Mission

What are your music goals for the next year, two years, ten years? Take a moment to put yourself in the future and imagine what you’ve accomplished, how you feel about it, what are you actively then doing. What does it look like?

Think about this:

  • Developing your signature sound
  • Enjoying making music and reconnecting with passion
  • Experiencing the satisfaction of playing your own tracks in your sets

As musicians we often face the same challenges:

  • Finishing tracks
  • Using time efficiently
  • Frustration, boredom and perfectionism

Professional goals greatly benefit from quality music, in addition to relationships and perseverance:

  • Getting people to know you and your music
  • Releasing records on good labels
  • Seeing respected DJs play your tracks

Let’s find out if I’m the right person to help you achieve your music goals.

If you are interested in a free introductory session, send me an email with the subject line “Music goals”. Tell me about your music background and your music goals. Make sure to include a link to your latest work. A full track, a work-in-progress or even just a loop is fine. If you’re committed and passionate, you can get where you want to be.

I will get back to you within a week so we can schedule the free introductory session.

Theory

BAEM mentoring gives students clarity about what they are trying to do and how to do it.

Music production techniques — sound design, drum and pattern programming, arrangement, mixdown and mastering — are fundamentally intertwined. For example, what may appear to be a mixdown problem is in reality a sound design issue.

The five basic parameters of music — harmony, melody, rhythm, timbre and form — require different lengths of time to be perceived, from milliseconds to minutes. The short lived ones are exciting and easy to grasp, but the longer ones give your audience the deep payoff.

Everything about music production, from drum transients to a release tracklist, should stem from a personal artistic vision.

Practice

Sessions are tailored to extract the essence of each practical topic that individual students need:

  • eliminating mental blocks to productivity
  • structuring tracks through the balance between repetition and variation
  • shaping musical style
  • choosing hardware and software tools
  • developing creative sound design
  • refining mixdown and mastering techniques

“Nicolas has provided me with a musical toolkit that perfectly compliments my university education. He’s compelled me to re- examine every aspect of my approach to electronic music composition.”

Martin Rowe, BMus Tonmeister (Surrey University)

Staff

Dr Nicolas Bougaïeff is an artist based in Berlin. Recent gigs include Berghain, Fabric and many other clubs in Europe and North America. Bougaïeff’s Cognitive Resonance 12″ marked the 2017 relaunch of legendary British label NovaMute. His discography includes releases on TraumTrapezEllum, Mesh, Denkfabrik, Dirtybird, Manual Music, Tusk Wax, ArmadaWall of Sound and International Feel. Collaborations include EPs with Daniel Miller and Max Cooper.

Bougaïeff designed the controllers for Richie Hawtin’s Plastikman Live tour and co-founded Liine, the company behind the Lemur music app.

Bougaïeff completed a PhD in minimal techno at the University of Huddersfield, and has been invited to speak at numerous universities and industry events.

“His compositional and production skills are extraordinarily highly developed, and his development of new electronic music curriculum is very timely. Students loved working with him, and the mixture he has of the kudos of a well connected signed artist, and a highly trained and qualified musician, is the perfect background for his expanding work as a tutor and lecturer. I can recommend his classes very highly and unreservedly.”

Prof. Rupert Till PhD FHEA CMgr MCMI (University of Huddersfield)

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