Tim Rodier B.M. ’00 (composition and film scoring) is a Berklee grad who started his own company, Omni Music Publishing, where he publishes entire film scores for sale to study and cherish. I first became aware of Tim and his company because I had purchased the Batman score as I had been looking for bits and pieces of the score for years. Tim and I sat down to discuss his Berklee experience, his life after work, and his passion for engraving and analyzing film scores.
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Royd Haston, manager for Disney Concerts, is someone whose job I am envious of. I have for the past 10 years tried to get my hands and eyes on as many film scores as possible so I can learn the techniques from the masters. Royd gets to handle some of these scores every day and also send them out to orchestras to perform in public for our viewing and listening pleasure. Royd himself is a talented composer and a heck of a guy.
“Gyaan:” Sanskrit word, roughly translated as “knowledge.” Used colloquially for “Street-Smarts.”
James Sale B.M. ’91 is a composer and conductor who has had a long career working in film. His scores can be heard in Hotel Transylvania 2 and The Lego Movie and he recently was a conductor for Transformers: The Last Knight. James and I met playing hockey in Burbank and struck up a close bond over all this film music. He was kind enough to chat with me about his Berklee experience in the Film Scoring Department, pushing through doubt, believing in yourself, and treating fellow players with kindness.
Musician/songwriter John Mayer stopped by Berklee on June 16, 2017, to workshop songs from six students in front of a 500-strong crowd. One of those songwriting students, Eva Cassel, shares her experience below.
By Eva Cassel B.M. ’17
Throughout my 21 years of life I have held on to my father’s philosophy: “The most terrifying experiences are the most rewarding.” This certainly held true when I played an original song of mine called “Pretty Girl” in the spotlight, 500 shadowy faces looking back at me, and the one and only John Mayer casually perched to my right.