Amplification & Distortion

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This lesson is part of the Electronic Music & Sound Production category.


  • Students will be familiar with the basics of electronic amplification for various different instruments.
  • Students will be able to use amplification and/or amplification-related distortion to achieve a given musical effect.
  • Students will be understand different types of noise and their applications.



Listening or Videos[edit]

Class Activities[edit]

  • Discussion and demonstration of amplification of an acoustic or electronic signal
  • Discussion and demonstration of distortion, overdrive and feedback as musical techniques
  • Analysis of amplification and distortion in music of different styles
  • Creation and manipulation of an electronically distorted sound


  • Identification and analysis of amplification and distortion in recorded music