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ADVANCED SYNTHESIS: THEORY AND COMPOSITION

ADVANCED SYNTHESIS: THEORY AND COMPOSITION in collaboration and partnership with AVB

 

 

Course for graduates of the 101 course and/or for those familiar with basics of synthesis theory, modular systems, and the history of synthesizers. This course features multiple components: 

An intensive study comprised of in-depth profiles of significant figures in synthesis history (Pauline Oliveros, Xenakis, György Ligeti, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Caterina Barbieri, and many others) accompanied by score/recording analysis. 

 

An expansion on modular systems that addresses more complex modules, providing a deeper focus on FM synthesis, granular synthesis, and sampling/field recording 

 

A profile of various contemporary module manufacturers , their approaches, and their offerings; there will be multiple Skype Q&As with representatives of different independent synth builders 

 

An overview of performance practice/live patching exercises, composition/notation/recording techniques, and film scoring 

 

Practical workshops for improvisation and collaboration with musicians performing on acoustic instruments 

 

Thanks to a partnership with AVB, we will have access to a Makenoise 0-coast semi- modular and a complete Makenoise system, including the following modules: 

 

✓ Rene 

✓ Contour 

✓ Qpas 

✓ Wogglebug, 

✓ Echophon 

✓ Maths 

✓ modDemix 

 

 

✓ Morphagen 

✓ Mimeophone 

✓ Pressure points 

✓ Brains 

Erbe-Verb 

✓ X-pan 

✓ Rosie 

✓ Optomix 

✓ Function 

✓ Tempi 

 

Overall, the program is centered around expanding the knowledge and implementation of synthesis practice through bi-weekly assignments related to production and composition - to this end, each student during the course of the 2 month program will compile a portfolio of sketches, notated and recorded compositions, and a detailed description of their unique approach to synthesis. The course culminates in a event that will serve as both a final concert that features performances from each student and as an official release for each student’s portfolio compositions that will be published in the form of a digital EP. 

Reading (digital copies will be provided by the instructor): 

⚫ Analog Days 

 

Trevor Pinch, Frank Trocco 

Patch & Tweak - Exploring Modular Synthesis 

 

Kim Bjørn , Chris Meyer

Tutor

Ben Wheeler

 

Duration

3 month

 

Hours

4 hours per week

 

Price

870 GEL

 

Location

Fabrika-Tbilisi, 8 Ninoshvili Street

 

Contact 

info@ces.ge