presented by LEAF and the Bob Moog Foundation. Read more below about the two day event, and be on the lookout for more electronic music in LEAF's future!
Featured Legendary DJ, Producer/Composer King Britt; Collaboration with John Lennon Bus
EMErgence: Electronic Music Experience was a two-day event teaching electronic music production to local young emerging artists on October 23rd and 24th, 2013. EMErgence was proud to feature legendary producer and Grammy award winning recording artist King Britt at the opening and closing events, both of which were free and open to the public. Britt also inspired workshop leaders and students through a special master class.
As a producer/composer, King Britt fuses his knowledge of music history from many cultures and genres with electronic compositions, which redefine and re-contextualizes the past into the present.
Schedule of Events:
Tuesday, October 22 at 6pm: Britt’s first appearance was at the kick-off event at the Wesley Grant Community Southside Center in the Livingston Community. He shared a short performance/demonstration of his music and technique. Youth, parents and community members came to be inspired by this innovative artist, use a portable recording studio, and take part in other music and technology experiences which was set up in lobby of the Grant Center. The kick-off event also introduced the festival’s workshop artists.
October 23rd and 24, workshops were taught by local artists at Echo Mountain Studios and CityMac in Asheville. Participants were chosen from area high schools through an application process. The workshops focused on music theory, composition, recording and mixing.
Wednesday, October 23rd: the Bob Moog Foundation presented four one-hour Synthesis Fundamentals sessions taught by synthesizer guru Marc Doty. During the sessions, students took part in Dr. Bob’s Interactive Sonic Experience, a hands-on instrument setup meant to inspire exploration of the science of sound. The sessions took place at the Bob Moog Electronic Studio at UNC Asheville and were open to all workshop participants.
Thursday October 24: The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus joined EMErgence, providing an eight-hour recording session for select participants who planned, wrote, and recorded a complete song within the eight-hour period. Additionally, four lucky students from UNC Asheville interested in music production and journalism shadowed the John Lennon Bus staff throughout the following weekend at The 2013 Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit.
Thursday, October 24 at 6pm: LEAF invited the public to the free FINALE for EMErgence. This finale was “The EMErgence Music Showcase” at The Millroom, facilitated by King Britt and showcasing the work completed by students and workshop leaders over the 2-day experience. Fans of electronic music were encouraged to attend.
King Britt infused EMErgence through his role as lead visiting teaching artist during the two-day experience. Local electronic musicians and workshop leaders, including David Krantz, Samuel Paradise, Stereospread, Johnny Mann, Josh Blake and Debrissa McKinney worked with King Britt in a master class along with local youth.
Check out this Video Interview with King Britt & singer and collaborator Rucyl Mills: an example of King Britt's musical expertise and what you can expect during EMErgence. Don't miss him LIVE at workshops in Asheville!