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Experimental electronic music composition / Free improvisation (theory & practice)

Experimentation is an inherent characteristic of electronic music. Nowadays, composing music using technology creates endless creative possibilities that demand the musician/composer to adapt to numerous technical and artistic challenges. Do you like experimenting with sound and making music that does not clearly belong to a particular genre or style? Interested in bringing a fresh perspective and out-of-the-box thinking to your music production? Are you just starting out in electronic music composition and wondering how to develop your own style? This course is just what you need.

In this class, you will learn:
- how to transform sound using analogue and digital techniques.
- how to create sound structures and organise them in a DAW enviroment to compose a piece of music.
- how to record, edit and mix sounds using both conventional and experimental techniques.
- how to use improvisation in both the context of live performance and composition.
- about the theory and practice of free improvisation.
- about the history and origins of electronic music and how it affected the music we listen today.
- how to document and communicate procedures related to your artistic practice.
- how to create an artistic portfolio.

Aspiring musicians with a background in any genre can take advantage of this course. A formal education in music or experience with electronic music composition are not required to follow. However, you should be unafraid of experimenting with sound and music technology! Each class is customized to meet the needs of the individual student in an innovative and flexible way! The course can also serve as a preparation for applying to several Dutch educational programmes related to electronic music composition (Institute of Sonology, HKU, ArtEZ, etc.).

The class is focused on small assignments that help the student develop a sense of orientation and set goals.
Recording, editing, and mixing will be done via the DAW "Reaper," but we can switch to your preferred software at any time. We will use the first lesson to discuss your background, interests, and motivations in order to develop a course structure that is tailored to your needs.

Extra information

You will need (at least) a laptop/PC and an audio interface. If you're having trouble choosing the right hardware, I will be happy to offer some advice and recommendations.

Location

At student's location: Around Spangen, Netherlands
At teacher's location: Spanjaardstraat a, Rotterdam, Netherlands
At student's location: Around The Hague, Netherlands
Online via webcam

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General info

Age:
Teenagers (13-17 years old)
Adults (18-64 years old)
Seniors (65+ years old)
Student level:
Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced
Duration:
60 minutes
90 minutes
120 minutes
The class is taught in:English, Greek

About Me

My name is Yannis, I am originaly from Greece and I am living in the Netherlands since 2016. I am a composer of electroacoustic music, improviser, and musicologist based in Rotterdam.

My recent research involves the exploration of historical, technological, and aesthetic crossovers between electroacoustic music and experimental rock music of the late 1960s and early 1970s, focusing mostly on production and compositional techniques. My work is heavily influenced by the early experiments in the field of pop, rock and jazz music where the recording studio started to be approached as a tool for composition than just for documentation purposes. My music shows my fascination for several experimental studio techniques.

When inside a recording studio, I usually follow a more improvisational workflow; welcoming mistakes, trusting random or open processes and always making the most of the physicality of an analog device in the vicinity. I approach the tape machine or mixing desk as fully functional musical instruments.

I am also active as an el. guitar-improviser. I have participated in various improvising ensembles and performed at venues like WORM (Rotterdam), Studio Loos (The Hague) and STEIM (Amsterdam).

I have experience in tutoring students of various age groups, backgrounds and levels. What characterizes me is my expertise in teaching music from a technical and at
the same time artistic perspective. I am trained to teach a wide range of music-related
subjects with a specialization in music history, rock music, sound studies, electroacoustic
composition, and experimental music. My educational approach is based on
experimentation, collaboratively composed music performance and on the creative use of
technology in any aspect of music-making. My classes are shaped according to the skills and preferences of the pupil.

Education

2017-2019, MA Music, Institute of Sonology, Royal Conservatoire, University of the Arts, The Hague, NL.

2016-2017, One-year Sonology Course, Institute of Sonology, Royal Conservatoire, University of the Arts, The Hague, NL.

2006-2014, Joint BA&MA Musicology/Music Education*, Department of Music Studies,
Faculty of Fine Arts, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, GR.

2009, Degree in Music Theory (harmony and function).

Experience / Qualifications

September 2022 – present, Guest Teacher - “Composing in the Analogue Studio”
(bachelor's programme), Institute of Sonology, Royal Conservatoire, University of the Arts, The Hague, NL.

July 2020-present, Research Associate, Institute of Sonology, Royal Conservatoire,
University of the Arts, The Hague, NL.

September 2020 – May 2021, Guest Teacher - “Composing in the Analogue Studio 1”
(bachelor's programme), Institute of Sonology, Royal Conservatoire, University of the Arts, The Hague, NL.

2012-present, Freelance Music Teacher/Tutor.
(Experience in teaching music theory, improvisation, sound exploration and music technology using various acoustic and electronic instruments)

Reviews (1)

We just have started to work with Yannis, but I am really happy about how we progress and feel inspired and looking forward to future lectures. Yannis teaches me to develop a vision on how to approach working with sound, while recording, processing and using it in electronic composition. I would say he is opening my mind in a way toward the analysing a character of sound as a compositional element. I like that lessons are not only just about a particular technique (and there are so many to learn from Yannis), but about developing a workflow and a mindset. Examples from historical electronic pieces to listen and analyse from legendary electroacoustic composers are really inspirational. After each lesson there is a home task and in the following lecture there is an analysis of the results and based on that Yannis gives lessons on what needs to be changed, improved, pay attention to etc, in order to develop compositional skills. I highly recommend Yannis as a teacher, if you are into modern experimental electroacoustic composition and improvisation.

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