In the wake of the pandemic, the MIT Logarhythms have not missed a beat in finding new ways to stay connected, making music, and engaging with the MIT community. Instead of on-campus a cappella rehearsals or concerts, the Logs have taken their show online. “We pretty quickly as a group got into the mindset that this is an opportunity to exercise a lot of creative freedom…and to try a lot of new things because the circumstances are so crazy,” says junior Noah Pauls.
Over the last several weeks, the Logs have been planning Minelogs, a free virtual Minecraft-themed concert. It will be the culmination of the group’s entire semester, with remote-recorded songs, skits, speeches, and a celebration for graduating seniors. “We want to show people that quarantine is not going to stop the Logs family from performing music and showing off what we have,” says Quinn Brodsky, a sophomore in Course 8 and 18 and MIT Logarhythms’s music director.
While dispersed across the country, the group has enjoyed the opportunity to continue singing and making music. But, they admit it hasn’t been easy. “It's kind of harder to learn by yourself instead of learning with a whole group like linear arrangement,” says Nicholas Garcia, a first-year student and MIT Logarhythms’s business manager, noting that it is difficult to replicate online the energy and quality of live performance.
Minelogs also marks their release of an exclusive sneak peek of their new EP titled “Ten to Midnight”. At its heart, however, the concert is another way to connect the whole MIT community and the larger alumni network together for a night of good music, good fun, and MIT spirit.
The EP has been in the works since spring 2019. Luckily, the group had finished their vocal recordings just before students moved off-campus due to the pandemic. Subsequently, the group transitioned from the role of performers to producers, working with Plaid Productions remotely to mix each track and complete the EP.
“Ten to Midnight” will be the group’s eighth release in the 21st century. “I hope that when people hear our EP and listen to the music, that they will be delighted in the fact that things are able to be accomplished in this time period,” says Zander Hodge, a sophomore and MIT Logarhythms’s CD manager. “If you really work at it and are dedicated in what you're doing then you can still accomplish a lot with limited mobility and physical interaction we can have.”
To stay connected and positive during quarantine, members of Syncopasian, MIT’s premier East Asian a cappella group, produced a Zoom-themed music video to the song “Boy With Luv” by BTS (feat. Halsey).