My name is Matt Glenn. I am a student of music technlogy and sound engineering at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Outside of class (and sometimes during) I do a ton of thinking about music and audio engineering. This blog is a my attempt at organizing my mental maelstrom.

Matt Glenn

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Capturing the Sound of the Big House

Here's an old post that I never published. I thought I would dust it off...

From Blogger Pictures

The big house is, as I found out, the 3rd largest [non-race-track] stadium in the world. The game vs. UMass this yea was the 225th game in a row where attendance had exceeded 100,000 people, according to the announcer (a man named Carl Grapentine, with whom I have actually worked to record the introductory voiceover for the fall 2009 Men's Glee Club concert).

In addition to watching the action, I thought the UMass game would provide an excellent opportunity to capture the undescribable energy of the big house crowd. The recording happened back in September, of course, but just today I sat down with the files and slapped together a little montage that evokes fond memories from Big House football games. Due to the desire to be inconspicuous, I had only my Microtrack with me (which has since been replaced by a Sony PCM-D50 after kicking the bucket). Still, the "talent" trumps the technology, and the clip gives a good taste of the energy (and volume) at a Michigan football game.

Sounds of the Big House by mattglenn

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Album Release

The Jazz quartet recording that I began working on this past summer has just been released. Check out the bandcamp site for two of the track, and support the musicians if you like the music by buying the album!

The Glenn Tucker, the keyboard player, approached me a year ago this month in our business of music class and asked me to mix their album. The quartet expected to record this album with a single mic in their basement, but I'm very glad that they decided to take their incredible talent to BIG SKY RECORDING STUDIOS instead. It's been a pleasure to mix, congrats to everyone involved!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

A Few Works to Show


Danced by AMBER KAO
Edited by MATT GLENN
Music: "The Mark Has Been Made" by Nine Inch Nails

A project for Screen Arts and Cultures 404: Screen Dance
University of Michigan School of Literature, Science and the Arts

Composed, Performed and Produced by Kevin Dekimpe
Shot and Edited by Liann Kaye
Music mixed by Kevin DeKimpe
Opening scene sound design and music mastering by MATT GLENN

Leaving My Blog Coma

I must hand it to the demographic of working people/students who are able to maintain consistent blogging habits. When the assignments add up and projects become obsessions, I know I have far less than the obligatory mental stamina for updating Sound Statements. This past week, though, I was accepted to the Masters of Fine Arts Sound Design for Theater program at the University of California, Irvine. I figured it was time.

My interview visit to Irvine was quite momentary in the scheme of things: I flew out on a Monday afternoon and left Tuesday afternoon, giving me a total of about 6 hours of daytime on campus. In that time, though, I was wowed by the energy of the people and the resources at their hands. Here's a picture of their sound studio:

Mike Hooker and Vinnie Olivieri are the two ringleaders of the department. Professor Hooker has a notable background in sound design for themed entertainment, having worked with Disneyland among others. Professor Olivieri has composed and designed sound for many regional theatre projects, and headed to New York recently to finish his first broadway design for a play called High . The two bring contrasting, but complimentary backgrounds to the program, and both seem to have a lot of professorial energy. Although the program centers around theatrical sound design, I am focusing on building the core skills to be able to sound design any project across any medium. Having both Profs. Hooker and Olivieri will help to keep my design palate diverse.

I also had my spring break two weeks ago, which I decided to spend on the east coast. My tour took me from Bethesda, to Boston, to New Haven and to Manhatten, and I had my dad's Zoom H2 recorder with me at all times. Funnily enough, a lot of the sounds I wound up gathering were train sounds —— between Amtrak, the T in Boston, the NYC subway and the DC metro I had a lot to work with. I also captured a plethora of interesting sounds from my childhood home in Bethesda, from obscenely creaky doors to washing machine foley. Here is a quick mix I did of a few goodies:

DC Sounds by mattglenn

Guerilla Filmmaking

This past saturday, myself, my five group members, and five other actors took over a backstreet behind an administration building in order to film a high-action short for our compositing class. The premise is simple: there is a glowing orb at one end of the street, and a group of people (including the male protagonist) are attempted to nab it. The catch is that the orb has a defense mechanism, a pulse it sends out that freezes the pursuers in mid-stride.

To achieve the desired effects (freezing the characters, placing the orb in the space, stabilizing the shots) we will use motion tracking, masking, and layering techniques. The film was shot on a Canon 60D DSLR camera, at 1080p 24fps. The soundscape will provide opportunities to design standard sounds like footsteps and car sounds, but also to create sounds for the orb and the orb's pulse, and to make a musical score that keeps up the excitement.

Here are a few photos from the shoot:

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New Years

I'll admit that I don't usually take much time to ponder the end of a year. I make my resolutions, and keep some of them. Now, everyone seems to call this the beginning of the next decade, but please don't forget that we celebrated a new millenium on January 1, 2000 —— 11 years ago —— but let's just go with the flow.

I can't forget the end of the 90s. For one, the Y2K bug fiasco was hilarious——people even freaked out on the 9th of September, 1999 when they though computers couldn't handle the number after 9/9/99. But I was still too young to understand most of that. Actually, I was more obsessed with the fact that I wouldn't be writing '90-something' in the date anymore. I actually wrote a very heartfelt diary entry to the 90s talking about how much I would miss them. I did this also on the night of June 1st, 1999, the last night that my age would be a single digit. It's scary to think: I giddily awaited my last semester of elementary school in January, 2000, and now I anxiously await responses from master's programs.

I find it cool how perfectly this past decade sandwiched the most important years of development for our generation——in technology, in world culture, in historical events, and in personal growth. We are the generation who first saw the common cell phone as late-middle- and early-high-schoolers (I purposefully use "common cell phone" like a species); we are the last generation that still remembers actually using dial-up internet and VHS tapes.

We were just old enough to remember exactly where we were on September 11th, 2001, and to know what the events meant to the world. We were old enough to organize protests a year and a half later, when our country declared another war. We remember Bill Nye the Science Guy and Nickelodeon, and the birth of the brain-melting reality TV wave...maybe that's a bit subjective. This past decade was really when we put life in perspective, since most of us clearly remember what life was like in 1999.

I went from having to wait for my parents to get off the phone to use the the web to writing emails into my phone using only my voice: I cannot imagine what is going to happen in the next 10 years.