The Berklee College of Music today announced that laptop musicians can now apply to the school and declare ‘Electronics Digital Instrument’ (EDI) as their primary instrument, alongside more traditional orchestral instruments.
The College describes the electronic digital instrument as a system based on three components: a computing device; user-configured software; and performance controllers. It’s an expansive definition that opens the door to musicians with a wide range of instrument preferences.
Students will not ‘major in EDI’ per se, but can choose from majors like Composition, Electronic Production & Design and Film Scoring, with EDI as their primary instrument.
Students will study a curriculum designed to expand their electronic music making skills, but also designed to make them balanced musicians. Electronic-focused coursework includes:
- ENEL-221: Electronic Improvisation
- ENEL-403: Techno/Rave Ensemble
- ENEL-404: Turntable Ensemble
- ENRB-405: Techno/DJ Sampling Ensemble
- ENRB-403: Hip-Hop Ensemble
- ENPN-261: Synth Techniques for Live Performance Ensemble
- ENFF-326: Improvisation on 21st-Century Grooves
- ILEN-333: Turntable Technique
- ISEL-111: Performance Controller Studies
- ISEL-P112: Grid Controller Studies
Time to go back to school? You can check out the details at the Berklee site.