Key Facts

Length4 weeks
StartJune - Aug 2020
Fees

SPEND THE SUMMER STUDYING AT BERLIN’S FUNKHAUS

Spend a summer in Berlin and dive into the world of contemporary music production at our International Creative Campus at the Funkhaus. Running for four consecutive weeks from June 2020, this hands-on course (in English) is designed to give you a kick-start or a solid refresh in music and audio production.

Gear up for an inspirational summer as you learn to create, mix and finalise your own music. Discover the city’s eclectic music scene for yourself as you gain insight on its rich music industry and culture.

Berlin is a creative metropolis. A free spirited, passionate, energetic heartthrob of a place that attracts like minded creatives from across the globe. Whether you’re deep into a specific electronic music genre or love watching and recording live music you’ll find inspiration from the city and from working with each other. Come and share the love.

This brand new beginner level course has been designed for:

  • those who want to build their skill levels in music production for their own development
  • those who want to build their skill levels in music production in order to provide entry onto our HE Certificate, HE Diploma or Bachelor Degree courses in September
  • those who want to explore the world of music production in the city with one of the most exciting music scenes in the world

DON’T WAIT TO CREATE

Spend 4 inspiration-filled weeks developing practical tools, skills and essential techniques in music and audio production during our innovative and dynamic summer course.

Here are a just a few of the things you could be doing this summer:

  • creating, mixing and finalising your own electronic music
  • developing foundational skills in sound engineering
  • exploring the principles of studio space recording
  • programming digital and analogue synths
  • working with drum machines and sequencers
  • working with different digital audio workstations (DAW)
  • experimenting with sound manipulation and effects
  • sharpening your listening skills
  • connecting and collaborating with like minded people from around the world
  • enjoying Berlin’s vibrant summer vibe

SOUNDS GOOD… TELL ME MORE!

Each week begins with a demonstration of the topics to be explored, contextualising ideas and making what could be challenging concepts fun and accessible.

 

Week 1 • Making Noise: Learning how to make sounds right away. Hands on experience with synthesis, software and real in-studio practice.

Week 2 • Remixing: Taking material, reworking it, and turning it into something unique, incorporating samplers, drum machines, modular arrays and more.

Week 3 • Exploration & Collaboration: Field recording, capturing sound, and weird and wonderful types of processing. Microphones, H4N Zoom. Then! United we thrive! Team up and jam/create with fellow participants.

Week 4 • Experimentation & Future: What exists at the extremes of music right now? What boundaries can we push in our own practice?Starting to think past Summer School. Exploring production hacks and tricks, deep conceptual thinking, complex organisation and cutting edge composition methodologies.

At the end of each week you’ll share your creations with the class, where we’ll consolidate your learning through structured feedback and guided listening exercises.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

To sign up for our summer course, you need to be at least 18 years old and be motivated! Your lessons will take you from basics to intermediate levels of skill, so we don’t need you to have any experience in the field.

This 4-week programme is ideal for people who can’t obtain a visa to stay in Germany for a long time. So if you can enter on a tourist visa, you can join our course.

JOIN OUR INTERNATIONAL CREATIVE COMMUNITY

This year our students came from more than 55 different countries. As an organisation we celebrate that incredible level of diversity. If our organisation had a face it would have a big smile stretched across it.

It’s a total privilege to be able to bring this diverse community together in the inspirational space of our Funkhaus campus in the world class creative metropolis of Berlin.

Listen to Tracks Produced by Our Students

In the end it doesn’t matter what we say or do. What matters is what our students are doing during their time with us. Have a listen, leave some comments, decide for yourselves.

Our Tutors

Brian Flynn

Since earning his degree in composition and music technology, Brian has worked professionally in music creation and production for media outlets like BBC and SKY television via his collaborations with ULTRAPHONIC. From ...

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Eliad Wagner

Eliad is a composer, performer, sound artist, lecturer and the programme lead for our Electronic Music Production & Performance Bachelor. A classically trained musician, holding a Bachelor degree in physics and a ...

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Charlie Baldwin

Charlie Baldwin is also known as the artist Kasket and specialises in raw recordings, live atmosphere, glitched up vocals and catchy melodies. His first release entitled Torn ...

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Laurence Osborne

Appleblim, aka Laurie, was a regular performer at the club FWD>> from late 2002. The acts he saw there inspired him to set up the label Skull Disco along with Shackleton. On this, Appleblim released his own material and achieved success with ...

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Philippa McIntyre

When it comes to house and deep house music in New Zealand, Philippa has always been at the forefront of the genre. Beginning DJing in the late 90s, she has headlined and played all over New Zealand in places ranging ...

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Valerio Massucci

Valerio Massucci

Having more than 10 years of experience in the industry as a recording, mixing and mastering ...

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Our Spaces

Our international creative campus is located at the historic Funkhaus in Berlin – it’s hard to imagine a better location for creative endeavour and learning! It’s an industrial dream landscape of concrete factories and power stations along the Spree in East Berlin.

Built in the 1950s, the former GDR state radio is the home of some of the world’s most breathtaking broadcasting and recording studios, purposely built for recording symphony orchestras, jazz ensembles as well radio plays and epic musical performances and acts of all sorts, with cutting-edge sound technology.

Now its cavernous industrial halls are the home of our rapidly expanding institute of creative production – a thriving community of creatives, practitioners and dreamers.

Our carefully redeveloped space within the complex, hosts over 20 studios/live rooms/suites for music and film production, workshop spaces, a green screen studio and we continue to grow!

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Progression

This summer school is designed for two audiences and hence two progression routes:

The first audience are those looking for a productive way to spend their summer developing their music production skills to help support their own project and meet like minded people. For this audience the likely progression is back onto their own project or perhaps coming back to dBs Berlin to take one of our standalone short courses.

The second audience is those students wishing to progress onto one of our longer courses i.e. the HE Certificate, the HE Diploma or the BA Hons Bachelor degree whom require some experience to help prepare them for the longer course.

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