Ai LIVE: Faculty Spotlight - Jeremy Dudman
In this episode of Ai LIVE, host E. Vincent Martinez sits down with Jeremy Dudman, an audio instructor at The Art Institute of Atlanta. Dudman is joined by members of Mystery Loves Company—Carlos Machado, Maddy Herdeman, and Danny Patterson—and they share their story of working together and producing music, and how the pandemic changed their approach.
Dudman wasn’t initially involved with the creation of the band. The naming of Mystery Loves Company came down to Machado and Herdeman’s love of wordplay. When they first came into record, Dudman was in the studio at the time. He offered to play the bass to help with their track, and that’s how they initially got started working together.
The band is a self-described “chamber rock band,” combining elements of rock with more classical chamber instruments. Machado is a self-taught guitarist, who describes his style as a blend of 80s and 90s rock. Herdeman is a classically trained cellist, and while these two different styles seem at odds, their unique sound provides them with the joy of writing songs they want to listen to.
When the pandemic first shut everything down, the group tried to find a way they could do their jam sessions and recording sessions remotely. It was a bit of a struggle at first, balancing finding the best program for them and dealing with the latency issues that are harder to account for, but eventually the group got it to work. Another thing Dudman noted was that being forced into home studios gave many like him a chance to reflect on their equipment and set up. Luckily, there have been many advances in the types of gear available for home recording, so it made producing a higher quality product a little easier.
However, despite being in separate states, the pandemic was not the first time they had to work remotely. The band had worked on separate takes of the track beforehand, so they had some experience putting together parts of a track in a remote environment.
When it came to inspiring students looking to get into this line of work, the band members urged them to be on the leading edge of the various technologies. Thankfully, because there are so many different types of audio production tools, it allows for students to choose where to focus. One important note, the band said, is to consider the needs of the client and what would make the best experience for the audience. Dudman urged students to join professional societies and organizations so that they can get access to the current trends, and to be well-rounded as a media professional, not just an audio one.
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