Accelerate your creative skills in the fast paced, pulsating world of electronic music production.
Get up to speed with the latest tools and creative techniques required to create, record, produce, master and perform your own music whilst building an artist/producer portfolio.
Extract the essence of analogue and digital sound synthesis. Explore core essentials of studio technique. Elevate your production and performance techniques with workshops designed to unleash the potential of everything you touch.
Using challenging real-life scenarios, face difficult questions, hard to complete sonic exercises and the pains and pleasures of human interaction. Connect with a community of makers and thinkers who share your energy and passion for electronically produced music.
If this sounds daunting, don't worry. Regardless of your previous experience our experienced tutor team are with you each step of the way to ensure you find your footing.
Freedom and purpose
The vast diversity of style and genre, openness towards new ideas, and free thinking experimentation found in electronic music is key to its success and its influence in today's musical landscape.
But with such a fantastic range of potential pathways towards finding your artistic voice, where should you begin? At Catalyst we explore how frameworks allow freedom to flourish and the importance of finding a purpose behind the tools and technology you choose to use.
Tackle big concepts to boost your creative output. Peer deep into the origins of electronic sound for inspiration. Build your intellectual toolkit and feel the excitement of glimpsing beyond the horizon of the contemporary electronic music landscape.
Work closely with our tutor team and use their insightful feedback to synthesise your understanding of how to apply this knowledge to your own unique creations.
Explore the practical principles of creating and performing electronic music along with studio recording practice, sequencing, synthesis and sampling, composition and arrangement, mixing and sound design. Discover and explore a wealth of electronic music styles and gain the skills and techniques required to create and finalise your own electronic music work.
- Develop your unique artistic voice and portfolio
- Record, mix, finalise and perform your own tracks
- Learn the essentials of recording and studio components
- Learn a variety of analogue and digital electronic music instruments
- Familiarise yourself with different hardware and software tools
- Build a collection of original sounds and sound design hacks
- Gain insight into electronic music culture, business and entrepreneurship
Recording for Electronic Music
Focus on the fundamental concepts and practical techniques required to operate in a professional recording studio environment. Explore various recording techniques and apply them in practical, real world projects, focusing on microphones, pre amps, signal flow and workflow.
Focus on the practical audio production skills required for electronic music creation using digital audio workstations (Ableton) to compose, arrange, and produce original pieces.
Sequencing, Synthesis and Sampling
Gain a practical understanding of a range of common synthesis, sampling, and sequencing tools. Experiment with subtractive, additive, FM/AM, wavetable and modular synthesis types along with a range of sampler features utilising both traditional and experimental sequencing tools and techniques.
Composition and Arrangement
Explore and demystify the most important concepts, frameworks, theoretical tools and historic trends which have shaped electronic music into the diverse and rich ecosystem it has become.
Music and Culture
Develop important analytical skills for discussing music and communicating complex musical ideas. Learn to formulate your opinions and enhance your understanding of the impact of electronic music on the wider cultural landscape through engaged research and discovery.
Explore the major tools, issues, and concepts surrounding contemporary electronic music performance. Develop practical tools and explore important performance-based subjects such as improvisation, collaboration, cross-disciplinary practice, and critique.
Develop core skills in contemporary mixing practice and the toolset required to support it from mix structure through to developing an awareness of spectral, dynamic and spatial elements.
Sculpt and craft sound using a range of electronic and acoustic instruments and tools. Overview the important developments of this field of work and create a range of otherworldly sounds!
Sound and Media
Create music, sound, foley and ADR in combination with visual content. Explore and analyse practices found in film, media, gaming, and the web in order to design your own unique approach to narrative construction.
Building an Artist / Producer Profile
Recognising and developing how you speak to the world is an integral part of the creative music industry. Develop and refine your own artistic identity in a way which enhances your musical values, your visual aesthetic and your public persona. Transform your ability to connect with a wider audience.
Situate yourself within the multiple commercial contexts of the contemporary music industry. From communication and marketing technique through to copyright and intellectual property rights, develop the knowledge which empowers you to overcome hurdles and to take full advantage of arising opportunities.
Ready for a degree?
Your initial progression choice will be whether to make your first foray into the music industry or to continue your self development and opt for completing our bachelor degree in Electronic Music Production & Performance.
There is no right and wrong answer here. It will depend on the skillset you have already developed and what you are planning to do in the music industry.
Your success in either depends entirely on you – what you bring, your approach, and the grit, passion and sheer determination with which you take the next course or start your first project in the music industry.
However you measure it and whatever artistic realm you are working in, most creatives would like to achieve success with their creative endeavour. There are many types of success an individual may want to achieve. From successful completion of an artistic exploration all the way through to financial security and a global audience.
There are many skills required to develop these dreams into real and practical futures. Our optional course in self-development and leadership is the ‘rocket fuel’ which will provide you with the frameworks, the focus and the drive to help realise your future.
Self development to better understand how to take decisive action, to communicate powerfully with others and take an honest look at how you limit yourself. Leadership to complete your creative project, to bring your work into the external world and to attract an audience to share, appreciate and follow your work.
The employment model in the music industry has transformed over the last 25 years. Roles with permanent contracts do still exist but it is much more likely that you will work either as a freelancer or as part of a small startup on your way to professional creative autonomy.
The music industry never ceases to evolve and reinvent itself. We aim to provide you with an education that enables you to either be a change maker or to be capable of adapting and staying at the forefront of this change.
Here are some areas you may find yourself working in:-
Audio production, remix engineering, contemporary DJ performances, recording artist, performance artist, audio creation for events and brands, creative advertising, sample packs for labels and other artists, sounds installations, programmer, sound and music for games and film, interdisciplinary arts projects, working in related fields such as record labels, publishers, artist management companies to name but a few.
Our tutors are industry experienced with a passion for passing on their knowledge to others. Here are a few of the experienced and friendly tutors that will be supporting you throughout your learning process.
In the end it doesn’t matter what we say or do. What matters is the work of our students. Have a listen, leave some comments and decide for yourselves.
Academic qualifications equivalent to ‘A’ level, Baccalaureate or Abitur are normally required to enter our Electronic Music Production & Performance degree programme. These may be waived if students are able to provide proof of capability via a portfolio of work. More details can be found here.
For those students who have the capability but no proof of appropriate qualifications or portfolio we have also designed a new accelerated access course (primer workshops) which runs as part of our short course programme.
The most important prerequisite for attending any course at Catalyst is that you must be passionate about building and developing your skills as a practising electronic music artist, producer or performer.
For more information please contact a member of the team. We love to chat!
Course dates and application deadline
Term date: 13.09.2021 - 21.05.2022
Application deadline: 30th of June.
Applications made after this date will be placed on a waiting list and offered places if/when they become available
From € 975 a month.
If you decide to enrol in both a short and long course with us, you will receive a discount of 500€ on the total tuition.
How to apply
Our admissions team has prepared a handy little map of your journey to studenthood with us. Take a look and be in touch if you have any questions.
Open days and taster workshops
Get a feel for our school from the comfort of your home with our Virtual Open Days and skill-focussed Taster Workshops.
Hosted by our team and students, these online events will give you a sense of what it's like to come and study with us in Berlin.
We look forward to meeting you online soon!
Primer Workshop - Access Programme
For those wishing to join our main music courses, but lacking either practical experience in music production or the formal education requirements to apply through standard entry, we offer an additional short primer workshop to run alongside any 4 week summer short course.
Electronic Music Production & Performance BA Hons Degree
Become a pioneer in the world of electronic music production
Electronic Music Production
A launch pad for aspiring electronic music producers and composers. Spend 4 weeks building your confidence in the subject area.
Advanced Sound Design
A 4 week course created with the artist/producer in mind. You have a grasp of the fundamentals but need to develop a new sonic identity, explore new frontiers or push your work to the next level.
Creative Production MA Masters Degree
Celebrate, explore, develop, innovate and magnify your capabilities as a music producer, a sound engineer, a practising electronic music artist, a performer, a composer or a sonic artist