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George Massenburg and Brian Vander Ark to Record at U of M Studio
For release: March 21, 2007
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Classrooms give way to control rooms when the University of Memphis’ Music Industry Division at the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music welcomes recording legends George Massenburg and Brian Vander Ark. Massenburg, producer and engineer, will spend April 16 and 17 teaching master classes and giving hands-on demonstrations for music industry students, including a live recording session with platinum-selling musical artist Brian Vander Ark.

Massenburg will also speak on the current and future state of the music industry at the FedEx Institute of Technology on Tuesday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. The event will be of interest to audio engineers, music producers and all music professionals. The talk is free and open to the public. Seating is limited so attendees must make  reservations by Tuesday, April 10. Email requests for seating to aes@music.memphis.edu.

Massenburg has been involved in engineering and producing more than 200 albums with artists such as Billy Joel, James Taylor, Aaron Neville, The Dixie Chicks and Linda Ronstadt. In 1972, he conceived the parametric equalizer, revolutionizing the industry by making individual tones infinitely variable in the recording process. When recording projects called for equipment that did not exist, he founded George Massenburg Labs (GML, Inc.) to produce them. In 1998, Massenburg was awarded a Grammy Award for Technical Achievement.  He is also the designer of two recording studios – ITI Studios in Maryland and The Complex in Los Angeles – and played a role in the acoustical and architectural design of The Site and director George Lucas’ Skywalker Sound, both in Marin County, Calif.

Vander Ark is best known as lead singer for The Verve Pipe.  The group’s first major label release, Villains, went platinum in 1996 and was followed by the self-titled album The Verve Pipe in 1999, and Underneath in 2001. Since then, Vander Ark has released a solo album, Resurrection, and has appeared in several films.

Created in 1981, the U of M Music Industry Division is structured to prepare a marketable student for successful work in today's dynamic music industry. Contemporary on-campus production facilities include a comprehensive multi-track recording studio outfitted with 5.1 high resolution recording and mixing technologies, a digital audio workstation suite, electronic music lab, and a multi-channel high resolution mixing suite. In addition to the audio recording facilities, students work in digital art, writing, and publishing studios and enjoy generous access to these labs where hands-on training is emphasized.

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