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Making Electronic Music with Ableton Live

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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 4 evenings.

Dates: 29 April, 6 May, 13 May, 20 May (6pm-8:30pm)

Fee: £240

Just to note:

LSBU have partnered with London Modular to bring you an opportunity to advance your sound with some of the most cutting edge experts and modular synths available in the World.

Mumdance, Tessela, Russell Haswell and Thom Yorke, Lynch and Ventre are some of the artists that are linked with London Modular - they even claim that Aphex Twin purchases synths from the store under a different name. The link to this course will be added at the beginning of January.


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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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.

How to apply

Apply through our payment link. If you have any questions, please get in touch with our team member, Dan Janowski.

How to apply

Home/EU postgraduate students and research students should apply through our dedicated application system.

Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

International applicants should use our international application system. Full details can be found on our How to apply section for international students.

See our admissions policy (PDF File 1,043 KB) and complaints policy (PDF File 127 KB).

Considering your application

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Fees and funding

The individual fee for this course is shown above. For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

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