Interactive Multimedia Performing Arts Collaborative Technology Conference

NYU Music Experience Design Lab (MusEDLab)
NYU Steinhardt Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions
35 W. 4th St., New York, NY 10012 
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Friday, August 5 • 10:15am - 12:15pm
Track-and-hook: Popular Music Production

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In this workshop we'll be exploring a way of making music that John Seabrook calls “track-and-hook” in his book, The Song Machine: “In track-and-hook, the production comes first, and then melody and words are added.” Working in small groups with whatever instruments we have available (laptops, tablets, phones, voices, guitars, keyboards, etc.), we’ll endeavor to construct a hit song by the end of the workshop by working through the three phases of track-and-hook: 1. Making beats and chord progressions; 2. adding hooks; 3. adding vocals (if any), and editing and mixing our bangers to perfection. By going through this process we not only experience the song machine process, but we learn experientially the skills of contemporary radio hits music production. Let’s give RiRi and taytay a run for their money and serve up some hot tracks. 

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Adam Patrick Bell

Assistant Professor of Music Education, University of Calgary
Adam Patrick Bell is an Assistant Professor of Music Education in the School of Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Calgary. He has published in the Journal of Music, Technology and Education, Journal on the Art of Record Production, Action, Criticism, and Theory for... Read More →
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Ethan Hein

Doctoral Fellow in Music Education, New York University
Ethan Hein is a Doctoral Fellow in music education at New York University, and an adjunct professor of music at NYU and the New School. As a founding member of the NYU Music Experience Design Lab, Ethan has taken a leadership role in the development of online tools for music learning... Read More →

Friday August 5, 2016 10:15am - 12:15pm EDT
La Guardia Co-op Computer Lab 539 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 10012