This course is no longer being offered.
Electronic Music explores how advancements in technology give rise to musical styles, such as techno, hip-hop, progressive rock, industrial, and synthpop. Students gain an understanding of the most influential works of electronic music through guided listening, video screenings, selected readings, class discussions, and creative assignments. Each class focuses on a specific invention that inspired new musical ideas and how those ideas impacted popular culture.
Afternoon workshop sessions are devoted to students experimenting with these ideas by creating original electronic music in Brown’s Multimedia Lab. Students get hands-on instruction with several popular software programs. No prior knowledge of music or music software is required.
Professor Edrex Fontanilla is a new media artist whose creative practice fuses sculptural and computational methods to explore perception, materiality, and temporality. He researches how the study of human psychology and cognition can inform approaches in experimental media. With an orientation towards socially responsible expression, Fontanilla is committed to a reflective teaching practice that enables young minds to develop their voice.
This year's Summer at Brown Electronic Music course will be co-taught by Brown Alum James Hinton '10, better known as "The Range." His most recent tour included dates with Chvrches and stopped at venues such as SXSW, Primavera, and Festival NRML. His soundscapes have been favorably reviewed in industry publications such as Billboard and Pitchfork. Read about his first album release in this Pitchfork Rising article! [http://pitchfork.com/features/rising/9242-the-range/]
*Please note: This course has a Material Fee of $125.00.