This past Thursday night we headed over to Ella Lounge at 9 Ave A in the Lower East Side of New York City to attend the first Fade Party presented by Ableton Open Sessions. The AOS is an independent, collaborative meet-up organized by musician, sound designer and Ableton Live Certified Trainer Adriano Clemente and Josh BESS, percussionist, audio engineering, electronic artist and Ableton Live Certified Trainer.
The idea behind AOS is to provide a casual, party environment where Ableton Live users and electronic music producers can convene to share what’s new in audio technology, controllerism and open source music software. The first half of the night is dedicated to discussing the setups which will be used during the live sets. BESS broke down how he uses the Akai APC40 and Roland SPD-S sampling pad to trigger drum and effect racks. He went further and shared how he use Ableton Lives’ capability to integrate external effect units like the Korg KP3 Kaoss Pad to process the main output of his mix during his sets.
Adriano Clemente presented an introduction on how to control Ableton Live remotely using the touchAble app for iPad. The session included an overview of touchAble’s interface, how to sync the app with your Ableton Live sessions and a few advanced tips on programming and morphing between effects.
After the workshops the floor was cleared and DJ ASB kicked off the party with a set of bass heavy, glitchy dubstep tunes. His performance setup featured the Akai LPK 25 MIDI keyboard controller, a Korg nanoPad2 and nanoKontrol2 all mapped to his Ableton Live set.
The Fade Party presented by Ableton Open Sessions will be hitting the road this summer with presentations in Japan, NYC and other mayor cities around the world. To find out if AOS is coming to your town or to get in touch with Adriano or Josh follow them on Twitter at @AbeltonOS and signup to receive event updates by liking the Ableton Open Sessions Facebook page and following their Tumblr feed.
Here are a few more pictures from the Fade Party:
Arrested Aliens Ableton Live setup featuring an iPad running touchAble and the Novation Launchpad.
Arrested Alien set.
BESS gives an impromptu tutorial on how to trigger effects processing in Ableton Live use the Akai APC40 MIDI controller.
As the Fade Party continued through the night attendees networked, shared Ableton work flows and enjoyed the sounds.