Creative Futures Programme Day 6: Ableton

Using the Ableton programme was so much fun. I would happily use it again.

A fun, energetic vibe filled the Lives Not Knives unit as we were introduced to the software programme, Ableton, by Esa Williams.  Esa has been working with the software since 2005 and he also does one-to-one workshops in studios.  He says that Ableton “allows you to express yourself musically without being a musician”.


Ableton allows you to do everything yourself and also take your eyes off the screen when making music.  We learnt that each separate channel was a control for each band member, and it was the controller that allowed us to play music without being a literal musician.  Esa said: “You can play around and create your own little melodies without thinking too much.”


This was a very hands on workshop, which gave us the opportunity to try out the software and create our own song.  Esa says that Ableton “allow you to create something and make something…

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