ESKAMON: “Fine Objects” – Ableton Tutorial by ill.Gates

ESKAMON: “Fine Objects” – Ableton Tutorial by ill.Gates from ESKMO on Vimeo.

To Download the free Ableton Live Pack for ESKAMON: “Fine Objects”, visit ESKAMON.com
Video tutorial shown here by illGates.com

ESKAMON is the new collaboration project between Amon Tobin (Ninja Tune) & Eskmo (Warp, Planet Mu, Ancestor). “Fine Objects” is the first single by the duo that’s set for release on Eskmo’s own imprint “Ancestor.”

“Fine Objects” is the result of the pair’s unique take on sonic exploration and the manipulation of field recordings. From the onset, the two went out with a recorder, gathering sounds from around the house, yard and studio. Material recorded out of the studio included sounds from a parking garage elevator, a broken harp and the droning tones from a discarded piano. These were combined with more home-centric sounds to form the central theme to the song. With lumbering alien bass and intentionally dry, off-kilter percussion, “Objects” quickly grew into it’s own symbolic representation of taking “odd pieces” and allowing them to grow into something a bit more “refined and ablaze.”

As part of the release ESKAMON released a free WAV sample pack of the sounds created in the song. From these original WAVs, an Ableton Live pack was also created by ill. Gates for the project and given out for free with the release as well. This video is the tutorial ill.Gates shot to help explain the features he made on the Ableton side of the project.

Getting Booked: 10 Basic Tips for Getting Live Electronic Music Gigs

Here’s a set of guidelines I wrote to follow if you’re an electronic musician who’s wondering how to get booked to play live in clubs or other venues.

It’s geared towards people who are just starting out, but it’s a good read for people who have already been performing live as there are some interesting tips you might not have thought of (for instance, point #: get a mini-presskit together).

There is also a bit of contention on point #3, “Avoid dead air.” Some performers would rather have a break between songs, similar to a live band. However, it’s my recommendation that you aim for a cohesive set from the beginning. If you do choose later to pause between tracks and converse with the audience or something similar, you can just turn the sound down to do so.

Briefly:

  1. Get a mini-press kit together specifically for getting booked
  2. Let them know what you sound like live
  3. Make sure that you will avoid dead air
  4. Do some research on venues, and start small
  5. Find your contact person, and respond quickly
  6. Agree on details before the gig
  7. Invite everyone you know
  8. Bring some light
  9. Bring audio adapters
  10. Bring CDs

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