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BOSTON/MONTREAL, August 20, 2003—Berklee College of Music announced today an agreement with Applied Acoustics Systems (AAS) for use of the Tassman Sound Synthesis Studio in the Modular Functions and Signal Flow and Physical Modeling/Additive Synthesis courses for Music Synthesis majors.
Combining the most popular synthesis and sound-processing techniques of yesteryear with AAS' own cutting-edge physical modeling technology, the award-winning Tassman Sound Synthesis Studio is an entirely modular sound design solution. Tassman offers an impressive range of creative possibilities for realistic emulation of acoustic instruments, analog and FM synthesizers, as well as unique hybrid instruments. Based on the familiarity of traditional hardware, the Tassman's intuitive building block approach to instrument construction makes it a powerful educational tool.
“Tassman provides us with not only a powerful production tool, but also a highly effective teaching tool," says Kurt Biederwolf, Chair of Berklee's Music Synthesis Department. "The maturity and sophistication of software synthesis has allowed our Music Synthesis Department to move in interesting new directions, and we are excited about the inclusion of Tassman in support of our cutting-edge courses.”
“Since its release, we have always maintained that the Tassman is a great educational tool due to its range of creative possibilities, modular architecture, and intuitive graphical interface," says Marc-Pierre Verge, CEO of Applied Acoustics Systems. "It is such a great privilege for us to see this affirmed by the Berklee College of Music, an institution that has always been at the forefront of music and technology.”
Inspired by research work in physical modeling done for their Ph.D. degrees carried out at IRCAM, Marc-Pierre Verge and Philippe Dérogis founded Applied Acoustics Systems in 1998, with the intention of making state-of-the-art research in acoustics available to musicians. Based in Montreal, AAS specializes in software-based synthesis tools for professional musicians and sound designers. Since releasing the first virtual instrument based on physical modeling, the Tassman, in 2000, AAS has come to be recognized as the industry leader in this exciting new field of synthesis.
Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music was through the study and practice of contemporary music. For over half a century, the college has evolved constantly to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business. With over a dozen performance and non-performance majors, a diverse and talented student body representing 70 plus countries, and a music industry "who's who" of alumni, Berklee is the world's premier learning lab for the music of today and tomorrow. Technology plays an increasingly important role in the world around us, and has had a profound impact on the music profession. Technology has changed the way music is composed, performed, produced, recorded, and distributed. The changes have been significant, and we continue to live in a time of rapid change and advancement. It has become increasingly clear that Berklee students must be well-versed in computer and music technology to succeed in their careers. Accordingly, beginning in Fall 2003, Berklee College of Music will require all entering students to have an Apple Macintosh laptop computer outfitted with software designed to support their music education and coursework as students.
AAS' Philippe Dérogis and Marc-Pierre Verge; Berklee's Michael Bierylo, Tom Rhea, Jan Moorhead, Kurt Biederwolf, and Michael A. Brigida.