Song to Tools

This workshop will continue researching how musical composition, improvisation and production techniques can be applied as generative composition tools in any creative work. Specifically, this class will elaborate on the idea that song forms and progressions used in "popular/Western" and "classical/European" music, as well as tuning and compositional systems in outer European music can be recontextualised as constructive tools.

This workshop is open for participants from all fields of creative work looking for alternative and original tools to generate content, material, form and structure in their work. Commitment and regular attendance are required.

Many things that are used in our work have inherent layers which can all be exposed. Through developing an inquisitive relationship with these things we can apply their form and structure as well as derive techniques for compositional and creative processes.

Musical composition and production techniques will be the basis for investigating concepts of processual repetition, patterns and loops. We will engage the imagination and calculated potential of iteration and disintegration. Guided exercises in listening, imagining, formulating, converting and creating will help to discover systems to apply to your own work.

This workshop is presented in cooperation with the Studium Generale at the University of the Arts. This means the course will be open to students of the University. Thus the workshop-group is a mixture of regular students and international participants.

Boris Hauf is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, curator, producer and performer. He plays saxophone, flute, synths, organ, computer, percussion, guitar and sings. He composes for ensembles, film, radio, soloists, choreographers, video installation and performance art and has released roughly 50 records. He curates festivals and concert series in Chicago and Berlin and lectures at the UdK Berlin. Current bands are Owl & Mack, Postmarks, Next Delusion and The Peeled Eye. Boris Hauf tours and performs worldwide. He runs and owns the record label Shameless


Run period:
30.06.2017 – 03.07.2017
Course time:
10.00 am – 5.00 pm
Application Deadline:

Course fee:
EUR 400

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