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Electronic Music Production with Ableton Live9

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4224 Waialae Avenue

Honolulu, HI 96816

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Electronic Music Production



Hanna (2011)

The Social Network (2010)

Tron: Legacy (2010)

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)

Blade Runner (1982)

Hackers (1995)

Blade (1998)

What do all these movies have in common? They are all forms of electronicically produced music for major movies and examples of similar skills students of this class will acquire. Aside from producing amazing musical beats, the primary goal of this class is to help:

music lovers learn something about technology and computing/gaming lovers learn something about music

... along with a strong understanding of Computational Thinking and learning how to apply the skills to music making, electronically.



Course Objectives: By the end of the course, students will be able to:

1. Listen to music critically and understand a song’s elements and structure
2. Understand the concepts of making music on a computer
3. Create and program an original track from scratch on a computer
4. Perform / remix that original track live

Goal: Have fun making music

Tool: Ableton Live 9 Intro

Prerequisites: An interest in music technology. While useful, students do not need to know how to read or play music.

  • Session 1: An Introduction to Electronic Music (focus: listening critically)
  • Session 2: Gimme a Beat! (focus: learning to program beats and rhythms)
  • Session 3: Drop the Bass (focus: learning how to program leads, melodies, and bass)
  • Session 4: Synthesizer Basics (focus: learning how circuits / computers generate basic sounds)
  • Session 5: Let’s Sample That (focus: learning the art and science of sampling)
  • Session 6: Finishing Your Track (focus: adding effects and sparkle to the track)
  • Session 7: Performing Life (focus: learning how to take the track and perform and remix it live)
  • Session 8: Are You Ready? (focus: review of the class and ensuring everyone is ready to apply the concepts in class to their track / performance)


Some of the Instructor's Work

https://soundcloud.com/wunderfish/lahela-moment-of-truth-wunderfish-mix

https://soundcloud.com/wunderfish/sawan-demo

https://soundcloud.com/wunderfish/stevie-wonder-vs-run-dmc-superstitious-sneakers

https://soundcloud.com/wunderfish/depeche-mode-vs-snoop-dogg-policy-of-truth-back-up

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