Professional Development for Teachers
Empowerment in Music Technology
Explore how developments in music technology in the past two decades have empowered artists of all ages, ability levels, and backgrounds to cultivate their talents by creating original electronic music through a series of free, open-source, software tools.
This workshop is not intended to be a survey of the history of electronic music, but focuses in providing you a hands-on approach to working with the medium itself, so that you can get an understanding of the massive impact that the availability of virtual tools had on an entire generation of technology users. While modern computer systems now come with high-level programs that simplify the process to an extreme degree (like GarageBand), in this workshop we will be looking at the kinds of interfaces that young people (of the ages you teach) experienced at the onset of the dial-up, online, age prior to and at the beginning of the existence of the World Wide Web. From the brief time we have together in this workshop, you will learn enough to continue to explore the art form on your own. :)
This article from Salon.com in 1999 will give you an idea of the kind of influence that these software tools had on both commercial and consumer music production: Andrew Leonard - "Mod Love", and this article from Wikipedia.org will explain what the two pieces more complicated-looking pieces of software we are using are: Music Tracker.
No previous computing or music experience is required.
MATERIALS YOU NEED TO BRING
Laptop Computer with Keyboard (not a tablet, please let us know if you require a machine to borrow)
In preparation for this 50-minute workshop, you may download and install the following pieces of software on your computer. They are all available for both Mac OS X and Windows, and are free of charge although Renoise offers a paid version with extra features.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Gene Wie served as Editor-in-Chief of the TraxWeekly electronic newsletter, which chronicled the happenings of the electronic music scene on the Internet during the late 90's. A composer of electronic music under the handle "Psibelius," he was a member of the electronic art group ACiD Productions and the founder of Epinicion Music Productions which at its height involved over one hundred musicians, artists, and programmers in the collaborative creation and distribution of free electronic art. He earned his B.S. Information and Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine and worked in the industry as a software developer and technical writer. He later changed careers, earning an M.F.A. Music and starting a professional string quartet. He currently enjoys a dual career as a technology and music educator, teaching students the fundamentals of programming in Python and Java as well as interpreting the works of Bach and Mozart.