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Every feel like you wish you could go back to school? Or… go to a different school?

Maybe you want to learn at CalArts, or Princeton, or Stanford, or Goldsmiths. Maybe you wish Robert Henke would sit at your side and teach you about Ableton Live. Or maybe Perry Cook would teach you synthesis. Or Casey Reas would talk to you about creative coding and Processing.

Digital learning gives us some of those chances – without running into campus security, that is. And so we’ve seen some great learning platforms, including iTunes audio courses from Stanford and people like Steve Horelick teaching Logic.

Kadenze promises to expand on this potential in a big way. It’s really two initiatives. Part of it is building a new electronic platform that makes it easier to learn interactively on a computer or tablet – the tools that help you navigate course content and (if you choose) get evaluated on assignments. And part of it is producing new content for that platform, finding a set of experts who can serve as compelling teachers.

Welcome to Kadenze from KadenzeOfficial on Vimeo.

Discover the future of education.

That sounds like something people would pay for, but the basic course content will be available free. And while there have been other efforts in this space, music and creative technology hasn’t seen the same level of engagement from heavy-hitting academic programs. That changes here: people like Dr. Perry Cook from Stanford are counted as co-founders.

This week, musicians got their first tantalizing glimpse of what they might get to learn. Robert Henke, aka Monolake, was announced as a guest lecturer in a new production course on Ableton Live, joining long-time friend-of-CDM Dr. Jordan . (See video, below.)

Sound Production in Ableton Live for Musicians and Artists from KadenzeOfficial on Vimeo.

Explore new worlds of sound with Ableton Live.

https://www.kadenze.com/courses/sound-production-in-ableton-live-for-musicians-and-artists/info

You can enroll in these courses free of charge and check out the videos. A subscription is just US$7 a month, adding assignments and evaluations (and with some discounts on software promised). Or, spend more, and you can enroll in many courses for credit from associated institutions, with evaluations to test that you’re learning.

It’s such a good deal, actually, that several friends I talked to missed that it really is free. But that Live course with Robert and Jordan is actually free with your subscription. Pay the monthly fee to do assignments.

Or spend US$600 only if you want credit. (That’s apparently the rate for the whole site, a measley $300 per credit hour.) You don’t necessarily have to be enrolled in an institution to get credit, either – CalArts, for one, will offer non-enrolled students credit, so you can think of this as extended education.

There’s also material the likes of which we haven’t really seen before. Jay LeBoeuf’s “Careers in Media Technology” connects you with the process behind tech from Sonos, Adobe, Smule, Dolby, iZotope, Universal Audio, and Avid, promising an unparalleled grounding in how to make new creative tech. Jay knows – he came from R&D and strategy at iZotope.

Careers in Media Technology from KadenzeOfficial on Vimeo.

Start your career in media technology Today!

https://kadenze.com/courses/careers-in-media-technology/info

Or here’s a course that teaches you coding through music, via ChucK (and Dr. Ajay Kapur at CalArts):

INTRODUCTION TO PROGRAMMING FOR MUSICIANS AND DIGITAL ARTISTS from KadenzeOfficial on Vimeo.

Learn how to program through the creation of digital music.

https://www.kadenze.com/courses/introduction-to-programming-for-musicians-and-digital-artists/info

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The interesting content really goes hand in hand with the platform that runs it – basically, the folks behind Kadenze appear to have gotten all this buy in from institutions partly because they built a really good platform. If you haven’t looked at these platforms before, you might not be as impressed, but you’ll have to trust me on this: a quick tour reveals a lot of wishes just got fulfilled. The platform is interactive and accessible and modern, not stuck in an archaic content management system, which makes life easier for students, teachers, and institutions alike.

Kadenze Virtual Tour from KadenzeOfficial on Vimeo.

Take a virtual tour of our Learning Platform.

I know there’s a lot more in the planning, not only for music technology but also around creative coding (Processing.js, anyone?), which is something that hasn’t been available before. We’ll be watching as this evolves. Let me know if you have questions for the creators, as we’re in touch.

And you can start learning right now, free. Maybe it’s time to brush up on your Ableton Live skills.

https://www.kadenze.com

  • Mutis Mayfield

    I had dreamed with something similar since my participation in Skrat.ch project and other projects later… My question is:
    It has an open source API? How can I talk directly with one of them (Jordan is the same from octinct project?) ?
    I have some nice implementations in mind and maybe an interesting partner to link…

    Great times we are living in. <3

    • Jordan Hochenbaum

      Nice to meet you Mutis. The best way to get in touch is via the support portal, kadenze.desk.com — please use the contact link in the main nav. Feel free to ask for me and the ticket will get passed along. Best,

  • Mutis Mayfield

    I had dreamed with something similar since my participation in Skrat.ch project and other projects later… My question is:
    It has an open source API? How can I talk directly with one of them (Jordan is the same from octinct project?) ?
    I have some nice implementations in mind and maybe an interesting partner to link…

    Great times we are living in. <3

    • Jordan Hochenbaum

      Nice to meet you Mutis. The best way to get in touch is via the support portal, kadenze.desk.com — please use the contact link in the main nav. Feel free to ask for me and the ticket will get passed along. Best,

  • neurogami

    This looks very sweet. Thanks for posting this.

    Now I need to finish my project that adds more hours to the day.

  • neurogami

    This looks very sweet. Thanks for posting this.

    Now I need to finish my project that adds more hours to the day.

  • klown

    there are some really interesting courses available on this platform. I’m currently taking the introduction to ChucK (although I’m a couple of weeks behind) and am loving it!! I can’t wait for the courses on Introduction to Generative Arts and Computational Creativity, and Machine Learning for Musicians and Artists to become available.

  • klown

    there are some really interesting courses available on this platform. I’m currently taking the introduction to ChucK (although I’m a couple of weeks behind) and am loving it!! I can’t wait for the courses on Introduction to Generative Arts and Computational Creativity, and Machine Learning for Musicians and Artists to become available.

  • unsaame

    Well, I signed up for a “Premium Membership” and I am very unhappy with it. The course I’m interested in : “LOOP: REPETITION AND VARIATION IN MUSIC” has been “upcoming” for a couple of months now, and I’m getting billed even though I am not getting the content I subscribed to.
    I sent an email asking for an explanation or a refund and I must say the customer support was abysmal. Neither were they able to tell me when the course is actually starting, nor did they accept to refund me even though they did not fulfil their part of the contract.
    So, yeah, really not impressed with this at all and I would definitely not recommend it.

  • unsaame

    Well, I signed up for a “Premium Membership” and I am very unhappy with it. The course I’m interested in : “LOOP: REPETITION AND VARIATION IN MUSIC” has been “upcoming” for a couple of months now, and I’m getting billed even though I am not getting the content I subscribed to.
    I sent an email asking for an explanation or a refund and I must say the customer support was abysmal. Neither were they able to tell me when the course is actually starting, nor did they accept to refund me even though they did not fulfil their part of the contract.
    So, yeah, really not impressed with this at all and I would definitely not recommend it.