Website URL: http://www.udk-berlin.de/sites/sommerkurse/content/artistic_courses_2013/music/mobile_music_making/index_eng....
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App Music: Mobile Music Making With Matthias Krebs

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Some excellent music apps offer innovative digital musical instruments to the users. The ’App Music’ seminar will be a composition and sound workshop in the form of an experimental laboratory; a creative space to explore music and make new discoveries. Participants will investigate perspectives and potential of “app music” through a collective ‘learning by doing’ approach. Enthusiasts, experts and interested parties from all backgrounds are therefore invited to participate in the collaborative investigation of and experimentation with new music, sound and performance. A range of different sounds and musical compositions will be developed in groups and discussed within the context of the workshop.

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  1. 1. Website URL: http://www.udk-berlin.de/sites/sommerkurse/content/artistic_courses_2013/music/mobile_music_making/index_eng.htmlApp Music: Mobile Music MakingWith Matthias KrebsJuly 29th– August 2nd, 2013For quite a while now, making music with apps on smartphones andtablets has been more than simply a novelty. Some excellent music appsoffer innovative digital musical instruments to the users. The production ofdigital music has also started to change: These apps already allow thecreation of remarkable musical results, as demonstrated by the firstserious album productions (e.g. “The Fall” by Gorillaz) and professionalstage performances (e.g. by Jordan Rudess or the DigiEnsemble Berlin).The ’App Music’ seminar will be a composition and sound workshop in theform of an experimental laboratory; a creative space to explore music andmake new discoveries. Participants will investigate perspectives andpotential of “app music” through a collective ‘learning by doing’ approach.Enthusiasts, experts and interested parties from all backgrounds aretherefore invited to participate in the collaborative investigation of andexperimentation with new music, sound and performance. A range ofdifferent sounds and musical compositions will be developed in groups anddiscussed within the context of the workshop. Results of the interactivecreative activities will be presented in a public performance at the c-base.The workshop will begin with an overview of the different music apps,platforms, devices and interfaces. Project groups will organically developperformances, productions and/or composition pieces over the course ofthe following days. Additionally, a joint rehearsal with the musicians of theDigiEnsemble Berlin is planed. The (partial) results will be presented in theworkshop by the end of the last day. The last two days will be used toprepare the final performance.Possible open questions to be explored in the course of theworkshop:• Which musical forms, fields of application and performing practices canbe shaped by music apps?• What possibilities are offered by mobile sensor controlled devices (suchas smartphones and tablets) for music production and for future use asmusical instruments?• Can you express emotion and meaning with mobile music apps?
  2. 2. Website URL: http://www.udk-berlin.de/sites/sommerkurse/content/artistic_courses_2013/music/mobile_music_making/index_eng.htmlParticipantsThe workshop is aimed at enthusiasts, musicians, sound artists and musictechnologists, but is fundamentally open to all who are attracted bymaking music with digital sensor controlled devices. This is a workshop forthose who are seeking an interactive exchange with others with regard tonew musical forms, new technology and innovative expressive methods ofsound making, performance and collaboration. Interested parties of alldisciplines are encouraged to participate; diverse and varied backgroundsoften bring valuable eclectic elements into the collaborative mix.The workshop is also relevant for composers and creative individuals (forinstance from the field of marketing/media production), who are keen oncreating film material and background music for media productions.Participants may certainly play their own devices during the workshop,however a large and varied supply of additional devices, peripheralequipment and amplifiers will also be provided. All participants (veteranapp-musicians included!) are encouraged to mix, match, integrate,collaborate and experiment with a multitude of devices during the course.One of the goals of the workshop is to make new discoveries and exploreinteresting new combinations of devices and apps.Matthias Krebs is a professional app musician, physicist, opera singerand music educator. For many years now, he has also been active intheater production as a sound artist and composer. He founded theDigiEnsemble Berlin at the Berlin Career College in 2010. Today it is thefirst professional music ensemble that regularly performs mobile music onphysical stages. Krebs also delves into the field of mobile music making inhis blog as well as in several music article publications and his currentdissertation. Additionally he has recently published a browsable onlineslideshow on “android as a music creation platform.”(http://de.slideshare.net/MatzeRak/androidmusicmakingapps-2013)date: July 29th-August 2nd 2013place: UdK Berlin, Bundesallee 1-12fee: 400 € (from June 10th 2013: 420 €)No. of participants: 12 to 15language: Englishapplication deadline: July 1st 2013Online registration: www.udk-berlin.de/summer-courses

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