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30 August - 3 September 2010 | 10:00-17:00 | Workshop | € 250

Ableton Max for Live by Danny de Graan & Robert Henke

This workshop consists of 2 parts: 4 days of in-depth classes on Max for Live by Dutch composer and Max expert Danny de Graan and a 5th day with Robert Henke (aka Monolake) talking about some of the M4L devices he has built for personal use and discussing why it could make sense - or not - to create personal patches in M4L. 



Dates: August 30 - September 3
Cost: € 250
Location: STEIM, Achtergracht 19, Amsterdam


Part one (Aug 30 - Sept 2) by Danny de Graan


Have you ever missed that special feature in Ableton Live? Always wanted to build a random drum manipulator tool? Always dreamed of a unique live processing effect in your DAW? Do you want to control Live as a musical instrument? Learn to do this with Max for Live!

This workshop deals with all these subjects and more. The workshop is specially designed for beginners using Max for Live. The goal of the workshop is to learn how to build instruments, audio effects of midi tools in Max for Live. At the end of the 4 days, the participants will have the chance to present what they have built during the workshop.


The following subjects will be addressed:

  • Basics of Max/MSP
  • Digital audio
  • Midi
  • M4L communication
  • GUI design (building a user-interface)
  • External controllers (WII remote, Akai APC20/40, Novation Launchpad, Monome)
  • Subjects by the Participants

Participants need to bring their own PC or Mac laptop computer (a limited number is available at STEIM, please indicate if you need this). This laptop should have the latest version of Ableton Live and Max for Live installed. It is advised to learn the Max/MSP tutorials before attending the workshop.


This part of the workshop will be daily from 10-17h with a break at 13h.



Part two (Sept 3) by Robert Henke


Robert Henke is a Max user since 1992, and one of the authors of the Ableton Live software. In his workshop at STEIM he'll discuss the usage of MAX / MAX4Live in his own  projects and will provide insights into the concept of MAX4Live and strategies for building own devices with it. He will question if and when it can make sense to spend time writing own patches in Max, and when it will be better to simply use what is already there. The workshop will also contain a critical review of own projects in the light of these questions. Since Robert Henke is an enthousiastic live performer, he'll also will discuss questions of control and interaction using Live and Max in conjunction with hardware controllers, and concepts of how to manage and create complexity in a performance situation, and how and why this can also be useful in a more general music creation process.


On Thursday Sept 2 Robert Henke will perform a multichannel concert based on transformations of field recordings he made in 2009 in the city of Hanoi / Vietnam, called 'Intersections'.

This workshop will be from 10-15h with a break at 13h.






Danny de Graan was born in Amsterdam in 1973. In 1988 he started "Digital Malfunction", a live technoband, with Marcel Jas and Jost Menke. In 1991 they changed the bands name into Cyberlab and toured troughout Germany the next few years. They released several EP's and CD's on Bionic Beat Records. In 1995 they splitup.


From 1995 Danny studied Musicology at the University of Amsterdam, but switched in 1997 to Music Technology and Composition at the School for the Arts Utrecht. There he studied composition with Barbara Woof, Hans Timmermans and Marc van Vugt. In 2001 he graduated cum laude in composition. That same year he received his Masters degree from the University of Portsmouth, England. From 2002 till 2004 he studied composition with René Uylenhoet and Robin de Raaff at the Rotterdam Conservatory.


At the school of the arts, Danny met Marijke de Moel with whom the started the duo "de Moel & de Graan". Together they performed many times in the Netherlands and France with the electronic live performance "?Connect!?" and collaborated several times with STEIM. The music from Danny distinguishes itself by the continuous use of (live)-electronics in combination with acoustical instruments. Laptop computers play an important role in his chamber music and live performances, for example with Elmgar Ten, a laptop trio (an collaboration with Radboud Mens and Martijn Tellinga).


Danny is connected to the STEIM foundation based in Amsterdam where he did several projects the past 6 years for example performances, workshops, sound-installations in the Netherlands, France, Germany and Switzerland. Besides composing, Danny teaches and gives workshops about live electronic music and the programming language MaxMSP/Jitter. His music has been played and performed in The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Great Brittain, France, Spain, Denmark, Italy, Switserland, Poland and Russia.



Robert Henke, born 1969, is a composer, sound designer, software developer, installation artist and performer. His music has roots in academic sound research as well as in club culture, and the result is a body of work that is sophisticated yet accessible. Henke's musical and performative work is about space and its exploration in different time scales, it is about the impact of massive gestures and precisely shaped details in the background. Many of his works can be perceived as potentially endless sonic states inviting the audience to immerse themselves completely for a freely defined amount of time.

Robert Henke releases music under his own name and as Monolake; his performances and interactive installations have been shown at places like the Tate Modern in London, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, MUDAM in Luxembourg, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. In 2007 his work Layering Buddha received an honorary mention at the Prix Ars Electronica. Robert Henke is one of the authors of the Ableton Live music software, and teaches as professor for sound design at the University of Arts in Berlin.

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