My name is Katharine Fountain, and for the past 3 months I have had the pleasure of joining Mmmmaven’s team as their Ableton intern. In addition to my internship, I am also a student at Berklee College of Music across the river in Boston, where I am pursuing a double major in Electronic Production & Design and Songwriting.
Learning how to self-produce has been one of the most important things that I’ve ever done for my career, and I think that every musician should take the time to explore the ways in which music technology can benefit their craft.
I never imagined that I would become this interested in production when I started using DAW’s to sketch out song ideas and practice for ear training tests at school, but I quickly realized the creative possibilities that I had at my finger tips. Many of my friends urged me to try out Ableton, which lead me to take Mmmmaven’s Music Production Certificate Program over the summer. Now as an intern for Mmmmaven, I have had the chance to dive into the world of music production, and share some of what I’ve learned with others. The experience has been incredibly rewarding!
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I can honestly say that immersing myself in the world and culture of Ableton has changed my life and my musicianship for the better. So when I found out about Ableton’s Loop Summit that would be hosted at the historic Funkhaus Berlin this fall, I sheepishly put my name in for the ticket lottery and hoped for the best.
I was thrilled when I was granted a ticket, and even more thrilled when I somehow managed to figure out how to make it to Berlin from Boston! Attending Loop was an undeniably eye opening and inspiring experience, and definitely one of the highlights of my year. This three part series will outline some of my favourite events from Loop, and hopefully get you inspired to create something new!
As we’ve been keeping track of newly-released videos from last year’s inaugural Ableton Loop conference, one was over-looked.
Back in April the music software released the keynote speech from one of Ableton’s creators, musician Robert Henke, aka Monolake.
Among many valuable insights, Robert Henke’s keynote presentation at Loop 2015 offers sage advice on dealing with the multitasking nature of modern music making, how to learn from machines, and the counter-intuitive yet undeniable value of failure as a driver of musical and technical innovation.
Watch the keynote, titled “Failure = Success” (!!) here:
As the saying goes: “One does not simply… become the resident DJ at PanoramaBar.”
Prosumer is an unquestionable giant of the modern-day musical landscape. From his days behind the register of the Berlin bedrock of vinyl: Hard Wax, to his early productions for the seminal Playhouse label, Prosumer has put in years of backbreaking work to achieve one of the most well-regarded residencies in the world.
And if you search the internet and listen to his mixes, you’ll come to understand what makes the selector so unique: variety. Disco, techno, jazz/boogie, breakbeat, house, it’s all a part of his immensely researched and well-burrowed collection., not to mention his own vast library of original work.
And you get to hear it all for yourself in person.
This also happens to be the last time John Barera will make his appearance as an official resident DJ. John is on his way to achieving his dreams and we couldn’t be happier to have been a lengthy chapter in his ongoing legacy. We’ll keep an eye on that guy!
Thursday, June 30th Middlesex Lounge 315 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 9pm/21+
written by Gerd Janson
„The craze about the music…“
…the man called Prosumer is besotted with it. Since Achim Brandenburg heartily grabbed the microphone under this moniker in 2005 for Frankfurt’s then undisputed Label Playhouse, he showed that lasciviousness, a fever for Chicago’s Jack flavor and consciousness of tradition aren’t necessarily bound to a time and a place. Vision, passion and knowledge make Prosumer a guardian of house music history and one of the formative artists, influential DJs and important producers of our days. While deriving his name from Alvin Toffler’s techno sci-fi-bible The Third Wave(producing and consuming at the same time), Prosumer lives up to his name.
After proving herself over and over as a set-up opener, she exploded into headliner-land after demolishing clubs in Ibiza Summer, after Summer, after Summer. Her 2016 campaign sees her in front of people in Sweden, Georgia, Ukraine, Montreal…
And back to Cambridge, Massachusetts!
Thursday, July 7th
Middlesex Lounge 315 Mass Ave Cambridge, MA
9pm/21+/$10 before 10pm, $20 after
tINI & the gang
DJ / PRODUCER / HEART OF THE GANG
It took tINI only a few years of playing in clubs to become one of Germany’s most highly acclaimed female artists in techno and house music. “That’s right“, her production debut on the Desolat X Sampler in 2009, became a timeless groove monster with high profile DJs worldwide and a perfect proof that future is looking bright for this grand dame of deep twisted tech funk.
As tINI’s life is ruled by magic moments and deep acquaintanceships, her first longplayer has been named after her best friend “Tessa”, who was the first person to introduce her to the colorful, sometimes dreamlike world of Ibiza, where tINI spent the summer of 2010 and produced a majority of her album. It’s a musical documentation of an influencing stage of life, inspired by a chaotic but at the same time peaceful island and special people she met there and who can even be heard in many of the tracks.