Ghost in the Machine: Using Randomness Creatively

Discussion about creativity in music making often centers around inspiration – translating the ideas in your head into something audible. But that’s not the only way to approach the process. Experimentation is all about coming up with and working to a set of rules without exactly knowing what the finished product will be.

Mixing theory and practice, this workshop will demonstrate that randomness is not necessarily chaos – as long as you set the rules. After learning about the relevant tools and parameters to use, we’ll explore tricks and techniques such as ‘humanizing’ beats using velocity and grooves, evolutive sound design, and random generators for drum machine patterns and harmonies. Together we’ll discover how random and generative processes can lead to new and creative musical outcomes.

No experience is necessary for this workshop. Please bring your laptop.


Workshops are for small groups and require pre-registration. Workshops are only accessible if you have a ticket which includes access to the Workshops and Studio Sessions program – for information, check the FAQ. Registration is now open.

This workshop is facilitated by funds from the Goethe Institute and the German Federal Foreign Office.

Workshop I Friday 14:45 - 16:45, Workshops 2

Workshop II Sunday 16:30 - 18:30, Workshops 4