Electronic Music Production & Performance

Create the next sonic revolution

A musical revolution

In a sonic space where any imaginable sound can be produced, a new technique can cause a musical revolution and a genre can evolve and mutate into a whole new entity, our approach to learning will help unlock your own unique potential and prepare you to lead the way into the next future of electronic music production. 

Immerse yourself in a learning space where audacious experimentation and risk taking are not only encouraged, but seen as key to your success. Use music technology to create a bridge between the ideas in your head and a real world audience as you master the tools and techniques for creating, mixing and mastering your own music whilst developing a portfolio as a producer, performer, sonic artist, DJ or sound designer.

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Explore the origins of electronic music production whilst expanding your creative and technical skillset with new techniques in unorthodox practices. Embrace the infinite new opportunities that arise when music combines with technology. Be prepared to put your ideas to work immediately with real world projects, captivating and challenging discourse and all important constructive feedback from tutors and peers.

From the smallest experimental venues, to the largest clubs and concert halls our courses allow you to take advantage of every opportunity and discover what you want to contribute to the world. The music you make today may resonate for decades and shape the techniques of artists to come for the next century and beyond. Be part of writing the next chaper in the history of electronic music.

Certificate, Bachelors & Masters Degree Courses

Our flagship courses focus on 'hands on' reflective practice, collaboration, problem solving and critical thinking.

Length: 1 Year Term Start: 14.09.2020
Application by: 30 April for Priority
Fees: From 975€/month

Our project based Electronic Music Production & Performance Certificate course is a focused and innovative learning experience that focuses on learning by doing. Using challenging real-life scenarios you will develop the practical tools and core techniques required to create, record, produce, master and perform your own music whilst you start to build your artist/producer portfolio.

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Length: 3 Year Term start: 14.09.2020
Application by: 30 April for Priority
Fees: From 975€/month

Our project based Electronic Music Production & Performance Bachelor Degree (BA Hons) course is a profound, focussed and innovative learning experience that focuses on learning by doing. Using challenging real-life scenarios you will develop all of the practical tools and essential techniques required to create, record, produce, master and perform your own music whilst you build an artist/producer portfolio and your own unique profile.

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Short Courses

Whether you’re deep into a specific electronic music genre, curious about sound exploration or obsessed with trying to achieve the perfectly balanced mix down; you’ll find new inspiration whilst developing a whole range of new skills in our intensive and specialised 4-week courses.

Level: Beginners
Length: 4 weeks
Dates: 22.06.2020
Application deadline: 14.06.2020


Our 4-week Electronic Music Production course is perfect for beginners and aspiring producers who want to learn the core principles of their craft and hone their skills to express their creative ideas!

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Level: Intermediate / Advanced
Length: 4 weeks
Dates: 22.06.2020
Application deadline: 14.06.2020

Our 4-week Advanced Sound Design course has been created with the artist/producer in mind. You know your way around a DAW, and already have a grasp of the fundamentals, but are interested in developing a new sonic identity or exploring new frontiers that will take your work to the next stage in it’s evolution. 

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Beyond the specialised creative and technical skillsets you learn with us, we think that leadership is a crucial element in supporting your life, your creative projects and your success after you leave Catalyst behind. This extraordinary course will magnify the potential of everything else you learn whilst you are with us and is available to Catalyst students as part of your course fee.

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For those wishing to join our main Bachelors programmes, but lacking either practical experience in electronic music production or the formal education requirements to apply through standard entry, we offer an additional primer workshop to run alongside the 4 week electronic music production course. It covers writing skills, reading, structuring arguments, debate and understanding context. The course utilises task and project based learning methodology to ensure that you’re prepared and ready for our longer HE Certificate or Bachelor Degree level programmes.

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Catalyst Berlin Electronic Music Production & Performance students Garfive and Guitarbaby perform live for Studio Sessions as electronica duo Otari
Learn by doing

You won’t find any “traditional” classrooms, homework, lectures or tests here. Instead, from day one, you’ll be put in a group with other motivated creatives just like you and tasked with producing electronic music under challenging creative, technical and logistical constraints. Make music, and make it your way. It’s harder than it sounds.

Electro duo and Catalyst Berlin Electronic Music Production & Performance alumni Lalume
A bedrock of support

It might be harder than it sounds but don’t worry - we’re here for you. You’ll be supported by our staff of industry professional tutors running hands-on workshops on everything from analogue synthesis to composition to beat making and much more. You’ll also perform, listen and critique your work and the work of others in our performance workshops.

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You should be interested in some or all of the following:-

  • Establishing your own distinct and creative approach to electronic music production
  • Developing your artistic persona and portfolio
  • Transforming yourself from a DJ into a Producer
  • Recording, releasing and/or performing your own electronic music
  • Making your first step towards a career in the music industry
  • Acquiring entrepreneurial expertise for the music industry
  • Developing new and innovative music production techniques
  • Programming and playing a variety of electronic instruments
  • Designing and creating your own sounds and FX
  • Developing finely honed listening skills
  • Joining a progressive learning community supported by a dedicated team of experienced facilitators
  • Learning by doing and gaining hands-on experience applicable to real-life work
  • Collaborating with a community of like minded people from 55 different countries
  • Living and working in Berlin, the most exciting city on the planet for music makers
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Whatever your definition of success, there are a range of tools, skills, attributes and habits which significantly increase your chances of achieving that success. These skills and attributes are the building blocks that help TURN A TALENTED, HARDWORKING HUMAN BEING INTO A GENUINELY SUCCESSFUL ONE. When we talk about success at Catalyst we are talking about it in the widest possible sense. It may or may not include a financial or a fame element depending on your own personal goals. It must include the importance of also feeling content or happy.

Here are some examples of the qualities we help you develop:-

  • A well developed creative muscle
  • Comfort with failure and vulnerability
  • Building tenacity, grit and resilience
  • Personal leadership
  • Growing and developing an entrepreneurial approach
  • Learning to lead people and projects
  • Understanding the benefits of taking risk
  • Enhancing your communication and collaborative skills
  • Embedding innovation techniques in your daily practice
  • Understanding the importance of developing the 'whole' person

Much of this learning is deeply embedded in the projects you complete for your course. Much of the time you may not even be consciously aware you are in the process of developing these skills.

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Our team

Our courses are designed with input from numerous experienced members of the international music Industry. They are taught by an international team of permanent tutors and visiting music industry professionals.

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