As the result of a creative gift from alumni with musical ties, Capital University will bring Flemming Rasmussen – Grammy Award winning recording engineer and producer of Metallica's Ride the Lighting, Master of Puppets and …And Justice for All albums – to campus March 29 for a keynote address and an afternoon of workshops. The events are free and open to the public. Get more information and register here.
In addition to his work with Metallica, Rasmussen is a well known figure in the music industry, most recently producing an album by longtime Madonna guitarist Monte Pittman. Based in his native Denmark, Rasmussen runs Sweet Silence Studios and has worked on more than 1,000 music productions since entering the music business in 1976.
Made possible by the Jim and Carol Davis Conservatory of Music Guest Artist in Residence Series Fund, the March 29 event will kick off with a special performance by the Capital University MIDI band, followed by a series of workshops led by industry professionals and students from Capital’s Music Technology program. Topics will range from choosing the right microphone and conducting a music industry interview to DJ techniques using Native Instruments Traktor and game audio. Rasmussen will deliver his keynote address at 3 pm and then offer two, one-hour master classes with participants.
On March 28, one day prior to his visit to Capital University, Rasmussen will visit with middle and high school students at Hilliard City Schools’ McVey Innovative Learning Center (ILC). Another element made possible by the Davis family and coordinated via Hilliard ILC music educator and Capital Conservatory alumnus Shawn Malone, Rasmussen will listen to the students’ “rock band” songs and walk them through real-life producing techniques on professional-grade equipment at the facility. Despite the visit’s timing falling during the Hilliard students’ spring break, 18 students in grades 7-12 – along with their instructor, Malone – are eager to participate.
Rasmussen’s activities during his visit to Columbus, Ohio, are evidence of the University’s efforts to match donor passions with opportunities that offer engagement both with current students and alumni, as well as public school students and community members with niche interests. The Davises have strong ties to Capital; Jim Davis graduated from Capital’s Conservatory of Music in 1971 with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and went on to earn a master’s degree in music education from another institution. He spent his career as a music educator in public schools and at the college level. His wife, Carol Davis, is the daughter of Capital University alumnus Jay Stratton.
The couple found the perfect fit by funding opportunities for aspiring musicians at the university and beyond.
“The generosity and foresight of donors throughout Capital’s history have made it possible for succeeding generations to earn the insight, skills and knowledge Capital has always offered,” the Davises said. “Through their gifts, we too were able to enjoy the benefits of higher education and achieve the goals we’ve been blessed to reach. Acknowledging our responsibility to continue this tradition, we’ve established this program to offer opportunities and experiences to Capital students that will enhance their professional preparation, challenge them to succeed and show our gratitude to those who have given so generously in the past.”