Creating Music with Polyrhythms in Ableton Live by Josh Bess

In this video, Dubspot Instructor and Ableton Certified Trainer Josh Bess takes us through his approach to creating a tune solely from polyrhythmic ideas and shares many helpful music theory techniques to help you evolve your sound.

Dubspot Instructor and Ableton Certified Trainer, Josh Bess takes us into his studio to demonstrate his approach to creating polyrhythmic loops in different time signatures for each musical part to add movement and change over time. Learn how to create polyrhythms of different musical elements that constantly change and never repeat, allowing the sound to evolve without becoming repetitive.

Below is a free download to the sounds created in this video.

Free Song Download Here


How Drum Grooves Control The Genre of Music

Check out this other video where Josh Bess explains how the drum grooves you create, and the sounds you use can change the genre and style of your music. Josh takes us further into this concept in his latest book, “Electronic Dance Music Grooves,” which provides insights to help you understand how to build exciting, powerful, and compelling electronic drum grooves.

Step up your groove skills and order a signed copy of Electronic Dance Music Grooves here.


About Josh Bess

Electronic Music Production Instructor

Josh Bess is an Ableton Certified Trainer, Musician, Producer, Sound Designer, and Author with expert level knowledge in live electronic performance, while holding a deep appreciation for the modern drum kit. Growing up in New York, Bess has been involved with music from an early age, performing with multiple artists, and employing a wide variety of styles as a percussionist. Alongside his percussive talents, Bess honed his interest in audio production, and earned his degree for Audio Engineering and Jazz/Commercial Performance, along with his Ableton Trainer Certification. Bess fuses his knowledge and ear for audio engineering and electronic workflow to develop the music he writes and performs live today.

In addition to performing under his own name, Bess continues to work with a variety of artists such as Vulpes, Andrew Gabriel, Gina Cutillo, and more, with song placement on programs such as Nickelodeon’s Degrassi, Disney Channel, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Barbara Walters, and more.

He also has another book called Ableton Grooves that focuses on acoustic drum programming using Ableton Live. With Ableton Grooves, Bess created and introduced the MIDI Map. This map is an original and powerful programming concept that, for the first time, empowers users to easily read MIDI Notation to help guide their drum programming.

An expert in performing with Ableton Live, Bess enjoys teaching beginner to advanced techniques, and is available for private lessons, lectures, workshops, academic training and consultations


EDU Summer Sessions

Music Foundations

The best producers, DJs, and musicians in the world strive to be well-rounded. So should you. In Dubspot’s Music Foundations Program, you’ll explore three major aspects of music: rhythmic theory, melodic theory, and critical listening.

Unravel electronic music’s origins, build your chops, learn musical language and theory, and make and play music the way you want.

What’s Included:

  • Music Foundations Level 1: Pads & Rhythmic Theory
  • Music Foundations Level 2: Keys & Melodic Theory
  • Music Foundations Level 3: Critical Listening

“This course exceeded my expectations. I went through everything I needed to have a solid knowledge of basic music theory.” – Jonathan Crespo, Miami

“MF has been an amazing experience! I didn’t realize I was going to learn so much about electronic music history, something my generation missed.” – Yianno Koumi, United Kingdom

Start dates and information about payment plans can be found here.

Or if you have questions, please call 877.DUBSPOT or send us a message.