if you're a highschool teacher and you have a high affinitiy for technical stuff, science, science fiction, electronics, knobs and faders, electronic games, comics, noise and so on ...

... you'll soon be finding some projects, ideas and more I do to make myself a happy, geeky teacher.

Dienstag, 12. Mai 2015

Days Of Electronic Music

I think this is the dream of every geekish teacher coming true...

19 full lessons of electronic music. screens, leds, knobs, flashy buttons, a plethora of cables, some lofty style chaos.

15 students join an exploration of electronic music; they produce out of a special ableton live setup with lots of noises, voices, drums and synth-lines and they learn how to make live musik with grandma Korg MonoPoly, Volca Series (Bass, Key, Beats and Sample), Monotribe, Kaossilator Pro and even some more devices.

We've been studying Stockhausen, Kraftwerk, Jean Michel Jarre, Detroit Techno, Roland Factorys, Gabber, Chiptune, Game Boy Modifications and how to make, record and arrange noises with an iPad (I hate them PADZ but they're sometimes handy and I feel ashamed to even mention Garage Band, but in this specific case it was quite helpful....)

Here you can find the experimental, loops and tracks my students uploaded to so far:
soundcloud project-group

Freitag, 13. Februar 2015

More Pixels: Faces

When you upsize portrait pictures, it's easy to trace them on grid paper an blacken out the squares. The result is fascinating retro-gam-like gallery of your class.

Really worth doing it and very, very easy :)

Donnerstag, 12. Februar 2015

Geek Sunrise n Fog

Just a little impression today.... where pixel turns to romance...

Dienstag, 13. Januar 2015

Easy Drawing Lesson: Pixels

All you need is some grid paper (one line per milimeter and one line per centimeter), some idea about pixel-design and some fantasy.

To begin with you can draw freehand some little creatures, gadgets, weapons, coins on a 8 to 8 grid or 24 to 24 grid (for big bosses) and then copy them pixel by pixel on the one line per centimeter paper, cut them out and put on the window or another colored paper, photo, whatever.

It's not art but it's fun and the students seem to love it....

And sometimes it transforms to room-art when the sun is shining at a good angle...

Freitag, 28. November 2014

Life of a Geek, simplified in one song

This ist what happens when Hardstyle is made by educational motivation. First thought as an educative loop for my students, turned out to be a complete song, or at least something song-oid. That song is supposed to be hardstyle-style and that's the reason why the computer girl, showing a subtle sense of wittiness, is talking about "teaching-style". Have fun :) The very profound lyrics: Computer-She: "Welcome to a new era of teaching. Welcome to teaching-style." Me: "I am a teacher. I am a geek. I love old videogames. I listen to electronic music since I was a little boy. That's why I still make electronic music."

Dienstag, 18. November 2014

//°°\\ A Lesson In Jumpstyle //°°\\

When creating new lessons for my students I try to include various electronic music styles. Creating my own loops or little songs while illustrating them step by step on the active board is a essential part of guiding them into the process of creating their own musical expression. Sometimes one or another loop turns into a song. Right now out a of a triplet-drumbeat which I created for a jumpstyle lesson is about to turn into a complete song. Well it kind of moves away from the pure jumpstyle or hardstyle line into something probably more experimental, but I can't let go of it. So I publish every step of the work for my students with some rudimentary change log. I would love to read that from some real artists out there. I would be intriguing to follow the creation of a song step by step; we could learn so much... This is the track I'm working on: This is the Group where my students post their stuff. Please be kind, they're noobs to ableton live, but still do some respectable work :) If you're interested, here's the evernote place where I publish my lessons for my students: Evernote Ableton Lessons