The Art of Remixing (7 week course)

Ever heard a song and had an idea for remixing it? Want to turn your own musical ideas in reality? Wonder what it takes to produce or remix electronic dance music tracks?
In this 7 week course you will learn how to get started on creating your own original electronic music tracks and remixes
  • Time: 3 - 5 pm on Sundays from 18 August to 29 September 2013
  • Venue: School of Music and Art (SOMA) Digital Audio Workstation lab
  • Level: Three learning tracks available for 
    • Beginners (No experience)
    • Intermediate (Producers who have made music before)
    • DJs (already DJ-ing and want to create your own edits)
  • Music styles: Electronic Dance Music (EDM), drum and bass, trance, electro, house, downtempo, hip hop, techno, breaks/bass, aggro-tech, industrial and more

Course outline

1. Sun 18 August: Getting Started / Beat Making

Beats are the foundation of every hit electronic dance music song, and in this class you will learn how to build your own groove from loops, personalize them, and also build your own beats from scratch using software drum machines.

2. Sun 25 August: What Makes a Hit Song Tick? Introduction to Song Structures in Electronic Music

Learn how the most successful electronic dance music tracks can be described in a few core structures, then use that knowledge to start making your own hit tracks.

3. Sun 1 September: Introduction to Sampling and Synthesis - Using the Sounds of the World 

In this class you will learn how to use sampling technology to capture sounds from the world around you, and to turn them into your own unique electronic music. You'll also learn how to use different software synthesizers to create your own riffs.

4. Sun 8 September: Shaping Sound with Audio Effects and Autotune 

You've heard what autotune and other audio effects like filters and stutters can do to change how singers and music sound, and in this class you will learn how to make use of these audio effects to shape your own sound.

5. Sun 15 September - Remixing, Mixing and Mastering

The beats are bumping, the tunes are thumping, but how do we make everything work together? In this class you will learn how to make it all fit together sonically (instead of causing an audio train wreck), through the magic of mixing and mastering.

6. Sun 22 September: Playing Live with Launch Pads

Finger drumming and launch pad playing are YouTube trends that show that electronic music performances can be visually exciting and fun to watch. In this class you will learn how to set up your own template for launch pad playing and special techniques for playing live with launch pads.

7. Sun 29 September: Remix Review and Publishing

Once your remix is done, learn how to share it with the world, and some ideas on how to help it spread.

What to bring

Computers with Ableton Live 9 software will be provided at the SOMA Digital Audio Workstation lab, but you can also work on your own laptop. 


Benjamin Ang, producer/remixer of electronic duo Cosmic Armchair and remixer of prize winning  remixes for Linkin Park's The Catalyst and Count on Me Singapore

Interested in this course? To sign up email or call Maggie at SOMA: 68843611

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