Monday, October 7, 2013

VPA Student Spotlight: Joe Augustine

Joe Augustine is a senior majoring in Sound Design.  He also plays string bass in the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra.

1.  Why did you choose to major in Sound Design at Tech?

I chose Sound Design due to my interest in performing music and mixing sound. 

2.  What has been your favorite part of working in Sound Design?

I've enjoyed the variety of sound work in Sound Design. These projects go from Radio Dramas, to recording, to mixing musicals and other theatre shows.

3.  What is the most important thing you have learned in your major?

With focusing on working in the music industry, I've also learned sound techniques in other areas, such as theatre, and film. Learning as much as possible has been important to me, as it will make me more marketable in the future in case things don't work out in the music industry. 

4.  Tell us about your summer internship.

I actually was the house monitor engineer at Big Top Chautauqua, where The Beach Boys along with many other bands performed throughout the summer. I enjoyed the experience spending the last two summers at that venue. I got to talk with the crews for the bands that performed there and learned more about the music industry and how to get started in it as an audio engineer. 

5.  What inspires you?

My favorite bands inspire me as a goal to reach, to be able to work for them someday. Thanks to working at Big Top, I've already got to work with some of my favorite bands.

6.  What are your goals after graduation?

The plan so far is to go back to Big Top as that's where my contacts are. Big Top only runs for the summer so I'll also be looking for other work, either for the Winter months or year round.

7.  What advice would you give others hoping to major in Sound Design?

Keep your options with sound work. There are many different types of sound jobs and it's good to at least try each once. This major helps with that.