Dubspot NY EDU Sessions: MIDI Controllerism + Vocal Performance w/ Ableton Live

On Friday April 24th, join Dubspot Instructors Dan Freeman and Luke Folger for a free NY EDU Sessions workshop on MIDI controllerism and live vocal performance with Ableton Live.

Dubspot NY EDU Sessions
MIDI Controllerism + Vocal Performance w/ Ableton Live

Luke Folger A.K.A. Unigen
Dan Freeman aka CØm1x

Friday, April 24, 2015
3:30pm – 5:30pm EST
Dubspot NY Room 6

Join Dubspot Instructors Dan Freeman and Luke Folger for a free workshop focusing on MIDI controllerism and live performance with Ableton Live. The duo will explore and discuss Unigen’s unique live performance that incorporates vocal manipulation with beat creation, often with a computer and controllers attached to his body.

About Dan FreeMan aka CØm1x

Dan FreeMan (CØm1x) is a producer/bassist and music technologist based in Brooklyn, New York. Originally from Boston, USA, Dan comes from a bicultural background: his mother is Nicaraguan and his father American, so he grew up exposed to a rich variety of music. He started training as a classical pianist at the age of four and switched to jazz bass at thirteen. After graduating from Harvard University, he came to New York to be a session bassist. As a bass player he has performed with such artists as Angelique Kidjo, and the B52’s and throughout North America, South America, and Europe in venues ranging from underground Brooklyn loft parties to Carnegie Hall. He also played keyboards for the RCA Records’ rock group Stellastarr*.

In 2008, he formed the electrofunk digital music and art collective Comandante Zero (CØ). CØ developed techniques for fusing live acoustic instruments with laptops running Ableton Live and created their own unique hybrid set as well as serving as a backing band for various artists including Polina Goudieva and Virgin Records’ artist Xavier at such venues as L.A’s House Of Blues, Berlin’s Berghain, New York’s Webster Hall and Santiago’s PUMA Labs. They also worked with Grammy winning producer Bob Power on their first E.P ‘Slouching Towards Babylon’.

Currently, Dan has a production studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn where he mixes, remixes and writes for film. He also performs a unique ‘live production’ solo set where he creates heavy electro funk grooves in real time using the Ableton PUSH instrument. Dan is an Ableton Live 8 and 9 Certified Trainer and instructor at New York City’s Dubspot where he teaches electronic music production. In his position as the head of Dubspot International he recently created the Dubspot International Network, an alliance of digital music schools worldwide. He has also organized presented and performed at events, festivals and universities worldwide including SXSW (Austin, TX), Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba, Santiago (Chile), Copenhagen, and the University of Caldas (Colombia). He also hosts the Dubspot/New York City Ableton User Group.

About Luke Folger

Luke Folger’s musical foundations began early on, in Washington State, growing up in a house full of hand drums and experimental percussion instruments which his parents constructed and played. While studying studio art in college, Luke began exploring MIDI controllers and live performance of his compositions, while playing drum set in progressive rock and emo bands.

Soon after moving to NYC in 2007, Ableton Live opened up his world as a dynamic electronic instrument, and it would soon power his one-man band, Unigen. Driven by a desire to deliver a performance closer to the body and further from the laptop, Luke built a jet-pack style mobile suit and began performing original songs in the subway system, singing with a headset mic and executing samples and sequences with his hands. Unigen has continually streamlined and evolved, and some wildly innovative solutions for expressive playing in Ableton have put Luke on the cutting edge of live electronic music.

Ableton Live Producer Certificate Program

The flagship of our music training, with every Ableton Live course offered at the school. After completing this program, you will leave with a portfolio of original tracks, a remix entered in an active contest, a scored commercial to widen your scope, and the Dubspot Producer’s Certificate in Ableton Live.

What’s Included:

  • Ableton Live Level 1: Beats, Sketches, and Ideas
  • Ableton Live Level 2: Analyze, Deconstruct, Recompose, and Assemble
  • Ableton Live Level 3: Synthesis and Original Sound Creation
  • Ableton Live Level 4: Advanced Sound Creation
  • Ableton Live Level 5: Advanced Effect Processing
  • Ableton Live Level 6: Going Global with your Music

This program is about learning Ableton Live by going through the entire process of being an artist, by developing your own sound through a series of sketches and experimentation. You will also learn the ins and outs of this powerful software through a series of exercises designed to help you master the steps involved in producing your own music. After a level of getting familiar with the tools that Ableton has to offer, you will then develop your sonic ideas into full-length tracks. You will be exposed to a variety of approaches to arrangement and composition, storytelling techniques, ways of creating tension and drama in your music. At the end of the day, it is the sum total of your choices as an artist that define your sound, and levels 2 – 6 will give you the experience of actually completing tracks to add to your portfolio.

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