Create Your Own Single-String Instrument!

Have you ever wondered how your electric guitar turns the vibration of a string into a signal that travels through the cable? Have you ever wanted to do it yourself? Then we have the workshop for you! Join NUSound in our final meeting of the year next Monday, where we will make a simple electric string instrument from materials you can find around your home. It’s totally free, along with the awesome food we will have!

We will also have Eboard elections, so come out and vote! If you’re interested in running, please prepare a short speech about why you think you would be a good fit. We will have more details regarding the elections coming soon.


When: Monday, December 5th, 7:00 PM- 8:00 PM

Where: 108 West Village G


We will be making a single-string instrument that we can play with a slide, much like a guitar. We will also create our own electromagnetic pickups, by winding a wire around a magnet, and placing it close to the string. When we’re done, we can plug it into a guitar amp and shred!

Audio Mastering with Professor Jim Anderson

It is essential to mix different sounds in a recording so that these sounds are put together cohesively, but what do you do when your mix is done? Find out next Monday, where Prof. Jim Anderson will discuss how to master an audio mix!
The meeting will be held in the mastering classroom at 458 Ryder Hall. Due to the physical restraints of the classroom, the meeting will be limited to 16 people. Please fill out the registration form below to reserve a spot. People who sign up after the 16th member will be placed on a first-come-first-serve waitlist. We will confirm everyone’s attendance Sunday night, so if you sign up and find out you can’t go, please let us know so someone on the waitlist can take your place.

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When: Monday, November 21st, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM  

Where: 458 Ryder Hall


Mixing is the process where you take a multitrack recording, and arrange the tracks in a way that makes sense. This is done to produce a professional audio track. Mastering is the process of balancing sonic elements in an audio mix and optimizing the mix for distribution. The final touches are put on the track to bring out certain sounds, such as compression, limiting, and equalization. Prof. Anderson will discuss how audio mastering is performed to make the best-sounding track possible.

Featured Speaker:

After high school, Mr. Anderson toured for a year as an original member of Liberty/United Artists’ recording group “the Jackals”, and began working as a studio guitarist in the NYC area. In 1974, he graduated with a B.M. in Applied Music from Berklee College of Music, where he taught guitar and theory for five years. As one of the founders of Sound Techniques Recording Studios in Boston, for the last 19 years he has performed on, produced and/or engineered dozens of projects with artists as diverse as Yo Yo Ma, Guns ‘N Roses, Livingston Taylor, and Clark Terry. He has been composing for over twenty years, and has worked extensively for The Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, and Animal Planet. He has won numerous awards including a Platinum Album Award for “The Spaghetti Incident” by Guns “N Roses, an ITVA Gold award for “Ninety Years” for Monterrey, Mexico, and an ITVA Gold Award for the score for “Bass Shoe of Wilton, Maine.” His most recent project was composing original music for Boston University’s newly opened Welcome Center.

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Frequency-Domain Representation of Sound — w/ Prof. Mike Frengel

Music Composition and Technology Professor Mike Frengel will be giving a talk on
the spectral-domain representation of sound next Monday! Grab a slice of pizza and
learn how this representation affects the way we analyze sound and how sound can
be transformed.

When: Monday, November 7th, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Where: 110 Kariotis Hall


Professor Mike Frengel will be discussing spectral-domain (or frequencydomain)
representation of sound and how it can be used for the analysis and
transformation of sound. While time-domain analysis demonstrates how a signal
changes over time, frequency-domain analysis demonstrates how much of a signal
lies within a given frequency band over a range of frequencies. It is a deeper
analysis of the time-domain signal. Prof. Frengel will discuss the application of this
concept to sound.

Featured Speaker(s):
Mike Frengel (b. Mountain View, CA, 1972) graduated with a B.A. in electroacoustic
music from San Jose State University in 1995, where he studied music composition
with Allen Strange and Dan Wyman. He spent another three years in the San
Francisco Bay Area working at Apple Computers Inc. as well as remaining affiliated
with the C.R.E.A.M. Studios at SJSU as a Research Scientist. Mike completed his
M.A. in electroacoustic music composition at the Bregman Studios at Dartmouth
College in 1999, where he studied with Jon Appleton, Charles Dodge, Larry
Polansky, and Christian Wolff. He completed his Ph.D. at City University, London,
where he studied composition with Denis Smalley. Mike was a prize-winner in the
2000 Luigi Russolo Composition Competition. His works have been included on the
Sonic Circuits VII, ICMC’95, CDCM Vol.26, 2000 Luigi Russolo and ICMC 2009
compact discs and are performed at music events around the world. Mike is currently
on the faculty of the music departments at Northeastern University and Boston
Conservatory, where he teaches courses in music technology and composition.

Free Concerts at Berklee and NEC!

If you get tired of all the Halloween candy this weekend, join us at one of two concerts next Monday! Vocalist Eleanor Elektra will be performing with her band at Berklee College of Music, presenting original compositions with a folk/bluegrass sound. Yeesun Kim, Nicholas Kitchen, and Meng-Chieh Liu will be performing a mix of classical music at the New England Conservatory, featuring the Tchaikovsky Piano Trio. And the best part about these concerts? They’re FREE. So feel free to join us!

When: Monday, October 31st.  7:00 PM for the Berklee Concert, 7:30 PM for the NEC Concert

Where: Berklee’s Oliver Colvin Recital Hall, NEC’s Jordan Hall

Vocalist Eleanor Larsen presents original compositions arranged for a small ensemble, featuring folk and bluegrass influences as well as jazz, pop, and classical. The band’s instrumentation features voice, two guitars, bass, and vibraphone. The show begins at 7:00 PM at Berklee’s Oliver Colvin Recital Hall.

Cellist Yeesun Kim, Pianist Meng-Chieh Liu and Violinist Nicholas Kitchen join together for a program of Russian music. The program will finish with the Tchaikovsky Piano Trio and the first half will feature two Duo Sonatas: the Schnittke First Cello Sonata, and the Prokofiev Violin Sonata in f minor. Yeesun, Nicholas and Meng-Chieh have played together since meeting as teenagers at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Yeesun and Nicholas soon after founded the Borromeo String Quartet. They studied at NEC in the Artist Diploma program and now they serve as NEC’s Quartet-in-Residence. Meng-Chieh joined the NEC faculty recently. Meng-Chieh and the Borromeo have done numerous tours together including a recent tour to China. The show begins at 7:30 PM at NEC’s Jordan Hall, with doors opening half an hour before the start time.

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It Might Get Loud Viewing Party!

Need to take a break from midterms? Join us next Monday to watch It Might Get Loud! This documentary explores the careers and sounds of rock legends Jimmy Page, The Edge, and Jack White. The movie runs for an hour and a half. Kick back, relax, and enjoy a slice of pizza while watching this critically acclaimed film!



Monday, October 17th
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Runtime: 1 hr 38 min.

108 West Village G

It Might Get Loud is a 2008 documentary film directed by Davis Guggenheim. Jimmy Page, The Edge, and Jack White have revolutionized rock music for each of their respective generations. The three reminiscence about their background, their musical influences, and break down the sounds that helped shaped their groundbreaking music. They also play each other’s songs throughout the film.

Learn About the Ototo

Hi all! Come join us tomorrow to learn about the Ototo! The Ototo is a circuit board synthesizer that can make instruments out of conductive material. Feel free to bring any fruits, veggies, or any conductive items and make some music!  Please note that the meeting is back in our usual location, 108 West Village G. However, the meeting is at 7:30 PM instead. Thanks!


When:  Monday, October 3rd, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Where: 108 West Village G

The Ototo is a circuit board synthesizer used to build your own instruments. Crocodile clips are used to connect the Ototo to conductive materials. Each item used is connected to a touch key. The Ototo measures the capacitance on each touch key, which creates a specific sound when touched. It comes with different presets, such as synths, piano, and drum kits. The Ototo also works as a MIDI controller.

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4.8.2016 – Acoustics & Us

Ever wonder what makes music sound so good? Now’s your chance to find out!

Join RAs Alyssa and Alden, and Berklee College of Music students for an acoustics discussion about making music from the perspective of a musician and engineer withBerklee professors and alumni.
See the brand new recording studios in action and don’t forget to bring your instruments or voices! You might get a chance to record your first hit! There will be some time to play following the event.

When: Friday 4/8 at 3:30pm
Where: Meet in the Stetson West lobby to walk over to the brand new 160 Mass Ave. building

Sign up using this link: The first 25 people only! Spots are going fast!


03.15.16 – SASE Career Panel

Join NUSound and Northeastern’s chapter of The Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers at this year’s SASE Career Panel.

The theme of this career panel is on exploring your passions, whether you are still an undergraduate, graduate or even in the professional work setting. Come gain some helpful advice on what to expect in each of the different industries available to explore as well as what you may do in each type of job. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to ask questions and continue to find your passion if you are still unsure. Everyone is welcome!

Here is a link to the event page:

The career panel is completely free and no need for registration.

Food and refreshments will be provided!

*Business casual suggested!

**This is not an employer recruitment event**