Catalyst Music /// E.M.P Taster Workshops with Philippa McIntyre
Our taster workshops are an extension to our Virtual Open Days. During these 1.5h online sessions we will explore some of the basic and more advanced music production skills that we cover more extensively in our Electronic Music Production and Performance courses.

Philippa McIntyre has been a staple artist of the New Zealand electronic music scene for over twenty years, and a practicing producer and DJ in Berlin since 2013, as well as a core member of the Catalyst music tutor team since its inception.

Upcoming EMP taster workshops (Berlin local time):

1. Arpeggiator technique workshop - Wednesday 10th of February at 4:00 PM
2. Sampling: Beat-chopping / loop shifting - Wednesday 14th of April at 4:00 PM
3. Klangfarbenmelodie workshop - Wednesday 12th of May at 4:00 PM

More details on each workshop below. Reserve your spot and we'll send you a link to join us on Zoom a few days ahead of the event.

1. Arpeggiator technique workshop
/// In this workshop we'll be creating an arpeggiator that “falls apart”.
Using the magic of midi we can manipulate arpeggiator notes to create our own unique patterns. A favourite technique of minimal house and techno producers, the inspiration originally comes from twentieth century minimalist classical composers such as Philip Glass.

2. Sampling
/// The beatific world of beat-chopping & loop shifting /// In this workshop we'll be chopping and manipulating beat loops to create unique syncopation and polyrhythms; we’ll then juxtapose these complicated beats with something simple and melodic. It’s a throwback / 90s technique - used extensively in genres such as drum n bass and instrumental hip hop, employed by artists such as Aphex Twin and DJ Shadow. Example: DJ Shadow’s “Endtroducing” from 1996:

3. Klangfarbenmelodie
/// German for “sound colour melody”, in this workshop we'll be using arpeggiator patterns again, but this time we'll be distributing individual notes to various synths over time to create something colourful and beautiful. This technique is a great way to explore the different synths and presets in Live. It’s a technique that comes from German classical music of the early twentieth century and sounds amazing with the timbral qualities of modern synthesizers.

/// Schedule and workflow
- We'll cover each technique for the first 20 minutes and then you'll have the option to either 1) try it out for yourself for the next 20min and listen / share / ask questions at the end OR 2) ask questions about the EMP programme and then listen to the tracks shared by the other participants.

- Everyone is invited to join the technique demonstration. It is optional to stay on afterwards to try it out, as a minimum of Ableton skills are required. If you're completely unfamiliar with the programmer, don't worry, the basics are covered extensively at the start of any of our music production courses.

/// What you need
- Basics of Ableton - (if you'd like to try the technique out, you can download a free trial version in advance)
- Zoom (working audio connection)
- Check your email a few days ahead, we'll send you some sound files in advance.

After each session, we'll have a short Q&A, where you can also ask us any questions you may have about joining our Electronic Music Production courses next summer or fall.

Looking forward to e-meeting you soon,
your Catalyst Music team

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