Become a dance music producer in this music technology workshop especially for ages 8+
These days you can make great music using just a computer and your own musical imagination. This Halloween learn how to use music technology using a programme called Abelton Live that is used in professional music recording studios. After you learn the basics of the software you can then choose the sounds, melodies and beats you like and combine them all into your own deadly dance music track just like a pro – and after that the sky is the limit as to what music you can make.
All the tracks will be recorded and uploaded to Soundcloud so you can easily share it with your friends afterwards. These music technology workshops are led by Gavin Timlin and his team from Create Sound who are all Abelton live certified tutors.
Laptops, headphones and all equipment provided and no prior experience is needed – just a love of music!
This is a longer workshop to allow adequate time to learn the software, create your track and fully record it. The workshop will include a short snack break and fruit and juice will be provided.
Presented with funding from the Music Network Music Capital Scheme, funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
The Ark's 'Wake Up' Dance Track! Back to Top
Check out this track that Gavin created especially for us using the software (Ableton Live) that will feature in the workshop. We asked Gavin to create a track to help us wake up in the morning in just 3 minutes! The track starts off gently but builds the energy until you are most definitely going to be awake! What's even more impressive is that the track only took 2 hours to do whcih just shows what you could do once you know the software!
What Gavin has to say about the software Back to Top
We love using this software to make music - it’s intuitive to use so students can get going quickly making and performing their own tracks. It’s also fantastically versatile and offers huge creative potential for jamming out ideas and performing live.
Students can use a combination of samples and software instruments combined with their own recordings (e.g. vocals) to make unique compositions to a theme or in a style that excites them! It also means you can make a ‘full’ song yourself, and you don’t necessarily need to be proficient on a musical instrument – we feel music should be inclusive regardless of your ability. We use the latest ‘PUSH’ controllers to help come up with beats and melody parts – this keeps things hands-on and interactive, how music making should be!
Benefits of the workshop Back to Top
You will get to create your own music which is brilliant in itself but you will also be getting valuable experience with the latest music software and equipment. You will have the chance to develop creatively whilst also building technical confidence and developing relevant digital media skills.
There can be an over emphasis on office based applications in some education environments but increasingly businesses are looking for audiovisual content to engage with people on mobile devices etc. Using professional music production software in a fun environment is a nice way of getting an initial flavour of some of the skills and processes involved!
Check out these tracks created by children as part of previous workshops that Gavin has run!