Dubspot @ Moogfest 2014: Dan Deacon and Patrick McMinn talk Ableton, Max For Live, Performance, and More!

At Moogfest 2014, Dubspot caught up with Baltimore-based electronic musician and performer Dan Deacon and visual artist Patrick McMinn to talk about their live performance and how they use Ableton Live and Max for Live to control lights and visuals for their show.

The Baltimore-based electronic music composer and performer Dan Deacon is best known crafting joyful and infectious experimental electronic pop and delivering ecstatic live performances that thrives on crowd participation and interaction. His live performances are a explosion of pure energy whether with an ensemble or solo with an array of electronics. Dan Deacon is a wonderful performer and if you get the opportunity to catch him live, don’t miss it.

Dubspot caught up with Dan Deacon and visual artist Patrick McMinn at Moogfest 2014 to talk about live performance and how they utilize Ableton Live, Max for Live, and various tools to process and control lights and visuals in their show. Deacon and McMinn have been collaborating and programming visuals since the release of America, Deacon’s latest album which came out in 2012.

Dan Deacon biography by Rob Theakston c/o All Music:

Equally influenced by diverse artists like Devo, Talking Heads, Scratch Orchestra, Raymond Scott, and Conlon Nancarrow, electronic music composer Dan Deacon studied electro-acoustic and computer music composition at Purchase College in New York. While he was a student, he issued his first recordings in small runs on CD-R, including Green Cobra Is Awesome vs. the Sun, Silly Hat vs. Egale Hat (yes, “Egale”), and Meetle Mice, all released in 2003. He later moved to Baltimore, MD, and became an instant figurehead of the city’s fledgling electronic music community, joining the Wham City collective and evangelizing his and his fellow whimsical peers’ “future shock” output. Linking up with the Carpark label, he released Spiderman of the Rings (2007) and Bromst (2009), two albums filled with hyperactive and often challenging electronic detritus. In 2012, Deacon signed on with indie label Domino Records, who released his most mature and wistful album, America, later that year.


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.

More start dates and information about payment plans can be found here.

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


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Visual Performance Program

In this program you will explore the role of the visualist and prepare for the challenges you may face in a live show, while learning the basics of performing, producing, and manipulating visual content. You will also develop a deeper understanding of the history of visual performance, referencing the history of the performing arts and expanded cinema.

Dubspot’s Visual Performance curriculum was designed by V Owen Bush and Benton-C Bainbridge of Glowing Pictures, a company they founded together in 2004. Bush and Bainbridge are pioneers of live visual performance, with an extensive list of collaborators and credits including work with the Beastie Boys, Pauline Oliveros, Animal Collective, Flying Lotus, Four Tet, Grace Jones, Kanye West, and Moby, to name a few. They have presented their work across five continents, at venues like the Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, the American Museum of Natural History, SFMOMA, the Mercat des les Flors (Barcelona), LUX2006 (Sevilla), Auditorium Parco della Musica (Roma), Sonic Light (Amsterdam), Wien Modern (Vienna), Inventionen (Berlin), and the Teatro Colón CETC (Buenos Aires). Over the years they have innovated and helped to develop tools and techniques for visual performance, collaborating with the software design company Vidvox LLC to develop live video software including VDMX, the central application used in the course.

Visual Performance Program start dates:

July 14, 2014 in NYC – Mondays, 6:15–9:00pm
November 17, 2014 in NYC – Mondays, 6:15–9:00pm
March 15, 2015 in NYC – Mondays, 6:15–9:00pm

Click here for detailed information on this program, including more registration dates.

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


NYC Open House: Sundays 11am & 12pm

Ask questions. Watch demos. Test drive workstations.

Anyone who comes by will have the opportunity to ask our instructors in-depth questions about our programs, curriculum and philosophy, and watch live music production and DJ demos. You can even sit down at one of our workstations and take it for a test drive. If you are still trying to decide what you are looking for, we suggest you stop by one of our Open Houses to learn more about the school, understand what the learning process at Dubspot entails and help you decide what is best for you. We can also help with scheduling details and payment options.

 

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