Creative Riff Composition with MIDI – On-demand

Level: Beginner

The riff by nature is repetitive so you get it, again and again, you get it reinforced and the rest of the song is built around it like the riff was the skeleton of the song.

This workshop aims to provide you with the necessary abilities to begin composing riffs and arranging a composition around such an important musical element.

Session Learning Outcomes

By the end of this session a successful student will be able to:

  • Apply critical listening skills to riff & recurring motifs.

  • Extrapolate core musical qualities of a riff.

  • Construct a riff within a selected musical genre.

  • Apply arrangement techniques around a riff within a track.

Session Study Topics

  • MIDI programming

  • Rhythmic subdivision and polymeter

  • Micro fills and macro fills

  • Layering and subtractive arrangement techniques

Requirements

  • A computer and internet connection

  • A web cam and mic

  • A Zoom account

  • Access to a copy of Live Suite or Standard (i.e. trial or full license)

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.

An introduction to Flora for monome norns – On-demand

Level: Some experience of norns required

Flora is an L-systems sequencer and bandpass-filtered sawtooth engine for monome norns. In this workshop you will learn how L-system algorithms are used to produce musical sequences while exploring the script’s UI and features.

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By the end of the first workshop, you will be able to:

  • Navigate the Flora UI and parameters menus to build and perform your own compositions

  • Create dynamically shaped, multinodal envelopes to modulate Flora’s bandpass-filtered sawtooth engine

  • Build generative polyrhythms and delays into your compositions

  • Use crow and/or midi-enabled controllers and synthesizers to play Flora

Session study topics:

  • Sequencing with L-system algorithms

  • Physical modeling synthesis with bandpass filters

  • Generate multi-nodal envelope

  • Norns integration with midi and/or crow

 

Requirements

  • A computer and internet connection

  • A norns device with Flora installed

  • Optional: A midi-enabled controller and/or synthesizer

 

We have a number of sponsorship places available, if the registration fee is a barrier to you joining the workshop please contact laura@stagingmhs.local.

 

About the workshop leader 

Jonathan Snyder is a Portland, Oregon based sound explorer and educator.

Previously, he worked for 22 years as a design technologist, IT manager, and educator at Columbia University’s Media Center for Art History, Method, and Adobe.

Creative MIDI CC’s in Ableton Live – On-demand

If you’d like to support the Music Hackspace to continue to build a program of free workshops, a voluntary contribution would be much appreciated. 

Level: Intermediate

Ableton Live offers a vast playground of musical opportunities to create musical compositions and productions. These include techniques to deploy MIDI Control Change messages (CC’s) to manipulate and transform musical ideas. In this workshop you will creatively explore and deploy a range of MIDI CC’s manipulation tools in a musical setting. This workshop aims to provide you with suitable skills to utilise the creative possibilities of MIDI CC manipulation in the Ableton Live environment.

Session Learning Outcomes

By the end of this session a successful student will be able to:

  • Identify MIDI CC’s messages

  • Map MIDI CC’s to parameters

  • Manipulate Clip Envelopes and dummy Clips via MIDI CC’s

  • Utilise MIDI CC”s to create novel musical and sonic elements

Session Study Topics

  • MIDI CC messages

  • MIDI Mapping CC’s

  • Clip Envelopes and dummy clips and CC’s

  • Creatively using MIDI CC’s

Requirements

  • A computer and internet connection

  • A web cam and mic

  • A Zoom account

  • Access to a copy of Live Suite (i.e. trial or full license)

About the workshop leader 

Anna is a London based producer, engineer, vocalist and educator.

Anna is currently working as a university lecturer in London, teaching music production, creating educational content and working on her next releases as ANNA DISCLAIM.

Creative Audio and MIDI in Ableton Live – On-demand

If you’d like to support the Music Hackspace to continue to build a program of free workshops, a voluntary contribution would be much appreciated. 

Level: Intermediate

Ableton Live offers a vast playground of musical opportunities to create musical compositions and productions. These include converting audio based harmony, melody and rhythm to MIDI, alongside techniques such as slicing audio into sampling tools which can be triggered via MIDI. In this workshop you will creatively explore and deploy a range of Audio and MIDI manipulation tools in a musical setting. This workshop aims to provide you with suitable skills to utilise the creative possibilities of Audio and MIDI manipulation in the Ableton Live environment.

Session Learning Outcomes

By the end of this session a successful student will be able to:

  • Convert Audio to MIDI

  • Slice Audio to MIDI

  • Manipulate Audio via MIDI slices

  • Utilise Audio and MIDI to create novel musical and sonic elements

Session Study Topics

  • Converting Audio to MIDI

  • Slicing Audio to MIDI

  • Manipulating slices within Simpler

  • Creatively using Audio and MIDI

Requirements

  • A computer and internet connection

  • Access to a copy of Live Suite (i.e. trial or full license)

About the workshop leader 

Anna is a London based producer, engineer, vocalist and educator.

Anna is currently working as a university lecturer in London, teaching music production, creating educational content and working on her next releases as ANNA DISCLAIM.

Discover the new features in Max for Live 11 – On demand

Level: Intermediate

MaxforLive allows users to develop their own devices for use in composition, performance and beyond. In the recent release of Live Suite 11 there are a myriad of new features and tools for musicians and programmers alike. In this workshop you will explore these new tools and features and be able to leverage them in your own musical works and patches.

By the end of this session a successful student will be able to:

  • Explore new MPE possibilities

  • Utilise the new devices

  • Identify the new integrations and objects

  • Understand and deploy the new features for developers

Session Study Topics

  • MPE and Max for Live

  • New Max for Live devices

  • New integrations and objects in Max for Live with Live 11

  • New features for developers of Max for Live devices with Live 11

Requirements

  • A computer and internet connection

  • Access to a copy of Live 11 Suite & Max for Live (i.e. trial or full license)

About the workshop leader

Mark Towers is an Ableton Certified Trainer and a lecturer in music technology at Leicester College. He specialises in Max for Live, as well as working with Isotonik Studios to create unique and creative devices for music production and performance such as the Arcade Series.

 

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Generative Music Tools: LFOs and Pitch Quantization – On demand

Level: Intermediate

There are a broad array of techniques musicians can use to generate music in Max. One fundamental component of traditional analogue synthesiser use is the LFO, or low-frequency oscillator. Additionally, pitch quantization can be an extremely powerful tool, especially when used alongside the values generated by an LFO.

This workshop will provide you with the information to construct both devices in Max, giving you a broader palette of compositional tools.

Session Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Learn the basics of LFOs and pitch quantizers.

  • Build a standalone LFO patch with variable waveforms and a functional UI.

  • Build a quantizer which will map incoming pitch values to user-defined scales/modes.

  • Use both devices to control parameters of sound synthesis and assist in generative music composition.

Session Study Topics

  • Generative music

  • LFOs and waveforms

  • Pitch quantization

  • Composition through MIDI and software instrument manipulation.

Requirements

  • A computer and internet connection
  •  Access to a copy of Max 7 or 8 (i.e. trial or full license)

About the workshop leader 

Samuel Pearce-Davies is a composer, performer, music programmer and Max hacker living in Cornwall, UK.

With a classical music background, it was his introduction to Max/MSP during undergraduate studies at Falmouth University that sparked Sam’s passion for music programming and algorithmic composition.

Going on to complete a Research Masters in computer music, Sam is now studying a PhD at Plymouth University in music-focused AI

Generative Music Tools: Turing Machine – LIVE Session

Level: Intermediate

There are a broad array of techniques musicians can use to generate music in Max. One such process involves taking inspiration from Alan Turing’s early work on proto-computers, in particular the notion of a tape with data being displayed on it.

This workshop will provide you with the information to construct such a generative device, a ‘Turing Machine’, to supplement your compositional practice.

Session Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of a Turing Machine in a musical context.

  • Patch together a generative process using randomisation and counters.

  • Build a functional UI to tweak different aspects of the generative process in real time.

  • Use the finished device to both generate music through MIDI and control broader parameters of software instruments.

Session Study Topics

  • Turing machines, generative music.

  • Random processes: drunken walks and probability.

  • Visual design in Max

  • Composition through MIDI and software instrument manipulation.

Requirements

  • A computer and internet connection
  • Access to a copy of Max 7 or 8 (i.e. trial or full license)

About the workshop leader 

Samuel Pearce-Davies is a composer, performer, music programmer and Max hacker living in Cornwall, UK.

With a classical music background, it was his introduction to Max/MSP during undergraduate studies at Falmouth University that sparked Sam’s passion for music programming and algorithmic composition.

Going on to complete a Research Masters in computer music, Sam is now studying a PhD at Plymouth University in music-focused AI.

Getting confident with Max – On demand

Level: Beginner

Cycling 74’s Max / MSP offers a vast playground of programming opportunities to create your own sound design and multimedia applications. In this workshop you will build a patch using items from the Max tool bar such as Beap and Vizzie as well using media from your own collection, plus explore ways to open up, reverse engineer and modify existing resources within the Max.

Series Learning Outcomes

By the end of this series a successful student will be able to:

  • Confidently navigate the Max environment to quickly gain access to content and learning resources.

  • Deploy resources into a patch.

  • Connect and explore these resources to develop ideas for sound and media design, composition and performance.

  • Navigate the help file system and reverse engineer existing content in the Max application.

Session Study Topics

  • The Tools available in a Max such as Beap and Vizzie modules.

  • Playlists and drag and drop media.

  • Bpatches, prototypes and snippets.

  • The helpfile system.

Requirements

  • A computer and internet connection

  • Access to a copy of Max 8 (i.e. trial or full license)

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.

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

Level: Intermediate – Advanced

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.

Session Learning Outcomes

By the end of this session a successful student will be able to:

  • 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

Session Study Topics

  • Randomization & Stochastic methods

  • Polymeters & polyrhythms

  • Racks, Audio & MIDI FXs chains

  • Max4Live LFO, Shaper, Buffer shuffler, Multimap pro

Requirements

  • 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

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.

Understanding Indian rhythm through simple algorithms – On demand

Level: All Max users

South Indian Carnatic music is home to a huge array of fascinating rhythms, composed from algorithms. Rooted in maths and aesthetics, Carnatic music has many facets that can be applied to computer music. In this workshop you will be given an introduction to this tradition, and provided with the opportunity to observe, create, and hack various patches that demonstrate some of these ideas.

Session Learning Outcomes

By the end of this session a successful student will be able to:

  • Be capable of reciting a simple rhythmic konnakol phrase

  • Be capable of conceiving simple rhythmic algorithms

  • Be capable of translating these concepts into simple Max patches

  • Understand South Indian rhythmic concepts & terminology such as Tala, Jhati, and Nadai

Session Study Topics

  • Learning a konnakol phrase

  • Understanding Tala cycles

  • Understanding Jhati and Nadai

  • Translating rhythmic algorithms into code

Requirements

  • A computer and internet connection

  • A webcam and mic

  • A Zoom account

  • Access to a copy of Max 8 (i.e. trial or full license)

About the workshop leader

Dom Aversano is a Valencian and London based composer and percussionist with a particular interest in combining ideas from the South Indian classical and Western music traditions. He has performed internationally as a percussionist, and produced award-winning installation work that has been exhibited in Canada, Italy, Greece, Australia, and the UK.

For a decade Dom has studied South Indian Carnatic music in London and in Chennai. He has studied with mridangam virtuoso Sri Balachandar, the resident percussionist of The Bhavan music centre in London, as well as shorter periods with Somashekar Jois and M N Hariharan.