It was hard not to marvel at what Together has created in the last nine years.
As Boston’s Together festival closed last month, we were again put into the spotlight by the arbiter of the world dance music community: Resident Advisor.
In the article, Drum and Bass legend Lenore is respectfully named “one of Boston’s most important DJs,” Houseboi is now an “opening-night tradition,” recent SF transplant Aaron Jen is lauded for his “masterclass” of an opening set, and the mighty DJ Kon is (obviously) the “edit master.”
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 crosstalk 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.
Arvid Tomayko-Peters is a performing experimental musician, multimedia artist and audio engineer who hails from the foggy tip of Cape Cod. He holds a BA in both Computer Music and Multimedia and Geological Sciences from Brown University where he studied with teachers such as Alvin Lucier. At Your Heaven®, he codes software and firmware, develops algorithms, records instruments for acoustic research, tests hardware and designs the exterior of the products. Arvid’s goal at Your Heaven® is to help start the instrument pickup revolution that will make live music on acoustic instruments sound better. His personal work focuses on building electronic performance systems for realtime musical improvisation.
Steve Schwartz is a musician and audio engineer. He studied composition at Juilliard, and completed his music degree at Brown University, where he also studied audio engineering and studio technique. After graduating, he taught music theory and recording at Brown’s Music Dept. He still manages recordings for the department, sings with the Brown University Chorus, runs Brown’s Klezmer band, and plays jazz and experimental music whenever he gets a chance. The technology behind the Your Heaven® systems was born in his basement while still a student, when he started building devices to help him with recording his drums for recording class assignments.
Justin Satriano is a musician who holds a master’s degree in Computer Science from Brown University. Leader and composer for jazz-rock quartet The Stride, he has worked as a software developer at MOTU, and has recently been beta testing the Your Heaven® Guitar Amplifier system. He will be demonstrating this product at the presentation on Wednesday, May 18 and at the Synthesizer Petting Zoo on May 22 (both at MMMMaven).
Mitchell Owens is a guitar player, sound designer, and electronic composer/producer from Durham, NC. He attended Berklee College of Music right here in Boston and has over 5 years of experience with Ableton Live producing and performing music under the moniker Subalias, as well as doing sound design and soundtrack composition for independent films and animations.
Mitchell’s music blends the organic and synthetic for a balanced fusion inspired by sample based HipHop, Downtempo, House, Funk and R&B. He believes in freedom of creation and expression and likes to cater to students’ specific needs in order to teach them the proper skills and techniques needed to achieve their musical goals.
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.
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).
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.
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.