每年自2013年起，一组10 音乐制作及工程 (MP&E) students have traveled to the United Kingdom for a nine-day whirlwind tour of some of the world’s most iconic studios—among them Abbey Road, Mark Knopfler’s British Grove Studios, 和 Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios—as part of the wadhams生产学者 跳闸。在那里，同学们，谁是由伯克利大学教员委员会精心挑选的，不只是去看看周围：他们制作音乐传奇并肩工作室的专业人员和上崭露头角的英国艺术家。
它是为这些学生一个顶峰之旅， 抢杰索科 和 丹·汤普森, chair and assistant chair of the MP&E Department, explain. "It comes full circle: it’s a big international cultural experience, 和 we’re working with some super famous people, but at the same time, the students realize, 'Hey, I can fit into this; we’ve been trained well at Berklee,'” says Jaczko, who 伴随着2019年wadhams生产学者到英国， along with Thompson and fellow MP&E faculty member Leanne Ungar. "It’s validating that they get over to Abbey Road, and these other big studios, and they’re familiar with the workflow. It’s not so different from how we’ve trained them, and it’s validated by these icons that are doing the work using largely the same methodology they’ve been shown, 和 in some cases the same equipment.”
该 wadhams生产学者 trip is made possible each year by a trust funded by the late MP&E Department founder, Wayne Wadhams, who bequeathed his entire estate to the department when he passed away in 2008. 该 program was designed to honor Wadhams’s own vision for the department, which stressed “engineering as a tool towards a creative production goal,” Jaczko says. How better to demonstrate this approach for students than by working with the British studios and professionals who helped develop so much of the production philosophy 和 techniques that have shaped modern music?
该 benefits of the trip are clear, says Thompson: "Exposure to culture, to another country; immersion in the British recording scene...they get to work with the heroes of the industry—a who’s who of producers and engineers and facilities; and a great final experience for our students as they leave the MP&E Department 和 prepare to go into the world. It’s an amazing bridge to what’s next.”
For at least one student from this year's trip, that bridge led her right back to England this fall for an internship. During the group’s session at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studio in Wiltshire, England, MP&E student Sarah Sarmento (who can be seen assisting with the studio session and tracking harmonica in the video below) met dubbing mixer Andrew Wilson, with whom she connected over her growing interest in post-production work. After she got back to Boston, she reached out to Wilson about the possibility of interning with him for the fall semester, and he agreed. So far, the internship has been a huge success: “该 experience of going abroad for a second time to learn about something I am passionate about has been really amazing,” says Sarmento. “I did not have as much knowledge in post-production as I have in music recording, so to be able to discover all these new tools 和 techniques in the sound universe is very renewing to me.”