Here at Northeastern there are hundreds of great student organizations to get involved in! We want to highlight some organizations that you may not know a lot about or maybe didn’t even know existed, which is why we’re starting this new blog series, The Club Chronicle! Tune in every other week for interviews with members of different Northeastern student organizations to learn a little bit about them and what their club is about!
The Club Chronicle Interview #1: NUSOUND
Interview conducted on January 21st 2019
What are your names and could you tell me a bit about yourself and how you’re involved in your club?
Sam: My name is Sam Baumgartel and I’m the President of NUSOUND. I’m a 3rd year electrical engineering major.
Connor: My name is Connor Rog and I’m the Vice President of NUSOUND. I’m a 3rd year computer and electrical engineering major
What does your club do here on campus?
Sam: We run workshops and schedule presentations. These presentations are given by industry professionals or local professors who have interesting things to say about the things they research or about their own industry experiences. The workshops are run by us and are usually geared toward engineers. They teach basic stuff like making microphones or music recording software or editing software.
Connor: A lot of the workshops are tutorial based.
What are the presentations about?
Sam: They’re mainly about audio tech, we’re an audio tech group.
Connor: Yeah they’re not really about music. We appreciate how you hear music, how it’s made, and how audio in general is used in real world applications other than listening to music. Production is a big thing, but we’re less concerned with music theory and more concerned with audio theory. If you come to us and you’re expecting to learn about music specific stuff you won’t get what you want. But if you want to learn about things like how acoustics are used in underwater communication made we’re the ones for you.
Sam: Sometimes we delve into the business of music tech. Sometimes people talk about the technology and sometimes people talk about what it’s like to work in the market.
What other kinds of events do you put on?
Sam: We mostly do workshops and meetings where we bring in professionals. But the other thing is we coordinate with the Acoustic Society of America to do meetings in association with the Boston chapter of the ASA. For example, we had people come in from Earthworks audio who make high quality audio systems at a meeting with the Boston chapter.
What is your favorite event that you’ve put on?
Sam: We had a guy come from BOSEbuild, which is an incubator within Bose that tests weird products, to do a presentation. He and his team had made a speaker and headphone system that children could make on their own. It comes in macro units that you can put together. There’s also an application you can pull up on your Ipad or Iphone and it teaches you how to build the speaker and other things like the physics of audio. It blew my mind to see how they so successfully created something that would be a functional consumer product but also be a successful educational tool. I gave it to my girlfriend’s boss who has a kid who was really into it. I was sent pictures and videos of this kid losing his mind going through the process of learning and putting together the speaker. That was an awesome event.
Shot from BOSEbuild event in October 2018.
How do you normally advertise events?
Sam: We usually do emails that go out on an email list in tandem with posters usually located at strategic points like Ryder or places where a lot of music or engineering people will be. Along with that we’re now doing announcements via Facebook events because it’s a good way to show that you’re going and to spread the word to friends who have similar interests.
How long has your club been around for?
Sam: I’m not sure. It’s been around since we were freshman but I know it was there before that. If I had to say it’d be 5 years.
Do you meet regularly?
Sam: We shoot to regularly meet every other Monday night in our new room 322 Hayden.
How many students are involved in your club?
Connor: Around 20-30
Sam: Early in the semester we have bigger meetings so that’s when the most people come.
How can students get involved in your club?
Sam: They can join the email list and we’ll send them updates on exciting things coming up, that’s the best way.
What’s one thing you wish people knew about your club?
Sam: I wish people knew how fun it is!
What’s your favorite part about your club?
Sam: My favorite part is it’s a place to have fun and meet people who are interested in things you’re also interested in and learn in so many different ways.
Connor: You can also meet a lot of industry professionals who also hire co-ops, which is great for networking.
Sam: Yeah it’s networking, resume building, and socializing all in one place.