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Melrose in the Mix – The TV Show!

The Orange County Library System and WUCF have partnered to bring our Melrose in the Mix live recording series to TV!  Tune in to WUCF on Thursday, January 23 at 8:30 p.m. for the premiere episode featuring Orlando singer-songwriter Terri Binion.  The Melrose in the Mix series will feature a new episode on the third Thursday each month from February through June, with each episode also starting at 8:30 p.m.  The schedule will feature The Pauses on February 20, Steve Garron on March 19, AMiAM on April 16, The Vapor caves on May 21, and Beth McKee on June 18.

And of course, you can sign up to attend a live Melrose in the Mix session by completing the form at this link.

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Melrose in the Mix 2019

The 2019 Melrose in the Mix season kicked off the first weekend in March. On Saturday, March 2nd, local band Artefacto blended nuances of alternative rock, pop and electronic music, performing a clutch of powerful songs sung in Spanish. On Sunday, March 3rd, veteran Orlando singer-songwriter Marc With a C played solo versions of some of his older classics for his loyal fans. Marc’s session will be released as one of the vinyl sides on his upcoming triple album career retrospective. Earlier this month, on April 6th, we welcomed critically-acclaimed folksinger John John Brown, as he performed some songs from his latest album as well as his current project, New York Photo Songs.

The rest of 2019 is taking shape and is set up to be an amazing year of live recording sessions. Here’s a look ahead:

Sunday, May 5th, – Beth McKee (and her Funky Time Band)

Sunday, June 2nd – Swamburger Presents: AMIAM

Sunday, June 9th – Terri Binion

Saturday, July 6th – The Pauses

Saturday, August 3rd – Meka Nism

Sunday, August 4th – Demon****

Saturday, August 10 – Onry Ozzborn

Saturday, September 7th – Steve Garron

Saturday, November 2nd – Bella Fontella

Sunday, December 1st – Amy Robbins

Melrose in the Mix live recording sessions offer very limited seating.  Reserve a spot for the upcoming session.

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Melrose in the Mix Gaining Momentum

After premiering the series in April 2017 and offering five sessions throughout the year, our Melrose in the Mix live recording sessions have continued in 2018 with a number of noteworthy shows. The series, which features locally renowned artists recording live before intimate audiences in the Melrose Center Audio Studio, also provides Melrose Center members with Audio Studio credentials the chance to assist staff engineers with session production. Thus far in 2018, local MCs Sean Shakespeare (April), EyeQ (June) and E-Turn (July) have each turned in electrifying performances. The most recent show on August 5 featured Orlando Americana legend Terri Binion, accompanied by bassist Tony Macaluso and guitarist Greyson Charnok, and received coverage in Bao Le-Huu’s This Little Underground column in Orlando Weekly.  Upcoming Melrose in the Mix sessions include singer songwriters Moody Sunshine (September 8) and Ka Malinalli (October 7.)

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Dear Diary: Melrose in the Mix featuring Swamp Sistas

Dear Diary,

This upcoming Saturday, we are going to host our first Melrose in the Mix. It will be the first in a series of intimate in-studio recording performances as Orlando singer-songwriter Beth McKee brings her assembled Swamp Sistas Songwriters Circle to the Melrose Audio Studio for a special afternoon session. Beth will be joined by Hannah Harber, Renee Arozqueta and Ka Malinalli, as the Circle takes turns performing original material and accompanying one another before a small studio audience–all while being recorded. Seating for this is very limited, so we hope folks register for that soon. There are also a few opportunities to sign on as recording assistants, but interested members must have either Live Room or Full Audio Studio Access. We hope this will give all participants an inside look at live recording…and have fun while doing it!

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The Melrose Creative Expo is Back, February 16, 2019!

The 2019 Melrose Creative Expo marks the fifth anniversary of the Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation and Creativity.  Join us on Saturday, February 16 from 1:00 p.m. until 4 p.m. for an afternoon of family-friendly activities throughout the Melrose Center, including virtual reality and video green screen demonstrations, live audio recording sessions, short film screenings, theatre performances, photo studio portraits and vehicle simulator experiences.  Visit with a host of exhibitors from throughout the tech and creative communities, and help us celebrate the best audio, video, photo and digital design projects created during the past year at the Melrose Awards presentation.

The Melrose Center is also about collaboration and community.  Staff hold monthly meetups pertaining to audio, video, photo, design, theatre and makerspace activities, while local groups also use the space as a venue for meetups on topics ranging from robotics and podcasting to web development and game design.  Events such as Technoween, the Melrose Film Festival, Melrose in the Mix: Live Recording Sessions, Open Mic: The Voice of Melrose, and Script Orlando, further define the Center as a venue for emerging and established performers as well as inspirational and informative speakers from across Central Florida.

The Melrose Creative Expo provides the perfect opportunity to explore all the amazing resources the Melrose Center has to offer.  Come see for yourself, help us celebrate our first five years, and learn how you can be a part of the next five!

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The Melrose Creative Expo is Back, February 17, 2018!

The Melrose Creative Expo provides the perfect opportunity to explore the Melrose Center as we celebrate our fourth anniversary on February 17.  Come join us for the Melrose Awards ceremony as we honor the best projects completed using Center resources during the past year.  Tag along for tours of the audio, video and photo studios, take a spin on one of our simulators, or try on a VR headset and step into another reality.  Enjoy live music from Beth McKee, E-Turn and Marc With a C, and visit with a number of community exhibitors including representatives from the Orlando Science Center, Apple Florida Mall, Tourist City Ghostbusters and many more.

Since opening in February 2014, the Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for technology, Innovation and Creativity has allowed the Orange County Library System to expand its role as a provider of technology education. Occupying 26,000 square feet on the second floor of the Orlando Public Library, the Melrose Center allows users to gain the understanding required to be a contributor to and consumer of emerging technologies.  We offer state of the art audio, video and photo studios, fabrication and simulation labs, an interactive media wall, editing bays, sound booths, collaborative work spaces and the means to pursue virtual reality and video game development. Over 9,000 OCLS patrons have become Melrose Members by taking the Center’s general orientation. Last year, Melrose instructors taught nearly 4,500 classes, guiding patrons toward self-sufficiency with an array of equipment and software.  During that same period, Melrose Members reserved over 2,200 sessions in studios, editing bays and sound booths.

The Melrose Center is about fostering an atmosphere of collaboration and community engagement. It is a monthly meetup venue for numerous groups with interests including robotics, podcasts, web development and game design.  Additionally, staff have created monthly meetup groups pertaining audio and video production, photography and digital media design, with combined group membership over 3,700.  Our Family STEM Saturdays and Makerspace Open Lab introduce electronic engineering, 3-D printing and basic robotic concepts to enthusiasts of all ages.  Regularly scheduled events such as Open Mic: The Voice of Melrose, Script Orlando, and Melrose in the Mix: Live Recording Sessions further define the Center as a venue for emerging and established performers as well as inspirational and informative speakers from the community.

Come see for yourself all the amazing resources and activities the available at the Melrose Center, and help us kick off Year Five in style at the Melrose Creative Expo.


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2017 Melrose Awards

On Saturday, February 11, members of the community gathered to celebrate the Melrose Creative Expo, which kicked off with recognizing top projects created by Melrose members from the past year in the 2017 Melrose Awards. This marks the third year recognizing members’ efforts, and each passing year has shown growth–not just in the number of entries or votes, but also the range of subject matter. We’re so proud of the work our members have created and are pleased to share the work of this year’s semi-finalists:

Dale Bauer
Daniel Beran
Christopher Beverly
Brett  Clark
Stephen Jay
Joshua Johnson
James Ketant
Rupert Meghnot
Joseph Rodriguez
Kevin Watts
Ashley  Zehel

And now, it is with great pleasure that we present the category winners and grand prize winner:

Left to right: Joseph Rodriguez for Film Category, Rupert Meghnot for Game Design & Programming, Ashley Zehel for Maker, Christopher Beverly for Audio and Joshua Johnson for Photography & Graphic Design/Grand Prize.

Congratulations to the winners!

You know, if you think you have what it takes to take home a prize, be sure to start working on your project and keep an eye out for the opening of the submission period for next year’s Melrose Awards. We’ll celebrate the next Melrose Awards at the 2018 Melrose Creative Expo on February 17.

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Melrose Center: Audio Studio Update

The Audio Studio Live Room is available for booking! The Live Room allows you to record in a large, acoustically-treated space and does not require extensive audio knowledge to produce a recording. In this room, you can record an MP3 stereo file directly to a USB drive using a Live Mixer. Recordings made in the Live Room do not provide a file that allows separate channel editing. A Live Room booking does not include access to the Control Room, the C24 Control Surface, or Pro Tools software. Access to the full studio is forthcoming, so please check back for updates.

If audio production is new to you, our audio equipment classes are a great place to start.

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