Did DJ Jazzy Jeff Just Leak Ableton Live 10?

Speculation is as speculation does, but Ask.Audio has an interesting theory that, in an online video, DJ Jazzy Jeff is using Ableton version 10.

Here is the video in question (keep an eye out at the 3:24 mark):

What do you think? For the entirety of the theory, visit Ask.Audio here.

H/T @Nickdawg for the heads-up.

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Gamma Sonification: MIT Students Make Music From Particle Energy

Meanwhile at MIT…

In past classes, students have created soundwalks and graphic scores, learning about experimental pieces that broaden conventional ideas about sound. “We start off doing things that are meant to expand what the students think of as being music and get them listening more deeply,” says Makan. In his most recent class, students were asked to design a musical instrument. Some made flutes, chimes, and homemade drums. Sergheyev, Lopez, and Liu decided to make musical textures from nuclear radiation.

“I’ve always been interested in things that were misunderstood,” says Liu.

Read all about the process at the MIT Shass blog.

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Alumni Profile: Vitto Di Vaio

Raised between Italy, France, the UK, and the US, Vitto Di Vaio has been living in New England for the last five years. He has performed as a vocalist and guitarist, and currently supports the artists and music he loves in an event production role at weekly electronic night “Make It New” for the past year and a half.

This fall Vitto will be studying in Valencia, Spain earning his Masters in Music Production, Technology, and Innovation at Berklee College of Music.

How did you find about MMMMaven and the programs we offer?
I was an attendee at Make It New in my early months in Boston. It was the one night a week I really looked forward to and I knew that it was affiliated with MMMMaven. I was curious about DJing, so through the night I found out about the classes and then signed up for one, DJ 101.

Had you ever DJ’ed before coming to MMMMaven?
Never, no.

Had you ever done any music production before studying at MMMMaven?
A little bit. In college, I learned how to use Logic in a computer music class. It was just a semester, so I didn’t get very good. I was always kind of a performer either through theater or music. I sing and play guitar, but production was lost on me in college. I wasn’t very good at it. I got a little older and I was in a job that required me to be pretty analytically intensive, so it taught me how to use computers a little better and handle that. So, then DJing kind of came naturally from there.

How has your music and music production progressed since graduating from MMMMaven?
I’m on a different wavelength now. Since I started, DJing, it kind of taught me how to mix, how to think about putting songs together and what patches make sense. Then, through Make It New, I was literally listening to music every week, the best artists week on week. I was also Shazaming like crazy, listening to a ton of music at home that made my taste better – my music taste was terrible in college.

So, listening to better music helped me to become a better musician.

That’s what you get here. Through MMMMaven I continued on with eventually the production program. I took production with Damian Silva and Damian’s just been my hero. We bonded and share music. He’s given me the best advice that I can get on what gear to buy too. I owe everything to MMMMaven’s production program mostly.

How did you start getting involved with Make It New?
MMMMaven put out a Facebook message asking for help. They were like, “Does someone want to volunteer for Make It New?” I saw it and I was like, “Ahhhh” so I commented and then I got a message the next day that said lets meet up and talk. Shortly after, I started at Make It New. That was, like, a year and a half ago.

How has working at Make It New and watching those DJ’s perform influenced your music?
I was literally listening to music every week, the best artists week on week, which helped me to become a better musician. I was not listening to the best music in high school, progressively better in college. Once I got out I really started to get a better sense of my musical taste.

Listening to the people that Alex books for Make It New week after week was just hugely formative.

It definitely gave me an electronic bend that I didn’t have before. From there, it’s kind of progressed beyond the beat making sphere to more ambient experimental stuff. The people that come through Make It New are kind of at the forefront of good musical taste.

You’ve lived all over – Italy, France, UK, and the US. How has the music scene differed in each country? Did you ever find it challenging to adapt? How has your geographical location influenced your music if at all?
I wouldn’t be able to tell you if the music scene differed because I was too young to really experience the club scene. Although attending high school in Milan, I was going to a lot of terrible clubs with my friends. From what I know, Europe is a very dense continent in terms of music talent, but there’s so much good music here as well. Not just New York but Boston as well. It’s accessible and allowed me to get to this point. I think it can be prohibitive in other places. I really came of age here. My location has definitely influenced my music – my support network is here, and so there’s no better place to grow and develop as an artist. Having everyone that matters to you in one place, getting advice.

You’re getting your masters at Berklee in Valencia, Spain this fall – Can you explain why you chose to get your masters? Why this program? What do you hope to get out of the program?
I was in the production class with Damien and eventually came to the topic of what opportunities there were to pursue music production on a graduate level. He said that one of the most prestigious programs, that a lot of the Make It New faculty are involved in, is the Berklee Masters program in Valencia, Spain.

It’s incredible that one of the best programs in the world also has a bunch of MMMMaven alums and former MMMMaven professors.

What do you hope to get out of the program?
My glass is empty going in. I don’t know where I am going to end up. I would like to come out with technical and marketable skills and would love to be able to work with other artists as an audio engineer as well as a producer. I want to further my own art and release something as a performing artist. I would love to learn how to program music in the most basic ways, whether that’s in regard to 360 audio or how to VJ. The goal is to make a full-length studio album, hopefully with collaborators and maybe with an associated live set.

What do you hope to have accomplished in your musical career 5 years from now?
I would love to be making money, which is the hard part. That’s part of the appeal that the program has for me.

I would love to be able to work as a salaried employee at a music software company or a hardware manufacturer; like Ableton, Roland, or iZotope.

So, I would want to continue my work as a musician at all costs, but to be a hirable person with real skills that people need to make the cool products that I’ve been exposed to, and even making for the last couple of years. Making that stuff is really fun too, but actually designing it from scratch is a whole other thing.

 

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Interview with Alumnus DJ Boss

Since graduating from Mmmmaven in 2014, Chayuth Clark Subsin also known as DJ BOSS has been making waves in the Boston DJ community. Originally from Thailand, DJ BOSS has opened for Borgeous at The Royale and has a residency at Club eNVy in Allston. We were lucky enough to have him back at Mmmmaven to talk about how he started DJing, his career highlights so far and how we helped pave the way for a career as a DJ. 

How did you find out about Mmmmaven and the programs we offer?

I looked it up online and I wanted to be a DJ and get myself in the community. I found you guys doing it over here in Cambridge so I tried it out and learned so much here.

When did you graduate from Mmmmaven?

3 years ago – Mmmmaven looked very different then it was downstairs! This new setup is really cool.

What was your favorite class/technique that you learned?

I learnt a lot when I first started. There was the DJ 101 class and the DJ 102 class. In the DJ 101 class I learned how to DJ using equipment and how to connect all the equipment together. In DJ 102 I learned how to beat match and how to blend two songs together. It also covers a lot more technique in the 102 class.

Had you DJ’ed before you came to Mmmmaven?

I started DJ-ing by myself a few months before I came to Mmmmaven and I felt kind of stuck. Then when I came here my mind was blown. I got to understand the technique behind what I was doing before I came here and got right on top of it – it was amazing.

What skill do you think you improved on during your time with Mmmmaven?

I improved on my confidence beat matching and pushing the crowd. Beat matching is really important as a DJ. When I learned from the instructor how to play the two songs, that made me a lot more confident that I could do it myself. Also, with the turntable equipment in here it’s totally different: starting off using vinyl is a really great way to learn how to DJ.

Do you use different equipment when you DJ?

I started off using the Controller – that’s a little bit different. In here with vinyl it’s different so let’s talk about it. When I first started to DJ I listened to the radio and I was like “oh I wanna learn how to DJ” and I bought two turntables however it was not good equipment. I also didn’t know that a turntable needed a Serato box to make it work so I went to guitar centre and bought it but I didn’t know how to use it. I randomly went to the bar down the street and hired a DJ to come and teach me. He taught me a couple of times but I was still stuck and felt like “why don’t I know how to do this thing? How do I adjust it? How do I beat match?” When I came here to Mmmmaven I solved the problems that I had.

Can you tell us a little bit about your first gigging experience? What was it like, how did you book it, how did it go?

After the graduation party at Middlesex I met one of the students from Mmmmaven – they call it the Project Mixx and they invited me over to spin at one of their nights at Mini Bar in Copley which was actually my first DJ gig.

Yeah I was super nervous, I didn’t know what to do because it was my first live performance but I thought “this is what I’ve been waiting for!

I’ve been learning and now this is like the real show time for me.” Yeah so, it was great! I did my best, I had a good time and everybody had a good time.

How often do you DJ now?

I DJ once or twice a week. My resident club is eNVy in Allston and sometimes I DJ at some other places as well. I would love to DJ more! I want to do this every day – that’d be fun!

What part of DJing do you find to be the most challenging?

Reading the crowd. Reading the crowd and playing the right song in the right moment. Taking the requests can also be challenging but I try. I love it. I love taking requests. At the club I want everybody to have a good time and when they request it sometimes, I wouldn’t think about that song, but then if the song works for the crowd I’m happy with it.

What has been your biggest career achievement to date?

I’ve been playing a lot of big night clubs since I played at Royale. That was the most exciting venue for me to play at. I was opening for my favorite DJ, Borgeous, and to be able to hang out with him and talk about music was great.

Did getting an education at Mmmmaven help you with your DJ career?

Definitely! It helped me so much! I wouldn’t be DJing where I am right now without Mmmmaven.

Not only did they teach me the basic things I needed to know as a DJ but also the DJ community at Mmmmaven is very strong. Mmmmaven is pretty much a home for everyone musical as a DJ. I wouldn’t be able to know all of the DJs that I do and be able to talk about DJing with so many people without the community from Mmmmaven. It’s great to be here, to share music and talk with friends. Sometimes you can pull a line to get a gig from a previous student.

How has your music progressed since graduating from Mmmmaven?

I hope my music has progressed as I keep practicing after Mmmmaven! I practice every day mostly. I try to find some time to just practice, to just play with it. As an artist you know you wanna practice because it’s so fun to DJ! I DJ by myself all the time. I go live on Facebook now to practice and when I practice I learn every time. I try to do something stupid and then I learn if it works or not. If it works I’m gonna keep practicing until I get it and then I’m gonna play it at a club. I’m gonna use that technique to play it at a club and see if it works.

What do you hope to have accomplished in your DJing career five years from now?

Five years from now I am planning to get my songs signed by a record label and also, a dream that I’ve thought about since being at Mmmmaven, I want to play at a festival – that’s one of my goals! I would love to do any kind of music festival as I haven’t done that yet. I wanna feel it! I wanna study about it and get a different feeling and it would be really awesome.

What didn’t Mmmmaven teach you that you wish you had learned?

They taught me a little bit of everything, so no, I don’t think there’s anything. I think they covered everything I needed to know. Other than that you have to practice by yourself.

What did you find most challenging to learn at Mmmmaven?

The most challenging thing for me was beat matching.

Doing that with songs with different BPMs and learning how to try and blend the song together is challenging.

I think that’s the most challenging thing as a DJ. When I started I had a really difficult time trying to beat match between different songs because you have to count in a certain way and I didn’t know about all this. I thought “how am I gonna get that two song break down at the same time?” Then at Mmmmaven I found out how to count to make it work. Then on these turn tables beat matching can be tricky because when you press it, it’s not going right away. It takes some time and you just gotta kind of like feel it. I think that’s also the fun part as a DJ. It’s the best feeling matching songs together and getting it right.

Do you collaborate with other Mmmmaven graduates?

Once in a while I get in touch with my old friend from Project Mix and some good friends from Mmmmaven as well.

Do you think Mmmmaven graduates are prominent in the Boston DJ music scene?

I think there’s a lot of Mmmmaven graduates on the DJ scene. I think it’s only Mmmmmaven – you can Google it! There’s nowhere else.

In what ways did Mmmmaven prepare you for playing for a live audience?

The graduation party was a preparation for performing for a live audience. It was all the students who were graduating that got to perform live with their friends and everybody got together. Actually I think that was my first time. That was actually my first official gig to play live performing in an actual night club. That was the most exciting part for when me I graduated. I still remember that feeling. Even now when I DJ I still get that exciting feeling you know? That was the first time that I really felt like “woah I’m gonna do this, these people gonna like it” and at the end of the day everybody had a great time believe me.

If Mmmmaven were to offer more advanced classes would you be interested in taking them?

Well yeah! Actually I’m getting myself into production right now. I wanna learn more about sound design and stuff like that, yeah. I’m looking forward to that.

What brings you happiness?

I like to go outside, walk my dog, come back, practice for an hour, go out, get some lunch, come back and make music. That’s an ideal day for me! M U S I C – that’s everything.

What advice would you give to any aspiring DJ student?

They’re just gonna have to love this {points to turntable}. When they love this they can do it. Just love playing around with it and spend time with it – it’s fun! Just download music and try to play it and record your set. I record my set all the time and I listen to it in the car when I’m driving. That way I learn when I listen to my set after like “oh does this technique work when I press the crossfade right” or if it doesn’t work I’m gonna come back to it the next day and practice it until it works. When it works it’s like “oh I got it!” It’s fun. Also practice: learn and practice. Practice will make it happen.

Well thank you so much for coming in today to have a chat!

Of course, thank you for inviting me to come back here! Mmmmaven will always be a home for me.

 

 

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