The Laptop as an Instrument: Performance Techniques with Ableton Live

Tuesday / November 8, 2011 / 5:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
United States

Berklee faculty member Loudon Stearns leads an in-depth Ableton Live clinic, focused on performance techniques.

  • Ableton Live overview
  • Creating, loading and launching clips
  • MIDI mapping and control surface setup
  • Effects and audio manipulation

As a bass player, producer, and laptop musician, Loudon Srearns's music can be heard on numerous documentaries and short films. While continuing his studies of composition, engineering, and sound design, he is currently pursuing a degree in physics as part of ongoing search for the answer to the question of life, the universe, and everything. After studying harmony at University of Lincoln, Stearns became actively involved with the National Guitar Workshop, where he was an instructor and the live sound engineer. At Berklee College of Music he graduated with honors with a dual major in bass performance and contemporary writing and production. Now an assistant professor in Contemporary Writing and Production, Stearns teaches classes in sequencing, arranging, and scoring to visuals. Also active with, he authored the course Advanced Music Production with Ableton Live.