A Soundtrack for Spiritual Awakening

Jon Hopkins makes gentle music with hidden depths.

Celebrated music writer Kelefa Sanneh reviews Jon Hopkins new album Singularity for the New Yorker. Mr. Hopkins was the first artist we collaborated on bringing to Boston five years ago.

[Singularity] is both the gentlest and the most epic of Hopkins’s career. — Kelefa Sanneh

Sanneh talks about Hopkins‘ early on being “seduced by the Roland TB-303,” how Singularity signaled his transition from Logic into Ableton, and which Spotify playlists he comes up on.

As an inspiration for our school, and for many of our students, Hopkins’ release is something to celebrate to be sure. After the 6 years and 7 months (!!) since we brought the acclaimed producer to Great Scott, we’re happy to see him remain

one of the most celebrated musicians of his generation

and be

one of music’s great minds operating in peak form.

Start your musical journey today: polina@mmmmaven.com.

KiNK on the Desperados SoundStage

We’ve always been big fans of KiNK, he’s played #MakeItNew, Together, and whereever else we can get the Bulgarian machine-man on stage. Way beyond DJ, Strahil Velchev melds into his synth machines much like wetware.

So you can rest assured we’re looking forward to this:

Presenting Desperados SoundStage: An interactive musical experiment celebrating the DIY party culture across the globe. Together with KiNK, we created the ultimate live track. #DesperadosDIY #WattTheFrequency

Bonus video! Here’s Sofia’s finest live at Into the Valley:

Learn the ways of KiNK through our music technology programs. Email me today polina@mmmmaven.com

#LoopBerlin on the Web

We had serious #FOMO this weekend as Loop Berlin, fast becoming the most cutting-edge music festival in the entire world, took place at the Funkhaus Berlin. Without our superstar intern Katharine to write about it, we’ve selected some of our favorite posts from the weekend.

Honored guest and new music pioneer Goldie had some interesting quips about the democratization of electronic music:

Ethan Hein, music educator at NYU’s @musedlab pointed out how useful computer music is in education:

With the recent Ableton purchase of Max for Live developers Cycling74, of course they made an appearance:

And BOTH original Together Boston (#tgthr1) guests, Machine Drum and DJ/Rupture (h/t @BeatReasearch), had interesting talks on the power of process:

While JLin was the first to admit trusting yourself is the first step:

Then, of course, came the real stars of the show, the astonishing now of Loop’s incredible installations and performances:

????#loopberlin #loopberlin2017 #abletonlive

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#loopberlin #loopberlin2017 #amazing #loopcolors in #berlin #musicmakers #meeting

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Found the dancefloor. #loopberlin

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3Destruction #antivj #installation #ableton #loopberlin

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Another (purely electronic) Jam Session @ #LoopBerlin

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It seems the closing performance of Nosaj Thing stole the show in the end, perfectly capturing one of the catchphrases born at #LoopBerlin:

The Screen is Your Stage

I have seen no such thing like this before. @nosajthing #loopberlin

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BONUS GRAM! We caught former Together New Business Developer and long-time friend of all of ours, Coleman (@onelikecodiac), on the job:

Artist relations, late stage. #loopberlin

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Want to learn more? You’re in luck. This Friday we have a free seminar with an Ableton super-user! RSVP:

New Music from Subalias

Subalias- Mitchell Owens
If you have taken our Music Production Program or been to a free workshop, (or to, you know, our 8 year-old annual music festival), you’ve interacted with Mitchell, a/k/a Subalias.

He has new music out!

“Be Back” is classic Subalias, taking a snippet of a sample, and, using nothing more than imagination, turning it into a deep, meditative jaunt through the tempered window of the soul.

Why not go and buy it at Bandcamp?

Want to learn from Mitchell? In his class, you’ll explore your inner musician, diving in and out of Ableton, the workstation of choice for today’s modern producer. Email me today!