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NMC's Audio Tech Program Is Back - And Better Than Ever

By Beth Milligan | Jan. 10, 2022

If you’ve ever fallen down a rabbit hole watching NPR’s “Tiny Desk” concerts, Traverse City dwellers are in luck. NMC’s Audio Technology is now hosting Sound Bytes, a completely student-run production that features local and student musicians.

Sound Bytes is live-streamed on YouTube via the program’s Facebook page; there is also an in-person option at Founder’s Hall. Still in its early stage, the program has mostly featured student performers, though participants hope to host the local multi-instrumental duo The Lofteez. While past years have required more hands-on guidance from instructors, new program coordinator Brady Corcoran says this year’s class has been able to do set up, sound control, and take down all on their own. The hands-on experience prepares students to go straight to work when they graduate. Since losing its program coordinator in 2015, the audio technology program has gone from the brink of extinction to thriving in the campus community — all while operating without an official coordinator. Much of this growth can be attributed to Corcoran, the newly appointed program coordinator, who left his job with record labels and recording studios in Los Angeles to teach at NMC.

Rad more about NMC's Audio Technology program in this week's Northern Express, sister publication of The Ticker. The Northern Express is available to read online, or pick up a free copy on newsstands at nearly 700 spots in 14 counties across northern Michigan.

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