We’ve got a cracking event lined up for all our songwriters this weekend!
Multi-instrumentalist and music producer Emile Hoogenhout (behr) is going to joining us at this Saturday’s Songwriters Circle where he’ll be hosting a mini-workshop focused on composition in songwriting.
Emile is an Ableton Certified Trainer and founder of the Academy of Music Technology and what he’ll be showing us is how to use Live from a composers point of view. He’ll be placing emphasis on building chord progressions, improvisation with randomisation along with MIDI Sequencing methods, Max for Live devices and some very powerful online resources.
Ableton Live has always been synonymous with making electronic music, however, it is a phenomenal compositional sketchpad for songwriters of all kinds, with many tools and techniques to enable musicians of all levels to express themselves effectively. If you have ever found yourself stuck with writer’s block? This workshop has been conceptualised to create insight and apply various ways to generate inspiration through Ableton Live’s multifaceted musical approaches.
Should be loads of fun! (and don’t worry, if you don’t happen to use Ableton Live, there will still be plenty of compositional tools you can apply for use in your own DAW of choice.)
Date: Saturday the 23rd of September
Venue: 4th Floor Balcony @ The DownTown Music Hub
Time: 10:30 am, so we can have a cuppa and a chat before we kick things off at 11 am sharp… Sharp!?
But what about our regular programming?
In chatting with a few people we thought that we’d throw a few producers onto the mix and also invite the Johannesburg Ableton User’s Group to the session. Songwriters, meet some new production peeps and vice versa – it’s great to network – you never know when you’re going to meet a kindred spirit… or even just a writing buddy!
We’re still going to discuss a framework for our charity song and
YES! – We’re still doing the draw, so please bring your song submissions for peer review
We’ll get a FAQ up soon, but for those wondering what all this drawing business is about, please check out the programme below.
11h00 – Emile will be kicking things off for an hour, or so, depending on how much Q&A takes place
12h15 – 12h30’ish – Lunch / Networking / Q&A. Tea and Coffee provided, please bring your own sandwiches or a packed lunch.
13h00 – We kick off listening sessions, by drawing 3 songs out of a bag.
- Be brave! We don’t bite and you’ll get loads of feedback on your writing that you would never have received before.
- Submit your song in a .wav or .mp3 format on a flash memory stick that has been scanned for any potential viruses.
One song per flash memory stick with a short written piece of 300 words, or less on an included text document that explains the background of the song, its meaning and your intent for writing it. Make sure to label your memory stick with your name, so that we can return all the sticks after the session.
- The three songs will be presented and given 20-minutes to 30-minutes of airtime each with constructive input from the group. We stress constructive input, as we plan to address all feedback in a positive and enlightening way. If you are feeling grumpy when you wake up on the day, please stay at home 🙂
Categories for feedback are:
c) Impact & Feel
Please note: We are not listening to the production of the song – we want you to bring your ideas, even if they are very basic. We’re listening for the bones of the song and want to help you make it a better one. There will be another forum for production technique – but this is not the one.
If you would prefer to bring an instrument for accompaniment and play the song live, we will be happy to facilitate, but your flash-stick must be selected to play. We have a basic 49-key arranger keyboard and some microphones. Play guitar? Bring it along.
Looking forward to seeing you all here at the Hub this Saturday!
As always, don’t forget to bring your Songs, Sunscreen, Smiles, and Sandwiches.
The DownTown Music Hub and Mzansi Music Mag