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Video Interview: Sonicbids’ Tess Cychosz

Last week, Sonicbids’ Tess Cychosz blogged about what it takes to succeed as a newbie at the startup that pioneered online booking and empowers the artistic middle class of musicians. This week, Tess sat down for a video interview to discuss why internships are crucial in the changing music industry, intern roles at Sonicbids and how an ideal student succeeds in both environments.

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Berklee NOLA: Day 2 and 3

Lady from Allen Street (sarcastic and with a smile): “What are you going to do when the rivers of the Mississippi floods us again?!”

Michael Heyman: “We’ll come back and build some more!”

This is the spirit that my team has been clenching onto this week. It’s been two days … we’re tired yet jovial, exhausted yet determined. I think it’s safe to say that we are facing one of the biggest challenges in our lives. For me, I’ve done mostly everything in my life for my own survival … for my own pursuit of knowledge, enrichment, and growth. But standing on the grounds where people have died for much less, and driving through the Ninth Ward by the levees, has really made me rethink everything I’ve done for myself up until this week.

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what is knowing?

this morning, our fearless leader mike popped out the side door of the house and told us how psyched he was that he could trust us to handle the concrete on our own. michael, magen, corinto and i looked at each other, like, “is he talking to us?”

he was. apparently, now we know concrete. in the words of magen tracy, “it kind of made my day.”

corinto posing with the rebar for our concrete

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PULSE students now have access to new music collaboration website!

City Music National and PULSE have joined forces with to make online music collaboration a reality for our network students all around the country! Our Audio Production and Music Notation Developer, Jason Stokes, plays a huge part in this collaboration.

Kompoz is an online workspace for musicians and songwriters. It is used to compose new music with other artists around the world.
Anyone who has an idea for a song can record a track, upload it, and then invite others to add drums, bass, vocals or anything else!

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Berklee NOLA: concrete poetry

Corinto is seriously into concrete.  See his steely stare.  Witness his protective stance over our concrete form.  Let him stand as a metonym for us, the crew of NOLA 2011, now, also, seriously into concrete.  The other bloggers have mentioned the wonders of our work today, from painting to near-fainting, but I shall mention things otherly.

Here are some things we have learned.

All the new houses are up on blocks—at the exact height of Katrina’s standing water (about 4 feet here in the 7th Ward).  The storm surge was more than double that.

The blocks are bolted to the foundation.  The rods are bolted into the blocks.  The frame is bolted into the rods.  This is so our house does not, at some point in the future, decide to unmoor and roam the inland sea.

In this part of town, the 7th Ward, the housing is mixed.  The community has returned, and, though most people were at work while we were around, we saw some friendly faces in the surrounding homes, a smile and wave from drivers by.  Many have returned the to community, but many have not.  Some houses stand as they did just after Katrina, blasted and beat.

More to come from the whole crew… stay tuned!

Michael Heyman

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