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Making Electronic Music with Ableton Live


This is a unique opportunity for anyone interested in creating electronic music who wants to learn the basics of a powerful piece of software for doing so.

This short course is an introduction to using Ableton Live 10, one of the most popular pieces of software for creating and performing electronic music.

The course will introduce you to sampling, synthesis, sequencing and effects in Ableton. You will also learn about some of the concepts that underpin electronic sound and inform how we think about making music with computers.

Course duration: 10 hours over 3 evenings.


Introduction: Navigating the Ableton workspace; session and arrangement views

Sampling: importing samples in Ableton Live; warping; Simpler; slicing beats

Synthesis: waveforms and harmonics; types of synthesis in Ableton; Operator and Analog

Sequencing: MIDI; piano roll sequencing; clips;

Effects: adding effects to tracks


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Dr Adam Parkinson

School/Division: Arts and Creative Industries / Creative Technologies
Job title: Senior Lecturer, Music and Sound Design BA/BSc

Dr Adam Parkinson is Senior Lecturer in Music and Sound Design in the School of Arts and Creative Industries.


Teaching and learning

Dr Adam Parkinson is a Senior Lecturer in Sound Design at LSBU.

As Dane Law, he has released electronic music on labels such as Opal Tapes, Quantum Natives and Conditional Records. He has performed across the UK, Europe and North America, and featured on the cover of “The Wire” magazine.

The course will be taught through workshops.

Entry requirements

Basic computer literacy and an interest in sound.

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