Popular music is the music of our time. In the U.S., it accounts for 75% of music consumption [Nielsen, 2018]. One goal we have at Sony CSL is to teach A.I.s to make music the way musicians of our time do: in Digital Audio Workstations, considering sound and music as one [Eno, 2010]. But expertise on popular music is hard to come by, even for humans: popular music theory and practice are seldom taught in music schools [Humphreys, 2004], and the academia largely neglects to analyse its content [Moorefield, 2005]. We organise internal master classes on contemporary popular music so that our researchers acquire the necessary skills in beat-making, song-writing and production.
Master class Luc Leroy
Luc Leroy is a song writer, arranger and producer for Trak Invaders (link). Throughout 2018-2019, he is invited to the lab to provide several courses on music technology, with a focus on keyboards. Luc maintains a YouTube channel (link) where he keeps videos inspired by his master classes.
Content of one of Luc Leroy’s conferences at CSL, Nov 6th 2018.
Master class Sirian
Sirian is a trance music writer and producer (Facebook , Soundcloud). He visited CSL Paris in January 2019 to give a master class on trance music. Sirian went through the A to Z of trance, from laying the kick drum part to mastering the finished track.
Master class Guillaume Ferran
Former lead singer of French Electro-Pop band Griefjoy (Wikipedia), Guillaume (Facebook) released his first solo EP Pianolitics with Arista/Sony in 2017. He visited CSL Paris in February 2019 for a two-day music writing session, during which he mixed Michael Nyman influences with his own unique piano style.
Guillaume Ferran’s Pianolitics
[Nielsen, 2018] Nielsen Holdings, Global Music, Report 2018. Annual state of the industry. https://www.nielsen.com/us/en/insights/reports/2018/2017-music-us-year-end-report.html
[Humphreys, 2004] Humphreys, Jere T. “Popular music in the American schools: What history tells us about the present and the future.” Bridging the gap: Popular music and music education (2004): 91-106.
[Moorefield, 2005]. Moorefield, Virgil. The Producer as Composer: Shaping the Sounds of Popular Music, MIT Press, Cambridge, 2005.
[Eno, 2010] Eno, Brian. The Dick Flash interview, 2010. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwFry159gZw.