Introduction to music production: Merging classical and electronic with Francesco Tristano

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Gain a whole new perspective on composing and arranging your tracks, and broaden your horizons thanks to the possibilities of electronic music production

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Francesco Tristano Masterclass

Go from classical to electronic

Discover new ways for the piano to speak by breaking down the boundaries between the classical and electronic worlds. Take a tour through the sonic possibilities of the instrument and learn new ways to express, record and formulate your written ideas as he provides a whole new experimental perspective to his classical track ‘Ritornello’. Consider the piano as a synth, and come to understand how your music embraces the qualities and techniques of modern music.

Compose like a modern producer

Learn how to transfer all your musical ideas into data: discover how to approach your score using MIDI and the endless creative possibilities you have within your DAW. Follow his workflow to get the most from the electronic music production language, and use technology to improve your ideas – such as programming and arranging your notes, controlling timing and velocity, adjusting the tempo, giving your melodies the right groove, and automating sounds to make them more interesting.

Expand your sound

Transform the sound in any fashion and without any restrictions. Discover modern arrangement and composition techniques through sound design to bring more freedom and character to your music, and give your track its own identity – from looping, shifting and tweaking your sounds to creating abstract textures, and providing additional layers of depth with effects and plugins.

Explore the hybrid language between the acoustic and electronic worlds and learn how to explore the creative possibilities within your DAW

Download his stems and MIDI files, follow his creative process

Tradition and technology aren’t opposites; they go hand in hand. You don’t just need to settle for the classical sound, instead you can enhance your music with modern technology: watch how he brings new life to his composition Ritornello (from his new album On Early Music, released on Sony Classical), and follow every step he takes to give the score another form – from classical music to the electronic world. You’ll be able to download the 12 stems and 4 MIDI files from the track he creates, and experiment with them.

Once you have your musical ideas transformed into MIDI, then anything is possible. You’ll discover your DAW is a door opener: take your classical background to new horizons, get into electronic music production and revolutionize the way you make music with Francesco Tristano.

What will you learn?


01. Early Life

Listen to Francesco Tristano explaining his beginnings in music as a child and how he developed his own hybrid language between classical and contemporary music and between acoustic and electronic music. Get inspired by the mindset and philosophy he kept throughout his career in order to follow his own path in music to get where he is now.

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02. Piano: the Instrument of the Future
03. Modern Compositional Techniques for the Piano

Learn why Francesco Tristano considers piano to be an instrument of the future and discover his way of approaching it in a modern way. Explore compositional techniques along with him to see the piano in a completely different perspective, finding many similarities with other instruments of the electronic music world. At the end of this module, you will be introduced to one of the compositions that is part of his last release: ‘Ritornello’. In this case you will have an analysis in detail of the original piece for piano, but you will see how it develops through the rest of the modules.

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04. Introduction to DAWs
05. From Score to MIDI
06. Arrangement in Ableton

Meet Francesco at an electronic production studio and get introduced to Ableton Live. You will understand his perspective when working with a DAW and many features that are useful when taking your score into digital music. Francesco will record part of his piece ‘Ritornello’, then turn it into MIDI and into an arranged draft.

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07. Modern Arrangement Techniques in Ableton
08. Modern Composition Techniques through Sound Design
09. From MIDI to Score with Logic Pro

In this module, you will learn in depth different ways of building the arrangement of a composition in the DAW. See Francesco creating different versions of the piece ‘Ritornello’ using different digital tools in the DAW and external synths. Then, he shows you his way of working on sound design. Watch him experiment with the same piece, by routing audio from the MIDI channels and transforming the sound in a creative way. Finally, Francesco will show you how to turn MIDI files into a score and how to work with it in the computer by using another DAW: Logic Pro.

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10. Live Setup

Finally, Francesco Tristano integrates into a remix all the parts shown during the Masterclass, such as the original score and the piano MIDI programming, along with new live instruments both on the computer and on external synths. Discover his setup and watch how he improvises live with all these elements on stage. Also, hear some last tips for you to start your own music voyage after his Masterclass.

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Francesco Tristano

Francesco Tristano is well recognized for his experimental compositions as well as his exceptional piano playing skills. Having collaborated with artists like Carl Craig and Murcof, not to mention his substantial experience with classical music from a young age, Francesco has since established himself a significant player within the modern electronic music scene.

A combination of both piano and synthesizer, Francesco never fails to fully utilize the latest production and sequencing tools in order to achieve great results. He sees ‘music as music’ and relentlessly pursues the familiar energy between the classical and modern styles. Alongside with his career in electronic music, he has simultaneously continued to grow as a classical pianist and continues to expand, driven by his genuine open-minded attitude and his increasing knowledge of techno.

“Music is music” –  Francesco Tristano has endorsed this quote over the last decade with his work. Constantly continuing to combine the piano and synthesizer, he forges ahead with a firm handle on the classical concepts  coupled with his passion for modern electronic music.

Give life to all your musical ideas


Revolutionize the way you make music with Francesco Tristano

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