This course explores ways that clocked hardware instruments such as drum machines and step sequencers can be used in a live performance. Students work with individual instruments as well as synchronized systems made up of several devices to develop solo and ensemble playing skills. Special emphasis is placed on creating and adapting rhythmic patterns and variations that can respond to and interact with other musicians playing in an ensemble. Exercises come from both traditional acoustic traditions and electronic genres. Students are encouraged to develop their own unique rhythmic styles.
In this course, students build on skills developed in EDI Reading Lab 1 by exploring more advanced examples specific to different types of musical styles. Examples include notation-specific to electronic performance such as pitch bend and modulation wheel controls, as well as sample loop playback and synthesizer parameter adjustments. Special emphasis is placed on playing accuracy while following performance instructions throughout a song form.
This course explores practical applications of effects processing for vocal performance with an emphasis on real time control of filtering, delay, pitch shifting, harmonization, and vocoding. This class is for vocalists who would like to extend their performance practice as well as electronic musicians in general who would like to process others in an ensemble setting. Many of the skills developed in this class can be applied to other acoustic sources in a studio or performance setting and students are encouraged to develop their own unique style of processing.
Students in this course explore strategies for improvising in a solo or ensemble setting. These include playing effective solos over basic musical forms as well as creating uniquely electronic textures for a variety of musical styles. This course emphasizes developing techniques uniquely suited to electronic instruments and focuses on integrating core music skills with sound design and expressive performance techniques. Classroom activities center on the needs of individual students, who are encouraged to develop their own unique improvisational voice.
This course explores strategies for creating variations from pre-existing musical material in a live performance setting. Students use audio stems from multitrack productions to improvise new arrangements of existing songs as well as use samples from a variety of sources to create entirely new musical arrangements. Special emphasis is placed on the use of performance controllers to trigger playback of samples and control effects, making this practice distinct from a studio remix. Students are encouraged to develop their own unique style based on their choice of material and the techniques they use in performance.
This course covers fundamental finger drumming techniques for creating and performing electronic music using pad-based controllers such as the Ableton Push, Novation Launchpad, and Native Instruments Maschine. Students develop a personal sound set that can be used to produce original works. Emphasis is placed on developing the physical dexterity to execute rhythmic performances using these sound sets. The course explores a wide range of strategies in a variety of solo and ensemble settings where the student performs remixes, mash-ups, and original compositions.
Students will develop basic skills using the turntable both as a means of live expression and performance and as a production tool. Weekly hands-on exercises will be emphasized. The course traces the historical development of the turntable from its origins in Jamaican music through its importance as a major expression of hip-hop culture, and to the turntable's prominence in contemporary music. Artistic, ethical, and legal issues surrounding the use of the turntable will be examined. For students with little or no prior experience.
This course is intensive and technique-focused for vocalists interested in developing concert production skills. They learn the administrative process of mapping out the show and concept, developing lyric sheets, and practical production terminology. Each class concentrates on tone production, matching and duplicating vocal sound, creating textures with multiple vocalists and lead vocals both live and in “the box.” Students learn to prerecord vocal stems that can’t be duplicated live due to choreography, number of vocalists, or effects. They also focus on movement, positioning, and stage direction while singing and producing accurate and consistent sound while moving. Students will be critiqued on effectiveness of movement, presentation, and sound quality. At the end of the semester they will have a full set prepared with recorded stems, live vocals, and choreography to perform with a rhythm section. Weekly hands-on exercises will be emphasized. The course studies the production of music for popular music concerts, including: Ariana Grande, Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber, and others.
Students will develop basic skills programming and using electronic percussion, various keyboards, DAWs, plugins, interfaces, Finale, jam sync, etc. These programs and the instrumentation will be used both as a means of live expression and performance and as production tools. Weekly hands-on exercises will be emphasized. The course studies the production of music for popular music concerts ie: Ariana Grande, Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber, and others.
An advanced lab for Berklee Global Jazz Institute students that will meet for five three-hour sessions per semester. The meetings will be scheduled at the beginning of each semester by the instructor. The lab will focus on creativity and finding your own voice, technique, improvisation, and ensemble playing. See chair for schedule. The class will present a recital as a final project.
A lab for the non-guitar principal focusing on technique for the development of basic lead, comping, and soloing skills for effective performance. Students are required to provide their own acoustic or electric guitar.
Instrumental labs for guitar principals with a minimum of second-semester standing. Offered in stylistically delineated sections (jazz, rock, funk, fusion, blues), these labs develop performance skills in the specified style.