Standing, from left: Rob Arthur, John Peña, Danny Wilensky, Steve Dubin, David Rideau, Alan Pasqua, Billy Ward, David Garfield, Paul Nowinsky, Chad Wackerman, Billy Cross (RMC), Kim Richey, Paul Brown, Paul Jacobs, Brandon Fields and Steve Hodge. Seated, from left: Jack Petruzzelli, Glen Burtnik, Ann Klein, Lenny Castro, Ellis Wagner Johansen (RMC), Flemming Ostermann (RMC) and Kevin Becka
A group of 20 U.S. engineers, producers and musicians were recently invited to teach a group of 130 students at the Danish Rhythmic Music Conservatory (RMC) in Copenhagen, Denmark. The weeklong event gave college-age Danish musicians and engineers a unique look into the performance, production and recording of American music. It culminated in a standing room — only concert that was part of Copenhagen's Culture Night, a yearly event where museums, concert halls, schools and other venues throughout the city are open until midnight. All evening, the public is free to drop in on any venue to sample the best art and culture the city has to offer.
The RMC event was broken into three segments. The band segment had one of the American musicians guiding one of 15 Danish bands through arrangements of various songs. The engineering segment involved the recording and production of two songs — from start to finish — by engineers David Rideau and Steve Hodge, and producers Steven Dubin and Paul Brown. Engineer and Mix technical editor Kevin Becka, who taught a surround recording workshop, headed the last segment. TC Electronic, Tube-Tech and DPA Microphones, all Danish companies, supplied special gear for the event.