Alper Tuzcu is a 3rd semester student at Berklee. He is from Istanbul, Turkey. He plays guitar and is a Contemporary Writing and Production major.
Finally I get to use the amazing studios at Valencia. For my Music Technology Innovation (MTI) Recording/Mixing classes we have to recording a singer songwriter project. As I am the songwriter in this case, I recorded a song with a brilliant vocalist I met on the campus. It took me a while to write the song, but I wanted to write something specific in Valencia.
Our first task was to record a simple demo of the song. So I called up my vocalist, Ganavya and we recorded a simple one-track song in a practice room. She is a very talented vocalist from India, so she puts in a lot of her cultural background in her music. Similarly, I put in my Mediterranean influences in this song and the result turned out to be great fusion between Eastern and Western sounds.
The next step was to start doing a multi-track recording. This is the real deal. We get into the studio, work with real technology, know which microphone is used for what instrument, and make all connections… I got to record, engineer and produce a song for the first time in my entire life. Needless to say it was a thrilling experience.
We are not rushing the recording process. I think we’re going to record a different instrument every week. In a couple of weeks, there will be different layers. When the recording process will be over, then we will start mixing. There will be a lot to deal with then. Right now is the fun part.
For next week we have to record the drums for our songs. Today in class we learned how to properly put microphones for drum recordings in the studio.
While the campus is amazing, its also awesome to get out of town for a while. Over the weekend, we went to hike on a nearby mountain nearby Valencia. It was amazing, with great views and a great time. It’s really windy around here and the wind gets really strong when you are all the way up there. More over, the cactuses and the landscape was mesmerizing. For a moment I forgot that I was in Spain, I thought that I was climbing up to a national park in West Coast.
When we finally got to the top, we could actually see the Mediterranean coast, the city of Valencia and the nearby towns.