Music production – MUSIC:ED https://musiceducation.global The global community for music education Tue, 12 Jan 2021 10:07:16 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.6 https://musiceducation.global/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/cropped-MUSICED-ident-f64c72-round-light-with-stroke-960x960-1-32x32.png Music production – MUSIC:ED https://musiceducation.global 32 32 Free music production courses for young people offered by Education & Bass https://musiceducation.global/free-music-production-courses-for-young-people-offered-by-education-and-bass/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=free-music-production-courses-for-young-people-offered-by-education-and-bass Tue, 12 Jan 2021 10:02:21 +0000 https://musiceducation.global/?p=166060 Education and Bass team member

Education and Bass team memberThe online music production education platform Education & Bass is offering free Beginner Production and DJ courses for children from 7-16 years of age

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The online music production education platform Education & Bass is offering free Beginner Production and DJ courses for children from 7-16 years of age.

Education & Bass was already working on creating a new infrastructure for online music learning before the pandemic started and is the first such enterprise to offer Rockschool (RSL)-accredited qualifications. Concern about the stresses lockdown has given young people inspired the team to give focus to kids’ creative output and to inspire them to go further into the world of urban music production.

Led by Education & Bass’s founder, Andrew Ferguson (aka Nomine aka Outrage), the courses have already helped a number of young students. They can be accessed on a laptop and incorporate key transferable skills using free software packages. The young students’ accounts will also give them access of a range of the platform’s other masterclasses, tutorials and features.

Ferguson and his team created Education & Bass in response to what they saw as failings in the music education system. They wanted to address such aspects as accessibility, outdated systems, misleading online learning systems, mental health, funding cuts and connections between education and music industry experience.

The bespoke platform offers over 1800 multi-genre music technology tutorials, masterclasses and lectures by industry specialists, aimed at all levels of learning. Its exam programme includes RSL (Rockschool) Music Production Grades 1-6.

In normal times, the experienced team provides face-to-face music production and business masterclasses for schools, higher education and other events. It also has its own E&B Recordings record label to take the most promising of its graduates to the next stage of their music career.


Anyone interested in enrolling in the free youth courses should email edu@educationandbass.online to receive sign-up details and course links.

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The Rattle opens creative space in Los Angeles https://musiceducation.global/the-rattle-opens-creative-space-in-los-angeles/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-rattle-opens-creative-space-in-los-angeles Sun, 15 Nov 2020 09:26:22 +0000 https://musiceducation.global/?p=165772 The Rattle in Los Angeles

The Rattle in Los AngelesOne of Los Angeles longest-running film studios is seeing a new lease of life as a production, business and innovation hub for music collective The Rattle

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One of Los Angeles longest-running film studios is seeing a new lease of life as a production, business and innovation hub for music collective The Rattle.

Mack Sennett opened Keystone Studios before the First World War and stars such as Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, W C Fields and Bing Crosby filmed some of their early work there. It was, of course, the home of the Keystone Cops comedies.

Now, The Rattle, the London-based music operation, is establishing Mack Sennett Studios as a one-stop shop for tracking, mixing, writing, performing, filming and broadcasting facilities. The studios feature a 150-capacity venue, a large soundstage and co-working and community spaces.

But it is much more than a facilities house. The Rattle is creating a nurturing space for creative ideas, with all the support needed for artists and inventors to follow their own innovative path.

Over two years, The Rattle has grown into a 300 strong international collective of music artists, technology inventors, entrepreneurs, technicians and innovators aimed at re-shaping the business model of music.

Helen Sartory, Director of Rattle LA, said, ‘We are looking for the future leaders of creative and cultural movements to come and join us at Rattle LA and prove that there is a better way to develop creative founders and build sustainable start-ups around culturally important are and inventions.’

Opening just three days before the US lockdown in March, Rattle LA has continued with its plans undeterred, assembling a founding community of 30 music, arts and technology professionals.

These members include Incorrigible Entertainment (https://www.incorrigibleentertainment.com/), a ‘heroine-centric’ operatic producer that uses virtual reality technology, RYSE, the online music collaboration network, and Dozier, the electronic artist Alexandria Rowan, who has created a ‘sonic artverse’ called Animas for creative people and their fans to come together.

As with The Rattle’s London site, artists work on an equity-sharing basis with The Rattle providing its facilities, networking skills and mentoring, as well as helping find funding where necessary. In Rowan’s case, this has left her free to explore her art while The Rattle has kept an eye on logistical and strategic aspects of her project.

Rowan has much to say about working within The Rattle’s community. ‘Working with The Rattle has helped me quickly ascend to the next level and bring to fruition my dream for a narrative-based open-world dimension,’ she says. ‘They helped me kickstart my ideas by connecting with industry trailblazers in gaming, VR and music.’

The next phase in the history of Mack Sennett’s studios echoes the innovative, artist-development culture that he created over a century ago. As then, The Rattle aims to be a cultural and innovative hub at the heart of the open-minded, artistic, rebellious Silverlake area of Los Angeles, where it is based.

‘At our core, we believe deeply in investing in and empowering visionaries who want to change the world for the better,’ says Sartory.


More information: www.wearetherattle.com

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Steinberg releases Cubase 11 https://musiceducation.global/steinberg-releases-cubase-11/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=steinberg-releases-cubase-11 Sat, 14 Nov 2020 11:19:38 +0000 https://musiceducation.global/?p=165768 Cubase 11

Cubase 11German music software giant Steinberg has launched the eleventh version of digital audio workstation, Cubase

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German music software giant Steinberg has launched the eleventh version of digital audio workstation, Cubase.

Since 1989, Cubase has been at the sharp edge of the DAW revolution, helping to change the face of music recording and composition. Cubase 11 is available in three versions to suit user capabilities but it has also expanded its workflow possibilities so the user can customise the way in which it is used far more than with previous versions.

The new Pro version has addressed issues of printing and exporting stems and synchronising different windows. Score editing has been greatly enhanced, facilitating easy note editing and offering a wider range of quality notation fonts. The Eucon integration supports the latest Avid consoles, increasing its compatibility with other product lines.

With a greatly increased range of sound samples and beats across the three versions and greatly increased processing power, Cubase 11 is the result of years of work with music industry professionals.

Steinberg’s Senior Marketing Manager for Cubase, Matthias Quellmann, said, ‘We have been working closely with producers and composers to see what developments would enhance their workflow, some have a big impact on how one works in Cubase while others are small, detailed changes that make certain processes run just that much more smoothly. Overall, Cubase 11 is an essential update for all Cubase users as well as being the ideal version for those looking to dive into the world of music production for the first time.’


Further information: https://new.steinberg.net/cubase/

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London’s Guildhall expands its online short course programme https://musiceducation.global/londons-guildhall-expands-online-short-course-programme/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=londons-guildhall-expands-online-short-course-programme Thu, 12 Nov 2020 09:33:49 +0000 https://musiceducation.global/?p=165755 Photo © Paul Cochrane

Photo © Paul CochraneAs the arts education sector continues to react to the pandemic, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama has launched seven online short courses to its offering

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As the arts education sector continues to react to the pandemic, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama has launched seven online short courses to its offering.

An intermediate level course on Music Production in Logic Pro X, the first in a series of Jazz History courses and a Beginner’s Guide to Marketing and PR in the Creative Industries are among the diverse subjects covered.

Guildhall School staff members and guest tutors will host the lessons, which will be held on Zoom. The lessons will be streamed live from late January to early March on Tuesday evenings, UK time.

A limited number of Participation Bursaries are available and the Guildhall offers a variety of free opportunities to support applicants from under-represented backgrounds.

The pandemic has given the opportunity for many educational institutions to raise the profile of online teaching.

The Guildhall School had already honed its skills in this field, attracting over 1000 students from across 60 countries, and has already moved its most popular short courses online, giving students around the world access to the renowned London school, which again ranked as one of the top ten performing arts institutions in the world in this year’s QS World University Rankings.


Further details about the courses can be found here.

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Abbey Road launches scholarships for young black British students https://musiceducation.global/abbey-road-launches-scholarships-for-young-black-british-students/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=abbey-road-launches-scholarships-for-young-black-british-students Mon, 02 Nov 2020 14:11:56 +0000 https://musiceducation.global/?p=165704 Abbey Road Studios

Abbey Road StudiosThe Abbey Road Institute at the famous recording studios in North London has launched a scholarship programme to fund two black British students on their Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering course

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The Abbey Road Institute at the famous recording studios in North London has launched a scholarship programme to fund two black British students on their Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering course.

The scholarships include full funding for the course, worth over £15,000, plus a contribution towards living expenses based on need. The course covers all aspects of music production from programming and mixing to engineering a full symphony orchestra. There is also a strong emphasis on working with musicians and many of the students are musicians themselves.

Polydor Records singer-songwriter Raye will be part of the selection committee for the two winning applicants. She will also provide on-going mentorship throughout the students’ time at the studios.

At the announcement of the scholarships, Raye commented, ‘I’m so proud to be part of this brilliant initiative to encourage more black students down the path of music production and audio engineering. Black producers and engineers are under-represented in the professional recording environment and we need to address that. During my time at The BRIT School, I learned how important music education is and it’s been instrumental in helping me get further in life.’

Since the world’s first purpose-built recording studio opened almost 90 years ago, Abbey Road Studios has been a centre for learning excellence. Many of the world’s greatest engineers, technicians and producers began as apprentices there.

But the institute is a more recent development, borne out of a partnership between the studios and the Universal Music Group. The 48-week course is currently taught at the studios and at six other campuses around the world. For London students, the institute has its own teaching spaces and studios but students also have the opportunity to work with the professionals in the main studios.

Isabel Garvey, Managing Director, Abbey Road Studios, announced the scholarships. She said, ‘I’m thrilled that this programme will create new opportunities for aspiring young engineers by giving them not just the educational foundation, but also the benefit of practical experience working with the best artists, composers and engineers in the industry. Abbey Road has always been about training the best studio talent, so it’s brilliant that the scholarship will help diversify the next generation of engineering professionals from the ground up.’


Applications

Applicants need to apply to both the Diploma and Scholarship programme by 19 February 2021 and those who meet the criteria for both the course and the scholarship will be shortlisted and interviewed.

The contribution towards living costs will be assessed by need to ensure that students have the required assistance if they are relocating from another part of the UK.

Visit the Abbey Road Institute website to find out more.

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Soundtrap’s free education licenses keep New York teachers and students connected https://musiceducation.global/soundtraps-free-education-licenses-keep-new-york-teachers-and-students-connected/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=soundtraps-free-education-licenses-keep-new-york-teachers-and-students-connected Fri, 23 Oct 2020 17:16:11 +0000 https://musiceducation.global/?p=165585 Students using Soundtrap for Education

Students using Soundtrap for EducationDigital audio company Soundtrap has made the most of lockdown by learning from customers how they use Soundtrap’s systems to improve teaching online

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Digital audio company Soundtrap for Education has made the most of lockdown by learning from customers how they use Soundtrap’s systems to improve teaching online.

Music teachers from across New York have been feeding the company their experiences of using Soundtrap through the lockdown to keep their students engaged. The range of responses creates an interesting picture of the differences between schools in different neighbourhoods.

Students at schools in poorer areas are often unable to buy their own instruments so have been without the ability to practice for many months. But the free software licences for educators on Soundtrap systems allows teachers to give their students tuition online in digital instruments, multi-track recording and audio production.

Aaron Bazzell, a high school music teacher at the Brooklyn Institute for Liberal Arts, used Soundtrap’s free licences to develop a film scoring unit and a music production unit to broaden his students’ musical skillset.

‘Many students utilise their music classes as their means of expression,’ he says. ‘It’s important that they continue to have this outlet in these trying times.’

Other teachers are using the system to teach arranging by providing a cappella vocal tracks for their students to create multi-tracked arrangements around.

Kelley Cuevas at Wagner Middle School used the first recordings her class had made, uploading them to a shared project for the students to align and edit. She then took the same excerpt from a recording made a few years later and showed them how they had evolved as musicians.

‘The project came about from an idea a student had when back in the physical school building,’ she says. ‘In addition to our 8th grade digital projects, some of our students have enjoyed exploring and taking on their own creative projects just for fun, which has been great to see.’

For school bands who haven’t been able to play in the same space for most of the year, Soundtrap collaboration has given them a sense of togetherness, according to Stuyvesant High School music teacher Dr Gregor Winkel. ‘Instrument section leaders are recording and synchronising their parts with their section members,’ he says. ‘Student monitors are eventually synchronising and combining the elements from different sections. It requires well-thought-out and thorough logistics that the students follow. So far, I have done this with bands of about one hundred students.’

‘The greatest difficulty of distance learning is revamping an engaging and integrated curriculum for all learners of different cognitive levels,’ adds Bayside High School music teacher John Curcio. ‘Soundtrap has helped me give musically enriching exercises to students at a wide range of levels in the general music environment.’

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Rattling the cage of the music industry lions https://musiceducation.global/rattling-the-cage-of-the-music-industry-lions/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rattling-the-cage-of-the-music-industry-lions Sat, 03 Oct 2020 17:31:47 +0000 https://musiceducation.global/?p=160546 The Rattle Logo

The Rattle LogoUK/US-based music innovation collective The Rattle has launched a new form of record label

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UK/US-based music innovation collective The Rattle has launched a new form of record label.

The Venture Label is the culmination of The Rattle’s unusual approach to music development, an idea that has attracted artists, songwriters, inventors and producers such as Grammy Award-winner Imogen Heap, Feed and Alfred Nomad.

The principle of The Rattle is to do away with traditional music industry hierarchy and develop partnerships that support the artists’ needs without interfering with their creativity. Effectively, it co-invests in artists as a start-up business. To this end, The Rattle offers recording and video studios in London and Los Angeles, legal, business and marketing support, funding assistance and the benefits of a creative community.

Founded by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Computational Psychology Graduate Chris Howard, The Rattle follows a series of disruptive start-up technology businesses he has helped to create. He has developed a reputation for giving innovators the tools they need to found businesses of their own. He is a resident mentor for MIT and Exeter University and a lecturer at University College London and Hult Business School while being CEO of The Rattle.

The Rattle’s Venture Label is the latest facility of the project, which it says, ‘tosses aside the antiquated deals and contracts of major record labels in favour of equity sharing between artist and investors. This mobilises those with talent and purpose to produce counter-cultural disruption, something worthwhile and providing positive societal change.’

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Steinberg and Line 6 collaborate on guitar recording kit https://musiceducation.global/steinberg-and-line-6-collaborate-on-guitar-recording-kit/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=steinberg-and-line-6-collaborate-on-guitar-recording-kit Wed, 30 Sep 2020 14:39:47 +0000 https://musiceducation.global/?p=159088 Steinberg guitar recording kit

Steinberg guitar recording kitGerman music software specialist Steinberg has teamed up with digital amplification designers Line 6 to create an all-in-one recording package for guitarists

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German music software specialist Steinberg has teamed up with digital amplification designers Line 6 to create an all-in-one recording package for guitarists.

The Guitar Recording Kit combines hardware and software to give guitarists all they need to use their own computers to record. Expected to cost around £400, the kit includes a UR22C two channel audio interface with 2 D-PRE Class A microphone preamps and 32 bit / 192 kHz support, a Hi-Z high impedance input for direct recording of guitar, MIDI in and out and iOS connectivity. There are two analogue combo inputs, separate headphones bus, latency-free DSP-powered monitoring with REV-X reverb, channel strip and Guitar Amp Classics.

Steinberg’s Cubase Artist 10.5 production, editing and sequencing software is also included with their award-winning 64-bit floating point audio engine with sampling up to 192kHz/32bit resolution and offering 5.1 surround, flexible routing and full-automatic delay compensation. It comes complete with virtual instruments and a suite of audio and MIDI tools. With the Cubasis LE multi-touch sequencer app, it makes it possible to record, edit and mix on iOS handheld devices.

The icing on the cake for guitarists is the Line 6 Helix Native guitar amp guitar and effects processor, which offers the company’s acclaimed vintage and modern amplifier, speaker cabinet, microphone and effects modelling.

The whole package even comes with a five metre guitar cable and a set of Steinberg guitar picks.

Steinberg’s Senior Marketing Manager, Stefan Schreiber, commented, ‘Together with Line 6, we’ve been able to deliver something very special. The Guitar Recording Kit combines first-class components bespoke to the needs of guitar players, allowing them to record their music at home.’


Further details can be found on the Steinberg website.

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No green screen needed as augmented reality creates immersive performance stage https://musiceducation.global/no-green-screen-needed-as-augmented-reality-creates-immersive-performance-stage/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=no-green-screen-needed-as-augmented-reality-creates-immersive-performance-stage Thu, 10 Sep 2020 07:50:17 +0000 https://musiceducation.global/?p=149532 Rina Sawayama at MARS Studios

Rina Sawayama at MARS StudiosMARS enables performers, actors, presenters and products to be blended into a photo-real or imaginary virtual environment in real time

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Rina Sawayama at MARS StudiosRina Sawayama at MARS Studios

MARS Studios, a purpose-built Mixed Augmented Reality Studio, launched on 10 September 2020, following a three-month research and development phase examining the value of cinematic-quality extended reality (xR) and virtual production for the global music industry.

Created by Bild Studios, MARS combines video game engines, camera-tracking technology, media servers and LED screens to create an immersive performance stage and studio, enabling performers, actors, presenters and products to be blended into a photo-real or imaginary virtual environment in real time.

MARS uses LED screens rather than green screen to create realistic lighting and allow skin tones and reflections to appear natural when filmed in the virtual environments.

Bild Studios co-founder David Bajt said, ‘Over the last two decades, the Bild team has collectively worked on live experiences and high-end productions for some of the world’s leading artists and brands, including Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Cirque du Soleil, Dubai Expo 2020, Ralph Lauren, Ferrari, Volvo, Samsung, BMW, Ed Sheeran, Nokia, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and many more.

‘Since then, we have been working hard behind the scenes to develop the world’s leading xR production technologies and know-how, working with globally renowned musicians, entertainers and presenters to break beyond the physical dimensions of the traditional film location, event venue or broadcast studio.

‘Furthermore, the technology on MARS is ideally suited to the COVID-19 era. Visual content can be produced without the need to travel to different locations while maintaining social distancing, not to mention the environmental benefits of dramatically reducing the power consumption associated with large-scale onsite productions.’

Tom Connick Product Manager at Rina Sawayama’s label Dirty Hit said: ‘The shooting process at MARS was one of the most innovative and boundary-pushing approaches to music video production I’ve seen.

‘The combination of mixed and augmented reality served both a practical purpose in the post-Covid era and opened up creative possibilities that would be otherwise prohibited by the limitations of an entirely physical set.

‘This allowed for us to safely execute a high-end music video without compromising the creative side of Rina Sawayama’s already exemplary video output.’


Combining mixed reality, AR and xR set extensions, three separate, aesthetically diverse live performances by Ellie Goulding were shot during only one day in July 2020, a feat which would be impossible with traditional film-making.

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