Mass Comm students shoot live Nashville music

Two advanced College of Mass Communication classes recently shot Music City Roots, Live from the Loveless Café in Nashville.

The Feb. 26 production brought together an audio course taught by Professor Dan Pfeifer and an advanced video production course taught by Professor Mary Nichols, using the Department of Electronic Media Communication’s mobile production unit. Student engineers from Mike Forbes’ engineering class also helped with the shoot.

This is Vibration, a digital audio truck on loan from Tennessee Digital Video, a production company owned by Mass Comm alumus Nic Dugger.

This is Vibration, a digital audio truck on loan from Tennessee Digital Video, a production company owned by Mass Comm alumus Nic Dugger.

All five of this semester’s scheduled productions, which offer students real-world experience, are music events. Music City Roots was the second production this year – students already recorded the Nashville Symphony’s “Young People’s Concert” at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Feb. 12.

For the episode of Music City Roots (a weekly two-hour radio broadcast on Wednesdays at 7 p.m.), students not only received experience on EMC’s mobile unit, but also had a chance to use a digital audio truck, Vibration, on loan from Tennessee Digital Video (TNDV).

Inside Vibration.

Inside Vibration

“Using Vibration is more like you would find in normal industry shoot,” Pfeifer explains. “Basically, we run all the audio through Vibration, and then we’ll interface that with the mobile production lab.”

TNDV is a Nashville-based mobile production company owned and operated by Mass Comm alumnus Nic Dugger. Dugger worked on the mobile unit as a student and knows the value of practical experience.

“I know how important it is for students to see and try the equipment being used in the read world,” Dugger says. “And this mentoring opportunity is a very easy way for my staff and me to share with students just like our mentors shared with us.”

Nic Dugger

Nic Dugger

Here are the dates for upcoming remote shoots and ticket-purchasing information:
Music City Roots

Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m.

The Barn at the Loveless Cafe, Nashville

Pistons & Pipes

Thursday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m.

First United Methodist Church, Murfreesboro

MTSU Wind Ensemble (classical)

Michael Martin Murphey

Friday, April 4 at 8 p.m.

Franklin Theatre, Franklin

Steel Drivers

Friday, April 18 @ 8 p.m.

3rd & Lindsley, Nashville

Music concert (folk/Americana)


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