At School of Synthesis we cover ARRANGEMENT in a small class of between 1-8 students to ensure you develop a thorough understanding of this vital technique for music production.
Taking your music out of “loop phase” and transforming it from a basic groove or idea into a complete song, story or ‘product’ is one of the key challenges faced by all music producers. This course sets out to approach the task in both conceptual and practical terms, by first analysing a number of effective arrangements to identify useful elements and techniques, and then by applying these techniques where appropriate to your own arrangements.
The course is suitable for most people from beginners to those with experience in music production. This course covers basic and advanced techniques and benefits those who are already attempting to finish tracks or songs. Please contact the school if you have any specific needs or requirements.
Course content and features:
Arrangement concepts and conventions
Arrangement analysis. Which features are common or distinct across genres?
Workflows to transform ideas and grooves into something more dynamic and complete
Fundamental arrangement techniques: voicing, micro edits, movement and “human feel”
Common ‘tricks’ for shifting energy within an arrangement
Your arrangement: applying the concepts in a practical application
Course objectives: by the end of this course you should be able to:
Analyse any arrangement and identify key techniques used for creating movement over time
Apply arrangement concepts to supplied musical ideas and ideas of your own
Decide where to add or subtract musical elements and create movement within these to achieve more interest for the listener
Identify methods to transform one sound or section into additional useful passages
Employ common arrangement techniques to achieve energetic builds, peaks and breaks in your music
Each session commences with a group demonstration and discussion, followed by solo work on one of our eight Mac workstations and our analogue synths where you will practice set themes and techniques derived from real-world applications of the technology. Upon demonstrating your command of the necessary skills you will be further encouraged to add originality to your recreations and save various versions of your work.
Additional resources and materials:
All hardware and software is supplied, though we recommend students bring a storage device (eg. portable usb or firewire drive) to save and back up all work, and a pen and paper to take notes.
Assessment and feedback:
You will save successive work and will receive regular support, encouragement and feedback from your tutor. All students will be sent a School of Synthesis tote bag containing a t-shirt, sticker and certificate upon the successful completion of the course. At the conclusion of the course you will be invited to leave feedback and evaluate your experience, at which point we'll email you a link to a suite of exclusive sounds and various discount offers from the School and its partners to say 'thanks'!