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6 Sessions / 6 hours of work per session
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Skill Level
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Topics
DAW, Music Production, Recording Techniques, EQ, Reverb, Psychoacoustics
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Experimental Foundations for Sound Arts and Design

Experimental Foundations for Sound Arts and Design
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6 Sessions / 6 hours of work per session
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Free
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Skill Level
Intermediate
Topics
DAW, Music Production, Recording Techniques, EQ, Reverb, Psychoacoustics
Course Description

This course will focus on the application of historical and experimental analog electronic, recording, and studio techniques for composers, sound designers, sound editors, and independent filmmakers looking to expand their craft through the application of classic techniques applied within modern production platforms. Historic processes and technologies drawn from the rich legacy of invention in electronic and experimental music will be will be discussed and applied to the creation of original music using Ableton Live 10 and Max 8 (Max for Live). Session planning, score, and production analysis exercises will be used to complement both small-scale sound creation and large-scale structural thinking for music production workflow. The course will expose the producer to the tools and concepts behind Musique Concrete and Elektronische Musik, as well as Dub and Tape Studio techniques and the early studio experiments of Les Paul.

schedule

This course is in adaptive mode. Learn more about adaptive courses here.

Session 1: Time and Structure - Planning your Sound Composition (August 26, 2019)
In this session, we’ll talk about developing ideas through digital and paper sketching sessions and timelines for mapping the energy of a piece. We’ll also discuss pre-production workflows including sound file management, collecting, and versioning.
Session 2: Early Tape Studio Techniques (September 2, 2019)
In this session, we'll explore various techniques for developing non-musical field recordings into usable material for creative production. Techniques such as the cut bell, speed change, and sample stacking will be discussed in the context of shifting from the recording to processing stage.
Session 3: The Studio as Instrument (September 9, 2019)
In this session, we will discuss delay and reverberation, sound-on-sound, as well as creative use of phasing and flanging without using plugins. Performative recording techniques using the audio workstation as a mixing console to capture real-time effects manipulation will be demonstrated.
Session 4: Training Your Ear for Production Analysis (September 16, 2019)
This session will be devoted to the development of advanced listening skills. Using a library of recordings, we'll identify studio techniques in familiar songs that might go unnoticed but are crucial to successful sound production.
Session 5: Spectral Balance - Timbral Orchestration (September 23, 2019)
This session will focus on large-scale layering of parts, distribution of instruments over the total frequency range of the mix, and EQ and compression as orchestration tools for production.
Session 6: The Sound Field - Designing Space (September 30, 2019)
In continuation of Session 5, this session will highlight techniques for designing and controlling the sense of space and immersion within the sound field of the work. Panning, amplitude, and EQ will be used in tandem with reverberation to create a compelling sound world for the listener.
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What You Need to Take This Course

Equipment: Midi controller with at least one knob and one fader + audio interface or computer with two input and two output channels.

Software: Ableton Live 9 (or 10) with Max for Live. Prior experience with Ableton Live may be helpful in this course.

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