Loudon StearnsBoston, MA (June 2, 2009)–Berkleemusic, the online continuing education division of Berklee College of Music, has updated the online Ableton Live curriculum, which includes Advanced Music Production with Ableton Live, to Live 8.
The Advanced Music Production with Ableton Live course offers a progressive approach to recording, editing, mixing, and mastering using Live 8 software, and emphasizes exploration and experimentation, culminating with a final project in which students create a full-length song or a live performance tool.
“Basically, Ableton 8 is building on how much fun it is to use Live, which is my program of choice for composing and creating sound design,” says course author and instructor Loudon Stearns. Stearns is known for his composition skills and live sound production, as well as music for radio jingles and scores for industrial and independent films.
“Live is a great tool for trying out new ideas. Because it was designed as a performance tool you can play with ideas and variations until it fits the client’s needs perfectly. In the course, I teach the processes that I use when composing, processes that are unique to Live.”
In addition to personalized chats and interaction in the virtual classroom, Advanced Music Production with Ableton Live offers many hours of instructional videos and a selection of screen shots. The Berkleemusic staff also designed new computerized interactive tools resembling Google maps with Zoom features and pop-up captions similar to those used by VH1. “It’s fun and today’s online student is already experienced with these interactive functions,” adds Stearns. “They want something that is dramatically different from the traditional classroom.”
In Advanced Music Production with Ableton Live, students learn to perform unique and intricate grooves with any MIDI controller; master Live 8’s new groove and slicing features; compose with rich harmonic ideas; perform on the computer as a musical instrument; design any sound with Live’s synths and samplers; create custom layered instruments with drum and instrument racks; and enhance productions with sound effects, including the Live 8 Corpus and Looper effects.