Electronica/Live Drum 'n' Bass
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music
Department: Performance
Course Number: JPER 4548
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Topics:
  • Contemporary Music
Description:
Drum 'n' bass is a British born fusion of dub, techno, ambient, electronica and hip hop spun and manipulated by DJ's at 160 beats-per-minute plus. Live drum 'n' bass is a reinterpretation of DJ culture, crossbred with the interactive matrix commonly used by improvising musicians. Its structure is derived from real-time polyrhythmic layering of sound textures, polytonal-loop-based melodies, forms made on the fly, harmonic progressions, and a highly innovative drumming style. Fast tempos, unorthodox techniques and a seasoned sense of form and rhythm are some of the more challenging elements required to effectively reinterpret or "reverse engineer" programmed music of this kind.
Course Open to: Majors Only
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
By audition, at the instructor's discretion.
Restrictions:

College

Open to Lang/Jazz BA/BFA students.

Open to Jazz students.

Level

Open to Undergraduate students.