Jack Oughton - Music Tech 101 Presentation


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This is the latest revision of a presentation I give on 'introducing music technology' to people who are new to the subject. It explores what music tech is, what it is used for, how to use it, and a very simple way to get started in producing music for free at home.

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  • Start Music ImmediatelyToday I’m going to introduce you all to what music technology is, what it does, why it is important and where we use it.
  • Question Class:What do they have in common?Which did you preferWhat is music to you?Why do we have music?
  • Examples on guitarRhythm example” twinkle twinkle little star..
  • I need 6 volunteers and you all to tap the tables and count with me,Don’t worry if you think your timing isn't that great, if you can count to 8 you can do this.
  • Show a piece of sheet music. – this is music tech.
  • Give demo of ruler, did anyone else ever try to play popcorn at school?Give demo of rubber band.These instruments are pitched, like the string on a guitar.
  • Newly invented instruments: new synthesizers that make entirely new sounds2008 a new type of bamboo flute called the Bamhum was invented in India
  • Jack Oughton - Music Tech 101 Presentation

    1. 1. Music + Technology:§˙<br />An Introduction<br />Jack Oughton<br />
    2. 2. Technology <br />Simply put I define technology as the tools we use to help us achieve an aim<br />The level of complexity determines the ‘height’; Low Tech -> High Tech<br />Jack Oughton - www.xijindustries.com<br />
    3. 3. Music<br />Organized Sound/Pattern -> <br />Example: Listened to the tracks.<br />What do they have in common?<br />Which did you prefer?<br />What is music to you?<br />Why do we have music?<br />Jack Oughton - www.xijindustries.com<br />
    4. 4. Formal Elements of Music<br />Music can be said to be comprised of the 3 following parts:<br />Melody: – “A succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence..” <br />Harmony: – “The science of the structure, relations, and practical combination of notes..” <br />Rhythm: – “A specific kind of such a pattern, formed by a series of notes differing in duration and stress..” <br />Jack Oughton - www.xijindustries.com<br />
    5. 5. Exercise: Got rhythm?<br />Rhythm is the sum of different sounds. Each person can represent one part of a greater rhythm. 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + (tap tables)<br />2 students: stamp feet 1/3<br />2 students: hit knees 2/4<br />2 students: clap hands (1st +) / (3rd +)<br />2 students: click fingers (2 +) / (4 +) <br />Notice how we fit the notes in? Is music more than the sum of its parts?<br />Jack Oughton - www.xijindustries.com<br />
    6. 6. So Music + Technology = ? <br />Tools (tech) applied to the creation and dissemination of music.<br />Areas of music technology:<br />Recording Music: Microphone<br />Synthesizing Music: Synthesizer<br />Storing Music: Vinyl, CD<br />Representing Music: Musical stave, tablature.<br />Broadcasting Music: Radio, Internet<br />Jack Oughton - www.xijindustries.com<br />
    7. 7. Exercise: Getting Technical<br />Of the resources immediately available to you now, which can you use to make music from?<br />Try not to focus to rhythmic/percussive instruments<br />1 minute!<br />Can you find anything that is pitched?<br />Jack Oughton - www.xijindustries.com<br />
    8. 8. Some Examples? <br />Pitched ruler<br />Pitched rubber bands<br />Blown paper<br />Blown bottle<br />Things you can do with your voice<br />Ways you can use your fingers<br />Constructing drum kits from available material in your bag? <br />Jack Oughton - www.xijindustries.com<br />
    9. 9. Music technology is about “organizing sound” from the resources available to you<br />Doesn’t have to be electronic, or even a ‘official’ musical instrument<br />New instruments are invented every other day.<br />So be resourceful!<br />Jack Oughton - www.xijindustries.com<br />
    10. 10. What can you do with music technology?<br />Mastering Engineer<br />Film Composer<br />Performer/Musician<br />Sound Designer<br />Studio Recording Engineer<br />Dialogue Replacement<br />Foley, field recording<br />Jack Oughton - www.xijindustries.com<br />Genuine badass<br />
    11. 11. Advanced Music Technology <br />The field of Music Technology is usually associated with more advanced technology.<br />We study how to manipulate software and hardware<br />We use it in the studio<br />We use it live recording<br />Multimedia Entertainment depends on our understanding (music, film, television, computer games, theatre, art installations, etc..)<br />Jack Oughton - www.xijindustries.com<br />
    12. 12. Introduction To REAPER<br />(Rapid Environment for Audio Production, Engineering, and Recording)<br />Reaper is a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)<br />This is the kind of software used in the industry to create and produce music.<br />Though simpler than many other industry standard DAWS, Reaper is actively used by thousands of recording studios and music professionals for its simplicity and open format.<br />Jack Oughton - www.xijindustries.com<br />
    13. 13. Demo : Reaper<br />Some things we can do with Reaper<br />Example: Synthesis vs. Recording: We can either generate new sound or rearrange existing sounds to create music.<br />Hardware vs.Software: How much studio equipment do we actually need for the purpose at hand?<br />Applying Effects: How we can make a pre-existing sound more interesting.<br />Applying Presets: How we can use the expertise of others to improve and program our sounds.<br />Jack Oughton - www.xijindustries.com<br />
    14. 14. Music Tech: Musician Empowerment<br />Music technology is more powerful and more cost effective than ever.<br />This is thanks to the falling prices and increasing capabilities of the personal computer and digital hardware.<br />Thanks to the internet, learning how to use these tools is as simple as searching for Youtube tutorials.<br />So, the boundaries to making and recording music are lower than they have ever been!<br />If you have ever wanted to explore music making with minimal cost outlay, now is your time.<br />www.reaper.fm/download.php - start here and try Reaper for free.<br />Jack Oughton - www.xijindustries.com<br />
    15. 15. About Jack<br />Jack is a musician and composer from the UK.<br />He got started properly recording music when a friend showed him to use Reaper.<br />He makes music under many musical aliases. <br />At the moment he writes as Xij, composing electronic and orchestral music: www.music.xijindustries.com - or Google “xij music” <br />Send him your tracks. He wants to hear them!<br />Jack Oughton - www.xijindustries.com<br />