The Architecture of Electronic Music is an intense workshop that will challenge the way you think about making electronic music. It’s designed to reveal the hidden connections between all the elements of music production — harmony, melody, rhythm, sound design, mixdown, arrangement and concept. The unique approach combines lectures with demonstrations and one-on-one feedback. Workshops are held in Berlin by Dr Nicolas Bougaïeff.

an inspiring and appetizing learning experience – and a transformative one as well…!

Jan Lippert, Danish Centre for Contemporary, Experimental Music and Sound Art


Mainstream music education has yet to catch up with cutting edge electronic music. Now is the time to bridge the gap between hundreds of years of western musical thought and today’s self-taught production methods. The workshop provides easy access to specialized music knowledge and enables you to create beyond the boundaries of prescribed genres.


This unique approach seamlessly combines theory, practice and mindset. Every day is focused on a different aspect of making electronic music: choosing tools, shaping musical direction, harnessing traditional harmony and counterpoint, creative sound design and mixdown strategies. You will learn how these topics are fundamentally intertwined.


“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)


Morning lectures are followed by afternoon sessions where we analyze existing musics and provide detailed feedback on students’ work. This type of analysis and one-on-one feedback is the essence of music composition education. Over the course of the workshop, every student will have the opportunity to discuss their work with the instructor.


Day 1
Harnessing traditional theory for contemporary electronic music

Day 2
Sound design: function, perception and cultural reference

Day 3
Arrangement strategies: ideas, loops, phrases and sections

Day 4
Mysteries of the mixdown: volume, spectrum and timing

Day 5
Concept: what, when and how

Morning lectures are followed by analysis & feedback in the afternoon


Dr Nicolas Bougaïeff is a composer, producer and music technologist based in Berlin.

His latest release, Cognitive Resonance, inaugurated the return of seminal British label NovaMute. The Sauvagerie Bourgeoise project with cellist Émilie Girard-Charest, combines extended cello techniques with industrial techno. He has performed ground-breaking shows at renowned Berlin venues such as Wilde Renate, OHM and KitKat. Production highlights include a stellar collaboration with techno heavyweight Max Cooper on the Traum Schallplatten imprint. His track Pulse Train would prove to be a staple of Maceo Plex’s Berlin Boiler Room set and later performances. Bougaïeff’s production output has spanned a wide range of genres and labels, from Steve Reich influenced minimal techno on Trapez, progressive house on Armada, to balearic pop on International Feel and downtempo on Wall of Sound.

Bougaïeff studied classical and electroacoustic composition at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal. He completed a PhD in minimal techno at the University of Huddersfield, while co-founding software company Liine with partners including Richie Hawtin and John Acquaviva. Liine is notable for launching the iPad version of Lemur — an industry-standard tool famously used by Daft Punk and Björk.

Past speaking engagements include invitations to York University, Edinburgh University, Huddersfield University; Goldsmiths, University of London; MUTEK Festival, Norberg Festival, Sónar Festival, Copenhagen Culture Yard, Berlin Music Days, Amsterdam Dance Event, and Ableton Loop.


“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.

Dr Rupert Till, MA FHEA (University of Huddersfield)


While these lessons will be demonstrated using Ableton Live, you are welcome to present your work in any format. The curriculum is entirely transferable across all music making platforms. You will work on your own Mac or PC computer. Be sure to bring your headphones.


Private lessons also available. Email for details.


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