“Play With Your Music” is a free, 6-week online course where you’ll make 3-5 songs of your very own, using the newest tools on the web. You’ll learn the in’s and out’s of audio production, while working with music you already know and love. Anyone with an interest in making music is welcome, and all you need is a computer and a browser.
“Play With Your Music” (or #PWYM) is a nifty collaboration between faculty in NYU Steinhardt‘s Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions, Peer 2 Peer University and the MIT Media Lab. Professor Alex Ruthmann and Research Assistant Ethan Hein offer their expertise and musical chops, all brought to you with the social learning design team at P2PU.
We've partnered with singer/songwriter Clara Berry and her producer/engineer Bradford Swanson to give you an inside look at the recording production process. You'll have the opportunity to work directly with her multitracks, samples, and loops in our custom #PWYM Mix tool and in Soundation.com.
You’ll become familiar with a number of critical listening, recording and mixing tools over six weeks. All of these tools are free to use when you sign up for an account. A sneak preview of what’s to come:
In the first phase of the course, you’ll become familiar with the basic “critical listening” skills of music–identifying instruments, voices and song structures. And you’ll do it by playing with interactive multitrack recordings.
Next you’ll get your hands dirty by working with a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) and learn the basics of audio track editing and shifting. Using Soundation you’ll mix your own audio track to match a studio recording.
Soon, you’ll be remixing your favorite songs and coming up with your own glorious creations. You’ll post the files to SoundCloud’s listening community, share them with your cohort, and give each other feedback.
More info: http://www.playwithyourmusic.org/