beginning and experienced music producers and/or musicians, regardless of age, who want to learn or improve their music production skills in Logic Pro, in order to make an ambient/chill-out music production themselves
a 10-day holiday-workshop Music Production in Logic Pro
in the breathtaking scenery of Andalusia – Spain
combine an ambient / chill-out music production workshop with an unforgettable holiday
During the workshop you will learn how to make an ambient/chill-out music production in Logic Pro and/or enjoying the process of making a creative, musical contribution to the music production. In your free time you can relax and enjoy the inspiring Andalusian environment and visit interesting tourist attractions. The Experience will take place from September 27th until October 8th 2019 in cooperation with legendary top producer Martin “Youth” Glover.
Meet people from all over the world, spend your time with like-minded participants. Take your partner, friends or family along. Enjoy the comfortable hostel accommodations and the wonderful local food and wine. The final goal of the Chill-Out Music Experience is to offer chill-out/ambient music enthousiasts a challenging hands-on program to improve their music production skills and/or participate in the creative process, in the lovely holiday scenery at the Mediterranean Sea, in order to experience a real deep immersion, exploration and odyssey in chill-out.
Examples of Chill-Out / Ambient Music
The Chill-Out music genre is very diverse and ranges from beatless ambient to lounge and from modern classical to deep house. To give you an idea of the wide variety of music styles within the chill-out genre, you can listen to some examples below.
You can use it as a soundtrack while reading the remaining content of this page. It is possible to skip to the next track in the playlist. The first track is a remix by Martin “Youth” Glover of Crusoe by Art of Noise. Enjoy!
the workshop – what you will learn
If your interest lies in learning how to make a production in Logic Pro during the Chill-Out Music Experience workshop, and you are new to Logic Pro, we recommend that you follow our separate Logic Pro Basic training which takes place a few days before the Experience starts, in order to get the most out of this unique workshop. You can also choose to get help with the installation of Logic Pro and related hard- and software.
You can choose from the following options:
- Installation support. Logic Pro and/or additional related hard- and software can be installed for you. (3 hours – € 135,00)
- Logic Pro Basic Training (2 days- 3 hours each day) (€ 195,00):
day 1: structure of Logic Pro and working with MIDI and software instruments.
day 2: how to work with audio in Logic Pro including importing and recording audio and applying effects.
What to bring?
If you want to learn how to make a production in Logic Pro, it’s highly recommended that you bring a Macbook with Logic Pro and a headphone.
If you mainly want to make a creative, musical contribution and are less interested in the technical aspect of music production, it’s not necessary to bring a Macbook with Logic Pro, but you might bring a musical instrument that you can play.
In order to make field recordings, it’s recommended that you either have a smartphone which is able to record audio (pretty much any smartphone can do that) or a dedicated fieldrecorder.
The most important factor is that you have a passion for chill-out / ambient music. That unites us during this Experience.
Sound University Europe will provide some MIDI-keyboards for students to use during the Experience.
Program of the Chill-Out Music Experience Workshop
The main steps to create an ambient/chill-out music production in Logic Pro
#1. 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.
#2. 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.
#3. 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.
#4. EDITING THE RECORDINGS:
You’ll learn how to edit your recordings in Logic Pro.
#5. 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 can record 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.
#6. 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.
#7. 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
#8. FINALIZING YOUR MUSIC PRODUCTION WITH TOP PRODUCER MARTIN “YOUTH” GLOVER
“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 Workshop, presented by the Sound University Europe…”
what is (not) included in the course fee?
Accommodation costs in Almuñecar (8 days and nights in Hostal Tropical) and Space Mountain Studios (3 days and 4 nights) are included in the course fees. During your stay at Space Mountain Studios, food and drinks will be provided for free.
Costs of food and drinks prior to your stay in Space Mountain Studios and travel costs are not included in the course fees. In the vicinity of Almuñecar are three airports: Granada, Almeria and Malaga. We offer the service to pick you up from one of these airports personally for a reduced fee of €65 which you’ll pay on the day of arrival. If possible we can pick up several students in one go, so you can split the costs.
the Space Mountain Festival
Immediately following the Chill-Out Music Experience Workshop in the Space Mountains Studios, Sound University Europe will be present on the Space Mountain Festival, from October 11th – 14th 2019. A festival to create a connection with the pulse of nature through the mystery and beauty of music, literature, film & art:
- Interactive studio sessions
- Live music/DJ’s
- A divers range of cultural events in the arts lab area, with film screenings and workshops
- Relax in the Chill-Out zone with the best Chillout & ambient DJ’s
- and so on
Yes, I want to be part of the Chill-Out Music Experience Workshop!
By registering for the chill-out music experience, you automatically get the chance to win back your course fee. The winner will be announced on the last day of the experience.
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about Sound University Europe
Our mission is to teach, inspire and stimulate our students to turn their musical ideas into reality. We provide Artist-in-Residence Producer Programs, through which we help students to create a collective music production based on a specific musical genre and theme and supported by one or more international top producers in that specific genre. The programs cover all sorts of subjects regarding music production and will take place in a beautiful, inspiring environment.
Author: Mark de Jong
Creative Director and Head Lecturer of Sound University Europe
As Creative Director and Head Lecturer of Sound University Europe, Mark is responsible for the quality of our programs and teachers. After he graduated from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague (Sonology), Mark was an sound engineer for various companies and worked as a head lecturer for the international SAE Institute in Rotterdam for 12 years and he’s also teaching for other audio engineering and music production institutes like Sound Education.
In 2000, Mark set up his own Multispace studio where he works with and for various artists in different musical genres and he’s an ambient music producer as well. His work entails recording, production, mixing, mastering and audio restauration. Also various music production courses are given in his studio.
Mark has well over 20 years of experience in the field of music production and teaching and likes to share his expertise with the students of Sound University Europe.
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