The Chill-Out Music Experience: a 2-week Artist in Residence Music Production Program Andalusia – Spain
Bring your production skills to the next level. Take two weeks to develop a high quality music production in Logic Pro. During this unique Program you’ll learn advanced production skills and techniques from legendary UK top producer Martin “Youth” Glover in his inspirational Space Mountain Studios, based in Southern Spain.
All efforts are made to upgrade your music production to the quality-level needed in today’s competitive music sector, in order to get the track released.
Immediately following the Chill-Out Music Experience you will visit the annual 4-day Space Mountain Festival in the Space Mountain Studios, a festival to create a connection with the pulse of nature through the mystery and beauty of music, literature, film & art.
The next Chill-Out Music Experience will be planned shortly.
Again, there will be a limited number of spots available for this unique program.
Details will follow soon.
What a great succes it was: the October 2019 edition of the Chill-Out Music Experience
“After the 2 amazing weeks with you guys, I want to thank all of you for the profound experience I had in the south of Spain. To meet all the inspiring people in the most relaxed atmosphere make me feel priveleged. It was an honour to have been able to learn and work with all of you and I am really looking forward to meet all of you again. This is a short summary of what I’ve experienced, thanks again!” Tijn Marees.
Almuñecar – a coastal village at the Mediterranean Sea
The first part of the Chill-Out Music Experience will take place in Almuñecar, a lovely laid back coastal village on the Costa Tropical in Southern Spain. Here you can learn and turn your creative ideas into a professional chill-out music production on your own Logic Pro setup, while enjoying the beautiful scenery and the laid back atmosphere.
enjoy the beautiful beaches, visit tourist attractions and charming traditional Spanish villages; wine and dine in the cozy restaurants or beach bars
Program of the Chill-Out Music Experience
The main steps to create an ambient/chill-out music production in Logic Pro
BRAINSTORM SESSION: Producing chill-out music is a creative process and starts with an idea, whether outlined or not. In this phase it’s about your core ideas, like the atmosphere you want to create and what your track will be about. This can be expressed through melodies, soundscapes, drum sounds, vocal phrases, chord progressions, samples and so on. Within each group, students will exchange ideas in a brainstorm session. At the end of the brainstorm session the initial direction of the chill-out music production including the necessary subsequent steps are outlined by each group.
TURNING IDEAS INTO REALITY: After the optional basic music theory lesson, you’ll continue to work on turning your ideas into a structured composition. The different elements in the song, like lyrics for vocals or a bassline, are created, rehearsed and adjusted where necessary. This forms the preparation for recording the acoustic elements in the studio the next day.
ACOUSTIC RECORDING SESSION: After an introduction of the studio-owner, you’ll get to record the acoustic elements for your composition. You’ll be guided by your teacher(s) and the studio-owner on how to proceed.
EDITING THE RECORDINGS: You’ll learn how to edit your recordings in Logic Pro.
MAKING FIELDRECORDINGS AND IMPULSE RECORDINGS: ‘Found sounds’ generally refer to sounds that were recorded in nature or captured from other objects. These sounds by themselves are not necessarily ‘musical sounding’, but they can add a real world connection and atmosphere to your music and can be used as an instrument by use of sampling. Today you’ll learn how to make fieldrecordings and impulse response recordings. We’ll take a trip to one of the many beautiful places in Andalusia where you canrecord away! These ‘found sounds’ are meant to be part of your music production. With impulse response recordings we can capture the reverberation of e.g. a church or cave.
ARRANGING THE DIFFERENT ELEMENTS: With all the current elements present, you’ll continue to arrange them into a structured composition. Don’t worry if you decided to completely re-arrange your original ideas. That’s part of the creative process.
MIXING THE PRODUCTION: After arranging the track you’ll learn how to mix the different elements so that a balanced and creative production is formed, which includes the use of different effects (like compression, EQ, reverb and delay) and automation. This will be the first draft of your mix that you’ll create. As elements can still be added and re-arranged, the final mix will be made at the Space Mountain Studios (see below).
Martin Youth Glover – will teach you specific production skills and techniques
The last part of the Chill-Out Music Experience we’ll stay at the Space Mountain Studios, owned by Martin “Youth” Glover.
Youth will teach you how to add some extra flavour to the composition by adding additional recordings, FX, samples and fieldrecordings. With his experience and expertise as a chill-out music producer, “Youth” will help us to take our music productions to the next level with additional recordings and other creative arrangement and production techniques.
The Chill-Out Music Experience ends with a nice little private chill-out party including a DJ-set by an international renowned chill-out DJ.
“I’m very proud of the longevity of work on Killing Joke and The Orb, how those recordings still sound fresh…and what I’ve done with The Verve and Richard Ashcroft, and Paul McCartney (The Fireman) and Pink Floyd. It’s only really working with those guys, with my insecurities, that I felt as though I could go, ‘yeah, I am a producer’…
…and I’m proud to be part of The Chill-Out Music Experience, presented by the Sound University Europe…”