We’re extremely excited to announce that influential record producers, Gordon Raphael, Michael Zimmerling and Pete Smith will be joining the team at BIMM Berlin as visiting faculty to the Music Production course, which starts in September 2016.
Gordon Raphael is a producer and musician from Seattle, Washington and New York, currently living in Berlin. He is most widely known for his work with The Strokes, having produced their debut EP The Modern Age as well as their first two albums Is This It (which was voted Best Album of the Decade by the NME in the UK and No 2 in Best of the Decade in The USA by Rolling Stone) and Room On Fire. Gordon has travelled the world producing dozens of records across Mexico, America, Perú, South Africa, Argentina and Brazil.
Michael Zimmerling has worked in some of the most renowned recording studios in the world including Abbey Road, Hansa Studios and Riverside Studios and has worked with international artists such as Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Depeche Mode, David Sylvian, Einsturzende Neubauten and Simply Red. In the mid 80’s Michael was in such high demand by the Japanese music scene that he moved to Tokyo and became one of the most requested engineers of the Japanese Pop and Rock scene, which resulted in working on over 150 albums (including at least 50 Top Ten Hits).
Pete Smith started his career in 1979 as an engineer at Utopia Studios, working with such acts as The Boomtown Rats, The Police, Stevie Wonder, Joan Armatrading, Sheryl Crow, Alex Harvey, Sting, Randy Crawford, Spandau Ballet, Doll By Doll, Van Morrison, Light of the World, Central Line, Duran Duran, Landscape, Orange Juice, and many more. Pete has produced dozens of albums across England and main land Europe, including the Grammy award-winning Dream of the Blue Turtles (live) by Sting.
BIMM Berlin is our newest college campus and our first on mainland Europe. The BA (Hons) Music Production degree at BIMM Berlin is a specialist programme designed for those wishing to pursue a career in a range of music industry roles, such as producer, sound engineer or creative artist. The aim of the course is to nurture creative flair while developing a skill-set as a music producer across a wide range of contexts, including traditional studio and live recording, songwriting, live sound and music for moving image. Students study the context of contemporary music and the industry that supports it, as well as learning personal, project-management and business skills.
Networking and collaboration are central to the degree, and students are encouraged to create music projects with their peers on the BA (Hons) Songwriting, BA (Hons) Creative Musicianship, and BA (Hons) Music Business programmes.
Berlin’s position as a hub of the European music industry and a magnet for creativity makes it the ideal location for our new campus. With our partners Noisy Musicworld we aim to provide students with access to state-of-the-art equipment in contemporary learning spaces. With these facilities in place, we plan to attract first-rate undergraduates and – with such exemplary resources to draw on – we have appointed an equally ambitious standard of teaching staff!