Non-linear strategies for composing with Live & M4L - On demand

Develop composition methodologies avoiding the timeline.

Course Instructor: Simone Tanda

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The creative path is not a straight line. In this workshop, you will develop a workflow focused on experimental approaches utilizing randomization, stochastic methods, polymeters, polyrhythms and more using Live and M4L. Experimental audio processing and non-linear mixing activities will be included in the compositional process to create unique sound qualities as well as overcoming creative blocks.

What you'll learn

  • Examine various forms of (non)linear compositional strategies
  • Identify approaches that provide musical contingency
  • Select Ableton's techniques & M4L devices to use in the writing process
  • Design generative methods for complex compositional systems based on the Ableton and M4L environments


  • A computer and internet connection
  • A web cam and mic
  • A Zoom account
  • Access to a copy of Ableton Live 10 Suite, or Ableton Live 10 with a Max For Live license

Course content

  • ---- Course slides & 3 breakout room tasks
  • ---- Recording 1 part 1
  • ---- Recording 2 - Part 2

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About the workshop leader

Simone Tanda is a musician, producer, multi-media artist, tech consultant, and educator. Based across London & Berlin he is currently creating music for his own project, as well as multidisciplinary artists, film, and commercials.