Daedelus joins me for a discussion on performance controllers, as part of an artist lineup ranging from dub pioneer Scientist to beatbox legend Kid Beyond and… a lot of other folks, too. Photo (CC) musiclikedirt.

It’s music production. It’s … lasers. If you’re in the LA area, you’ll want to be there. If not, let us know in comments what you most want to see covered / interviewed / videoed for CDM.

DubSpot’s Live 8 Sessions Tour heads to Los Angeles this weekend, for a set of workshops, performances, and demos on Hollywood Boulevard. I’ll be out with the crew, and hosting with DubSpot a special interactive performance lounge Sunday night.

Sunday night will feature generative audiovisual art made on iPhones, and laser-powered, open-source gestural controllers and a laser installation that responds to motion and sound, plus Christopher Willits, Kid Beyond, Irwin, myself, and a lot more.

The weekend workshops: The artist lineup includes legends from a number of genres, including Scientist, Kid Beyond, Daedelus, Justin Boreta (Glitch Mob), Thavius Beck, and Christopher Willits. Other names you may not know have their own resume in sound design and performance (Irwin), producing and education (Steve Nalepa), mastering technique (Daniel Wyatt), and business (Barry Cole). Sunday, monome virtuoso Daedelus and I will talk about controllers, performance, and sampling technique, I hope going well beyond Live to design and playing technique in general. Passes are $110 for one day, or $195 for the weekend. Watch for a similar series in Austin, Texas this month, and other cities TBD, or for everyone else, stay tuned to CDM and DubSpot.

Ableton is a co-presenter, and Live a jumping-off point, but the topics really wind up being about more than any one tool. You’ll find deeper questions about composing, sound design, mastering, business, performance, controllers, and design in these discussions. I hope to work with some of my artist friends and DubSpot to bring more of those conversations to the CDM readers worldwide.

Want a free pass? One free pass awarded by the end of the day Thursday to the first person in comments to … write a really quotable comment about why you need a free pass. (Sorry, it’s the best I can come up with; I have to sleep and leave for the airport shortly.)

Los Angeles Tour [DubSpot]


Meason Wiley’s laser music controller design will appear Sunday night; image courtesy the artist.

Sunday night – $5 benefit Interactive Performance Night + CDM 5th Anniversary PARTY CDM turns five this month, and we’ll be kicking off a series of parties in LA, Boston, and New York. For $5 (all proceeds go to the sustainable charity NextAid), catch a night of audiovisual performance and bleeding-edge musical and visual inventions:

  • Featured live performances by Kid Beyond, Christopher Willits (Ghostly International), and Irwin
    , with surprises through the night
  • Open laser instruments: Open-source, gestural laser music controllers you can build, presented by Meason Wiley (www.cyclespersecond.net)
  • 3D mobile music: iPhone-based performance live, synchronized three-dimensional audiovisuals by generative artist Aaron McLeran (Electronic Arts – Spore)

9:00 pm
SUNDAY, November 8
Los Angeles, CA
$5 / free for tour attendees
King King Hollywood | Directions
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Christopher Willits; photo (CC) basic sounds.

Full disclosure: The author is currently providing consulting services to DubSpot, and DubSpot’s Live Tour is a CDM advertiser, though there has been no compensation for this story or for my appearance in LA. (In the interest of disclosure, I’m happy to be spending my weekend being involved with the event!) – Peter Kirn

  • i just got married and reared my first child (both for which i'm stoked). i haven't been out of the house since my daughter was born 3 weeks ago (minus pediatrician visits…i won't lie). i wouldn't leave for anything but an occasion involving technology (specifically live) & music. as a matter of fact, i plan on going out NEXT weekend to perform an ableton set at an art gallery. i would love to make this event my FIRST outing, but can't afford it (with diapers & all). on top of all that…i'm the first one to comment. BOOYAH!

    [ i figured the more i write, the more is quote-able 🙂 ]

  • Refund

    I've seen so many topics on this site with daedalus playing a monome, I thought I must be veiwing an old page.

  • screw quotable…i'm going for the cute factor.


  • Mike

    I'd love a free pass, primarily because I'm too poor for groceries (or to update to Live 8). But my quotable reason has to be that workshopper Steve Nalepa was my 8th grade math teacher and I want to confront him about the video I have of him jumping around my middle-school band's pay-to-play gig at the Whisky while wearing a pair of orange suspenders.

  • I'm so far it would be a 16 hours long flying to attend but, just bacause imagination is free:

    – I would ask Cristopher Willits nerdy questions about running Ableton Live 8's Looper in sync with open source Mixxx via OSC/Jack… then steal his cool hat and buy him a beer.

    – I would ask Kid Beyond if he uses / needs the new Looper function. Maybe he's well served with "traditional" clip record / clip trigger.

    Everything with lots of nerdy pictures of the session views for further analisys.

    So good look L.A. people, you don't have to imagine !

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  • Anthony and Mike — I think we have some winners. 😀 I'll be in touch. I'm actually going to try to secure two free passes, then.

    Jorge — wish granted, will definitely get as much of that as I can — sounds like a great idea.

    Refund — why, I'll be happy to refund 100% of the purchase price of CDM. 😉 Seriously, I was a bit hard up for good artist images, which will hopefully change after the weekend. NOW… that said, if you are getting bored with the monome, stay tuned, as the presentation with Alfred is all about looking beyond the monome at the bigger picture. I'm also interested in experimenting with grids that aren't square. 😉


  • edison

    triangle grids!

  • You should give me a free pass if everyone else falls through, because I live here and I want to go.

    If not I'll just see you at the King King party!

  • Android Bishop

    dammit, just blew the last of my wad on a launchpad. i'll let you borrow it if you let me come

  • kobe

    speaking of king king, Bluetech will be there on the 12th. i'm debating between that or royksopp. fuck.

  • Zavosh

    The only reason I'd want a free ticket is so I'd have enough to compensate you for plugging the event.

    Note: Compensation= All expenses paid trip on the LA double-decker bus tour of celebrity homes + one hour at Crazy Girls (song requests included, unless it's T-Pain)

  • Ali

    When's Boston happening?

  • is Scientist, THE Scientist?

    Dawn, I wouldnt wanna miss that.

  • Yep, that'll be THE Scientist. 🙂

  • Mike should get the free pass because when I was in the 8th grade my music teacher told me that pay to play suxs so yeah, confront him about that.

    "DubSpot" – I think some of the "arts" they teach should be free. I taught Turntablism for three years to kids for free in downtown LA and it was a great time. I'd do it again, just looking for a non-profit to do it with.

    Also, kids should be able to have access to cheap linux boxes and free open source software and learn to make music. That's my 2 cents on that.

    Also, DubSpot was a dope Dancehall Reggae TV show based out of NYC by journalist Jaquie Juceum. I wonder if that's where they go their name from.

  • Hey Regend, isn't Scratch Academy a nonprofit? They're on the westside though. Cosmos in hollywood recently opened a DJ academy too but I doubt they're nonprofit.

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  • Tfon

    Man, I hate seeing all this cool stuff out on the West Coast. Anyone know if there are gonna be any workshops in the Southeast?

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  • Sounds like an awesome event – Ableton Live Sessions and Lasers – what could go wrong? >D

  • Sounds like an awesome event – Ableton Live Sessions and Lasers – what could go wrong? >D