Pantha du Prince + The Bell Laboratory Do Terry Riley’s ‘In C’ (Behind The Scenes Documentary)

This morning Ableton debuted its new documentary, featuring Hendrik Weber, aka Pantha du Prince, collaborating with The Bell Laboratory in a performance of Terry Riley‘s seminal minimal composition, In C, at London’s Barbican Theatre.

Riley’s In C, composed in 1964, consists of 53 musical phrases, to be played by any number of people on any instruments. The phrases are to be played by each musician any number of times, as long as the musicians stay within a few phrases of each other. Because of the compositional rules of the work, performances can be very different in sound an length.

Members of The Bell Laboratory play the piece on a broad range of percussion instruments. Weber uses Ableton Live on his laptop and samples and loops the percussionists’ instruments, adding his performance to the minimalist classic.
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MIDI Hack Coming To Sweden May 17 & 18, 2014

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MIDI HACK – a new electronic music ‘hackathon’ – is scheduled for May 17-18 in Stockholm, Sweden.

MIDI HACK is a 24h hackathon sponsored by Ableton, Native Instruments & Spotify celebrating the protocols (such as MIDI, OSC & CV) and technologies that are the backbone of analog and digital music creation.

During this weekend, there will be lectures and performances from artists and creators, but the main focus is on letting participants explore new ideas with electronic music technologies. Continue reading

Liquid Notes For Live Lets You Reconstruct Your Music On The Fly

Re-Compose has introduced Liquid Notes for Live – a MIDI effect that plugs directly into Ableton Live (using Max for Live) and lets you reconstruct your music on the fly:

Edit your clips by making adjustments to the vertical sliders (chord function) and rotary knobs (chords, tension) while playing your song in Live. The changes become audible immediately,

it’s like playing live and having an expert composer next to you doing all the magic on the harmonic level for you.

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Dark Synth Brings Additive Synthesis To Ableton Live + Max4Live

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Amazing Noises has released Dark Synth, a new Max for Live synthesizer that marries the vast possibilities of additive synthesis with an intuitive interface.

With Dark Synth’s 2048 independently-controllable partials (sine wave oscillators) it’s possible to create everything from classic waveforms such as sawtooth and square, to complex custom waveshapes. But this is only the beginning – with direct access to each partial, you can take total control of your sound.

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