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Loop: Repetition and Variation in Music

University College Cork via Kadenze


A course examining the art of moving while standing still, and traveling far without moving. This will be approached through a study of form and variation techniques used in music. Students will be asked to make more from less while maintaining musical interest in their compositions.

Compositional techniques and styles studied include minimalism, ambient, alternative, musique concréte, popular, independent, experimental and sample based music. Assessment will consist of short composition assignments (1-2 min) rooted in class discussion and readings. These will be turned in as audio files. A single composition of 5-10 minutes will act as the final project.

By the end of this course students will be able to:

· Compose an engaging piece of music using a minimum amount of musical material.

· Critically engage with a piece of music through aural analysis.

· Analyze or break down music compositions to determine structural form and construction.

· Adapt compositional principles to their own music.

· Discover new approaches to music composition.


Session 1: Critical Listening And Analysis Strategies Without Traditional Music Theory  Session 2: Creating Music In A DAW And Composing A Simple Shape With Sound  Session 3: How Loops Can Be Used To Create Harmonic Or Structural Changes And Discovering Different Pathways To Accomplish The Goal  Session 4: Defining, Creating, And Losing A Sense Of Time In Loop Based Music  Session 5: Examining Ambient Tracks And Analyzing The Compositional Elements At Work  Session 6: Sources And Inspiration: Strategies For Sample Based Collage Works  Session 7: Understanding EQ And Its Role In Composition And Mixing  Session 8: Examining The Extramusical Content Of Your Work  Session 9: Form As Musical Expression  Session 10: Synthesis Of Ideas: The Many From The One And Back Again 

Taught by

Jeffrey Weeter


4.5 rating, based on 4 Class Central reviews

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  • Pedro Briceño completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    Great course, the instructor is a well kown artist. Mix a lot of interesting compositional concepts and gives a lot of good music examples from a variety of genres like classical music till pop, folk, electronic, etc............Really good!
  • Tladb

    Tladb completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    This course is a major influence on my work. The lessons in the course have have developed my ability to structure my tracks more consistently and musically.
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    Tania Mouraud

    Tania Mouraud completed this course.

    this course is very useful, clear and up to date. I was eager to go till the end. Thanx a lot.
  • Leonardo Saltari

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