Acting Out presents: Electronic Melodies in Music Now!

Antony Marchiando

Acting Out presents: Electronic Melodies in Music Now!

Rachel Stone, Channels Staff

Students participating in this semester’s Music Now! concert will not only be demonstrating various musical and technical talents, but are also gaining real-life experience in a professional atmosphere.

Over the course of the semester, students enrolled in the Music 120 class have developed knowledge on various procedures and skills of sound recording and electronic sound production.

Music Now! is presented towards the end of the semester, allowing students to display these concepts and apply them in a live event.

“The event gives students an opportunity to see and hear the things we talk about in the class by delivering a live concert,” said Music 120 instructor Dominic Camardella. “The point of this is to show how it is a team handling many not so obvious duties that are needed to make a contemporary music concert successful.”

Camardella encourages students to participate in the Music Now! concert at the beginning of the semester and auditions are held shortly after. Students can participate in multiple ways; they can perform, work lighting or control the recording and sound.

“The whole experience has been eye-opening,” said music major Arlanne Burquez, 21.

This is Burquez’s first time participating in the Music Now! concert. She will be preforming one of her original pieces.

“Having written a song with just voice and guitar is one thing, but then hearing my song accompanied by a band is mind blowing,” Burquez said. “It gives me goose bumps almost every time.”

A large assortment of talent contributes to the concert. There are many new and returning students eager to demonstrate their skills. The music department as a whole adds to the event to achieve the most proficient outcome possible.

“The show has become like a family,”Camardella said. “The whole music department is very supportive of my show and knows how technically demanding it can be.”

Students learn how to work in a real studio with top dollar equipment. Rehearsals are held twice a week throughout the semester in Camardella’s personal studio.

“Camardella really knows what he is doing with his students,” said James Watson, music department aid in charge of technical affairs. “I used to record the event, but now the students pretty much do it all.”

The event will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, in The Garvin Theater located on West Campus. Tickets are on sale in the Garvin ticket office. Prices are $15 for general admissions and $10 for students and seniors.

“We are preparing a very diverse and highly entertaining body of music for this show,” Camardella said. “I know it’s going to be great.”