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Alum Freddy Scott's Nine Inch Nails Parody Song Goes Viral — see the Spin Magazine article: Nine Inch Nails Parody 'This Is a Trent Reznor Song' Is Uncomfortably Dead-On.

AU Audio Tech Program named #1 in the nation by Education Portal.



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    Sound Games

    Valerie Rennoll, BS audio technology and physics ’16, training US Navy sonar operators

  • Big Year for Science at AU

    College students awarded competitive science fellowships, scholarships, and internships.

  • Alum's Parody Song Goes Viral

    Freddy Scott’s song parody has been picked up by media and online outlets all over the world.

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Audio Tech Debuts New, State-of-the-Art Studio

Photo: AU's new audio tech lab

Featuring three recording rooms, mixing and post-production suites, and a digital audio room, new space is “worthy of students’ talent.”

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News Notes

Archived news of Audio Technology students and faculty:

  • Learn to Earn
    Audio Tech Program and Matt Boerum featured in Audio Solutions magazine article "Learn to Earn."
  • Washington Area Music Awards 2011: ATEC people nominated for this year's awards include alumna Stephanie Milne, Best Studio Engineer, and Michael Harvey's recording and mix project, Michael Butler's Should Have Been By Now, Best Country Recording.
  • Alum Chris Patterson publishes on Direct Recording Your Instruments and A Guitarist's Feel, a Producer's Design


Scholarly Activities

Electro-acoustic music composition and research are an important aspect of the Audio Technology program at American University. Faculty and students regularly present compositions and research papers at conferences and professional artistic venues. Among the more recent accomplishments of the faculty are:

  • Faculty member Paul A. Oehlers was presented the 2006 Margaret Lee Crofts Fellowship by the MacDowell Artist Colony for his music, making him the only electro-acoustic music composer in the country to receive an endowed fellowship that year. Other MacDowell Fellows include Thorton Wilder, Leonard Bernstein, and Aaron Copland.
  • Since arriving at AU, Paul A. Oehlers’ music has been performed at the 2004 and 2006 International Computer Music Conferences, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in January of 2006, and the Harris Theater in Millennium Park in Chicago in February of 2007.
  • Publications of articles in Recording magazine by John Fishell and presentation of papers at the International Computer Music Conference, the International Generative Art Conference, the Hawaiian International Conferenceand the International Conference on Engineering Education, and several other conferences by Paul A. Oehlers, Matt Boerum, and Physics faculty member Teresa Larkin.


Professional Projects

In addition to presenting creative and scholarly work at academic venues, the faculty, staff, and students in the Audio Technology program also are active in various aspects of the film and music industry. Among the recent professional projects completed by the Audio Technology faculty are:

  • The film score for Most High by Paul A. Oehlers. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Atlanta International Film Festival, the Hamptons International Film Festival, and Indiefest Film Festival. It was released nationally on DVD in 2006 by Red Envelope Entertainment.
  • A Grammy nomination for best jazz arrangement for the track “Sing, Sing, Sing” from the album Beyond the Line recorded by Audio Technology instructor John Fishell.
  • The compact disc Nice and Nicely Done released internationally by Bar None Records and Virgin UK in 2005 by the Spinto Band featuring lead singer and Audio Technology adjunct faculty Nick Krill. The Spinto Band is currently completing its second album.
  • Sound mixing for the IMAX film, The Persistence of Dreams, by two time Academy Award winning sound engineer and School of Communications Artist-in-Residence Russell Williams and audio tech alum Matt Weiner, with assistance from Matt Boerum and Paul A. Oehlers.