From the Moog analog synthesizers in the 1960s to the 1980s trend toward digital synthesizers and on into the contemporary usage of computers, performance controllers, and mobile devices, electronic digital instruments have long been capable of offering artists a new range of musical expression.
Berklee now offers the electronic digital instrument (EDI) as one of the many principal instruments you can declare in your first semester.
No matter what major you end up pursuing*, you will complete at least four semesters of private instruction, labs, and ensembles with this instrument. This fulfills your performance core requirement.
You will have the opportunity to develop as complete musicians, taking full advantage of Berklee’s core music curriculum and all the musical opportunities the college has to offer.
EDI principals will develop proficiency in specific areas, depending on their choice and configuration of a performance system. Although students coming into the program may be highly developed in one or more ways of performing, the goal of the EDI program will be to expand their capabilities in other areas, adding to their skill level as innovative, versatile electronic musicians who are able to perform in a range of musical settings.
*Those who choose EDI as their principal instrument can declare any major—except performance—at this time.
The electronic digital instrument (EDI) is a system based on three components:
- A computing device
- User-configured software
- Performance controllers
Combined, these act as a single instrument capable of a wide range of musical expression.
Program at a Glance
Upon completion of the performance core program with an electronic digital instrument, you will be able to:
- design and configure a versatile, responsive, and musically expressive electronic performance system;
- synthesize and integrate knowledge of musical styles to develop effective electronic performance strategies;
- play in a variety of electronic performance modes using a variety of controllers;
- use common types of synthesizers;
- produce audio assets from a variety of sources, and use them in a live performance;
- demonstrate proficiency in effect processing in a live performance; and
- perform in solo and ensemble settings, taking on melodic, harmonic, rhythmic, and textural roles as well as arranging, mixing, remixing, and real-time compositional musical roles using all parts of one’s performance system.
During orientation, you will audition with the Electronic Production and Design Department to get your ensemble ratings, which are used for course placement. Read more about placement auditions.
Students will take labs, instrumental studies courses, and ensembles that either currently exist or will be developed specifically for the program.
See the curriculum by semester.
Example ensemble courses:
- ENEL-221: Electronic Improvisation
- ENEL-403: Techno/Rave Ensemble
- ENEL-404: Turntable Ensemble
- ENRB-405: Techno/DJ Sampling Ensemble
- ENRB-403: Hip-Hop Ensemble
- ENPN-261: Synth Techniques for Live Performance Ensemble
- ENFF-326: Improvisation on 21st-Century Grooves
Example instrumental courses:
Use the interactive major grids to help you select courses each semester as well as track your progress toward graduation.