Tangent Strategies for Music Creation

Course starts May 13th 2021

Classes delivered by Kangding Ray
David Letellier, aka Kangding Ray, is a French Berlin-based experimental electronic music producer and founder of the record label “ara”.
His music has garnered acclaim from avant-garde electronica listeners to devoted clubbers.
There are few musicians who manage to explore the convergence between techno and experimental as successfully as David Letellier, and those who have been following Letellier since his debut album on the legendary German imprint raster-noton in 2006, will recognise not only his meticulous and constantly developing approach to sound design, but also the conceptual depth behind his releases.

Course Details
6 x 3hr long sessions
May 13th, 20th, 27th
June 3rd, 10th, 17th
7pm - 10pm CET



"This course is aimed at people who want to interrogate their music creation process and look for new inspiration in order to push their music sonically, as well as conceptually.

Whether your aim is to compose and produce an experimental ambient piece or a club banger Whether your available tools are software or hardware, modular systems, analog or digital machines, instruments, microphones, synthesisers or outboard equipments, i will guide you on this journey to find your own path. We will learn techniques and tips along the way, but they will be at the service of creativity.

We will use the tools present inside the Ableton environment, as well as VCV rack to learn the basics of modular synthesis and different sequencing techniques.
The assignments can be realised on those same tools, or any other hardware or software tools at your disposal.

We will learn how to use mistakes, serendipity and accidents in the production process, and approach different ways of setting up generative procedures in compositions." - Kangding Ray 

Limited to 14 places. Some tickets are reserved for Women and Non-binary people.  


Week 1 - Why      

History of procedures
Concept & Sketches     

Recording with or without intention 
Music from Noise
Synthesis vs. Recording

Week 2 - What

Process, creative sequencing
transients, surfaces, textures
Silence, impacts, perception
Emotions through sound 
Euclidian patterns Polyrhythmic LFSR Sequencing

Week 3 - How

Tools & Experimentation    

Naive hacking techniques 

Sampling and Synthesis
Wave shaping
Additive Synthesis
Impulse / Contact mics

Week 4 - Where 

On the influence of context
Functionality, space, atmosphere 
Sound in a cultural and physical sense 
Ambiance / Room / Diffusion Stereo image

Week 5 - When 

Versions & Persistence 
Dedication and essence 
Speed vs end 
Combining practices
Gain staging
Dirt & Clean
Loudness / Psychoacoustic Informed decisions

Week 6  

Group Playback with personal feedback of your musical works, with mentoring from Kangding Ray and the group. 

You will get: 
18 hours of live coaching and teaching from David and his years of experience in experimental music production.
Access to an online drive full of resources and extra reading material.  
An interactive online classroom environment.
Regular tasks and activities during class and for homework. 
Access to the Ramp Alumni group to stay connected and share ideas with classmates.
*Classes are recorded and viewable online for the duration of the course.  

You will need:
Your own laptop and headphones.
A professional DAW of your choice.
*Classes will mostly focus on Ableton, but many of the concepts are transferable to other DAWs. 
A basic understanding of your DAW and Music Production concepts.  
A decent internet connection in a quiet environment to learn. 
A free Zoom user account. 

Just did the 6 weeks class with Kangding Ray and it was amazing! We didn't learn the usual youtube techno tutorials tricks but we really discovered how to evolve as an artist, how to make a unique sound, how to build evolving systems that generate creativity. I'm making music for 10 years but I learnt more during those 6 weeks than I ever did. Thanks Ramp!

I was in the Kangding Ray class. It was absolutely worth the money. All the best bits of history and theory, and then backed up with several examples shown to us inside a DAW that tied everything together.

Besides all the challenges, this lockdown brought me on an exciting journey of music exploration. I have learned so much and have gotten so many ways of experimenting and exploring sound design in my music. This inspiration is priceless!

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