Audio Production student Derek Carlson (and a blurry Daryl Becker and Cody Welu) were featured in a recent DSU advertisement highlighting the Audio program. The pic was posed during one of our Live Sound classes in the Trojan Center Underground last year, as we practiced setting up various live audio scenarios. Check it out!
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Our annual homecoming week "DSU's Got Talent" show was another success this year, mainly featuring singers, along with a saxophone quartet performing Pharrell's "Happy".
Our judges this year were Professor Glenn Berman, Professor Michael Gaylor, and student Andy Meyer. They gave a lot of witty commentary between acts, and judged the students in order to determine three top winners at the end of the evening.
The first prize winner was Jenna Sorsen, who did a solo vocal rendition of a song that she wrote. There was a packed crowd that was hugely supportive of all the acts. It was an awesome evening of entertainment and a great way for students to share their talents!
Posted by Nate at 7:57 AM
Sunday, August 24, 2014
As is often the case when the new school year kicks off, we have a ton of exciting events happening in the first couple of weeks, including karaoke, a comedian, and a DJ dance. But before all of that, the Student Activities Board welcomed the duo, "Scratch & Bang", with audio help from the DSU Live Technical Services students.
The group has a unique twist on the typical dance DJ format. One of the members is a DJ, while the other is a drummer, which adds a nice extra layer of impact to the performance. The duo performed non-stop for over 90-minutes and played every song from modern hits, nostalgic classics, and some wild cards thrown in the mix (I think I heard the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song in there at one point).
The night started with a packed crowd of over 150 students, and the most exciting part is that only the Freshman had moved in thus far. "Scratch & Bang" put on a killer show that set the tone for the rest of the events to come. Now it's back to school this week. Fall 2014 semester is here!
Posted by Nate at 8:38 PM
Sunday, May 4, 2014
|Every Breath rocking acoustically|
|The Business, Man|
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014
There's been a ton of great live music at DSU this semester, including a fantastic show with acoustic musicians John Statz and Zachary Lucky. Zachary is from Saskatchewan, Canada, while John resides in Denver. They teamed up for a month-long national tour that had its final night here at DSU.
Zachary and John’s music covers a wide-range of topics, many about traveling and various locations, and some quite serious and deep, such as a song from John about a man suffering from a head injury following a career in football. As a part of the show, my wife Cassie’s “Design II: Color” students created abstract paintings that were shown on the projector screens. DSU professor Wayne Madsen also displayed his artwork around and behind the performers.
Adam Hammer paid another visit to DSU to talk to students about music career and perform an acoustic show. I was also excited to play an opening set that night for Adam, which gave me the opportunity to perform some of my new songs!
Lastly, we had a really stellar show featuring the bands Burlap Wolf King, a folk rock band from Sioux Falls, and Expatriate, an alt-country band from the Twin Cities. We had a great turnout, and the show was excellent!
Posted by Nate at 7:48 PM
Saturday, February 22, 2014
|The stage set up for the Green Day Musical "American Idiot" - Photos by Matt Lyon|
Some of the major events that Matt helped with included the "American Idiot" touring musical, featuring the music of Green Day, "Rain", a Beatles tribute concert, and several performances by the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra.
Matt said that the internship was a huge learning experience. Safety was always a key concern, and they would wear hard hats whenever working on constructing a set or making other changes to the stage. He said that he was really overwhelmed with the amount of knowledge that the audio engineers possessed, but was able to take in as much as he possibly could. Matt also said that his experience with DSU Live was a huge help in terms of knowing how to host a live concert event, even though the events at the Pavilion were on a larger scale.
Now that his internship is complete, Matt has just recently accepted a job with Daktronics and will be starting there soon. We wish him all the best!
Posted by Nate at 9:31 AM