A lot of different approaches are used in the teaching. Some theoretic, where the main focus will be on acquiring knowledge, no matter what level you are on. Some will be independent work, where you will have plenty of time to work on your own music, and receive individual feedback and critique. And some will be in the group where we help each other by listening and giving input.
We also collaborate with the other study lines at the school during different interdisciplinary projects. There will be plenty of possibilities of working with i.e. singers, musicians, actors or dancers.
During the semester, we walk go through a number of topics like: synthesizers, samplers, music production, recording, mixing, live performance, creative tools, and the history of electronic music.
You will have the opportunity to excel, no matter what genre you are into, be it Trap music, Detroit Techno, dubstep or avant-garde. We base the teaching on what YOU want to work with regardless of whether you are using Ableton Live, FL Studio, Logic, or prefer to make noise music using guitar pedals. We have iMacs with Ableton Live, different controllers, sound cards, headphones, and some hardware synths available, if you do not have your own gear.
Overall the teaching is put into a broad perspective both technically and aesthetically. At the end of the semester, we embark on a tour where we perform our music to a live audience – either on our own, or together with some of the others subjects, e.g. singers or contemporary circus.
We go through the basic fundamentals of synthesizers, and work practically using this knowledge. We will review topics like subtractive synthesis and FM synthesis, and terms like oscillators, filters, envelopes, and amps.
As a part of creating a track you may have to record sounds from outside the computer or workstation. We discuss how to get the best results, whether it is by using microphones to record a singer or a drum kit, recording old analogue synthesizers, guitar amps, or making field recordings. We also take a look at alternative sound sources like e.g. raw data files and home built microphones.
You may have experienced the sense of “being stuck” with a track or lack the inspiration to move on. We look at different techniques that may be applied to promote the creative process so that your music may move from an idea to a finished result. Being an electronic musician and composer, you are standing in an ocean of genres and sub genres, so it is essential that you are able to reflect your personality and identity through your music.
We will try out some different approaches like scored music, remixing, dogmas and obstructions, and generative / random sound.
Sampling is a big and interesting topic. How have people sampled though the ages? How has it affected the music? What about copyright? And of course we will sample different material, perhaps from the Internet, our surroundings or from the other subjects.
How can you present your music to an audience in a way that makes sense for both the receiver and the sender? Is it okay just to press PLAY on the computer or should you improvise and play an electronic instrument? Based on this discussion, we try out some different live performances and techniques. It is important that you find the method that suits you the best, be it as a sound installation artist or an entertainer on stage. There will be plenty of opportunities to try out different constellations, i.e. solo performance or an improvisation with the whole class.
Mixing is a central part of electronic music production. We discuss how the use of equalizers, compressors, and other effects can optimize your sound, and also how mixing can become a part of you creative expression. We deal with how to use specific tools and techniques to gain a specific goal. And how to use our ears.
At Musik og Teaterhøjskolen, we have a good contact with other music institutions that offer electronic music educations. Once in a while, we will have guest teachers from outside, including Sonic College in Haderslev and DIEM in Århus. We also try to visit some of these schools to learn more about them. If you are considering an education in this direction after your stay at Musik og Teaterhøjskolen, taking a semester at our Højskole is a really good place to prepare yourself for a career in electronic music.