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The Science of Sound: Getting familiar with gear: Hardware and software

December 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


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About the workshop

There are many things to consider when deciding what to use to record and manipulate sound. Selecting recording software and the hardware is often an experiment within itself and basic gear knowledge can eliminate some of the guesswork involved. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to Cakewalk, a music production software package suitable for novices (software information available at https://www.bandlab.com/products/cakewalk/).

In this introductory hands-on workshop, participants will:

  • Learn about various software tools that can be used to manipulate sound, with an emphasis on the music production software Cakewalk
  • Learn about the basics of music production hardware; details will be covered in a handout.
  • Understand how to connect gear, which includes dos and don’ts. The process of audio setup will be demystified.
  • Learn how to set up audio tracks and record.

About the Science of Sound workshop series

The primary purposes of this series is to provide introductory-level, hands-on instruction in electronic music making over a range of approaches and to demystify electronic music and electronic music composition. This workshop series is not centered around learning specific technologies or electronic music generating equipment as such, or learning the newest technologies for their own sake; instead, they will learn how to learn new tools. Particular technologies and applications introduced in the series will play a supporting role in teaching participants the fundamentals of sound and the physics of sound as it pertains to experimental and electronic music making.

This workshop series is divided into four sections covering the various approaches contemporary electronic musicians and composers take regarding the technologies they prefer to utilize:

  • Fundamentals of physics, mathematics and music
  • Using the iPad to make music
  • Introduction to coding and open source computer applications
  • Exploring electronic music equipment and gear (pedals, controllers, field recording equipment, etc.)

This workshop series is supported by an Arts Partnership grant from the Ohio Arts Council.

About the Instructors

Kevin Cardoso is an analog hacker at heart and this nature has driven him to explore a variety of art forms that include wood, metal, paper, clay, music, and electronics. As a creative arts therapist, he has experience teaching people of various age groups and abilities. He feels that patience and flexibility is an important approach to help people loosen up, learn, engage with the process, and find satisfaction with their work.

Ben Turner is a musician and songwriter, and these interests have driven him to embrace the manipulation of sound in the home recording studio. He is a music therapist, with a background in various age groups and populations. He attended the College of Wooster and the Cleveland Music Therapy Consortium. He believes that improvisation and audio recording are great platforms for embracing innate musicality, and integrating the head and the heart.