Mmmmaven Recharge Lounge Recap Day 1 & 2

Together 5 has begun and the Mmmmaven Recharge Lounge had a great start! Fully stocked on Red Bull and Pretzel Crisps, we’re a great place to stop and rest before the night begins, but we’re offering more than just relaxation. All week we’ll have fun and informative music workshops, teaching about collaboration, technology, and music production.

If you missed it, don’t fret! We have some workshops left to spare, and you can catch up with what’s happened so far!

Day 1

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Danny Satori (right) came representing ToUch Performance Arts for the collaboration master class. ToUch Performance performs with DJs and live instruments, which takes a lot of work and practice off stage to pull off. Danny had great tips about the creative process and even taught some keytar! Next, Damian came to teach about Ableton Live.

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Damian (left) used MIDI controllers and synthesizers to give a hands-on approach to hardware and software integration in Ableton Live. The Mmmmaven classrooms were filled with crazy gadgets and sounds!

Day Two

We were excited, as always, to have Moduloktopus in our studios last night to present Keith McMillen Instruments. You could hear the audience’s reactions down the hall as they laughed and cheered for him throughout the open house. Through a mixture of hands-on student experiences and impressive performances, Moduloktopus showed off the amazing MIDI instruments that KMI have been cooking up over the years.

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And check out Moduloktopus’ recording from last night’s performance…

One lucky winner went home with his own QuNexus! (can you guess which one he is?)

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Do you see what you’re missing?! Well, you haven’t even seen it all. By the time you finish this post, you might be rushing over here for our workshop tonight!

We also have insanely cool art installations all over our walls from Andrew Hlynsky:

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And in the other room, there’s couches, snacks, more art, and DJ Mickey Grouse played some great tracks yesterday:

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The rest of the week just keeps getting better. Tonight, learn about recording live instruments into Ableton Live, and then modulating and shaping the sounds to something new and interesting. And don’t forget about our iZotope workshops, Record Fair, Ableton Spaces workshops, and an Open House for our Summer Camp! There’s something for everyone this year at Together!

The Canadian Jackmaster: Seb Diamond

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Seb Diamond will open for Pearson Sound and Jacques Green this year at Together’s secret location show on 5/16. Sub|division, a crew of DJs, producers, dancers & enthusiasts based in Victoria, BC, had nothing but good things to say about Diamond.

Seb has been instrumental in nurturing the amazing environment that has allowed such a diverse and developed scene to spring forth from Quebec’s cultural nerve centre.

Seb Diamond has grown a lot in the last couple years. He started working with Montreal based management company Sofa King Raw earlier this year and became the Canadian rep for Boiler Room. On top of that he has grown as a DJ.

If anything I’ve just gotten a bit more mature in my taste and can contain diverse genres inside focused sets as opposed to the “anything and everything” approach I used to have.

Diamond takes a lot of inspiration from DJs like Jackmaster (also playing at Together), Jacques Greene, and Floating Points. He likes the variety in their sets, mixing the classics and current hits with their own touches.

I really admire DJs that are expressing their personal style and not the (2013 Megamix) of new fabricated genres and fetishized past.

His mix for Sub|division covers his more recent inspirations, which he said have come a lot from American house like Joey Beltram, Spencer Parker and DJ Sneak. He says it’s “a good indicator of what I’d want to be playing in a grimy NY loft.”

You can download his mix here! Or listen to it below:

Read the full interview over at Sub|division’s website.

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Pearson Sound inside @JustJamLondon #tgthr5

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Mmmmaven favorite Pearson Sound (he’s one third of the Hessle Audio crew) made his debut on Just Jam, a psychedelic web series. Like Boiler Room TV, the long-running web series takes DJs our of the booth and into your feed.

But unlike Boiler Room, instead of an audience at an exclusive party, you become a part of a wildly-swinging hand-held webcam, featuring a green screen filled with fractals, tie-dye imagery and rudimentary visual effects. It sounds strange because it is and strangely, it works.

As you might expect, Dave’s propulsive psychedelic sounds flows right into it.

Pearson Sound will be a special performer at #tgthr5 this year. Playing a special b2b set with another of our favorite producers, the Dutch-born Martyn.

To ensure you can get in to that secret event, and to get into all of the events, it helps to have a pass. Which can be purchased right here.