Panel discussion: “Future Instruments: What Will Musicians Be Playing in the Coming Decades?”


Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 7:00pm


Berklee College of Music, 22 The Fenway, Room 112

"Future Instruments: What Will Musicians Be Playing in the Coming Decades?"
Panel discussion with RUSSELL GRAHAM ’95, keyboardist/producer; ROGER LINN, Grammy Award-winning instrument designer; MICHAEL BIERYLO, Chair, Electronic Music Department, Berklee College of Music, and sound designer/producer; PRINCE CHARLES ALEXANDER, recording and mixing engineer; moderated by DAN FREEMAN ’97 aka CØm1x, producer/bassist and music technologist

Presented by: Learning From Performers
Admission: Free, No Tickets Required

Beginning with historical aspects of electronic music technology, this panel of inventors, musicians, composers and/or engineers will discuss the many future directions of musical instrumentation. The event will also include demonstrations of instruments currently in development and their applications for music-making in the coming decades. 

RUSSELL GRAHAM has worked as keyboardist, guitarist, vocalist, and/or musical director for Ashford & Simpson, Patti Austin, Mary J. Blige, Roberta Flack, Alicia Keys, Patti LaBelle, Michael McDonald, Nile Rodgers, Jessica Simpson, Sting, Rob Thomas, Matchbox 20, and Stevie Wonder, among others, in both live and television settings. A professional musician since his early teens, Graham has been a member of Ray Chew’s house band for the hit TV show “American Idol” since 2011’s season ten, and was a member of Ray Chew & The Crew at the Apollo Theater in Harlem from 2003 through 2010. Under Chew’s musical directorship Graham has also been part of the house band for such shows as “Showtime At The Apollo,” “The Singing Bee,” the BET Awards and BET Honors, and the Neighborhood Ball (broadcast on ABC for President Obama’s inauguration); in addition, he has worked as a part-time member of Nile Rodgers’ band CHIC since 2006. In 2010 Russell and his wife, Tanya Diona, completed Diona’s first full-length CD, “Nothing To Prove... Something To Say.”

 is a designer best known for his invention of the LM-1 Drum Computer, the first programmable, sampled-sound drum machine in 1979. Manufactured by his company Linn Electronics, the LM-1 and its successors provided the drums for countless hit records during the 1980s by artists including Prince, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, Peter Gabriel, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Devo and Bruce Hornsby. In 1988, Linn designed the innovative MPC60 MIDI Production Center for the Japanese Akai Company; combining a sampling drum machine with a real-time MIDI sequencer, the product gradually became the industry standard in the production of hip-hop, dance and related music styles throughout the 1990s, and has been credited as a significant influence in the evolution of hip hop music. In 2002, he released a groundbreaking guitar effects product called AdrenaLinn, used on hit recordings by artists such as John Mayer, Green Day and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Apart from his music product career, Linn is a guitarist and songwriter who has co-written hits for Eric Clapton (“Promises,” 1979) and Mary Chapin Carpenter (“Quittin’ Time,” 1989), and served as touring guitarist and recording engineer with pianist/songwriter Leon Russell in 1976 at age twenty-one. In February 2011, the Recording Academy presented him with the Technical Grammy Merit Award.

is an electronic musician, guitarist, composer, and sound designer. He has been a faculty member at Berklee College of Music since 1995 and is currently the Chair of the Electronic Production and Design Department. He is also active in Berklee Online, Berklee’s online school, where he authors and teaches music technology courses. Bierylo has performed throughout the U.S. at venues as diverse as the Knitting Factory, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Duke and Emory universities, and Dartmouth College as a member of Birdsongs of the Mesozoic. Bierylo's compositions are featured on the BOM's albums "Dancing On A’A," “Petrophonics," "The Iridium Controversy,” and "Extreme Spirituals," all on Cuneiform Records. As a solo electronic artist, Bierylo has performed with laptop computer and modular synthesizers in the U.S., Berlin, Shanghai, and Krakow including a concert with Grammy-nominated electronic musician BT in 2012. His commercial work includes music and audio production for Hasbro Interactive, the Smithsonian, Nickelodeon, and the Oxygen Network, as well as music and sound design for the Incredible Hulk attraction at Universal's Islands Of Adventure. As a commercial composer, Bierylo's work has been featured on A&E's Biography, the Learning Channel, and Martha Stewart Living. Recent projects include work on the films Granito, the Reckoning, and Traces of the Trade, all featured at the Sundance Film Festival. Bierylo holds a B.M. from Berklee College of Music, majoring in Guitar Performance with additional studies in audio production and jazz composition with Michael Gibbs and Phil Wilson. 

PRINCE CHARLES ALEXANDER is a sought-after recording and mixing engineer whose clients include Mary J. Blige, Destiny's Child, Faith Evans, P. Diddy, the Notorious B.I.G., Usher, Boyz II Men, Brandy, Babyface, Sting, Aretha Franklin, Usher, Brian McKnight, and others. Alexander has garnered more than 40 Platinum and Gold certifications from the RIAA and has multiple Grammy Awards and nominations. He holds an adjunct instructor position at New York University's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, has taught audio technology at the Institute of Audio Research, and is a frequent lecturer at the City College of New York in Manhattan. He also teaches advanced production and mixing at Berklee College of Music. From the early- to mid-80s, he produced, wrote, and recorded on Virgin Records with his group, Prince Charles and the City Beat Band. Alexander was an early innovator of wind synthesis and a part of the "punk-funk" generation that incorporated many of the devices that would propel rap music to the forefront of the American music scene. 

DAN FREEMAN ’97 aka CØm1x
After graduating from Harvard University, DAN FREEMAN ’97, aka CØm1x, came to New York to be a session bassist, performing with such artists as Angélique Kidjo and the B­52’s, and throughout North America, South America, and Europe. In 2008, he formed the electro­funk digital music and art collective Comandante Zero (CØ), developing techniques for fusing live acoustic instruments with laptops running Ableton Live and serving as a backing band for various artists. Currently, Freeman has a production studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn where he mixes, remixes and writes for film. He also performs a unique “live production” solo set in which he creates heavy electro funk grooves in real time using the Ableton PUSH instrument. Freeman is an Ableton Live 8 and 9 Certified Trainer and senior instructor at New York City's Dubspot, where he teaches electronic music production and heads Dubspot International. He has given Ableton Live and production workshops at events, festivals and universities worldwide. including SXSW, Sonar (Barcelona), Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba, Copenhagen, Harvard University, The University of Santiago (Chile) and the University of Caldas (Colombia).