We were lucky enough to receive some training a couple of weeks ago on the amazing Ableton Push. Above are some tracks made during the training, click 'Read More' to find out what we did!
We're excited to tell you about our next SoundLab event and the final event of Heart n Soul's Big 30 celebrations... the Play Rave!
Happening on Friday, July 28, 2017,
from 7:00pm 11:00pm
at The Albany, Douglas Way London, England, SE8 4AG
Come and try out the latest music technology with the people that create it, before we have a mini rave playing new tunes created by you!
The technology on offer will include:
Plus, in the garden there will be a music stage, supported by Novation and Ampify, live radio and a Heart n Soul shop.
Performers include Heart n Soul artists K-Dog, Maurice, Electric Fire and Heart n Soul digital DJs (Dean, Wayne & David). Other invited artists include Lynsey Dart (known as Electric Sister), Conrad Murray & BAC Beatbox Academy
And it's completely FREE!
Electric Fire have been busy recently writing and rehearsing new songs for a couple of gigs over the summer, including The Squidz Club on the 16th June, and 'Good Times: A Celebration of 30 Years' on the 13th July, both at The Albany in Deptford and both are a part of Heart n Soul's Big 30 project.
They will be playing some new songs, including the one they're rehearsing in the video above. In this video you can see Sam using a Roland Aira System-1 keyboard and William using the amazing Push 2 made by Ableton. This is a brand new song in progress that they wrote in a couple of hours, recording each other jamming and then piecing together all the samples and loops they made to create yet another banger - 'End it'!!
Click to read more and read an interview the band did about how they started and what they've done so far, enjoy!
K-Dog is the stage name of Kishaun, who has been doing one on one sessions in the Heart n Soul studio. We met him through Do Your Own Thing, the first time he came along he produced a beat on an iPad using the app Figure and then did a 10 minute freestyle to it in the app Take (which you can hear here).
He's a very prolific writer, producing a song per session, creating his own unique production style using interlocking rhythmic layers, unusual melodies and very catchy hooks to create his compositions. He's working towards producing an album of tracks and performing live more, with a few recent appearances at Squidz Club and DIY Space For London already under his belt.
One of his recent songs is called "I Love You", which you can hear below, and if you click to read more we will run down a few of the techniques he used to create it!
We had our 4th Play Space event this week at The Albany in Deptford, it was an amazing day with visits from Ableton, Reactify and Queen Mary's University with Bela as well a new technology from Native, Korg and our open Studio Sessions. The was a lot of exploration, creation and fun. See photos of the event taken by Martin from Ableton and Heart n Soul.
As well as all this we had a special guest performance from Lynsey Dart, who is studying at London College of Music. She was using a set-up with Ableton Live and midi-synced (through her phone!) Korg Volca Fm and Volca Bass synthesisers. Read about Lynsey's experience below...
In Summer 2016 we had the amazing opportunity for a residency with MiMu gloves. Dean Rodney Jr from the Fish Police had shown a real interest in working with the gloves after the brilliant Kris Halpin had come with his pair to a Play Space event. Dean already had a song he wanted to use the gloves to perform with, "Sabrin Summer Funk" so we set about learning how to use them!
We had a really interesting time working with the gloves. We used the software that comes with the gloves, Glover, with Ableton Live. There's almost infinite possibilities with what you can do with the gloves so it took a while to decide with Dean and then make it happen!
The process we took was he had written a song which he wanted to remix with the gloves, we then set about talking through what he'd like to control by using the gloves - which was starting the song, manipulating his voice with delay and a filter and adding a guitar synthesiser - and what movements he'd like to do to achieve this.
We then worked with him to figure out the best way of doing this. There were some compromises along the way and including quite a steep learning curve in Glover and some hurdles of understanding we both had to overcome but the finished track came out great. Dean made a live video of the final performance. Which you can see here -
Below you can read an interview with Dean about the gloves...
Heart n Soul's SoundLab were kindly asked by Ableton to give a workshop at their amazing annual event Loop in November 2016. Lilly, Ashley and Richard went to Berlin for the weekend to give the workshop, which went brilliantly - you can read more details about what we were doing on the Loop website.
Lilly wrote up her experiences for her website - Journalist On Wheelz - which you can read below!
Artist and experimental musician Robyn Steward came by the Heart n Soul studio to have a look and ended up recording a song. Listen below -
Read below for information on how we did it...
Here's video of Electric Fire rehearsing their song OMG Cola! They are the band that came out of a collaboration between Heart n Soul's SoundLab and Do Your Own Thing projects.
They now write their own songs, record and play live with loads of different digital music making tools.