As some of you may know, I’ve been doing small-time Ableton tuition business, Fanu’s Ableton Live Training, teaching how to use Ableton Live. I’ve been thinking of expanding my tuition a little – to cover making electronic music basics in general. So far I’ve only been teaching Ableton Live, but I’m capable of also teaching Akai MPC (Renaissance / 4000) as well as Maschine (MK1 / Studio) – or, we could take a look at studying making electronic music in general without emphasis on any device per se. For now, this’d happen in Helsinki area, but nothing says I can’t travel internationally if the fees are covered – after all, this is what I’ve been doing as a DJ for a decade, and I’m also offering to teach the basics of DJing using Technics turntables as well.
So if you or your friends are interested in learning how to make electronic music, hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org / 0456718221. I’ve been making electronic music for 20 years, and I also happen to be a qualified teacher (MA from the University of Helsinki).
Spread the word and let’s make some beats!
Perfectionism is a topic that a few followers have brought up recently as the topic of productivity has been discussed in my blog as well as many others. I’ve been asked how I tackle perfectionism and how I get music made instead of honing on the small details for a long time.
That’s a good question, and I’ve definitely been there: Continue reading On perfectionism→
Concentrating on your work – especially creative work that needs a bit of inspiration – seems to be the hot topic these days, but it’s that for a reason.
The modern man with all his contemporary digital distractions, let alone non-digital ones brought on by life, can get in the way of one’s creative process and gnaw on one’s inspiration.
This can stop the juices from flowing, and certain principles can be of help.
There’s been some notes for a blog post on my notepad for a while, but I just haven’t found the right time to do it. Today, I was so inspired by some tweets as well as blog posts by friends Andrew Apanov and Resound (who always have some grrrreat stuff to say regarding productivity, productions, promotion, and all that sort biz and keeping it all zen and stuff) that I felt it’s time to get busy with a bit of bloggery.
Whussup Ableton heads (and everybody interested in it)! I did a tutorial video about using chains in Ableton Live.
In this video, I’m mixing a mono bass using chains and give it a little bit of stereo width to bring it up in the mix a bit.
Gotta love chains!
Having made music for 20 years, I’ve learned to not stress about it when you feel like you’ve lost your inspiration.
Give it some time, and it will come to you – but looking for it and spending energy on it doesn’t help very often.
Leave your place of work/art, take a walk, and most importantly, do something relaxing that frees your mind from any sort of obsessive thinking.
That will give your consciousness space, which in turn gives your ideas energy, and you’ll be back on track again.
Just don’t force it.