Creating Tracks for Hip-Hop Songs

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This class explores sampling methods from other forms of music as a means for writing songs. Students will learn the technology of samplers as well as the history behind their inclusion in contemporary music. Each class will further develop the student's understanding of sampling technique through in-class exercises, projects, and group assignments. The course will be structured to cycle through phases of theory, technique, and creative exercises. In each class, key concepts (transcribing, looping, chopping, etc.) will be linked in a visual, tactile way to the sampler (Reason), as well as drawing on ear training and harmony materials from core classes. Although in format this class will resemble a lab, the combination of technical and writing assignments presented will require delivery as a full 2-hour class session. Emphasis will be placed on transcribing prerecorded music to provide a blueprint for the compositions students create.

AR-111 or AR-123; MTEC-111; and SW-161, SW-181, SW-191, MP-113, MTEC-213, or MTEC-214
Required Of
Electable By
All B.M. and P.D. students
Major Elective for
Independent Recording and Production
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring
Course Chair
Rodney Alejandro
Taught By
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