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My First 2 Months at Faraday Future

Hello Berklee Fam! My name is Harshit Jain, and I’m a music producer, audio engineer, and sound designer. I recently finished my Master’s in Music Technology, Production and Innovation at the beautiful Berklee Valencia campus in Spain.

Currently, I’m interning at Faraday Future as a Sound Designer, as part of the Berklee ICE Ambassador Program. Faraday Future is an American start-up technology company focused on the development of intelligent electric vehicles. Faraday Future was established in 2014 and is headquartered in Los Angeles, California. My internship here is 16 weeks long, and I’m writing this blog post 8 weeks in. I work with the UX/UI design team in the Digital Product department. My duties include designing sounds for the user experience of future products.

As a Berklee ICE Ambassador, I’m always trying to indulge myself in different projects and make the most out of my time here. The skills that I gained at Berklee have helped me tremendously in contributing to the company as a creative and technical individual. As musicians, we naturally learn the art of collaboration and working in tune with other people, which in my opinion is a very important life skill that helps me work seamlessly with others at FF.

My past 2 months at Faraday Future have been really exciting. The learning curve has been steep as I explore various aspects of a company that is building futuristic mobility solutions at a very fast pace. The work environment is open, full of ideas, interactive, and constantly pushing the boundaries. My coworkers are always open to hearing my ideas and respect my point of view, even though I’m new to the company and still adapting to its vision.

Most of the projects I’m working on are confidential, and hence, I’m not able to elaborate on them, but time here has been nothing short of exciting and astonishing. It’s hard to put into words what it feels like when you can see the future being built in front of you. That feeling keeps me motivated to work harder than the last day.

This opportunity wouldn’t have been realized without the efforts of Panos Panay and Nicole d’Avis at the Berklee ICE.

I’m excited to share more insight with you all in the coming weeks.

Thanks for reading! : )


^FFZERO1 Concept by Faraday Future


Jacob Collier: 혼자 아닌 혼자서 하는 음악

Cafe 939 Red Room이라는 버클리 공연장은 학생들 뿐만 아니라 다른 아티스트들도 자주 공연합니다. 특히 인디 아티스트들의 투어를 이 공연장에서 호스트합니다. 지난 여름에 미리 티켓을 구매해 처음으로 라이브를 듣게된 Jacob Collier는 영국 런던에서 온 “이기적인” 아티스트입니다! 

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My First Month Interning at Harmonix

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Hey y’all!

It’s one of your newest BerkleeICE Ambassadors, Alicia Caillier (pronounced A-LEE-SHA KI-YAY), reporting in from Boston, MA! This fall I will be blogging about my internship experience at Harmonix Music Systems and invite you to subscribe to my journey.

A little bit about me

I just spent one of the best years of my life studying at Berklee’s Valencia campus and recently moved back to the U.S. with a Master’s of Arts in Global Entertainment and Music Business. I focused my studies on Emerging Business Models in the music industry, which led me to my current internship at Harmonix.

Harmonix is an amazing company that is best known as the developer of Rock Band and Dance Central, as well as the original developer of the Guitar Hero series up until Guitar Hero II. Yes, I get to work at an interactive music experience company — pretty cool, right?

As a BerkleeICE Ambassador, I have been given the opportunity to intern on Harmonix’s Product Management Team. This means I get to gain experience and insight into how the Harmonix team manages their products from conception to launch. Specifically, I am working on the Rock Band Rivals team which is super exciting because the game launches this month!

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In my first few weeks of my internship, I have shadowed some really talented folks, played a lot of Rock Band, and have learned SO MUCH about video game development and product management. I’ve been able to apply knowledge and concepts learned in my Music Business Finance class and Emerging Business Models practicum (Thanks, Alex Perrin!), like understanding Profit & Loss statements and how to analyze competition.

My day-to-day tasks include attending a daily stand-up meeting with the publishing team and assisting the Product Managers with assignments such as product pricing analysis, competitive research, comparative game research and comparison, blog post writing, weekly sales updates, etc.

But it’s not ALL business.

In fact, I had a blast creating this Official Rock Band Spotify playlist of 1,900+ songs that are available to download and play in the game. It’s a pretty extensive and impressive library, so while you’re going about your day put this baby on shuffle and rock out!

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Peace out,



Discovering the Power of Music Therapy through a Trip to Panama

In a recent music therapy trip to Panama, undergraduate students aim to empower the community to build sustainable music therapy programs at cancer centers, children’s hospitals, and nursing homes. Some of the students from the group, who go by the name “Panamaniacs,” kept travel journals of their experience. Below is a selection from Meghan Griffith’s entries. Read journal entries from Denise Oliveras and Meera Sinha.

Megan GriffithBy Megan Griffith

August 16, 2016
Today we traveled to the orphanage of La Ciudad del Nino, and finished the day with some group music therapy with the children there. The children that end up here generally have a traumatic background and are underdeveloped or at risk. It really hit me how much I wanted to help when we were singing a song that was about everything having a solution. During the song, a child of around six years of age turned to another child and in Spanish said “no, not everything.”

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Bringing Music Therapy to Panamanian Children in Need

In a recent music therapy trip to Panama, undergraduate students aim to empower the community to build sustainable music therapy programs at cancer centers, children’s hospitals, and nursing homes. Some of the students from the group, who go by the name “Panamaniacs,” kept travel journals of their experience. Below are selections from Denise D. Oliveras’s entries. Read journal entries from Meera Sinha and Megan Griffith.

doliverasBy Denise D. Oliveras

August 16, 2016
The first stop today was at MUPA, an early intervention school for low-income families. We split up into 2 groups and saw 3 groups each. I was with the two year olds and absolutely loved it.

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