Narrative Composition & Expressive Sound Design

Starts June 8th 2021

Lessons delivered by Roly Porter
Roly Porter is an experimental electronic musician and composer. He began his career as part of Vex’d, working alongside Kuedo to release “Degenerate” on Planet Mu. In 2011 he returned to Subtext Records to begin a solo project with the album “Aftertime” born from a collaborative residency at Alderburgh with Ondiste, Cynthia Millar.
Roly released “Life Cycle of a Massive Star” on Subtext Records and in 2016, “Third Law” on TriAngle Records. His latest release, a return to Subtext, is “Kistvaen” an imagined Neolithic burial ritual featuring MaryAnne Roberts of Bragod. Kistvaen was developed as an AV performance with long term collaborator Marcel Weber and was performed at festivals around the world including Unsound, Atonal and Sonic Acts.

As a composer and sound designer Roly has scored several films and trailers including Film 4’s “In Fear”, “The Beach House” and “Gandahar” a re-score for the BFI’s Sci-Fi season. Roly has created original scores for Gareth Pugh’s SS18 and Fall collections at London Fashion Week. SS18, presented at Imax, was directed by Nick Knight with choreography from Wayne Mcgregor. In 2020 Roly composed the soundtrack for Eric Chahi’s critically acclaimed VR game “Paper Beast” which was awarded “Outstanding Achievement in Audio” at Raindance Festival.

Course Details
Each class is around 2.5 hr's
8pm - 10:30pm CET (7pm - 9:30pm GMT)
Every Tuesday Eventing
June 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
July 6th, 13th


This six week course examines composition techniques using narrative, visual and conceptual frameworks and expressive sound design techniques designed to create new and unusual instrumentation.

During this course you will each create a new piece of music based on a pre-written narrative framework. You will explore sound design and mixing techniques designed to enhance your sonic identity with unusual, expressive and unique instrumentation. You will look at how applying a narrative to your composition allows you to better translate abstract ideas into sound.

Limited to 12 places. 


Week 1

Narrative Composition Techniques

Week 2

Shaping Sound

Week 3 


Week 4 


Week 5 


Week 6 


15 hours of live coaching and teaching from Roly and his years of experience in music production and composition.
Mentoring and feedback on your music & progress. 
Access to an online drive full of resources, reading material, sounds, and reference tracks. 
An interactive online classroom environment with other like minded students from all over the world.
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. 

Your own laptop and headphones with a professional DAW - Ableton or Logic recommended. 
*Classes will mostly focus on Ableton & Logic, but many of the concepts are transferable to other DAWs. 
A decent internet connection in a quiet environment to learn. 
A free account with Zoom. 

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