Guitarist/composer/musician Christopher Willits is on faculty for the dubSpot series. Photo (CC) Buzz Andersen.

dubSpot, the West Coast + East Coast music technology training center is doing an eight-city tour of the US to talk about Ableton Live 8 and the Akai APC40 controller. They’re enlisting some of my favorite people to do the workshops. I like the curriculum: it’s not just “here’s how to use Live,” but a real focus on music production, finishing actual music, and pushing the envelope with live visuals, onstage performance and controllers. We also have a $25 discount exclusively for CDM readers if you want to attend.

I want to thank dubSpot for helping sponsor CDM this month – their support makes possible our own free tutorial content and artist coverage slated for later in May.

The tour kicks off this week in San Francisco, but will travel to other US cities soon (dates to be announced; stay tuned).

The artists doing the instruction are some folks whose work I particularly enjoy:

  • Jon Margulies, author of Ableton Live 7 Power among other things, and the person doing the Live 8 curriculum here in NY. And like me, Jon is a secret Medievalist (he’s played early music at Spoleto).
  • Moldover, “Moldy” to his friends, co-founded the Warper series in NYC and the new LoveTech party in SF, and has become notorious for hacking Novation keyboards and espousing controllerism.
  • Christopher Willits is an utterly brilliant guitarist capable of morphing the instrument into all kinds of sounds, for those of you who don’t know his work. And he’s been doing a lovely series of tutorials for our friends at XLR8R TV.

… plus a powerful roster of artists: Funkaid for Africa, Dub Mission, Jason Short, Dub Gabriel, and Barry Cole.

The workshop is $125 for one day or $225 for both. If you are lucky enough to hail from sunny San Francisco, dubSpot is also offering a $25 CDM discount if you head to their site via this link:

But we’ll have more for the rest of the world, too – I’m playing with the Warper crew on the sidewalk in front of dubSpot NY in June, and we’re working on a way of doing a live stream to the CDM planet from there. Stay tuned.

Moldover, Live + Reaktor, and his modded Novation keyboard at our Handmade Music event a couple of years ago.
  • TJ

    can't find a list of the other 8 cities …

  • TJ

    found it on the blog.

  • Dates aren't confirmed yet. It sounds as though they're open to suggestions, so if you have a city you want them to visit, holler here.

    The original announcement mentioned Chicago, Austin, LA, DC, Boston, Atlanta, Detroit, Seattle… and I know we'll have something in NYC. But that's ten, not eight. 😉

  • The Android Bishop

    How am I supposed to remember to check up on this again in October when they are supposedly coming to LA? I dont even seeing a mailing list

  • I'll post an update. My understanding is that they haven't set upcoming dates in stone. So keep hollering for your favorite cities here, as I'm sure they're reading. 😉

  • i'm definitely interested in the Atlanta date. i'm an instructor in audio production at the Art Institute of Atlanta and would be interested in working with them to set something up at our school.

  • Hi everyone!

    Anybody who is interested in future events should shoot an email to

    We dont have the dates set in stone yet, but we will note your name and the tour stop you are interested in. After we finalize, we will shoot you an email! Easy as can be.

    Feel free to contact us any questions you have, generally, specifically, if you want to talk about the weather, whatever.

  • Sharaab, you should definitely contact us, we would be happy to try and set something up for your school. Shoot us an email and we can set up a call!

  • DP

    sounds awesome, but a little expensive. $125 a day just for showcasing Ableton Live stuff???

  • contakt

    For what it's worth, if you haven't checked Willets' stuff, you owe it to yourself, he is doing some amazingly creative stuff with a Guitar and Live.

  • Andy D

    WILLITS rocks. ya def a huge innovator with the guitar and live video front. this looks awesome!

  • Andy D
  • I'm really happy they're starting in my hometown of 'sunny' san francisco, but I'm a bit torn by the cost. Even with the discount (thanks Peter!), $100 is a lot for just a day of talking about ableton. It's 1/4 the way to a APC40 :). Although if anyone's going, Christopher Willits is playing afterwards at Cafe du Nord for only $10. If anyone's going, give a post so I can know to look for a fellow CDMer in the crowd.



  • Kurt

    Looks awesome…wish we could have something similar is South Africa… (sigh)

  • TJ


    From the sound of the article, it sounds like it will be more than 'just talking about Ableton;" but even if was just that…dubSpot seems like a decent source to hear about ableton from.

  • Downpressor

    This looks neat and all, but it depresses me to see the word "dub" hijacked again.


    I saw Willits perform @ the Communikey fest in Boulder last month. He kinda played a short set, but it was fantastic. The video stuff he is now implementing works really well with his sound… inspired me to work up some video for my ambient performances, only wish i was using max/msp/jitter for some proper video tomfoolery… at this point my video debut (this sunday night) will be played on *drumroll* a DVD player!!

    anyhow, if those of you in SF dont end up going to the workshop it will def. be worth the 10 bones to see him play afterwords!

  • @ TJ

    I do believe you're right. I just signed up 🙂