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Electronic Music Center

 Electronic Music Center - PK 08/119
  Release Date: 30 September 1996
  Limitation: 2000

   The Great Hall of Synthi 100                                         4.16
   Instruktion                                                          0.48
   Digital and Subharmonic Workgroup                                    7.38
   Vocal Atoms (AC Study)                                              10.35
   Environmental Observation Post:
    A Living Room with a Bird, a Radio and an Open Telephone Line       9.20
   Subharmonic Passage                                                  0.48
   Chamber of Synthi Dreams                                             6.32
   How to Ruin a Song With a Special Sound                             10.12
   Ringmodulation Workgroup                                             3.40
   Inspection Comitee                                                   0.38
   The Baroque Exposition:
    J.S. Back "Passacagalia" in C Minor BWV 582                        11.27

  produced by Pete Namlook

Orientation. In the first session, we research simple panning, generator sounds, and filter sweeps. Also what happens to woofers when we go subharmonic. Welcome to the Electronic Music Center. We speak your language.

But there is a preference for Deutsch.

Next we examine digital synthesis and the 20th century syncopation. Your potential audience will try to breakdance to these rhythms, and that is to be encouraged. You, as the artist, must remain unaffected by these reactions and concentrate on textural development, and (as the saying goes) DROP THE BEAT.

The Japanese have impacted the universe of electronic music in integral ways. Studies of the language, and how its cadence translates into rhythmic programming is a worthwhile effort. When possible, human oral sounds can contribute a humanizing effect to machine rhythms. Your homework for this session includes independent study on Oberheim, Moog, Oskar, and other pioneers.

Students of the Electronic Music Center must remain vigilant for the most appropriate source material. Military weather assessments may provide productive accompaniment to the standard blurps, samba rhythm lines, and mechanic washes that are in demand these days. When in doubt, turn on a microphone and your radio at approximately the same time.

Sine. Use it or lose it.

EMC upperclassmen demonstrate their experiments with tonal shaping. There will be an aural exam to follow.

Any student found to be daydreaming or nodding off in class will be required to attend an after-hours session in "Getting their Freak On". Credits toward the Tribal Electro emphasis will be awarded to those who participate.

Tonal Shaping 201. While not a requirement for certification, this segment of study provides critical insight into mid-twentieth century techniques and composition.

Assignment: transform the common oboe into something more exciting/terrifying.

Commencement. It is the duty of EMC alumni to endeavor always to emulate Bach, the penultimate FAX artist. Pipe organs are eternal. Go now, and spread the melancholy ecstasy of tweaking, whether your tools be knobs, stops, or faders.

(review by Ian Malbon)


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