

Part Two – live performances and studio recording sessions for Spencer Carlson (opening) and The Bats of Ballard – 7-10pm

The group will be recording several tracks for use in Luke’s company. This is a chance to watch and take in that creative and productive process. We will fit in as many as we can.

The Master Classes are free of charge. We request that everyone please let us know you are coming so we don’t over book and then have to possibly turn some away. So first come, first serve. RSVP ASAP to reserve a seat.

Contact Ron Jones at ron@ronjonesproductions.com to RSVP

SkyMuse Studios

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