making ambient music with ableton live

MARCH 2024

with Ryan Smith

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This workshop will explore the building block techniques to make Ambient and Experimental music, harnessing the common approaches of some of the genres’ iconic composers from the past and present, put into practical use in Ableton Live (10 or 11).

We’ll look at the generative and aleatoric composition techniques from people like Brian Eno, Suzanne Ciani and Terry Riley, as well as advanced sound design techniques for soundscapes and textures with synthesizers and audio processing. Each technique will be demonstrated using the built-in devices in Ableton Live 10 or 11, and students will build their own mini compositions using these techniques with help and guidance from the instructor.

Students will leave with a solid foundation of tools and approaches for composing Ambient and Experimental music using Ableton Live.

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PLEASE NOTE:

This is an online-only course with three meetings. Each session lasts about two hours. Individual sessions will be recorded and archived for later use, though this course is intended to be taken as a communal, real-time experience. Archived sessions are best used as a reference, not as replacement for live instruction.

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March 2024 session

$150.00Add to cart

Mon Mar 11th – 6 to 8pm Pacific
Mon Mar 18th – 6 to 8pm Pacific
Mon Mar 25th – 6 to 8pm Pacific

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Questions? Contact grapejuice@gmail.com

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About the instructor: A long time touring musician with the band Caribou, Ryan also produces futuristic techno music under the moniker Taraval, makes modular ambient music in the live electronic duo Bathing, and has a long running collaboration with Jeremy Greenspan of the Junior Boys, both producing experimental electronic music and running the label Geej. More online at https://ra.co/dj/taraval

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