With Together five days away, the excitement over the surefire amazing sets and artists is building around Boston. But where can you go when you’ve danced yourself clean?
Amidst all the thumping subwoofers, you should take time to recharge your batteries and learn more about the technology and culture behind the music at Mmmaven’s Recharge Lounge.
This series of FREE events will be held at Mmmaven’s office and will feature a wide array of events and lectures that you want to miss. The full line-up can be found on the official Together schedule, but we wanted to take some time to highlight a few of the events you can experience.
AMERICA & THE NETHERLANDS: A HISTORY OF DANCE MUSIC
A conversation with Mark Van Bergen (author of DUTCH DANCE)
Mon, May 16, 6:00 PM > 7:00 PM
Join the conversation with Mark Van Bergen, author of Dutch Dance on the history and international origins of electronic dance music in party culture both in America and the Netherlands (1970-present).
INNOVATIVE ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENT SOUND CAPTURE W/ YOUR HEAVEN®
Wed, May 18, 7:00 PM > 8:00 PM
A live demonstration of the Your Heaven® Close-Up® Mic System, an affordable product that allows you to easily integrate acoustic instruments like guitars, strings and drums into your music. With a unique combination of both the isolation needed for live performance and the fidelity you’d normally only get in a studio, you can amplify, record or sample beautiful acoustic instruments live, right on stage as you perform – with no feedback or cross-talk problems. We’ll show you how to use it with acoustic guitar, electric guitar and drums. We will also demonstrate how the Your Heaven® Close-Up® can be incorporated into both the production and live performance setup of an electronic musician, to be processed and used as a trigger source for midi instruments.
THE ULTIMATE DJ CONTROLLER – DENON DJ MCX8000 WORKSHOP
Thu, May 19, 7:00 PM > 8:00 PM
Denon DJ Project Manager Jason Stout takes you on a guided tour of this year’s controller of controllers, the MCX8000. In his presentation he’ll walk you through Denon DJ’s Engine software, its integration with Serato DJ, how to seamlessly mix between multiple sources on the fly, and all the unique features on the hardware control surface.
LINK TOGETHER- LIVE LINK JAM SESSION w/ PUSH 2
Fri, May 20, 5:00 PM > 6:00 PM
Whether you are making music with Ableton Live or any one of a host of IOS apps, Ableton Link enables you to play in time with other musicians over a network. In this session, Ableton’s Ben Casey gives you the lowdown and introduces some of his favorite Link compatible apps.
We’ll conclude the session with a live jam featuring Ableton and Mmmmaven instructors.
ABLETON PUSH SAMPLE CHALLENGE
Fri, May 20, 7:00 PM > 8:00 PM
For this session we invite you to bring along a vinyl record of your choice. Ableton’s Ben Casey will demonstrate how to sample it, chop it and turn it into something new in just 45 minutes using the sampling workflows in Ableton Push 2.
MUSIC CREATION WITH NOVATION CIRCUIT
Sat, May 21, 1:00 PM > 3:00 PM
This workshop is a general overview highlighting what Novation’s new Groovebox / Step Sequencer, Circuit, is capable of and how it can be used in various scenarios such as standalone, with external gear (demonstrated with Novation Bass Station II), and with a DAW (demonstrated with Ableton Live).
7TH ANNUAL TOGETHER RECORD FAIR
With Bob Diesel & Very Special Guest
Come dig for vinyl straight from the collections of some of Boston’s most renowned selectors with an appearance of Bob Diesel and a very special guest…
SYNTHESIZER PETTING ZOO
Sun, May 22, 12:00 PM > 4:00 PM
On Sunday, May 22nd Together Boston is celebrating the synthesizer era by holding a “petting zoo” inside the Mmmmaven Project labs 12pm until 4pm we will be displaying a wide array of synthesizers, MIDI controllers, and DJ gear. We welcome music lovers of all ages to stop by and try out the gear.
And this isn’t even the full line-up! You can find that here.
These events are sure to be informative, engaging, and at times, even entertaining! Whether you want to get your hands on classic vintage synths, learn about the latest Ableton tech, or just go crate digging, the Mmmmaven Recharge lounge has a little bit of something for everyone. And did we mention it’s all free? So take a well-deserved break from your grooving during Together and stop on by.
Does any of this sound interesting? We host free workshops on similar topics every single Friday right here at our school in Cambridge. If you’re looking to go one step further though, we also offer classes on DJ’ing, Production, and Synthesis. Feel free to reach out to us with any and all questions!