In this course, students learn to utilize digital technology and MIDI to create musical arrangements of either original or existing thematic material using a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). Students focus on the musical use of technology and production aspects of a project, including the MIDI standard, signal flow of a MIDI and recording workstation, utilizing sound processing equipment, choosing appropriate sounds and combining elements from software synthesizers, and alternate approaches to quantizing and refining rhythmic grooves. Students learn aspects of mixing and production through practical applications of tools and techniques such as equalizers, reverbs, delays, flangers, and choruses, and dynamic processing units-compressors, noise gates, and limiters. Students learn ways to enhance writing in recording and mixing through the effective use of sound processing equipment. In addition to class meetings, students will be expected to schedule individual hands-on time for practice and assignments in the lab.
In this course, students develop skills and techniques for producing and engineering music sessions in a large format recording studio. Students learn studio etiquette, recording techniques, signal flow, and subsequent work flow within a professional studio environment. The course emphasizes console signal flow within a modern hybrid environment; microphone types, characteristics, and placement; analog and digital signal processing; asset management; and practical troubleshooting skills.
This course provides a forum for the exploration of innovation and the integration of technology in modern music production. In this course, students learn a thematic and practical exploration of research and innovation in music, arts, and technology. They also develop artistic and technical communication skills and practice collaboration. Students explore relevant brain science and effective approaches to exploration, idea generation, evaluation, and implementation, with an eye towards adapting the most applicable practices to their field of specialization. Common characteristics and practices of trailblazing individuals will be considered, and students will prepare media-rich presentations about their favorites. This course will also function as a forum to integrate the skills and techniques students are learning in their other courses, as well as helping students focus and define their culminating experience thesis projects. The final project in the course will be a detailed definition and action plan for each student’s culminating experience.
As our daily interactions in the social, cultural, and commercial spheres are increasingly digitally mediated, resulting in systems that are open to user input or that persist for an indeterminate amount of time, conventional notions of sequential narrative lose their efficacy, and a new type of system-based problem solving is required. Such nonlinear formats represent a growth area for composers, music producers, installation artists, and multimedia performers. In this course, students learn about the network of emerging practices that are springing up in such fields as sound art, interactive multimedia art, and audiovisual performance. Students gain the technical and theoretical skills to navigate this new ecology of multiple digital media. Using the graphical programming language Max, students develop projects that examine precedents for non-linear structure across boundaries of discipline, culture, and aesthetics. Developing fluency with alternative organizational models to traditional linear forms will allow students to innovate and thrive in a new digital ecosystem.
This course explores topics in electronic production and live performance techniques related to modern music and sound design. Students will be introduced to MIDI programming and processing with Max/MSP, advanced control techniques of audio and synthesis devices (in Ableton Live through Max and Max for Live), and aesthetic considerations in the production and live performance of electronically produced music. Students will explore strategies for integrating performance and production, resulting in a greater creative method for production and greater technological augmentation of performance. Students will develop their own dynamic computer/controller based music performance system and demonstrate it in a final performance and presentation.
This masters level audio recording engineering course will give students a comprehensive review of the methods and strategies that make up the professional practice of studio and post production audio engineering, while keeping the emotional impact of music production. This course explores the hybrid nature of modern recording techniques and stratagems. The curriculum thoroughly studies the simultaneous integration of advanced large format consoles, cutting-edge digital audio workstation capabilities as well as advanced, creative acoustic recording methods. The traditional console recording paradigm will be expanded by seamlessly merging it with powerful digital audio workstation signal processing, plug-ins, customized signal flow architectures and the ongoing research of alternative acoustic soundscapes. The course aims at innovating and streamlining the technological aspects of the recording process as a means to ultimately facilitate the creative endeavor of capturing music and emotion through sound.
This course explores the hybrid nature of modern recording techniques and strategies. The curriculum thoroughly studies the simultaneous integration of advanced large format consoles, cutting-edge digital audio workstation capabilities as well as advanced, creative acoustic recording methods. This advanced level course leverages the students’ previous experience in traditional studios and home-based studios to delve deeper into the topics that are normally not covered in an engineering curriculum. The traditional console recording paradigm will be expanded by seamlessly merging it with powerful digital audio workstation signal processing, plug-ins, cutting edge signal processing, customized signal flow architectures and the ongoing development of alternative acoustic soundscapes. Most importantly, the course aims to innovate and streamline the technological aspects of the recording process as a means to ultimately facilitate the creative endeavor of capturing music and emotion through sound. Considerable attention will be given to the mindful integration of the musical creative process in support of maximizing the emotional impact of the music production.
In this course, students explore a variety of multimedia software, hardware, tools and strategies useful in creating compelling VJ performances, video and multimedia installations and video mapped projects, especially using “guerilla” techniques (self- produced, low budget projects). The goal is to put more visual performance tools in the hands of musicians, to enable them to expand their musical performances into multimedia and visual realms. Students learn Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, Canon SLR cameras, and work in-depth with Resolume Arena, Sketchup and physical object modeling for video mapping. Throughout most of the course, students acquire new skills as they complete a variety of small hands on training projects. Students also enhance their software/hardware/skills learned by creating a visual performance or installation project that is ready for the audiences outside of Berklee and serves to directly support the students’ creative vision.
In this course, students learn a variety of multimedia software, hardware, tools and strategies useful in creating compelling graphic design, posters, music videos and other visual media, especially using “guerilla” techniques (self-produced, low budget projects). The goal is to put more visual tools in the hands of musicians, to enable them to take control of their own visual brand and visual promotion, and to help students synthesize a variety of visual design and editing skills in order to increase their ability to express themselves artistically. Students focus all of their newly learned skills to produce a final project of their choice with guidance from the course instructor.
In this course, students learn to use the turntable as a musical instrument. Students explore the culture and aesthetics of hip-hop, turntablism, club DJs, radio, and mash-up DJs. They also study the following techniques: cueing, mixing, beat matching, beat extending, mash-ups, blending, and scratching (basic, scribble, laser, uzi, stab, cut, transformer, crab, chirp, and flare). Students learn to compose and perform DJ sets with creative and technical mastery.
In this course, a continuation of MTI-611, students learn how to create a DJ set using the latest technology available. Students also explore the art of sampling and beat making through the extensive knowledge of Akai MPC Studio/Renaissance and Roland Aira TR8 Rhythm Performer and the TB3 Bassline Synthesizer. They also study how to create a track from scratch based only on samples, how to integrate and synchronize hardware to a DJ booth, how to promote themselves as DJs, how to focus their artistic career depending on their style, and how to read the crowd properly when DJing.
This course explores topics in electronic production and live performance techniques related to modern electronic dance music production, sound design, arrangement, and performance. Students generate content and create their own music while learning how to use Ableton Live Suite. Students learn to analyze electronic music, and explore techniques for remixing, performing, and creating electronic music.