'As far as the music was concerned, John Lennon was always looking for the impossible, the unattainable. He was never satisfied.
He once said to me, "You know, George, I've never really liked anything we've ever done." I said, "Really John? But you made some fantastic records!" He said, "Well, if I could do them all over again I would."'
– George Martin
Audio Recording • Choosing Equipment • Editing • Effects • Hardware • Mastering • Microphones • MIDI • Mixing • Music Notation • Production • Programming • Sampling • Sequencing • Software • Sound Synthesis • Studio Set-up
The New School's unique music technology programme focuses specifically on applied technology for practising musicians, teachers and students. The rapid development of music technology is quite simply the most significant transformation of music making and the music industry since the advent of recorded sound. Technology is changing the face of music by putting more and more music-making capability - from composition to performance to recording and production - into the hands of creative musicians:
- The availability of low-cost technology is now making it actually cheaper for bands and songwriters to invest in professional recording and production equipment and work on material in their own space - and at their own pace - than to pay expensive studio rates.
- Young composers who would never have been able to afford live musicians can now hear realistic 'performances' of complex works and create their own scores and parts without resorting to expensive music typesetters.
- Professional musicians working in styles ranging from rock to trad to jazz are extending their live performance capabilities through MIDI and sequencing. Today almost any instrument can be MIDI-connected.
- Amateur musicians with nothing but a computer and sound card can learn, compose, play, record and notate music in the privacy of their own homes.
- Rapidly developing music software now allows primary and post-primary music teachers with an understanding of MIDI and/or music notation software to greatly enhance their music appreciation and theory instruction.
- Instrumental and singing students can now use 'intelligent accompaniment' software that listens as they play or sing and responds to spontaneous tempo changes.
- Finally, as the technology of sound synthesis, sequencing, sampling, hard-disk recording and multi-effects becomes simpler and cheaper, the entire industry is experiencing a gradual but vast shift away from the major labels and large studios and towards musicians and independent studios. What has already happened in pop music - best-selling albums written, performed and produced in someone's living room - will eventually happen in other styles as well. Even for classical music, technology isn't something to be feared. Far from replacing live musicians, technology will increase the independent recording and production capability of performing groups, large and small.
The New School has recognised the implications of music technology by committing ourselves to practical, inexpensive courses specifically designed for amateur and professional musicians, music educators and music students. Until now, music technology instruction in Ireland has been available only within larger sound engineer training courses, third-level music departments or post-graduate degree courses. We offer Introducing Music Technology, a comprehensive 10-week introduction to the basics of music technology, as well as private lessons - providing hands-on introductions to everything from MIDI to mastering and microphone techniques to multitrack recording. We also run one-day workshops (Music Technology for Post-Primary Music Classes) by arrangement, for both post-primary music classes and music teachers, and music technology tuition at the New School can include preparation for Leaving Cert. Music practicals. Finally, single Intensive Lessons - covering specific techniques, hardware or software - can be arranged, subject to teacher and technology lab availability.
In association with Waltons music shops, we have selected a range of recommended equipment for music technology students at the New School. Students are also eligible for payment plans, available for equipment valued at €150 or more. Go to Recommended Equipment for more information.
Francis Long (Introducing Music technology, private lessons, intensive lessons)
Rory Pierce (Music Technology for Post-Primary Music Classes, intensive lessons)
Located in Dublin city centre, Waltons New School of Music is a comprehensive music centre, combining music tuition of the highest standard with innovative approaches to music education. The New School offers tuition in the broadest range of instruments and subjects of any music school in Ireland, for students of all ages, levels and abilities.
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