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Electronic Music Production

Course Code: MUSC 2271
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: Music
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

Electronic Dance Music (EDM) is an increasingly popular style of contemporary music. This course will explore techniques for creating, mixing and exporting EDM tracks, using Ableton Live software and appropriate hardware.

Course Content

Getting Started with Ableton Live:

  • An Overview of Ableton Live
  • Live's User Interface
  • Introduction to the Arrangement View
  • The Aesthetics of Music Production
  • Music Production Analysis

Exploring the Session View:

  • An Introduction to the Session View
  • Launching Individual Clips in the Session View
  • Launching Clips from Tracks and Rows
  • Key and MIDI Map Mode

Song Production: Part 1 (Introduction and A Section)

  • Developing a Song Production (First Steps)
  • Adding Clips (Creating an Intro Scene)
  • Audio Clip Properties
  • Adding and Modifying Clips (Creating a Second Scene)
  • Clip Launch Programming

Song Production: Part 2 (B Section, Variation, and End)

  • New Song Sections
  • Creating the Breakdown Section
  • Variation of A
  • The Ending
  • Clip Envelopes
  • Creative Clip Envelope Editing

Song Production: Part 3 (Adding Effects)

  • Effect Processing in Live
  • Setting Up Effects
  • Determining Where Effects Are Needed
  • Effects as Inserts
  • Effects on Return Tracks
  • Audio Effect Racks
  • Creative Possibilities Using Built-in Effects

Song Production Part 4: (The Arrangement View)

  • Session View Recording to the Arrangement View
  • Using Locators
  • Editing in the Arrangement View

Song Production Part 5: (Creating a Vocal Track and Mixdown)

  • Adding a Vocal Sample
  • Mix Automation
  • Rendering the Live Demo 2 Song Mix
  • MP3 File Format

Creating an Original Live Production: Part 1 (Establishing Style)

  • The Production Process: Establishing Style
  • Designing Parts
  • Working with MIDI
  • Live's Software Instruments
  • Making Beats
  • Drum Racks
  • Slicing
  • REX Files
  • File Management

Creating an Original Live Production: Part 2 (Developing the Groove)

  • Instrument Racks
  • Creating a Groove
  • Developing a Song Section
  • Using the Session View to Develop a Song Section
  • Building a Scratch Vocal
  • Higher Fidelity Audio

Creating an Original Live Production: Part 3 (Expanding the Sound Palette/Perfecting Musical Parts)

  • Expanding the Sound Palette
  • Designing Sounds for the Blue Nova Trip Hop Production
  • Sound Sources
  • Submixes
  • Finalizing Musical Elements

Creating An Original Live Production: Part 4 (Song Arrangement and Mix)

  • Song Form
  • Developing The Arrangement
  • Refining the Arrangement
  • The Aesthetics of Mixing
  • Mixing the Production

Other uses fore Ableton Live

  • Remix Production
  • Video Production
  • Stage Performance
  • The Akai APC40
  • MAX for Live

Methods of Instruction

Lecture/demonstration. Students will work alongside the instructor, either in the large studio or Technology Lab. Students will be expected to complete regular assignments and projects outside of class time. These can be done in the lab, the studio, or at home.

Means of Assessment

Tests or assignments (minimum of 2) - 30%

Midterm Project - 30%

Final Project - 40%

Total - 100%

Learning Outcomes

Successful students should be able to work unassisted with Ableton Live software, and will understand and be able to apply the following:

  1. Getting Started with Ableton Live
  2. Exploring the Session View
  3. Song Production: Part 1 (Introduction and A Section)
  4. Song Production: Part 2 (B Section, Variation, and End)
  5. Song Production: Part 3 (Adding Effects)
  6. Song Production: Part 4 (The Arrangement View)
  7. Song Production: Part 5 (Creating a Vocal Track and Mixdown)
  8. Creating an Original Live Production: Part 1 (Establishing Style)
  9. Creating an Original Live Production: Part 2 (Developing the Groove)
  10. Creating an Original Live Production: Part 3 (Expanding the Sound Palette/Perfecting Musical Parts)
  11. Creating An Original Live Production: Part 4 (Song Arrangement and Mix)
  12. Other uses for Ableton Live

course prerequisites

MUSC 2171

Corequisites

None

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.

assessments

If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.