Remix Winner: Preston Powers

We have a winner! Last month, we held our first-ever Ableton User Group Remix Challenge and invited the music production community to take a stab at Digital Den’s latest release from Subalias. Specifically, the song “Take Me Out”:

The winner is Preston Powers a/k/a $PIC¥ BØ¥$!

From a production standpoint it’s mixed well, and the sound design is on-point. Stylistically, I love the energy … this track slaps! — Subalias

Here’s a quick Q&A with Preston Powers

Subalias said this track slaps! How did you get it just right?
I know a really, really good ghost producer… Just kidding! The little things like compression, reverb, eq, filters, panning, saturation and automation really add up in the end. Don’t be afraid to slap some effects on a sound; if it sounds better, keep it! If it doesn’t, drop it and move on!

Which do you think is the best part of the jam?
The second drop unexpectedly switching up causes a small explosion in my head that gets me going! My favorite element is that rolling bass coming in at 54s and 2:26 – Takes Me Out … back to Europe.

What do you enjoy most about Ableton?
What’s nice about Ableton is there are so many resources out there to help you reach that mastery level. Shout-out to Mmmmmaven! (and YouTube, heh!)

Preston wins a dope prize pack which includes the *dope* Making Music (Creative Strategies for Electronic Music Producers) book, Ableton expansion packs, and more!

For more Preston Powers, click through:

This is a mix we did for MIX 24/7 EDM Radio! Most of the songs are $PIC¥ BØ¥$ originals with a dash of other spicy songs we enjoy! Thanks for listening!

Join our music-loving community today! Our instructors can show you Ableton, Serato, synthesis, and much more… Book a free tour right now:

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Punisher Invades Detroit!


Newest #MakeItNew resident DJ Punisher hails from the birthplace of techno, Detroit, and as such she’s making three appearances this weekend. In celebration of Movement, the city’s now-legendary Memorial Day super fest, Michelle will have three high-profile gigs:

Midnight to 1am Set
Friday, Prelude at Northern Lights Lounge and Garden

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Alongside Stacy Pullen, DāM-FunK, and LTJ Bukem (?!) at Cambridge homies Soul Clap’s House of EFunk Showcase:
Saturday, House of Efunk at TV Bar:

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With Detroit icons DJ Dez Andres (!), Rick Wilhite + Acid Jazz icon Mark Farina
Sunday, Sampled 16 at Marble Bar:

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Be sure to stop and say hello if you’re in the Motor City this weekend!

Can’t make it? Punisher make her second official appearance upon her return… alongside Sweden’s Sebastian Mullaert.

Punisher is excited:

Sebastian is one of my biggest musical influences, so honored to be sharing this night with him. Take my advice and come see his LIVE PA, it will change your life!

Seeking: Video Production Intern

Mmmmaven is a Boston based Music Production & DJ School, as well as a talent agency and area concert promoter. We are a young company, and we’re seeking enthusiastic videographers.

Interested candidates should either have experience making videos, or should be current art students. Since we are such a new company, there are a ton of opportunities to make your impact felt. While this internship is unpaid, there are possibilities to receive compensation on your work with us!

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Please include a brief introduction of yourself along with your resume and portfolio. Please visit mmmmaven.com or visit our “Mmmmaven” Facebook page for more info!

 

SUMMARY DESCRIPTION:

— Collaborate with the marketing team on pre-and post-production
planning activities
— Work in conjunction with the marketing team to determine video content
— Carry out field-based video production that includes interaction with company employees or customers
— Manage the video editing process, which may include voice-overs and background scores, to maximize the use of each video segment produced
— Deliver high-quality, finished video segments that can be
integrated on the company’s website and social media channels
— Operate and maintain all professional video, audio and lighting equipment

REQUIRED HOURS: 1-2 days, 10-15 hours per week
QUALIFICATIONS:

— Motivated videographer not afraid to work independently or in a
group/collaborative dynamic.
Enrolled in B.A. program focused on media communications, video
production, cinematography or related field
— Preferably own or have access to high-quality video equipment,
including professional HD camera, on-board lighting, tripod and video
editing software.
— Must submit a portfolio of work to demonstrate experience in
creative storytelling, lighting and sound skills, and editing ability
— Experience with creating animated video and/or graphic design skills a plus

REQUIREMENTS:

— Experience using Final Cut Pro / Adobe Premier/ or a comparable
editing software
— Strong organizational skills and creativity
Detail-oriented
— Verbal and written communications skills
— Some video production/post-production experience preferred

OPPORTUNITIES:

— Portfolio building and commercial video experience
— Receive a strong letter of recommendation upon completion of the internship
— Develop creative video marketing and social media strategies

PORTFOLIO REQUIRED

Compensation: Unpaid. Access to events throughout the year and lots
and lots of great music. Experience with a dynamic team of producers, DJs and creatives. Applicants may receive credit, subject to school approval. Opportunity to expand your design portfolio. There is potential for this to become a full-time job.

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Cambridge Science Festival, 2016

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This April marks the 10th anniversary of the annual Cambridge Science Festival, and they’re pulling out all the stops.

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With a seriously stacked schedule of events, (including one of our own) and major sponsorships from Google, MIT, Biogen, and the City of Cambridge, this year is shaping up to be their biggest event yet.

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Over the course of the 10-day celebration, held this April 15-24, the Cambridge Science Festival take science, technology, engineering, art, and math curiosities to a new level.

Every spring, they strive to make science accessible, engaging, and most of all – fun.

Take our free Wednesday Make & Mix workshop for example. From 2:00-3:30pm on the 20th, we’re opening our studio doors to the public for an opportunity to check out the latest in music technology and to feel what it’s like to be a DJ! Attendees can try their hand at manipulating music with Ableton Live, and creating their own performance with hands-on Akai hardware.

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Music tech aside, the Cambridge Science Festival has a ton of different events, workshops, tours, and hands-on activities for every age.

You can check out Saturday’s MIT Open House from 10:00am-3:00pm on the 23rd for hands-on science, art, technology, and culture-based activities, as well as an inside look at one of the city’s top universities.

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For some Friday night entertainment, you can head to Harvard Square on the 15th for some Sidewalk Astronomy, to view the Moon, Jupiter, double stars, and star clusters.

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Or, kick back on Sunday the 17th, for an Art + Science of Beer event at Mystic Brewery. Take a tour, learn how the brews are made, and taste some samples for an afternoon of local beer and fun.

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From mixing music, to beginner’s coding, to bioengineering your own living organisms, the Cambridge Science Festival brings something to the table for everyone.

And kids love our lab:

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For more details, visit the festival website.

And, to pre-register for our Make & Mix event, visit our Eventbrite page here.