In rhythmic music lies and lurks a part of its nature – an ability, a desire, and a source of change; a bubbling and effervescent desire to create and share tunes.
In recent years, it has become much easier than ever to produce and write songs yourself, – primarily because various programs have been made available to a large group of people.
Create your own sound! We compose and record our own songs from scratch. We produce our songs so that they get the right sound. We are inspired to create our own songs.
You gain insight into and an overview of the modern producer’s technical and creative possibilities. As a student, you will be guided in the process of electronic artistic creation; both in the studio and on stage.
With the high pace of the internet and the perpetual pressure to be heard, you will be presented with alternative methods of being seen and heard.
You learn to make beats and grooves, to sample and mix; in short, everything it takes to make that cool track. The only requirement is that you do something you think is cool – something that means something to you!
Music production enables you to develop your talent as a producer, songwriter, sound producer, electronic musician, beatmaker, composer, remixer, and laptop artist – both by working with your own music but also with the music of others.
When we are ready, we go in the studio and record our songs with the singers and sound engineers. You learn about the process in the studio and what it takes to be a studio musician. The songs, we record, are mixed by the technicians, and maybe even remixed by EM students [electronic music]. The tour will also be recorded, so you can enjoy the live concert subsequently.
MUSIC THEORY AND EAR TRAINING
The theory must be in order. Thus, we work intensively with both sheet music and listening, improvisation, arrangement, analysis, etc. The students are divided into three teams from beginner to very experienced.
Whether you need to write songs or make beats, you need a synthesizer. It may be in pure electronic form as a keyboard or in modular form. We work with the basics together and nerds through individually. And we meet afterwards to hear the result.
DAWS [digital audio working station]
Editing is required – and you obtain insight into which programs are available and thus the opportunity to choose the program with which you want to work. Our school has Logic Pro and Ableton in the studios and on the workstations, but you are welcome to use your own.
You have opportunities to receive training in Logic Pro and Ableton – and workshops are made in advanced techniques.
When you arrive at the school, you choose a production specialty. Read more about the specialties below.
Sound plays a huge role in our experience of the world around us. We talk together, play music, set the alarm to wake us up in the morning, and pull aside on the road when we hear sirens in traffic. In fact, the sense of hearing is the first of the five senses we develop when we lie in our mother’s womb, and once the ears are unfolded, we use this sense the rest of our life.
Sound production is the subject where you put yourself at the forefront of the creation of music. You tune the big strings in the music’s emotional life. At the same time, you need to navigate within the endless technical possibilities that exist to support and expand the framework of music. You get to know how a modern music producer works both in the studio and at live concerts. Through this, you strengthen and inspire your own personal musical expression.
We must use and train our ears to be able to work professionally with music production both in the studio and live. All the way from the initial preparation to the final product.
In the studio, among other things we get acquainted with:
Microphone technology: strengths and weaknesses of microphones and microphone techniques in a studio environment.
Editing musical material.
Mix and mastering.
A music producer’s personal imprint.
Communication with musicians: how to create the best framework for creativity to flourish.
In the work with live sound at for instance concerts, we practice:
Basic understanding of PA systems and application of the system in different environments.
Communicate and work with musicians to understand the musical intention.
Microphone technology: strengths and weaknesses of microphones and microphone techniques in a live environment.
Live mix, both monitor and PA audio.
A live sound technician’s personal imprint.
We must work and train our ears to be able to differentiate and hear contexts at the same time. Often, we work with music written or created by others, and you are the mediating body in the production.
We are going to move in music on several levels. Always with a starting point within ourselves.
At the electronic music line, we work with a wide range of musical disciplines uniting into a harmonious whole. Everything from sound design and composition to mixing and live performance. All types of music are welcome whether it is gentle songwriting, heavy techno or trap, one-man punk band, or something completely different. The most important thing is that you are curious and have the courage to go deep into your creative ambitions (much of the time by means of a computer).
The subject is based on your own will and desire to create, and we help and guide you as well as expand your musical horizons in many ways.
Throughout the semester, we review various themes that teach you technical skills, but also inspire and challenge you to be able to compose several types of music.
You may know the feeling of being “stuck” in a song/track or lacking inspiration to move on. We deal with various techniques that can be used to promote the creative process so that your music can easily move from idea to a finished product. As a creative electronic musician, you are in the middle of a sea of genres and subgenres, thus, it is alpha & omega to be able to reflect your identity and your musical expression.
We also dig into disciplines such as score music, remixes, dogmas, and leg spans, as well as generative / random sound.
SONGWRITING AND COMPOSITION
Do you have your head full of melodies, and simply must experiment with new chords?
Then the Songwriting and Composition line might be just the right line for you. We help you to develop your music and lyrics. We work with acoustic songwriting and digital music production as a coherent process.
Become a better songwriter, lyricist, and composer. You learn various compositional techniques and tools for your songwriting within a wide range of genres. You gain insight into different methods of how to write lyrics.
The teaching is based on your desire to make music, and throughout the course you get inspiration and concrete techniques to release your own ideas.
You also co-write and get lots of feedback from both teachers and other students at your study line. You experience your own creative development lifted and inspired in a strong community with other dedicated songwriters and producers.
The Songwriting and Composition line is a mixture of presentations on both songwriting and creative composition, where we through exercises, co-writes, presentations and immersion create new music, and we focus on you and your artistic work.
Gate subjects unite the line subjects that are related.
We have three gate subjects:
- music production
- performing arts
The three gate subjects have some common classes during the semester. The classes focus on the joint interests and the creation of synergies of the lines.
Knowledge subjects focus on becoming proficient in a skill. These subjects are elective subjects which you can choose twice each semester. Knowledge subjects go across the lines.
We currently offer the subjects below, but these can vary depending on what the teachers offer as lectures and what is of interest at this very moment in time.
- Piano for practical use
- Voice training
- Studio techniques
- Topic of focus
- Art painting
Spiritual subjects are elective subjects that you select twice during the semester. These subjects do not aim at finding answers. The purpose is to reflect, debate, converse and be puzzled by big and small questions in life.
Currently, the below subjects are offered, but these all vary depending on the semester and interest:
- Philosophical salon.
- The world – in which direction are you moving?
- Conversation room.
- Reading club.
- Protest songs – Art and Politics.
We have joint assemblies, folk high school evenings and gatherings with common academic content, including:
We sing together in our large students’ choir once a week.
Singing, Games and Movement [Sang, Spil og Bevægelse short SSB in Danish] is a subject for everyone.
This subject unites us, and through serious-minded games gives us more enjoyment of the togetherness.
And it develops our bodily sense of rhythm at the same time.