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Beat Lab Presents: Moldover, The Godfather of Controllerism

Beat Lab Presents: Moldover, The Godfather of Controllerism   Beat Lab Academy recently hosted a workshop featuring a man who has been regarded as the Godfather of Controllerism. A renegade in the game of electronic music, a genius of craftsmanship, and an extremely creative musician, Moldover came over to show off some homemade controllers, talk a little bit about the art of creating them,  and how to push the boundaries of live performance in electronic music. Controllerism is the term used to describe the growing scene of developing and creating homemade controllers. With the widespread use of DAW’s that incorporate the use of controllers, and the multitude of ways that they can be used, it was only a matter of time until very bright and creative minds developed ways to create the most suitable controllers for their styles.     Moldover, a mad genius of sorts, has been developing DIY controllers …

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LOOP- Music Maker Summit

LOOP- Music Maker Summit Where does music stand? Where is music headed? What are the newest techniques being used? All this and more will be thought of, imagined, and answered at LOOP: an Ableton event held in Berlin, Germany. What LOOP aims to do is connect over 400 creative minds to bring forward there techniques, ideas, and visions into conversation. Over the course of three days, from October 30th to August 1st, there will be a series of lectures, workshops and performances covering the newest innovations in Ableton. During the day talks will be given by various creators like Robert Henke, Holly Herndon, Young Guru, Matthew Herbert and more. From the sound of it, LOOP comes off like a TEDTalk event aimed specifically to the depth of musical conversation. During the night ABleton and CTM will hold performances by various artists like James Holden, Robert Aiki, Mykki Blanco,  Low Jack,  and …

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Album: Women’s DJ/Producer Ableton Live Workshop in collaboration with Athena Collective

Album: Women’s DJ/Producer Ableton Live Workshop in collaboration with Athena Collective   Last night’s Ableton Live workshop for women DJ/Producers was a smashing success. We were over-capacity in our small classroom. 22 women from around LA, some coming as far as Long Beach and Orange County, came together to learn, collaborate, and inspire each other. There are not enough women in music production. Unfortunately, this lacking is seen across many technical fields like computer music- engineering, programming, the sciences. We hope that providing these workshops to women in the music industry will help grow and strengthen their community. To hear about upcoming workshops at Beat Lab Academy, sign up here. To join the Athena Collective, a community of women in music, go here.

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Calling LA’s aspiring women DJ/Producers: Free Ableton Live Workshop 3/4 at Beat Lab Academy

Calling LA’s aspiring women DJ/Producers: Free Ableton Live Workshop 3/4 at Beat Lab Academy   Hey guys! Our next workshop in the Open Labs series is one we’ve had in the works for a couple months now. We’re stoked to be collaborating with The Athena Collective and Laura Alluxe Escudé  to present an Intro to Ableton Live workshop for women DJ/Producers on Wed. March 4th 7-9pm at Beat Lab Academy. Laura Alluxe Escudé is an Ableton Certified Trainer and an accomplished international music producer, DJ, controllerist, violinist and live show designer. Laura has worked with Kanye, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Drake, Garbage, M83, Jay-Z, Cat Power and many more. The Athena Collective is a global networking and performance platform for women in the music industry. Welcoming DJs, producers, and event managers, the Athena Collective aims to provide a safe environment to connect, empower, and inspire its members and help them to reach …

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Press Release: Beat Lab Academy Opens in Eagle Rock Introduces New Collaborative Teaching Method

Press Release: Beat Lab Academy Opens in Eagle Rock Introduces New Collaborative Teaching Method   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Beat Lab Academy™ School of Electronic Music Production Opens in Northeast LA Introduces New Collaborative Teaching Method by Miry Whitehill February 10, 2015   Los Angeles, CA – Due to a growing market of DJs, beatmakers, and electronic music producers, it was just announced that Beat Lab Academy™, a school of modern music production, is accepting new students for their Ableton Live Certification Program starting April 28, 2015. Beat Lab Academy™ is located on Colorado Boulevard in the much-hyped Eagle Rock/Highland Park area, currently making headlines for gentrification in recent years.   Beat Lab Academy™ was founded in response to a shift in music education and the new needs of musicians in the digital age of music. With the addition of the computer as an instrument, a laptop and the right software …

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Oxy Musicians: Free Electronic Music Workshop at Beat Lab Academy 2/15/2015 7-9pm

Oxy Musicians: Free Electronic Music Workshop at Beat Lab Academy 2/15/2015 7-9pm   Calling all the beatmakers, button pushers, DJ’s, producers at Occidental College. We have a workshop just for you! In collaboration with RAW Records and the SuperSonic club, we’re hosting a free Ableton workshop on Sunday February 15, 2015 just for Oxy musicians. Beat Lab is located at 2501 Colorado Blvd., across the street from Spitz. Space is limited, so please RSVP here. Our workshops tend to fill up quickly. To sign up for information on our free workshop series, go here. To understand why continuously driving excellence in music education is important, click here.  

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Side Brain and Paul Dateh Perform at Low End Theory LA

Side Brain and Paul Dateh Perform at Low End Theory LA   Ever since moving to LA from Israel back in 2010, Yeuda’s dreamed of performing at the legendary Low End Theory. Low End has become to be one of the most influential venues in LA for electronic music and up-and-coming musicians, with the added bonus of seemingly random drop-ins by music legends, like Thom Yorke or Erykah Badu. So you can imagine Yeuda’s excitement when he was invited to play there with Paul Dateh. They pulled out all the stops for the show: In true Side Brain fashion, that means lots of controllers, including his original Nintendo 8-button and Power Glove. Paul debuted a fierce track called Incomplete from his upcoming album, here’s the video below.   What a thrill. Thank you to everyone who made it to the show!

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Side Brain and Paul Dateh Open for Steve Wozniak at NAMM Show 2015

Side Brain and Paul Dateh Open for Steve Wozniak at NAMM Show 2015     The NAMM Show is one of the biggest music industry conferences in the world. For those who are not familiar, it’s basically the CES of music. Yeuda and Paul were honored to be invited to perform in arguably the most sought-after slot at the conference: Opening for keynote speaker, Steve Wozniak, AKA #thewoz. He’s the cofounder of a tiny unknown company. So Yeuda and Paul we basically the keynote for the keynote. 3,000 people, standing room only, at 8am..only at NAMM. When we were done, Steve thanked me and said that we gave exactly the kind of opening performance he was looking for. We got you, woz! Click the image below to watch the video at NAMM.org.  

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