Throughout the spring of 2015, Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute and Building Beats provided a series of digital music production workshops to explore digital production techniques used in hip hop, rap, R&B, and electronic music.
The workshop's youth participants gained hands-on experience with creative software, laptops, tablets, microphones, and audio mixing consoles. The workshop's instructors were professional musicians and producers from Carnegie Hall and Building Beats who possess diverse musical backgrounds and perspectives.
In addition to hands-on work, instructors also covered subjects relevant to producing digital music, including music theory, history, techniques, and vocabulary.
To encourage discussion and growth outside the workshop sessions, the resources from each session are posted below. These materials can serve as reference for workshop participants and all others interested in learning about digital music production.
WORKSHOP RESOURCES & RECAPS
Students were introduced to digital music production workflows, took a historical look at sampling, the remix, interpolation, and engaged in a discussion about sound art and its relation to popular music.
Participants gained a historical context for the role of the DJ and MC, including how it relates to digital music production and traditional instrumentation.
The history of the drum machine - from Ace Tone, to Maschine, and beyond. Students were given a demo of modern and vintage drum machines, with a discussion of the drum machine's origins and progression as an instrument used for production and performance.
Special guest Sarah Willis, who plays french horn in the renowned Berlin Philharmonic, joined us to demo her instrument and discuss the history of the horn and her life as a professional musician.
We explore the capabilities of beat-making apps on the iPad. During the course of this session students dove into the world of producing on a tablet and were challenged to create a verse and a hook using only BeatMaker 2.
This session was all about Synthesizers. We look at different features and effects commonly found on synthesizers, including different wave shapes.
We explore the importance of post-production, and how to go about readying your song for listening and publishing.
In our final workshop session, the participants refined their performance techniques and prepared for the end of the series listening party.
To celebrate all of the wonderful work produced by the participants this spring, we held an end of the year listening party complete with student performances!