A course for absolute beginners: learn the foundations of Electronic Music Production. Oscar guides you through the basic theoretical, technical, artistic and workflow essentials to start producing your own electronic music.
This is not a tutorial, this is a music education.
It's a video course designed for absolute beginners, assuming zero pre-existing knowledge. Step by step I introduce all the key building blocks needed to start finishing your own electronic music compositions.
I'm Oscar from Underdog, and I created this course to save you YEARS of trial-and-error. There is a lot of music production knowledge out there in the world, but it is badly organised and not clearly structured for a beginner. This course teaches you the foundation that you need for future development. It starts from clear first principles, and ensures that later on you won't get lost when more advanced topics are introduced.
This course is built up of a core curriculum, and an intermediate curriculum. You can complete the core curriculum in 5 weeks and you'll be finishing your first songs. The intermediate curriculum goes deeper into specific topics and takes the time to explore nuances and details.
This course uses Ableton Live, and I recommend using the free trial version for 90 days. More information about what to do after the trial is over is given inside the course.
What people say about the course
I have never in my life sat for seven hours straight to learn something
I'm only half way in and I have to say that I've lost count how many times I've felt like I got my money's worth. I have never in my life sat for seven hours straight to learn something.
You are truly an amazing teacher and everything that I feared before deep diving into this has been squashed away. Thank you!
Filling in all the blanks
This course has done wonders for filling in all the little blanks that I've missed not having any sort of formal training. Lots of "Oh! That's how you do that!" along with the fundamental "theory" subjects. I've made some tracks in the past, but this one I'm working on as I do the course feels, by far, the most professional of them all. Thank you, @OscarDog for putting this course together. It's super well done.
The glue that puts everything together
I just started it, and even though I consider myself not a newbie, after going through hundred of tutorials, this course gives you the glue to put everything together, it's fantastic thank you @OscarDog !!!
THE CORE CURRICULUM
DAW basics & drum programming
We'll talk about the basic audio editing skills needed to navigate your DAW, and learn to programme effective drum tracks using audio and MIDI workflows.
Rhythm & harmony theory
The key to emotionally impactful music is not random, and it's not secret: it's just a few core rhythmic and harmonic concepts that we explore in a series of short videos. Once these are understood, your music will be coherent, focused, and emotionally impactful.
Programming instruments with intent
If we understand the theoretical ideas, we now just need to put them into practice: how do we programme different musical voices and what roles do they play in a composition? We also learn the basis of synthesis to customise sounds to fit into our composition.
Even the best musical ideas will fall flat if the audio engineering behind them is all wrong. In this chapter we will learn the foundations of the domain called "mixing", to help us create space for our elements and balance them against each other.
Arrangement & climaxes
We learn most of the concepts in this course while working inside an 8-bar loop. But once that loop is polished enough, it's time to tell a musical story with it, and in this chapter we loop at the concepts behind doing exactly that.
Once you are comfortable with the core curriculum, it's time to delve deeper into each aspect and get better at it. To help you on your journey, we include a tonne of in-depth topic treatments with this course.
Advanced drum programming techniques
An rundown of 3rd party VST plugins
Studio setup concepts and advice
Critical listening exercises (house, techno, pop & electronica)
How to use compression & managing dynamic range
How to use and record hardware synths and effects
Four printable posters
Keep all your learning within arm's reach
Underdog sample & MIDI chord pack
This Foundations course comes bundled with the Underdog Sample & MIDI pack, with loops and drums to get you started. It also contains MIDI chord progressions for instant inspiration.
This pack will get you started, and it is a good first step for later building your own sample library.
What equipment do I need for this?
Any computer (PC/MAC) will do, plus the free trial version of Ableton Live. A pair of headphones would be nice too. In the course we discuss what else you might want to buy, if you plan on upgrading.
Why should I take this course? Why not self-learn via YouTube?
You can, and should try to self-learn via YouTube! The problem with a lot of content out there, however, is that it is unstructured: it's not clear that you are getting the right puzzle pieces at the right time at the right skill level.
This course offers you that structure: after this course you'll understand how it all fits together, and then you can build on that by self-learning.
Will this teach me everything about Ableton Live?
I like to say this is an ART class, not a SOFTWARE class. I teach artistic concepts and how to implement them via the tool, in this case Ableton Live. So it doesn't show 100% of what Live is capable of.
Think of it like the difference between a graphic design course vs. a photoshop course. One is about the principles, the other about the tools. This course is the former.
Do you only teach in Ableton Live?
In this course I exclusively use Ableton Live to illustrate all the concepts. However, the concepts are universal and you can probably find analogous functions in your DAW of choice. If demand is high enough, I might make expansion modules for particular DAWs. Let me know in the "discussions" tab inside the course!
What if I have questions or something is unclear?
Every class has a dedicated "discussion" tab, where you can ask questions or make comments. I will keep an eye on these, responding to the most common questions, and if necessary amending the videos to address questions.
Will I have lifetime access to the course?
Absolutely :) Follow it, then take a break, then follow some more. Then forget about it, rediscover it, and take it several times. You do you <3.
I'm already an intermediate producer, will this be of use to me?
I often get the feedback that the way I explain is a good balance between simplicity for beginners, and nuance for more advanced students. You might also just want this course to complete certain missing parts in your production skillset - I believe it's priced reasonably accessibly to allow for that too :)
Is this a live or video course?
This is a pre-recorded video course structured for you to watch at your own tempo. The videos stay available to you to watch and re-watch. To share your learning journey with others on the same path, come to the Underdog Discord channel!
5 star rating
BEST course for Electronic production. GREAT price, PHENO...
regardless of the curriculum, I'd say that Oscar might be one of the best teachers I've ever had in my life. I'd say what sets this course (And Oscar as its ...
regardless of the curriculum, I'd say that Oscar might be one of the best teachers I've ever had in my life. I'd say what sets this course (And Oscar as its instructor) apart from anyone else, is how in every single step of the way, there is such a heavy emphasis on the perspective of the listener, and more importantly on the perspective of the dancer. Oscar continuously brings us back to what a dancer might be thinking during each part of the song, what a person on the dancefloor may want, need, what they might sit through and what might bore them, an absolutely crucial aspect of electronic music that is way too often absent from every instructor. this course made me a better producer, but it also made me a better listener of music, it gave me so much capacity for wonder and imagination, provided me with so much energy to delve into everything and experiment with enough instructions not to get lost, but enough head room not to let my work get out of hand. I can NOT recommend this course enough.
This course is beautifully concise and thorough. For beginners or advanced intermediates alike, I highly recommend this course. The layout of the curriculum that guides you through so many important topics is likely the most optimal path through this vast field. I could have benefited so much from a course like this over 20 years when I was working on my music degree. I took this course to solidify my confidence and get a new perspective in things I generally knew but wasn't sure how to apply them in the nuances in electronic music. Bravo, Oscar, on delivering this excellent course to the world!
I was slightly indecisive about taking this course as I had already enrolled on a few other courses in the past but just couldn't get into their style. However, Oscar really takes things from the beginning and gives a thorough explanation as well as including practical exercises (including homework) so that you build up your knowledge along the way. There have definitely been 'Aha' (not the 80's pop group) moments and also times where I have come away very excited about the step forward that I have taken in my understanding and how this will affect future compositions. I'd recommend this course to anyone who wants structure to their learning so that they'll be able to make their own tracks with a degree of understanding, and also approach more advanced electronic music YouTube tutorials without being totally lost. This is a great course, it would be fantastic for Oscar to develop a more structured advanced course in the future for those that benefited from the Foundation that want to continue to learn in this fashion. I'd pay for it for sure.
I started from scratch, meaning no prior knowledge of DAW or music theory for that matter. I'm only half way in and I have to say that I've lost count how many times that I've felt like I got my money's worth. I have never in my life sat for seven hours straight to learn something. Oscar makes everything very easy to understand and teaches you things you never even knew you needed to know.
Oscar is truly an amazing teacher and everything that I feared before deep diving into this has been squashed away.
Thank you, Oscar!