New Amsterdam Records


Since launching in 2017, NewAm’s Genre-fluid Composers Lab has served over 50 musicians from around the globe including over 20 states and 8 countries. Designed as an add-on to formal compositional training, the labs function as a revolving masterclass/workshop for emerging/early career composers focusing on the challenges and opportunities of the current musical landscape. Each lab features a fluid mix of prepared lectures, composition masterclasses, career guidance, and mental/emotion health strategies. The Labs take place via Zoom networking software in order to diversify attendance and make the program available to students throughout the world. Attendees are asked to review their fellow student’s music, present new music regularly, and participate in lively weekly discussions.

Genre-Fluid Workshop

The Genre-fluid Composers Lab is led by NewAm co-founder and Mannes Conservatory faculty member William Brittelle. The lab includes concepts developed in Brittelle’s Mannes courses “Survey of Post-Genre Music” and “Exploring the Ethos of Punk” and builds on genre-fluid talks he’s given at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Vanderbilt University, University of Wisconsin, Duke University, Julliard, Oberlin College, and the University of Maryland. More info on William Brittelle here

Introduction to Ableton Live

This lab aims to introduce participants to the basic functions of the music software program Ableton Live. Intended for beginners and those with limited experience with Ableton Live, the weekly lectures (led by New Amsterdam’s in-house audio engineer Michael Hammond) will present an overview of this powerful program’s many different real world applications, including production, sound design, mixing, live performance, and composing—with a special emphasis on how these techniques can be harnessed as part of the creative process.

The weekly lectures will take place via Zoom. All attendees should have access to a computer with Ableton Live (a free 30-day demo version is available on Ableton’s website).

In addition to being the in-house audio engineer for New Amsterdam Records, Michael Hammond is a producer, composer, and sound artist. Michael studied composition and computer science at Princeton University. His debut solo album (released on New Amsterdam under the moniker No Lands) was called “one of the most thrilling headphone experiences of this year” [Tome to the Weather Machine] and named the best electronic album of the year by the Brooklyn Rail. He has collaborated with artists including So Percussion, yMusic, Shara Nova, the Kitchener‐Waterloo Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, Residentie Orkest, and Signal Ensemble and performed in venues including The Kitchen, Le Poisson Rouge, Zankel Hall, and the Kaufman Center.

Thursdays 7:30 – 9:00pm EDT
September 5 – October 10, 2019
6 sessions

Participation in the Composers Lab is by application. Costs are subsidized and kept at $25/per student per session. Labs are limited to groupings of six students and one fellow. The Genre-Fluid Workshop meets once weekly for 2 hours in 12 week segments (exact dates to be determined). The Ableton Workshop will meet over the course of 6 sessions at the days/times specified above.

The application process is simple – please write a short note that includes biographical information (background, music training, interests, etc) and reasons for wanting to participate in the Composers Lab. Please also include 2-3 digital samples of your music, score inclusion optional. Email materials to: Application deadline September 1 with rolling enrollment, applications will kept on file for further sessions

Emphasis is placed on creating a diverse lab setting featuring students from different backgrounds throughout the world. Formal musical training is not a prerequisite for lab participation and musicians of all practices are invited to apply. Please specify which lab or labs you are applying for in your materials. For the Ableton Workshop, please also tell us why you want to learn Ableton Live and how you envision it helping your creative process.

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