Electronic Music Course

Electronic Music Course

In the Electronic Music General Studies course we have covered many genres: from the earliest electromechanical instruments at the very end of the 19th century, via electronics in modern ‘classical’ and experimental music, to modern pop and dance culture. The lessons since mid-October have followed a set pattern in which the first half of the lesson has been dedicated to the history of electronic music, with examples of music, cultural context and analysis of techniques enabling students to understand the means of production of music in the modern age. The second half has always been a composition-based session where the students can explore different methods of creating a wide spectrum of music, with a strong emphasis on freedom of expression rather than consideration of traditional theory.

My intention from the beginning was to encourage students to produce by the end of the teaching period a track which could be put on ‘Soundcloud’ as a testimony of what they had collectively achieved. The resulting track was made by the students to explore how to create music, and all melodies, harmonies, sound worlds and rhythms were decided by the students. Before this, the
students had not used music-based programs; I feel the need to inform you of this because when you listen to the piece you may well assume that these students had a previous background in the composition of electronic music. Well they do now!

I can only hope my students have enjoyed the sessions – in both their theoretical and practical aspects – as much I have enjoyed teaching them these elements. You can hear their work for yourself by going online to https://soundcloud.com/musikumempw

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