AEMP amps up musicians at Miami
Published: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 03:10
Last year in his botany class, junior William Carlson, was looking out the window at some trees, thinking about making music when the idea came to him. “Why don’t we have a recording studio here at Miami University?”
That little bit of inspiration is all it took to get the ball rolling to bring about the non-profit Audio Engineering and Music Production (AEMP), pronounced amp, program here to Miami.
Since then, the group has been expanding exponentially. With over 30 members this year and more anticipated, the group’s focus is just now being realized.
“We plan on recording an artistsevery single weekend for this and next semester,” Carlson said. “It doesn’t even have to be music. It could be some really crazy poetry. We give absolutely no bias as to what gets recorded as long as it’s good and there’s going to
be a following.”
Junior Emily Fernandez, who serves as Vice President of Public Relations for AEMP, encouraged those interested in joining to get involved.
“AEMP is a wonderful way to get hands-on experience of what it takes to run a business and understanding all of the components that make up a business,” Fernandez said.
“We are essentially running a recording label and every role is important in keeping things running smoothly.”
The organization is not limited to those interested in actual recording and production.
“We have business students that run marketing, communications students running public relations, as well as musicians running the actual engineering,” Carlson said. “It doesn’t matter what major you are. There are cinematography positions, graphic design positions and a social committee.”
Junior Ryan Neff, a local DJ in Oxford, said AEMP is offering a much-needed service to student musicians.
“It would give these bands a place to take what they already love and turn it into an educational experience for others to learn from that is both interesting, relevant and enjoyable,” Neff said.
So far, the group has collaborated on several projects with regional musicians but is always looking for more ways to use their talents.
“This is not so much of an organization for PowerPoint presentations and sitting down to lectures,” Carlson said. “We want to encourage people looking for hands-on learning experiences
Anyone looking to join the group can fill out an application at www.aempmu.com. Local artists who would like to become clients can also fill out applications and book recording times through their site.