#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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Ableton Live 10 Around the Web

If you’re doing it right, you already know that Ableton, the Berlin-based music software giant, has announced Live 10, the first major upgrade in the DAW in five years.

Here is what the web is saying:

  • Fact Magazine: “gigantic list of improvements” “the most significant change is that Max for Live is now fully integrated into Live” “new multi-channel audio routing capability for surround sound performances” “improved modulation”
  • The Verge: “a lot of new, notable changes to Live.” “One of the more exciting new features in Live 10 might be initially glossed over by many: Collections.” “at last, the option to export audio as .MP3.”
  • Engadget: “if you start playback mid-note, you won’t hear it — annoying for long strings sounds, for example. A new “Note chasing” feature solves that” “For those (like me) who seem to give their best performance while not recording, there’s ‘Capture.'”
  • DJ Mag: “At the top of the list is a new instrument called Wavetable” “a much needed new delay plugin Echo has been added” “the ability to edit multiple MIDI clips at once”

    Here’s some more information in Spanish and in German.

    Reverb.com even went so far as to create a playlist of some of the newest sounds you can make:

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  • Who is Robert Hood?

    For those unfamiliar with the techno icon who is playing the 13th Anniversary of Make It New this week, it quite impossible to sum up his career, but this Resident Advisor interview from 2014 (by one-time Boston resident, and Make It New guest DJ, Will Lynch), does a pretty good job.

    It’s my goal and my life’s ambition and my vision to give, to bring water and bring food to all who want to listen.

    The icon speaks very highly of the music of his parents, the sounds of Pac Man, and the famous Detroit radio DJ, the Electrifying Mojo, who, as Lynch says: “may have had more influence on techno than anyone who ever lived.”

    You were designed to do great things. But a lot of people go to the grave not knowing that, not realizing their dreams and their visions, having them manifested and come to pass.

    Read the full interview here (one which, according to one comment, might bring you to tears), or just experience the music for yourself this Thursday.

    Ableton 10 Around the Corner?

    Big announcement at LOOP 2017?

    Traditionally, Ableton announces big news at its annual event LOOP. This year, LOOP will be happening in Berlin, November 10th-12th, and there are increasing rumors that Ableton 10 will be announced then. While there is nothing substantial on the official Ableton website yet, there have been rumors, certain visuals and overall a huge expectation that 10 is right around the corner.

    REVIVE: One of our superstar interns was able to go to Loop last year. Read about her fascinating experience here, here, here, and here.

    Two photos leaked on Reddit show that Ableton is selling 9 at a 20% discount rate until 10 comes out. They will offer a free upgrade to people who have Ableton 9, which is wonderful news for anyone that recently bought Ableton 9.

    Expectations of a new UI

    Some users of Ableton are hoping for improvements in the general user interface of Ableton with the new release. While it is unclear whether or not there will be any drastic changes; there have been expectations toppled with supposedly leaked screenshots taken from blurry photos of artist desktops. Whichever the case might be, there’s definitely an expectation that we will face a new UI with Ableton 10.

    Our production classes can show you everything you want to know about Ableton! Hit me up to learn more!