Abstract Composition in Ableton and Max For Live -On demand

Exploring unconventional and generative processes for creating assets both musical and sonic using Ableton and Max For Live devices.

Course Instructor: Ned Rush

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Ableton and Cycling 74’s Max For Live offer a vast playground of programming opportunities to create unique compositions and rich sound designs. In this workshop you will create musical and sonic ideas using abstract techniques of composition. This workshop aims to provide you with suitable skills to begin exploring generative composition and complex sound design.

What you'll learn

  • Discuss the relevance of using generative processes in certain musical contexts
  • Explore how we can use these processes to create musical ideas
  • Look at ways to capture these ideas to use for future projects
  • Exploring various sound design techniques to add colour and shape


  • A computer and Internet connection
  • A good working knowledge of computer systems
  • A basic awareness of audio processing
  • Good familiarity with Ableton and Max For Live
  • Access to a copy of Ableton Live 10 Suite, or Ableton Live 10 with a Max For Live license

Course content

  • ---- Part 1 - Percussion from feedback samples
  • ---- Part 2 - Generate chords using Midi effects
  • ---- Part 3 - Using MaxForLive for generative midi
  • ---- Part 4 - Build a sequencer in MaxForLive

Who is this course for

  • This course is for people with a programming background who are interested in generative composition and complex sound design.

Useful links

Ned Rush's YouTube channel

About the workshop leader

Duncan Wilson (aka Ned Rush) is a musician, producer and content creator based in the UK. Whilst perhaps largely known for his Youtube channel, he has also released music independently as well developing content for Isotonik Studios.