Soundscape Composition

CREATE CONTEMPORARY MUSIC FOR FILM, TV AND GAME

Learn how to create your own soundscape compositions from the sonic environment on this fascinating course. Paint a picture through sound and master the art of soundscaping, with tips on recording, editing and finessing your soundscape composition. Discover how to record sound signals in your chosen sound environment using different types of recording devices, and why creating the ultimate soundscape composition lies with sound software such as Ableton Live.

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ONLINE COURSE IN SOUNDSCAPE COMPOSITION

Whether it’s an atmospheric background track for a video game or environmental elements for a piece of music, soundscapes evoke a sense of place or environment. And over the four immersive modules of this Elevate soundscape composition course, you’ll learn to craft soundscapes of your very own. We explore everything from acoustic ecology and soundwalks, to sound editing and noise control, and explain the different types of recording devices, as well as show you software such as Ableton Live, and the history of soundscapes across film, music, and places around the world.

At the end of your soundscape studies course, you’ll be able to record high-quality soundscapes using natural sounds, then use your newfound skills and knowledge to add that professional polish and create a truly unique sound energy. Then all that’s left to do is download your finished musical score — then get back out there to create more exciting tracks from natural sound for future creative projects.

When you take this course you can enjoy HD Video Industry Insider hints and tips, and downloadable lesson guides with lifetime access. Over four modules you’ll cover all there is to know about creating and refining your very own soundscapes – from urban soundscapes to natural sounds, including tips for adding vibrancy, depth and continuity – in a flexible, self-led format, on an accessible mobile-friendly platform.

On this course you’ll be using Ableton Live, download your free 90-day trial copy here:

Only £15

Master the art of soundscape compositions

  • 16 Unique lessons across 4 packed modules
  • Created by practicing industry experts
  • Learn at you own pace in your own time
  • HD video industry insider hints & tips
  • Immersive interactive learning
  • Certificate on completion
  • Downloadable lesson guides
  • Lifetime access
  • Mobile friendly platform
  • Access to a live session masterclass

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Modules in this course

This online Soundscape Composition course created by music producers
is packed full of HD video lessons, suggested tasks and industry insider hints and tips.

1
All about the sound environment

What is a soundscape? Where do they originate? How do sound environments differ around the world — and even across media? This module sets the scene, covering everything from environmental sound composition, to providing advice on choosing and calibrating your recording device.

2
Preparing and editing soundscapes

With your soundscape recorded, you'll want to start arranging and editing and bringing it to life. This module takes you through various tools on Ableton Live, so you can achieve clear, crisp audio. Whether that's human sounds or ambient noise from passive acoustic monitoring, or with techniques like filtering, crossfading and layering to add in special sound effects.

3
FX processing techniques for soundscapes

This module lets you take the experimentation further, using FX like reverb to create depth to natural sounds, or delay to space out interesting sounds. You'll also touch on more advanced versions of these effects through Ableton Live plug-ins, helping bring your soundscape composition to life.

4
Looping, layering, arranging and bouncing

Want your soundscape to be neatly looped? Interested in layering sounds across different tracks? Or simply want to polish off your soundscape so it's portfolio-ready? You'll learn how to prepare your file for upload, broadcast or to round out video.

  • Soundscape Compositions
    1
    All about the sound environment

    What is a soundscape? Where do they originate? How do sound environments differ around the world — and even across media? This module sets the scene, covering everything from environmental sound composition, to providing advice on choosing and calibrating your recording device.

    2
    Preparing and editing soundscapes

    With your soundscape recorded, you'll want to start arranging and editing and bringing it to life. This module takes you through various tools on Ableton Live, so you can achieve clear, crisp audio. Whether that's human sounds or ambient noise from passive acoustic monitoring, or with techniques like filtering, crossfading and layering to add in special sound effects.

    3
    FX processing techniques for soundscapes

    This module lets you take the experimentation further, using FX like reverb to create depth to natural sounds, or delay to space out interesting sounds. You'll also touch on more advanced versions of these effects through Ableton Live plug-ins, helping bring your soundscape composition to life.

    4
    Looping, layering, arranging and bouncing

    Want your soundscape to be neatly looped? Interested in layering sounds across different tracks? Or simply want to polish off your soundscape so it's portfolio-ready? You'll learn how to prepare your file for upload, broadcast or to round out video.

Here what our students say

Soundscape Composition Online Course | Elevate

Nadia C.

Soundscape Composition

“Great course with a lot of great examples. I really want to become a soundscape composer, & this really helped me to understand the fundamentals of soundscape composition!”

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Artur E.

Soundscape Composition

“A very interesting course, with lots of good examples of acoustic communication. I wanted to explore sound design more and this helped with that.”

Soundscape Composition | Elevate

Roman C.

Soundscape Composition

“Cool material, gave me a lot to go on. Hoping they bring out a secondary more advanced soundscape composition course as I would love to continue.”

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Thinking about this online music course?

  • WHAT IS SOUNDSCAPE COMPOSITION?

    Soundscape composition is the creative act of incorporating real life, natural sounds and ambience into your tracks to produce immersive sonic environment and musical experiences. It's a form of electroacoustic music with the expressive power to invoke the listener's memories and spark their imagination.

  • Will I learn how to capture natural sounds on this course?

    Yes, you'll learn how to record all manner of acoustic environments, and create high-quality soundscapes using natural sounds and urban sounds. Then using your newfound skills and knowledge, you'll be able to add these sounds into your music and songs, creating contemporary musical compositions.

  • How can I use this course in my music?

    Adding soundscapes to your music can help you craft a unique sound and sonic identity for your songs. It’s the first step towards a technique known as ‘sampling’.

  • What software will I use in this course?

    This course teaches you how to adapt your soundscapes using the music production software, Ableton Live. On this course you’ll be using Ableton Live, download your free 90-day trial copy here: https://www.ableton.com/en/trial/

  • How do I become a Sound Editor

    Having extensive training or background in audio (sound production, sound mixing, audio engineering, music engineering, dubbing) is definitely required for the job of sound artists —especially since it’s such a technology-driven skill in the industry. Really get to grips with sound equipment and have a thorough understanding of recording devices, and the various techniques to capture certain soundbytes. Luckily, nearly every laptop comes equipped with the kind of audio-driven software that makes it easy to develop hands-on experience without access to a professional studio. Some of the best and and easiest to use are Audacity, WavePad, Acoustica, FL Studio, and Adobe Audition.

  • When can I begin my course?

    You can start whenever you’re ready! Elevate courses are accessed on demand, so you can start and pause your learning at any time. There are no deadlines to begin or complete your course by, so you can progress your studies when it suits you. All course materials are yours to keep, so you can take the course again further down the track if you’d like.

  • How can I pay for a course?

    We offer a range of payment methods for your course, including PayPal, Visa, Mastercard, Apple Pay and Google Pay. You can even use PayPal credit to spread your payments.

  • Can I bundle courses together?

    Yes. In fact, many of our courses are designed to be taken together as a bundle, allowing you to progress your skill level in a particular area from beginner to intermediate. Explore our Elevate bundle offers to find your perfect course bundle.

  • Who can I contact if I have questions about my course?

    If you have any questions about your course, please send an email to hello@icmp-elevate.com. We aim to respond to all emails within 24 hours – if not sooner! You can also call our admissions team on 020 7328 0222.

  • What do I receive when I finish my course?

    Once you’ve completed all your course lessons, you’ll be awarded a certificate found on your dashboard page, which you can download and share.

  • Do I really get lifetime access?

    Yes – you absolutely do! Elevate courses are designed to be revisited, so you can reuse the course material to practice, develop and continue to improve. As long as you have an account with us, you’ll have access to all the courses you’ve purchased.

Meet your tutor Jake

Jake Williams | Music Producer | Elevate

Jake Williams, Producer

Jake has worked with many aspects of electronic music over the last 15 years – writing, producing and performing internationally as well as composing music and creating sound design for major TVs shows and ad campaigns.

Jake cut his teeth playing live electronics with the pioneering, Warp-signed avant-jazz band Red Snapper in the early Noughties and has worked with many aspects of electronic music over the last 15 years. He now works as a producer and performer with particular interest in the creative applications of digital DJ technology, applying these techniques in a number of contexts which include: as one-half of the avant-pop band flies+flies; with leftfield techno and AV group Petwo Evans; and collaborations with Becky O’Brien on a number of international performance / live art pieces.

“Sound is such a powerful medium – on this course you will learn how to work with it to craft sonic atmosphere and space. Be prepared to go out into the world and take field recordings and experiment with manipulating these collected sounds using production software and techniques.

Get creative and hone your production skills in this deep dive into the world of sonic art.”

See what our songwriting students say

Great value

Rated 5 out of 5

On first impression I was pleasantly surprised. Exciting info, clear teaching. More than I hoped for.

Very information packed. I feel that I got more than I paid for and I can keep going back to the lessons whenever I want which is so great! Makes me want to expand my knowledge in the field.

Corey P.

Splendid, highly recommend

Rated 5 out of 5

A splendid course! I haven’t finished the whole thing yet, but I am positively impressed with this. A lot of useful information is being provided here, with clear explanations and demonstrations. I highly recommend this to everyone else who wishes to learn more about musical soundscaping!

Otis G.

Good

Rated 4 out of 5

Seeing the examples and how they relate to theme was revealing. I am enjoying it.

Ayako H.

Flexible payment method

We accept payments via Credit Card, PayPal, Google Pay and Apple Pay. You can even spread your payments using PayPal Credit.

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Soundscape Composition

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