Bridge Arts, Sagar Street, Castleford, WF10 1AF
In this workshop the participants will learn about the tools for making music with the help of a computer. Those tools are nowadays available to anybody and allow the creation of music in ways that were previously only available to music professionals. This includes sequencing of music in abstract notation, the sound generation, the inclusion of acoustic effects, and the final recording of the music onto a CD.
The presenter Reinhold Behringer will give an introduction about those computer tools and will demonstrate them on a custom-built computer MAESTRO-2 as an example of a music computer system. The principles of sequencing and the use of samples will be explained and demonstrated with Cakewalk SONAR 8.5 and the Garritan Personal Orchestra 4.
The workshop will then focus on the classical orchestra and its instruments. Through demonstration of the individual orchestral instrument samples the acoustic space of the orchestral sound will be explored. As an example of a classical music sequence, the Symphony No 1 of Gustav Mahler, whose 150th birthday was celebrated this year (2010), will be shown as a computer score, and with this work as an example, the various techniques of electronic digital instrumentation will be demonstrated.
In the second part of this workshop, the participants will collaboratively compose a piece of music, using these computer tools. This will result in a music recording which each participant will take home as a CD.
Prerequisites brought by the participants: none, except an appreciation of music.
10:30 – 12:30 Introduction to Orchestral Computer Music
12:30 – 13:00 Lunch Break
13:00 – 15:00 Collaborative Music Composition
About the Presenter
Reinhold Behringer is Professor of Creative Technology at Leeds Metropolitan University. His technical area of expertise is artificial intelligence, computer vision, and automatic driverless cars. His interest in classical music already began at an early age, and he played piano and joined the high school orchestra playing cello. In 1993 he began to use computer technology to create "renditions" of classical music, and in 1998 he founded the "Virtual Philharmonic Orchestra". He has created computer-based renditions of many classical orchestral music works, including Prokofjev's Symphony Classique, Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin, several waltzes by Johann Strauss, and most recently Mahler's Symphony No.1. In addition he has collaborated with opera singers to create two duets from Puccini's operas using electronic digital orchestration.
Book Your Place
To book a place on this workshop please call Bridge Arts at 01977 556741.
Alternatively you can call Bohemian Books on 01977 517262 or email firstname.lastname@example.org