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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.


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Entry Level 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.

Missing English and Maths qualifications?

If you do not have the required English and Maths qualifications needed to satisfy the entry requirements for this programme, we have courses available at our partner College that you can take to upskill in these areas. Find out more at South Bank College.

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


Employability Service

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • Free employability workshop and events for student all year round, more details can be found on our event section.
  • Online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • LSBU Careers Hub offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and support, guidance on future careers, as well as loads of career resources, connecting you with employers, exciting events, 1-1 support and relevant workshops.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Teaching and Assessment

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.

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Contact information

Course Enquiries - UK

Tel: 0207 815 7500