Experimental Techno

4 Week course starts Wednesday November 2nd 2022
7 - 9pm CET

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Lessons delivered by Charlton
Coming from the Dutch city of Rotterdam, Charlton (also known as Tapirus) has been releasing various styles of techno and electro for 15 years!

After living for long stretches in London and Berlin, he is currently settled in Rotterdam working on various music & community projects with the local scene. With a strong connection to his home city, its obvious how the city and its music history of hardcore and techno has shaped one aspect of his sound. He was of course also influenced by his time in London and connecting with Surface Records head Nick Dunton and the renowned Sandwell District / Blueprint waves of UK techno!

Touring for many years, Charlton reached as far as Medellin, Melbourne, Taipei, New York, Moscow + more. Known for releases on MORD, M_REC, Krill Music, Tar Hallow, and Planet Rhythm. He also Co-runs the label ‘POVERTY IS VIOLENCE’ with Nick Dunton.

Course Details:
November 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd 2022
7pm - 9pm CET

Exposing many of the techniques from his recent MORD Records releases, and successful album 'In Plain Sight', Charlton will uncover his unique techniques for music creation, Techno, and sound design in this interactive 4 week online course.
He will show you how he utilises samples to build drum patterns, and then processes them to enhance groove, texture, and weight. How he uses randomisation, off-kilter sequences, and modular sound design to create his intricate melodics. How he creates unique riffs with FM and Subtractive synths, and how he integrates hardware with live jamming and gesture to enhance humanisation and increase movement in his music. All the while giving you personal feedback on your music as you progress through the course. 

Mentoring and personal development are at the heart of the course, with direct guidance and coaching from Charlton, as well as group feedback and support from your class of like minded producers. 

Classes taught using Ableton, but all concepts can be translated to any DAW or Hardware tools. 

*includes a free sample pack from Charlton. 

Week 1 - Beats and Rhythms

Sample selection 
Drum machines sounds 
Drum rack 

Week 2 - Riffs & Synths  

Synths & Synth modelling  
FX Chains 

Week 3 -  Randomised  Sequences 

Using randomisation and chaos creatively
Stage controlled sequencing 
Pocket sequencer techniques 
FX & Sound design 
Advanced modulation 

Week 4 - Integrating Hardware and FX 

Modular synth concepts 
Patching and routing to create interesting sounds. 
Integrating hardware 
Spacial FX

Live coaching and teaching from Charlton and his years of experience in music production.
Mentoring and feedback on your music & progress. 
Free sample pack. 
Access to an online drive full of resources, reading material, sounds, and reference tracks. 
An interactive online classroom environment with other like minded students from all over the world.
Connection to classmates via course specific Discord server. 
Regular tasks and activities during class and for homework. 
Access to the Ramp Alumni group to stay connected and share ideas with classmates. 
*Classes are recorded and viewable online for the duration of the course. 

Your own laptop and headphones with Ableton Live 9, 10, or 11 installed, or a DAW of your choice. 
*Classes will mostly focus on Ableton, but many of the concepts are transferable to other DAWs. 
A decent internet connection in a quiet environment to learn. 
A free account with Zoom. 

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