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    Default Re: Brad Sundberg seminars: Making Music With Michael Jackson

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    O_O ... AWESOME!!!

    I couldn't believe reading this to be honest... I had resigned to ever being able to go to one of the seminars. I can't believe I'm going to be a 1-hour drive away from one of these events, thank you a ton for sharing, myosotis.

    If you guys have any questions you'd like me to ask at the event, please let me know.
    I love his Texas stereotypes. Lol. You need to show up in a cowboy hat.
    Can't wait to hear about it. Hope they get a good turnout.

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    Default Re: Brad Sundberg seminars: Making Music With Michael Jackson

    Brad ITS in Austin Texas: Sat 22nd April 2017

    (Student discount tickets included in the selection available)

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    ITS Mexico City, Friday 5th May 2017: Tecnologico de Monterrey, Campus Santa Fe

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    Brad is awesome and a really nice guy too

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    Latest from Brad:

    Behind The Scenes
    I was scrolling through my FB timeline this morning and someone posted the behind the scenes footage of the "In The Closet" Herb Ritts short film with Naomi and Michael. Like many of those projects I was there for much of it, but behind the scenes.

    By the time the Dangerous project was winding down I was juggling a lot of things. We had projects rolling full speed at Neverland (I seem to remember the Sea Dragon and Zipper were installed around that time), plus I was working with Bruce, Bill and Teddy in the studio wrapping up the album. That of course meant short films and tour prep were either beginning or just around the corner.
    Michael loved a large, portable music playback system I built for him to use on the short films (I have written about it before), but essentially it was an estimated 20,000 watt monster that would and could "hurt you" if you weren't careful. Michael wasn't careful. At all.

    Hurt me!! Hurt me!!" he would yell as we set the system up for shooting "Ghosts", "2Bad", "Closet", etc. The volume this thing produced could send even the most jaded, know-it-all production person into the craft services ("Crafty") snack tent to roll up some napkins and stuff them in their ears. I loved it.
    I didn't spend a lot of time on the "Closet" shoot for two reasons.
    First, I wasn't in the union, so I couldn't actually operate my own system - it had to be handled by a union guy. I just set it up, tuned it, made sure Michael was happy and handed over the keys to the union guy.

    Second, and you might find this odd, but Michael had put my family and I up in a really nice resort in Palm Springs, and we loved the idea of a few days of down-time, so I spent much of that time poolside, knowing that I might have to drive to the set if my system needed attention. It didn't, so I relaxed much of the time.
    Production shoots were always much more intense than working on the albums. There were people everywhere, with lots of radios and clipboards (this was before iPads) and laminates and stopwatches. Security guys guard every entrance with their official windbreakers and Security baseball caps.
    Rows production trailers, dressing rooms, star trailers, honeywagons (bonus points if you know what they are), generators, catering trucks, lighting trucks, lighting guys, sound guys, set guys, safety people, production assistants (PA's), craft services, etc. Shooting a Michael Jackson film in Southern California is like moving, organizing and paying for an army - and they can do almost anything once they are assembled.

    So again, it was interesting, but the layers and hierarchy of people and who could stand where and when and why and made my pool and a bottle of Corona really inviting on most days.
    In flipping through some photos, watching the behind-the-scenes footage of Closet, etc., I stumbled on the photo of Michael with his flashlight in the studio. This photo always makes me smile.

    The comparison of an MJ short-film production, as I just described, to a typical day in the recording studio is pretty funny. On most days in the studio there might just be a handful of people. If we weren't recording any musicians or strings that day, it might have just been six or eight people in the whole building during the Dangerous project. That number would mysteriously double at dinner time.

    Wayne and Marcus (Michael's security guys) might come and go through the day, and we might have a guest now and then, but most of the time it was just a handful of us, and the mood was typically very focused, yet light and low-pressure. We knew we had a lot of work to do, but it wasn't frantic in any way.
    In the summer in Southern California it was not uncommon for huge parts of the city to experience what became known as rolling "brown-outs". This meant your power might dip for a few seconds as so many air conditioners were kicking on, and it was some way for the power company to manage the flow of power. Sometimes the power went out completely, which of course is a "black-out."

    A black-out in a studio is particularly fun because there are no windows. Studios very rarely have windows to help with soundproofing and to help exhausted team members not get too depressed over missing beautiful day after beautiful day while working on an endless album project.
    This particular black-out lasted quite a while, and we dug out some flashlights for people to use, including Michael. He bundled up in his parka (it was not cold inside!), and thumbed through some of his art books in the dark, basically amused by the whole thing.

    The funny thing is that it would be very rare for a black-out to occur on a production set because all the power is provided by huge generators. But if a delay does hit a big shoot, radios are lit up with production assistants wanting updates, accountants on the verge of tears watching their costs, mount, union guys taking naps, etc.
    In the studio, we simply removed the tapes from the machines via flashlight (you don't want a Michael Jackson master tape snapped when the power returns), and found places to relax for a bit. It was just simple down time - not a bad thing.

    Michael never complained - he knew there was nothing anyone could do, so we just sat it out. The album would get done when it got done.
    In less than two weeks we'll be in Austin, Texas sharing stories and music about my 18 years of working with Michael. In four weeks we'll be in Mexico City, and in six weeks New York. There won't be any stressed out production assistants, nor is it likely that you will need a flashlight or a rolled up napkin in your ears to endure the volume, but you are invited to spend a day with behind the scenes, In The Studio With MJ.

    Orlando and LA are slated for June, and we are looking at Brazil for July.

    Hear things you have never heard.
    See things you have never seen.
    Learn things you never knew.

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    Latest from Brad:

    I've been to and through Texas many times, but for reasons unknown to me I've never made it to Austin. This weekend I'll change that when I set up at the Recording Conservatory of Austin. I have heard all about Austin's food, music and culture, so I am very excited to visit!

    I don't talk about this very often on my "Studio" page, but one of the things I love doing on my seminar weekends is teach recording and music students a class I call "Studio Etiquette On A Michael Jackson Session". This is not an MJ seminar, rather it is targeted specifically at students, and I am honored to be teaching this Friday to a group of students at the Conservatory.

    One of the challenges of working with Michael was making sure he was comfortable. I know Michael loved trying new things, new sounds, new production techniques, but he also wanted some things to be consistent and predictable. Familiar.

    When we moved into a new studio, we would never bring Michael there on the first day - or even the first week! We had to get the studio up to his (our) standards in terms of technical quality, security and comfort. There were many techniques that we learned and practiced on those projects, and I enjoy sharing them with students to help prepare them for sessions large and small. I will be offering this same course at the University of Technology in Mexico City in just three weeks. These teaching opportunities have become one of my favorite "tangents" of In The Studio With MJ.

    Speaking of ITSWMJ, we have spent hours - scores of hours - rebuilding both the seminar and the Remix. The hardest part of rebuilding isn't adding new things, it's taking things out. In a tiny, tiny way it reminds me of when Michael and Bruce and the production team would have to cut songs from an album for space. Back when CDs were the primary method of delivering music to the public, we were limited to just over 77 minutes per album, so songs like "Streetwalker" and "For All Time" didn't quite fit onto the record. The same goes for my seminar - not every segment will fit, so we have to choose what stays and what goes.

    The seminar has changed and evolved drastically since my first "event" nearly five years ago in Paris. I want it to keep changing and growing, and we push to make that happen, but we also want it to be honest and fun for our guests - whether it is their first time or their tenth.

    The 2017 itinerary is 95% established:
    April 22 - Austin
    May 7 - Mexico City
    May 20 - New York City
    June 24 - Orlando
    June 26/27/28 - Southern California
    July 22 - San Paulo
    August 26 - Minneapolis/St. Paul
    October 12 - 24 - Madrid/Milan/Oslo
    November 4 - Edmonton
    January 19 - 29 - Tokyo/Osaka

    Some dates may shift slightly, but that is the plan-de-jour.

    I am working on a very special event in Southern CA on June 26-28th. One full day will be devoted to Neverland on a level like never before. Another day will focus on the HIStory album with many of the original team members. More details to come very soon.

    Have a great week and thanks for your interest and support! See you this weekend in Austin!

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    i thing brad is very cool guy

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    We always try to push for something new and unique. This June in LA I am presenting two very different events, plus two of the ongoing favorites.
    >HIStory track-by-track will bring in some very special guests who worked with us at the Hit Factory on this amazing project.
    >The Extended Remix is bigger and better than ever.
    >Return To Neverland featuring Big Al Scanlan - I am so excited about this one! I have known Al since the late 80s (!) and he was a huge part of Neverland. This will be live and unrehearsed as we take our guests through every corner and attraction of that amazing estate.
    >In The Studio With MJ 2017. I am excited to show my guests the latest version of the seminar that started it all.
    I hope to see many of my MJA friends in LA!

    Los Angeles, 2017
    In The Studio With MJ is coming back to LA this June with a trio of special events for our guests to enjoy!

    June 26 - "Inside HIStory". A track-by-track journey through one of Michael's most iconic albums, hosted by part of the team who helped created it.

    June 26 (evening) - "The Extended Remix". Fewer stories, more music, lots of things to discover. A very casual, one-of-a-kind, hands-on event in the studio hearing music in a whole new way.

    June 27 - "Return to Neverland". Big Al Scanlan will join me in the studio (not AT Neverland) and take you on a detailed, fun and story-fill tour of Michael's amazing ranch. See, hear and learn about Neverland like never before - from the guys who were there for many, many years.

    June 28 - "In The Studio With MJ - 2017". I will present the full seminar digging deep into the projects I was directly involved in: Bad (est. 30M sales), Dangerous (est. 32M sales) and HIStory (est. 40M sales). Hear the music and the stories behind the music from these incredible projects.

    Yes, there will be special guests. Many more details to come!

    Make your journey to LA complete with a trio of one-of-a-kind events, In The Studio. Will You Be There?
    Tickets will go on sale this weekend.

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    Default Re: Brad Sundberg seminars: Making Music With Michael Jackson

    Latest from Brad:

    I have some very exciting news for our upcoming seminars in New York and LA!

    Greetings, and I am sorry to have been absent for a few days. Our daughter Maddie graduated from college this past weekend and I have been slightly pre-occupied for a few days, but we are back on track, ready for New York this weekend!

    Now, I have two special guests that I am very proud to announce! This Saturday at Smash Studios in New York I am proud to welcome an old friend of mine from the HIStory album - producer and grammy-winning engineer Tony Black! Tony was with us day to day, early in his career at the Hit Factory working on HIStory. He is an amazing talent and a great guy, and I look forward to having him share his memories and stories with you on Saturday!
    But wait, there's more!

    Next month we will be in LA for three days talking about HIStory (day 1), Neverland (day 2) and the full In The Studio With MJ seminar (day 3).

    On our HIStory track-by-track day (Monday, June 26th) will have Rob Hoffman and Brian Vibberts in the studio with me, but another of the project's amazing engineers Eddie Delana will also be in the room with us! Eddie was a key part of the project from start to finish. He recorded many of the songs on HIStory and is also an amazing guy.

    I have said it before, but bringing these seminars to you not along gives you an incredible behind-the-scenes peek into how we made these albums, but it also gives those of us that worked with Michael a chance to reconnect and share these stories with you. This was an amazing team assembled for HIStory, and having Tony in New York and Eddie, Brian and Rob in LA is going to be a lot of fun.
    No script. No detailed notes of who says what. Just a chance to hang out with a group of guys who worked, lived and laughed through one of Michael's most important albums.

    I hope you can join me in the studio this weekend in New York, and next month in Los Angeles.
    (I have decided to postpone the Orlando event until later in the summer - details to come soon).
    Tickets are on sale now!

    www.inthestudiowithmj.com/events

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    Friday 19th May: Update on NY

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    Hello #NY Got to Smash Studios this morning, jumped in Uber and Michael is "Startin' Somethin'" on the radio. It's gonna be a good weekend.


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    The 3-day event in Hollywood
    June 26-28, 2017

    Day One
    HIStory Track-By-Track
    Eddie Delana
    Rob Hoffman
    Brian Vibberts
    Brad Sundberg

    Evening One
    The Extended Remix

    Day Two
    Return To Neverland
    Big Al Scanlan
    Brad Sundberg

    Day Three
    In The Studio With MJ 2017
    Brad Sundberg

    One of the prettiest studios in Hollywood will be our home for three days as I bring together some very dear friends to talk about working with Michael on HIStory, at Neverland, and In The Studio.
    Tickets on sale now.

    Will You Be There?
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    Fireworks and Roller Coasters and Livestreaming...

    Michael and I had countless meetings at Neverland about upcoming projects, ideas and "dreaming out loud". I have always loved Disney - particularly the parks. Michael knew I went to Disneyland at least twice a month back then, as it was an escape from LA for a few hours.

    Almost without fail the next time he and I would talk we would discuss Disneyland, new attractions, etc. He once told me that Disney was designing a statue of him to have in the parks! I laughed and said, "Come on, are you serious?!" He said, "Yes!!"
    We often talked about adding a roller coaster at Neverland. The terrain is such that it could be done without going too high in the air - it could just hug the rolling hills naturally. I told him about a ride at Six Flags Magic Mountain called "Gold Rusher", which is a coaster that does just that - stays lower to the ground while building up a lot of speed.

    <<<>>>

    Since my "scope" of involvement focused more on music, sound effects and lighting control, I enjoyed these conversations as I didn't have to be the one to engineer how to make it actually happen if Michael really wanted something. But it was so much fun to kick ideas around with him. I would visit parks in different cities and show him photos of rides and possible ways to add music and effects if he wanted to add that particular ride at Neverland.

    We also discussed fireworks several times. To the best of my knowledge there were never fireworks at Neverland - at least not a big display. The mountains are typically so dry and combustable up there that virtually any firework is prohibited. Still, we talked about how fun it would be to end a day at Neverland with a huge display of pyro in the sky!

    I never went to a Disney park with Michael, but I wish we could have at some point. I know he rented out Disneyland for Elizabeth's and Larry's wedding, and he would sneak down there after hours or put on one of his goofy (no pun intended) disguises to explore the park - but I wish he could have seen it through my eyes, if that makes sense. It's different seeing something without layers of security and people in business suits guiding you past dumpsters and repair shops backstage.

    A few days ago the Magic Kingdom in WDW Orlando (my home), introduced their new fireworks show, "Happily Ever After". It's pretty amazing, and I know Michael and I would have talked about it - then. It's a bit odd but I think about him when stuff like this happens, ever after all these years.
    A new attraction will open and I can almost hear him giggling with anticipation of wanting to ride it. I think of how we could use today's technology at Neverland - giant projectors and lasers and motion simulators - far more advanced than what we had to work with in the 80s and 90s and 00's. I miss those conversations. I miss being able to talk to him on a "wouldn't it be fun if..." kind of level.

    On Wednesday night, May 31st, at 9pm New York time, I will livestream the new fireworks show "Happily Ever After" for you. No, it won't be a multi-camera HD presentation. It will be me and my phone, standing among tens of thousands of other hot, sweaty Magic Kingdom guests. But I would love to for you share it with me if possible. It's Disney. It's magical. It's something that I really think Michael would have loved.
    It's not a huge gift, but it's a nod to my friend and his love of all things innocent. It's a small way of saying "Thank You" to Michael for allowing me to be a small part of his world, and to you for allowing me to share many of these experiences with you.

    Tickets are on sale for our 3-day adventure in LA next month at SAE Studios at www.inthestudiowithmj.com/events.

    Hopefully I'll be able to spend a few minutes with you tomorrow evening at 9pm as I livestream "Happily Ever After" for you! See you then - if You'll Be There!!
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    Facebook Live stream?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lil Ced View Post
    Facebook Live stream?
    for the fireworks? ....... Not very clear. Could be 'In The Studio With Michael Jackson' FB or website (probably subsequently both). https://www.facebook.com/inthestudio...SEARCH&fref=nf
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    Where will you be in 21 days?
    The HIStory project was monumental in scale. It didn't really start out that way - it was just going to be a best-of project with three or four new songs. But it grew. And grew. And grew.

    When I was in New York a few weeks ago Tony Black and I were discussing the HIStory project, which of course we recorded in NY in 1994/1995. He said it was the strangest feeling imaginable to work on projects AFTER HIStory and try to explain to other production teams what it was like. I can't argue with him.
    Michael was in full-tilt work mode. He had a lot on his mind and he wanted to get it on tape. At one point we had an estimated 13 recording studios working in various cities - all on HIStory. We were flying musicians, singers and the Andre Crouch Choir (!) in to New York to participate on the project.

    Janet Jackson? Of course.
    Biggie Smalls? Yep.
    Jimmy and Terry? Why not?
    The New York Philharmonic Orchestra? Sure!
    Stomp? Done.

    At one point we put the word out - I swear this is true - that "Michael Jackson wants sounds and sonic landscapes that no one has ever heard before." This was before you could send files via the internet, so envelopes started arriving at the Hit Factory with tapes and floppy discs and home-made CDs of sounds. Boxes of envelopes that we would have to sort through, like letters to Santa in a Christmas movie! It is crazy.
    The project got larger and larger, and the songs kept getting stronger.

    Moscow.
    Earth.
    Childhood.
    They Don't Care.
    Scream.
    You Are Not Alone.
    Susie. (One of my favorites).

    We were pushing the technology to the limits, and the studio crew almost to exhaustion. It's hard to encapsulate how many hours, how much sweat, how many tears, cups of coffee, flights, studio hours, dollars, blown speakers and so on went into it. Likewise, it's hard to explain the depth of friendship, the laughter, the memories, the harmonies, the warmth I feel when I hear those mixes.

    I'm not a record critic. I don't write about albums in terms of (stroking my chin and creating a silly accent)..."Clearly the meaning that the artist is trying to convey in this is one of vapid emptiness and isolation, with a sprinkling of the rising sun of hope" blah blah blah. You won't find that at my seminars. Rather, I am bringing you some of the key guys - the engineering team - the ones who were in the room, setting up the microphones, capturing the music that you hear on HIStory.
    Eddie Delana and Brian Vibberts were with us from the very beginning - day one. Rob Hoffman joined the team shortly after, as did Tony Black.

    It was a small team, yet 23 years later we are all still friends. Think about that.
    The end of June is never a "fun" time for MJ fans, I understand that. But I want to celebrate Michael's life. His creativity. His willingness to take a chance and push the boundaries. He had a lot to say in HIStory, and we were there to get it on tape as fast as we could.

    I hope you will considering joining us in 21 days in Hollywood as we tackle one of the most incredible projects any of us have ever been a part of - HIStory - on Monday, June 26th.

    That evening is "The Extended Remix" - a really fun night for MJ fans.

    On Tuesday, June 27th is the "Return To Neverland" with my friend Big Al Scanlan.

    On Wednesday, June 28th I will present the full presentation of "In The Studio With MJ 2017"

    Tickets are on sale at www.inthestudiowithmj.com.events
    Will You Be There?

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    ^ All those handwritten notes by MJ. I wish the Estate would to something with all this that Brad presents, whether it is a documentary or something else.

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    Default Re: Brad Sundberg seminars: Making Music With Michael Jackson

    Handwritten lyrics for I Just Can't Stop Loving You and Leave Me Alone.

    I have no idea why that made me as happy as it did.

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