Electronic Music

DESCRIPTION:

Producing electronic music is a great way to interest young people in math, science, and engineering. It’s also a great way to explore the building blocks behind virtually all of today’s popular music.

This class will expose students to the history of electronic music, from it’s roots in classical music, through it’s branches into computer music, musique concrète, theremins, and circuit bending. We’ll note it’s influence on artists such as Karlheinz Stockhausen, The Beatles, FatBoy Slim, and Britney Spears.

Students will learn about the fundamentals of acoustics through hands-on experiments. We’ll measure the speed of sound, observe vibrating guitar strings, and manipulate a simple electronic sound-generating circuit.

Students will get to produce their own electronic music using sequencers, mixers, multitrack recording software, and synthesizers.

Our end-of-sememster show will include short electronic compositions created by the students.

This class will expose students to concepts and skills normally available at the college level, but in a way that’s accessible to kids.

MATERIALS FEE:

A fee of $20 per student will cover the cost electronic supplies and software.

PREREQUISITES:

Students attending this class are required to be able to read.

INSTRUCTOR:

John Weiss

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