Audible Genius has released Building Blocks 1, a training course for music composition and beat-making that uses the same ear-training approach as its predecessor Syntorial. Designed to feel like MIDI notation in a familiar DAW environment, the new course allows both new and existing producers to improve their ability to recreate drum patterns, chords and basslines they hear in their head.
The first volume of Building Blocks contains 94 interactive lessons that explain essential concepts in music composition, after which producers can sharpen their skills in interactive challenges. They use their hearing to recreate drum patterns, chord progressions and basslines, which leads to an improved ability to turn musical ideas into reality. At the end of the course, users are able to reproduce a wide variety of musical elements by ear.
Building Blocks 1 enables the student to put their newly acquired skills to immediate use in the DAW of their choice. The new course makes use of the Note Grid, which is similar to the piano roll or MIDI grid in DAW applications such as FL Studio or Logic Pro. The Note Grid will be familiar to existing producers and give a head start to those new to music software.
Building Blocks 1 can be found on the new e-learning web app by Audible Genius. No equipment is needed and no installation is required: the course runs right within a web browser.
Price: The first four lessons of Building Blocks 1 are free to try. A subscription to audiblegenius.com (with access to all 94 lessons of Building Blocks 1) costs $14.99 USD / month.