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October 19, 2020 6:00–7:00 pm
Online
Music & Audio

Rhythm for Producers

Taught by Brooks Frederickson

About the Workshop

Join Brooks Frederickson, PhD candidate in the Duke music department, for this second in a series of workshops designed to increase your understanding around the theoretical fundamentals of music through examples pulled from current indie, pop, EDM, and hip-hop hits. Producers are encouraged to follow along with their Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) of choice–Ableton, Logic, Garageband, Reaper, Pro Tools, etc.

No prior music theory background or experience needed, all are welcome!

This workshop will address the following questions:

• What is a rhythm?
• What is a time signature?
• What is a polyrhythm?
• How do I add variety to my drum beats?
• How do I hear and replicate a rhythm?

Producers are encouraged to follow along their DAW of choice (Ableton, Logic, Garageband, Reaper, Pro Tools). Examples will be pulled from current hits from indie, pop, EDM, and hip-hop. No prior music theory background or experience needed, all are welcome!

About the Instructor

Brooks Frederickson is a musician and artist based in Durham, NC. A fourth year PhD student in Music Composition at Duke, Brooks’ research focuses on the community and collaborative aspects of music and art making. His music has been performed internationally, used in films, and danced to.

Recent recording projects include his first full length album “Small Works” released through New Amsterdam Records’ Windmill Series, his “steroidally hard-driving, rock-influenced” (NY Times) piece Undertoad on Bearthoven’s Cantaloupe Records release “Trios”. Brooks’ music can also be heard on Consortium5’s recording “Tangled Pipes” out on the UK Nonclassical record label, and on A/B Duo’s “Variety Show”.

About the Location

This workshop will meet online via Zoom. See link at top of page.

About Duke Arts Create

Duke Arts Create is a series of free, hands-on arts workshops designed to help all Duke students, including graduate and professional students (including Duke Health), as well as Duke faculty and staff develop a variety of creative skills in the visual arts, dance and movement, creative writing and more. Workshops are open to all skill levels and backgrounds. Most workshops are held in the Duke Arts Annex, the Rubenstein Arts Center or the Duke Arts Office 2101 and are typically held weeknights from 6-8 p.m.

Registration for the following week’s workshops go live on Friday mornings at 9 a.m. – sign up in advance to guarantee your spot. Didn’t get a spot? No problem! We always reserve space for walk-ins. Email DukeCreate@duke.edu if you have any questions. Sign up for the monthly newsletter here, which includes the full list of classes offered during the following month.

Duke Arts Create is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts (Duke Arts).