What is the course about?
Exploring the history, context and practice of the mid 20th-century electronic music studio and the wider discipline of music concrete. You will explore the techniques in a practical way using software emulations and pre recorded 'tape loops' to create your own music concrete pieces.
What will we cover?
Deconstruction and analysis of early electronic music and key musique concrète compositions
A practical exploration of the components that make up a musique concrète studio
The techniques employed in musique concrète composition.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Describe the basic principles of music concrete composition relating these to historical context.
Use the components of an early electronic studio (oscillators, envelopes, filters, white noise generators and the mixer and tape loop techniques) to create original sounds
Create your own compositions out of tones generated by oscillators, 'tape loops', envelopes and noise generators.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is aimed at anyone who wishes to learn how to put this exciting technology to creative use. Some familiarity with computers would be beneficial and City Lit regularly runs short courses to introduce you to using Apple Mac computers in particular. You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English, engage in class discussions and take notes in English.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Classes will generally begin with a demonstration and discussion followed by practical work. You will work on one of 10 Mac based workstations to practice set themes, techniques and skills, applying these to your developing ideas and material and you will regularly present your work in progress to the group. You will receive regular support, encouragement and feedback from your tutor throughout the course.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring a USB memory stick / flash drive to back up your work, and a note pad and pen for making notes in class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may be interested in other creative courses such as Arduino workshop, Sonic arts, Ableton Live and Max/MSP. Please check our range of Music technology and digital audio production courses.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details