• Music production

    Theory and Techniques for Beginners

    Dj console

Learn to express yourself through music

This course is for those who just started creating electronic music using Ableton Live. It will provide you with the basic knowledge that you will need for creating compositions and it will show you how to spot “errors”.

Unlike other courses, you will mix advance musical and sound design concepts, with an easy step-by-step exploration of the tools and basics of Ableton LIVE. You will use methods developed by the teacher who will share them in the most simple and fun way so that you can adapt them to your workflow and goals.

There is a lot to learn about electronic music!


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Please book your spot for the initial meeting with a short email at atelierfrancescomusic@gmail.com

DJ console

The teacher

Francesco Spaggiari is an artist, composer & sound designer from Italy. He lives in Berlin since 2008. Since then, he played around the world both as a Dj and as a Live performer, with gigs in New York, Sao Paolo, Santiago, Amsterdam, Berlin, Moskow, Tokyo, and many other cities.

With his two alias Martin Patino and Atelier Francesco, he released on world-renowned record labels such as Cadenza Music, Cocoon Records, Get Physical and ghost produced Grammy Awards nominee artist „Timo Maas“. He held a workshop in Berlin (Berlino Schule), Santiago (Dj School Chile), Fukouka (Keith Fleick) and the Cali (Museum of Modern Art La Tertulia). Francesco also worked in the neurotechnology field developing software that opens communication between brainwaves and sound, and he is now currently preparing a solo album on Cadenza Music, two sound installations and organizing a festival on sound and science.

Martin Patino


-> Presentation Meeting
In this first meeting, the course will be introduced to the participants, thus you could see first hand how the lessons will be, the way you will learn and the mood of the lessons: instructive but also fun (what else, it’s music!).

-> Lesson 1: Simpler, Drum Rack & Layers
In this lesson, we’re going to discover sampling through Ableton’s instrument Simpler. Then you will learn how to use Drum Racks efficiently, and we are gonna dig into the technique of layering, both theoretically and practically.

-> Lesson 2: Automation, Sound Design, Send Effects
This lesson is dedicated to study details: you will learn how to use automation, how to create your send channels, and we will approach sound design.

-> Lesson 3: Rhythm, Groove, Silence
This lesson will explore the concept of rhythm and groove (way more than percussion!). We will try to define what rhythm is, and we will then study how does it work in a short time (loop) and in a long time (arrangement). A vital part of rhythm and music in general is silence (a broader idea of silence, not only intended as the absence of sound) and we will learn how to spot it in other people’s track, and how to use it.

-> Lesson 4: Mixing, Space, Groups and Layer
Essential to computer music is the spatial dimension, in-depth, and in stereo. This will be the question that will drive us through learning the basic concepts of mixing and the use of compressors, equalizers, panners, reverbs and so on. Those instruments are so overlooked in laptop producers that are one of the first signs of quality and therefore build instant trust.

-> Lesson 5: Harmony in Electronic Music, Processes, Arrangement
In this lesson I’ll show you why is important to have your own process, and what does it mean to achieve your own sound. This will be the introduction to the idea of coherence in electronic music, and our study on the symbolic value of sound, another important tip to stimulate the imagination of people without using words or melody. Personal techniques to finish a song without getting stuck and other tips will be shared.

-> Lesson 6: Effect Rack
Effect Racks are not only useful: they are beautiful. In electronic music, sometimes the music relies more on the use of effects than on the use of notes. Effects are the instruments of our generation, and we are gonna learn how they work, how to put them in order in the chain, how to make them talk with each other and how to represent your sound and the feeling that you have in your mind.

Our contacts:

Berlin Italian Communication UG

Gryphiusstr. 23, 10245 Berlin
Inhaber: Andrea D’Addio

E-Mail: info (at) berlinoschule.com
Tel.: + 49 (0) 30 36465765

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