Masterclass electronics for analog musicians

photo: Anna Chocoli

10 – 15 November 2024
Masterclass Electronics for analog musicians
Stimming, Hamburg

This course is aimed at advanced and professional musicians who want to expand their music electronically. The main focus is on the live aspect, i.e. no laptop is used if possible – all devices and techniques are primarily aimed at their feasibility on stage in parallel with your own music-making.

From simple delay- and reverb-pedals to loopers and complex granular synthesis, every participant will get an overview of the market and possibilities and, depending on the instrument, take home new technology and many ideas. Previous electronic knowledge is not essential, but musicians who already use electronic devices will also learn new possibilities.

When registering, please specify your instrument and available equipment. Bring microphones/pickups, your own effects devices, headphones, and possibly a laptop (if you already use it for music).

Course start: Sunday, 10 November 2024 in the early afternoon
End of the course: Friday, 15 November 2024 after lunch

€ 425.00 course fees/active for professionals
€ 390.00 course fees/active for students
€ 150.00 course fees for passive participation
€ 395.00 Costs for accommodation (twin room) incl. full board at the Forum Artium
Single room supplement: € 25.00 per day if available
Temporary flat rate for energy costs: € 2.00 per day/person
Participation without accommodation/catering: € 100.00 surcharge

At the age of 10, Martin Stimming played the violin, piano and drums, at the age of 16 he began producing electronic music and at the age of 19 he moved from Hessen to Hamburg to attend the SAE Institute (School of Audio Engineering), where he studied to become an electronic music producer.

Stimming had his breakthrough in 2008 with the single Una Pena, which featured the edited vocals of Chilean folk singer Violeta Parra. His debut album Reflections, released on the Hamburg label Diynamic, earned him an Ibiza DJ Award in the “Best Newcomer” category in 2010.

Over the years he has released six albums, as well as various remixes for artists such as Apparat, Claude VonStroke, Nina Kraviz, Stephan Bodzin and Kiasmos. Stimming has been playing in clubs in Ibiza, Berlin, London, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Cape Town, Mumbai, Sydney, Montreal, New York, São Paulo and many other metropoles worldwide for over 15 years. He also played at festivals such as Fusion and Melt! in Germany, Into The Woods in the Netherlands, Open Space in France, Babylon in Australia, The BPM in Mexico and Rage in South Africa.

In 2016, a musical turning point began for the producer, away from making dance music and towards a deeper and more mature sound world in which he freed the music from its functionality to find out what is behind it. In 2018, Stimming was awarded the German Music Authors Prize in the “Dance/Electro Composition” category.

Stimming uses handmade textures in his compositions, often field recordings of everyday objects such as a coffee machine, children’s toys or loose change. He is known for using the latest technology in his songs, working with a variety of equipment both in the studio and during live sets. He refuses to use a mouse or a keyboard and compares the muscular memory that is activated when pressing, turning and sliding buttons and controls as well as using touch displays to playing an instrument.

Stimming repeatedly combines his electronic music with analogue instruments. Many of the productions released on Diynamic already contained analog instrument samples. In 2012, Stimming and a friend reworked his track November Morning into a classic arrangement and had the new version performed and recorded by the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt/Oder. In 2018, Stimming released his album Exodus in collaboration with the German neoclassical pianist Lambert. In 2022 and 2023 he performed in live concerts with the NDR Vokalensemble and the conductor Klaas Stok.
Stimming has reviewed various electronic music devices in online videos for Electronic Beats TV and given masterclasses in Ibiza.