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Overthrow Sound: A first course in electronic music production APRIL

Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 7:30 PM - Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 10:00 PM (EDT)

Somerville, United States

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General Admission
This ticket grants admission to the Overthrow Sound series at Artisan's Asylum.
Ended $100.00 $2.99
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This ticket grants discounted admission to Overthrow Sound for CEMMI members.
Ended $75.00 $2.49

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Event Details

Overthrow Sound


This class will cover many of the basics of recording and producing music of different styles using primarily the software program Ableton Live.
It used to be you needed $100K of gear and rent expensive studio time to get your music recorded. This is no longer the case, and many of the classic instruments and tools from studios have been replicated in software that can be run on a modern laptop computer.  This democratization of production is what Overthrow Sound is about.  
Do you like electronic music? Do you have ideas for songs you want to make and share with the world? Do you hear break beats and breakdowns in your head? Want to make wobbles, womps, and deep bass sounds? Are you tired of listening to crap corporate music and want to do something to change it? I cannot promise you will attain these goals, but "Overthrow Sound: A first course in music production" can give you the experience in some of the tools to head down this path. Bring your own musical style or sound and Overthrow Sound.
We'll exchange ideas and tricks with other class participants or guest instructors regarding production techniques and software tools & plug-ins. Even if you are familiar with using some of these tools and have composed, produced, or recorded your own material before, the class can give an opportunity to work on mastering, editing, or to test play your music before playing it out in the clubs or on SoundCloud.
By the end of the class (or even before!) class participants will perform their new songs or tracks for the class.  
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Class Goals:

Students will learn how to write songs using software synthesizers, record live instruments, modify sounds, create effects, write drum beats, make remixes of their favorite tunes, and create the mashups of their dreams. They will learn how to use Ableton Live/Suite, as well as some selection of the following tools: Reason, Audacity, ProTools, Cool Edit Pro, Fruity Loops, Adobe Soundbooth or Audition, Native Instruments Massive, Komplete, Maschine, etc. with other people learning about these tools at the same time.


Basic knowledge of a PC or Mac computer operation. Prior training in music composition and/or notation will be useful, but is not necessary.


Headphones and a Mac or PC laptop with demo or licensed copies of the software being used is required. Please bring a laptop computer to class so you can follow along.  If you do not have a laptop computer, however, the assignments can be completed at home. 

Instructor Biography:

Russell Hanson


Russell Hanson is an experienced musician and teacher who has performed, composed and produced music in styles as diverse as electro house, big band jazz, baroque, and Norwegian black metal.  He thinks it's cool that people can take a class like Overthrow Sound and transition from being passive consumers of music to interactive participants in the constantly evolving process that is modern music.  He is part of the Collaborative Electronic Mixed Media Insitute, works in cancer, synthetic biology, and immunology informatics, and has more info online at

Event Time:

Session 1: Wednesday, April 4th, 7:30-10PM

Session 2: Wednesday,  April 11th, 7:30-10PM

Session 3: Wednesday,  April 18th, 7:30-10PM

Session 4: Wednesday,  April 25th, 7:30-10PM

Have questions about Overthrow Sound: A first course in electronic music production APRIL? Contact Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

When & Where

10 Tyler Street
Somerville, 02143

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 7:30 PM - Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 10:00 PM (EDT)

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Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

Artisan's Asylum is a community fabrication and makerspace near Union Square, Somerville MA, that is dedicated to making creativity a way of life. It does this by maintaining a community workshop, training its members in the use of all of its professional-grade equipment, and hosting events promoting the learning and practicing of craft and creative expression.


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