Thursday, March 28, 2013

KCKCC Audio Music students learn from one of the best


Students in the audio music program at Kansas City Kansas Community College got to spend an afternoon with one of the best business this week.

Lenise Bent, a Los Angeles producer who has been nominated for multiple Emmys, a Grammy and an Academy Award, spent about two hours talking to students about preparing for futures as professionals, studio protocols, succeeding in business and the latest updates in the profession.

She also spent an additional two hours listening to and discussing projects with students in recording and portfolio classes under the direction Dr. Ian Corbett, Coordinator of the Audio Music program.

“I had met Dr. Corbett a couple of years ago at a national convention and we were at a convention in St. Louis this past weekend so I rode back with him so I could be here,” said Bent.

Bent got into the industry as an assistant engineer at The Village Recorders in Los Angeles where she worked on several albums including “Aja” by Steely Dan, “Breakfast in America” by Supertramp and “”Tusk” by Fleetwood Mac. She later became chief engineer for producer Mike Chapman, recording the “Auto American” record for Blondie.

She also worked for several other Chapman artists including The Knack and Suzi Quartro, recording at a variety of studios which included The Record Plant in Sausalito, Air London and United Western, which later became Ocean Way and then Cello.

In addition to her background as a recording engineer and producer with a lengthy discography, Bent has an extensive background in post-production and ADR.


Lenise Bent (left), a recording engineer and producer from Los Angeles, enjoyed a light moment with KCKCC Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts Dr. Cherilee Walker and audio music instructor Dr. Ian Corbett during a break between meetings with students Monday. (KCKCC Photo by Alan Hoskins)