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"It's a lot of fun and a lot of hard work, and included many hours of carving," said Dylan Schietinger '14, a recent studio art graduate from Mount Auburn, Ill. "It's always interesting to see people's reactions to printmaking with a steamroller because it's rare."
Carriage House Press artists used hand and power tools to carve giant wooden blocks which were inked and covered with paper or fabric outside Kirkland Fine Arts Center. After being flattened by the steamroller, the material was drawn back to reveal the artist's print. The theme for the exhibition was "Mythology."
Schietinger added, "What's great about Celebrations of Scholarship as well as other venues, such as Blue Connection, is the feedback we get from students and professors. It's great that so many people can get involved."
"We decided that Celebrations of Scholarship would be a great time to showcase this event because it is a performance piece," said Salmi. "It's way for us to take printmaking and aspects of printmaking out into the community. We feel that aspects of what we do at Carriage House Press embody the idea of performance learning."
OneVoice, Millikin's flagship ensemble of the vocal jazz program, provided guests an example of how the producer, engineer and artists work together in the studio to make a record. The group held a recording session in Millitrax Recording Studio to demonstrate creative aspects of the music recording process.
With the music and rhythm tracks already recorded, the recording session primarily focused on the vocals, and the use of effects such as overdubbing and vocal layering.
When asked about the important factors of recording, Dr. Widenhofer says, "Patience, collaboration, and being on top of your part musically are important things. It's also important to have the ability to be flexible to the whims of the producer."
Millitrax Recording Studio consists of two studios, analog and digital. Studio A includes a large tracking room, isolation room, control room, and machine room. Studio B features the mixing room with a digital console.
Millitrax has also been an important part of Millikin's student-run recording companies, Blue Box Records and First Step Records. Now in its 15th year, First Step Records is a student-operated record label and publishing company providing hands-on experience in the business of music. Blue Box Records, an extension of First Step Records, is an expanded hub for commercial music ventures.
"Not many schools have facilities like ours," said Dr. Widenhofer. "Performance learning is what we do in the School of Music, both theory and practice. Millikin musicians perform in the practice room, studio, on the stage, and in the classroom."