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25 January 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Dear Diary: 2017 Kicks Off with a Bang!

Dear Diary:

We will be better at documenting the goings-on around here. What better way to start than to recap what January’s dealt us so far! Well, Melrose staff had a full January calendar ready for those who wanted to start off the year learning or enhancing a skill, or for anyone who just wanted to try something new. From a photo walk to a new video gear meetup, the release of a new Orlando Audio Podcast episode and Instructor Video, there was a little something for digital media enthusiasts out there.

One notable event was organized by the Audio team earlier in the month, Exploring Music Production & Performance with DiViNCi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DiViNCi, member of Solillaquists of Sound, gave a short performance followed by Q&A with the audience. He gave insights from his experiences and engaged the audience. We had a really nice turnout and the audience had great questions. We even posted a video of the livestream up on our Facebook page and an event video on YouTube.

We appreciate DiViNCi for coming out to share and give back to the local community! If you want to learn more about the Audio team’s events or meetups, check them out here.

Jumping forward another week, and we find that our team exhibited at the Orlando Science Center’s Otronicon. We set out to make this unlike any of our previous exhibits. We wanted to have an exhibit that showcased the various areas of the Melrose Center, but in a cohesive format, and so the Virtual Boxing Experience was born. Can we just agree that this event was RIDICULOUS in all the best ways? We estimated interacting with over 2,500 people, some of whom waited in line for up to an hour to get the chance to fight a virtual zombie (or robot or ninja girl). We met some pretty rad people, got to talk a bit about our resources and the upcoming Expo. We also got to witness some amazing virtual fighters. It was worth all the hours of work and tireless effort that the team put into pulling it together!

Visitors could choose from one of four parts of the Virtual Boxing Experience, or EXPERIENCE IT ALL! They could be the Player, donning the HTC Vive goggles and fighting a digital opponent. They could be the Sound Effects engineer, matching the Player’s hitting actions with button presses on a MIDI controller to play punching noises, or a knock-out bell. They could be a Sports Announcer, giving a play-by-play in front of the action and seen on a projected screen. Or, they could be the MELROSE CHAMPION, the Player who has what it takes to grasp the Championship Belt in victory (whether you actually won or not, but that’s besides the point) and has their photo taken–for posterity, of course. It went so well, part of it will be set up during the Melrose Creative Expo so anyone who saw it on our social media who didn’t get to try it, can!

Up next: tomorrow’s Open Mic. There is a packed lineup, so hopefully the performers get here early! Until next time, Diary…

 

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22 December 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Melrose Center: On the Road

As 2016 comes to an end, we’re already looking forward to some awesome events in January 2017. If you don’t believe us, check out our events page!

One such event will bring our team on a (short) ride from our Downtown Orlando location to the Orlando Science Center. Otronicon will be held January 13 – 16, and our staff will be there to demo some technology that we’re working to make available to for our Melrose members (and some that’s already accessible)! You’ll be able to participate in this virtual ring-side game event in one of four ways (or do them all). We’re calling it The Melrose Immersive Experience. We hope you’ll come find our booth!

To learn more about Otronicon or purchase tickets, click on the link below:

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09 December 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Introducing the Melrose Creative Expo!

Did we mention that the voting period for the third annual Melrose Awards is underway? If you haven’t already, you should check out all the submissions that were sent in by some majorly talented people, and VOTE! Go ahead, clicky…we’ll wait right here. [Edit: The voting period is closed…Plan on coming to the Expo to see who won!!]

Wasn’t that so much fun? If you’re not careful, you’ll get some of those songs stuck in your head, amirite?? Okay, so that aside, the winners will be announced at our newly named Melrose Creative Expo! I know, you’re shrugging and wondering, “Why is it a big deal to stray from the short-lived tradition of calling it an Anniversary?” Well, that’s because we wanted these celebrations to be less about the mere passage of time and more about the creativity, community and innovation that has grown in and around the Melrose Center. Our Studio and Lab doors will be open with hands-on demonstrations inside. A number of scheduled live performances will keep us all entertained (I can’t promise that this won’t turn into a dance party) while you connect with exhibitors throughout the Melrose Center.

We plan on celebrating big and we want you to join us! Save the date: Saturday, February 11, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

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Also, if you would like to be an exhibitor at this event, please complete the online form and we’ll be in touch!

If you’re not quite sure what you’re getting into, check out the photos below, taken from this year’s event.

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The Second Annual Melrose Awards kicked off the event.

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Exhibitors, like the Orlando Science Center, brought activities that helped to showcase their organization.

 

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Even locally-based businesses in the Tech & Maker fields were amongst our exhibitors.

 

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Interest-based meetup groups were also in attendance. Pictured: Orlando Virtual Reality

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Orlando Podcasters were also present.

 

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08 February 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Second Annual Melrose Awards Winners

Award Categories

Melrose Awards Grand Prize Winner
($1,000)

MAKER CATEGORY
Kristina Alysse Ramos
[ View Submission ]

  Category Winners ($250)

AUDIO CATEGORY
Jeffrey Brown
[ View Submission ]

FILM CATEGORY
Ashaine Briscoe
[ View Submission ]

PHOTO | WEB | GRAPHIC DESIGN CATEGORY
Cherokee Richardson
[ View Submission ]

MAKER CATEGORY
Kristina Alysse Ramos
[ View Submission ]

GAME & CODE CATEGORY
Aaron L. Griffin
[ View Submission ]

Semi-Finalists

AUDIO CATEGORY

Marcus McCoy
[ View Submission ]

James Middleton
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FILM CATEGORY

Les Carpenter
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Patrick Nye
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PHOTO & GRAPHIC DESIGN AND GAME & CODING CATEGORIES

Stephanie Rebeca Clark
[ View Submission ]

Lynn Alley
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Paul Browder
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13 January 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Melrose Center: Second Anniversary!

Melrose Center Second Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, February 6, 11 A.M. to 3 P.M.

Visit the Melrose Center located on the second floor of the Orlando Public Library, for live entertainment, creative projects, and innovative demonstrations. This lively event features the creativity and ingenuity the Orlando area has to offer. Exhibitors will be in the Creative Workspace to demonstrate robots, provide resources and show you how to plug in and play! 

Audio Studio
Learn what it takes to make your world-class recording! Join us for live musical performances and interactive tours.

Fab Lab
There’s always something new to learn!  With hands-on demonstrations and activities, learn why our Makerspace is aFab-ulous place to visit!
Photo Studio
Get your vogue on! Tour the studio and check out the available equipment and classes. Have your cameras ready! Capture the event and share your best photos on Flickr. 
Video Studio
See yourself on the big screen! Play on the green screen and explore the tools videographers use to create movie magic! Picture yourself as a Creeper or soaring through the galaxy!
Melrose Awards
And the winner is… Visit Center during the event to celebrate the innovative creations that were made at the Melrose Center.  

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