MINI-MUSIC CONFERENCEworkshop, lecture, performance Ableton, Richard Devine, Diode Milliampere, Ellie Herring, Chase Smith, Michael Johnsen, Hector Llanquin
Moderators: Ben Casey (Ableton), Jesse Stiles (Assistant Professor of Music & Computer Science), Rich Randall (Assistant Professor of Music / Music Theory)
This 1 day mini-conference surveyed methods of electronic music composition from the 1970s to present in the form of live interviews, demos, and performances by renowned and emerging artists performing at the 2014 VIA Festival. From experimental noise to club-ready tracks, attendees got a look under the hood as to how these artists make their music using everything from outdated computer equipment and MS-DOS, to modular synthesis, or software like Reaktor and Ableton. Ben Casey from Ableton provided a workshop in Max for LIVE for novice producers and artists, Ellie Herring and Chase Smith provided demos on their production practices, and the evening closed with a performance from noise artist/engineer Michael Johnsen and an a/v performance between Richard Devine and new media artist Hector Llanquin.