Let's take your live show to the next level.
I spent 2020 studying Ableton Live in depth to help artists provide the best live shows around. I'm ready to use what I've learned to take your show to a whole new level, whether it's programming custom tracks and visuals to help express your music more powerfully or running additional playback elements of your live set from the stage.
Take a look below for just a few ideas on what I can do! I'm currently applying these techniques to pop, rock and indie music with explosive results.
I learned a lot about live sound design (and had a ton of fun) creating this audition video, which required me to cover the synth parts from Meg's record as well as guitars. After lots of practice and consideration I worked out a way to use MIDI mapping and looping in Ableton to make all these things happen simultaneously in a single live take. Enjoy!
Touched by the lyrics of this song, I used Ableton to project videos and images of religious strife onto the wall during my performance. At the 1:39 mark you can even see an external camera feed I set up magnifying my fretboard in real time, but it's a little dark because I had to keep lighting low so the projection would be visible in this room.
In this live mock audition for Meghan Trainor, I used Ableton to prepare, manipulate and filter the artist's .mp3, program a vocoder and integrate that all with live guitar and vocals. Pretty fun!
In this live mock audition for Demi Lovato I used Ableton to warp and remix the original recording, plus programmed guitar effects and other rock goodies.
In this virtual audition for P!nk, I used Ableton to automate changes to my vocal chain and EQs, and used Session View to trim out the first chorus and second verse.
I programmed a quick-and-dirty Latin groove for this bossa nova jazz standard in Ableton, with bass and percussion coming in halfway through. Known in English as "Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars," I prefer the Portuguese title: "Corcovado."
My final class project for Performing With Ableton Live showcases everything I learned in 2020, requiring me to trigger clips and scenes, record loops and automation, mold and shape responsive visuals with a projector, change virtual instruments on the fly and map everything to a couple of pretty unusual midi controllers... all while performing live!
The result is everything you see here: a three-act tribute to perhaps my favorite old-school video game series, Final Fantasy. It was pretty fun.
Remixing, reharmonizing, and reminiscing are the name of the game in this tribute to Jeopardy legend Alex Trebek, who passed away shortly before this performance.
Affectionately titled "Game Boy," this original song was the final project for my introductory Ableton Live Fundamentals course and my first foray into using video game samples both compositionally and live. I even got my guitar synth pedal in on the act!
My first big foray into looping in Ableton also sharpened my MIDI guitar, virtual instrument, and controller-mapping skills. Hope you find this one a bit... thrilling.
I call this piece "Goomba-ya." Deep down we all know that the one thing Super Mario truly wanted--aside from rescuing the princess and scarfing a yummy mushroom or two along the way--was a double dose of MIDI guitar.