Ableton Publishes New Book, Making Music – 74 Creative Strategies For Electronic Music Producers


Ableton has published a new book, Making Music – 74 Creative Strategies for Electronic Music Producers, designed to help you work through problems that can keep you from starting, progressing with or finishing music. 


Making Music – 74 Creative Strategies for Electronic Music Producers is a 340-page hard-bound volume by Dennis DeSantis, Ableton’s head of documentation.

Making Music is not an Ableton Live manual, though. The book’s intended purpose is to be a resource for anyone who makes music with computers, using any software or hardware.

The book is divided into three sections:

  • Problems of beginning;
  • Problems of progressing; and
  • Problems of finishing.

Within this structure, each of the book’s 74 chapters examines a typical roadblock that prevents producers from moving forward with a particular piece of music, and offers up concrete methods for solving musical problems, making progress, or completing projects.

Making Music – 74 Creative Strategies for Electronic Music Producers will be available for $30 at the Ableton store (it’s currently listed as ‘out of stock’). ebook and iBook editions are planned. You can read excerpts from the book at the Making Music site.

13 thoughts on “Ableton Publishes New Book, Making Music – 74 Creative Strategies For Electronic Music Producers

  1. This is brilliant – highly recommended!!!!

    Even for veterans. I found I already knew a lot of the content in the free chapters, but still found some sparkling gems!!!

  2. even if much of this may be common practice already, it is always a good idea bringing things to mind and becoming aware of mechanisms behind otherwise unconscious processes in making music. helpful and sometimes enlightening. the practical form (problem and possible solutions) adds to this.

  3. The excerpts are great. I must admit, though, that I’ve never heard of the “here’s a great book you can’t buy” marketing strategy before.

  4. Brilliant. This may prove to be more useful than my unorganized collection of random rid bits that I’ve printed out from the Internet.

  5. I am thinking – if it is that important a read then make it free download. Don’t you people make enough money from whoring your wares already? And it would help in saving my dying planet. And besides, it is only going to be a bunch of random paraphrased gobshite from the net – like, ‘put your music away for a week and listen with a fresh set of ears.’ The main reason you haven’t finished that track is because you reading a silly book regarding trying to finish your track – disregarding the fact that 90% of all creative pursuits are never finished – it isn’t that you have a problem but a prevailing human condition most have.

    1. congratz Kuwa Mashine…
      Thats the best bullshit i’ve read this week.

      I (who actually bought this book) can tell you its a jewel.

      Now go and waist some more time on internet

    2. I can’t believe your comment is getting so much dislike, it’s really on point with the problems with “how-to-be-creative” literature. That being said, I think stuff like this can be useful as long as you’re not viewing it as the thing that’s standing between you and your music-making

      1. When online, people don’t like or dislike things they are indifferent to. Negative or positive, it is all affirmations of the same passions. A comment like this is always going to be disliked on the whole, as it will offend those that see themselves reflected in the comments, and they have a right to feel offence, and within that, I imagine they feel dislike toward the offending material. The ironic part is that it is all affirmations, the best stance would be to disregard any offending material rather than empower it.

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