See How Blue Hawaii Builds Live Songs in Ableton…

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Canadian duo Blue Hawaii took part in a panel at Decibel Festival, which went down at the end of September in Seattle. The panel was part of Decibel’s daytime conference and took place in the JBL Theater at the EMP Museum.

Blue Hawaii, aka Raphaelle Standell-Preston (also of BRAIDS) and Alex “Agor” Cowan, gave an in-depth visualization of their Ableton workflow and answered questions. The band uses Ableton to both produce music and to play live.

Watch as Blue Hawaii demonstrates how they create new live versions of songs by looping small sections of their recordings:

 

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9 Responses

  1. gin

    “The band uses Ableton to both produce music and to play live.”

    who cares

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    • Anonymous

      Oh I don’t know, maybe people who work in the music industry and enjoy seeing how it’s made.

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      • Anonymous

        too bad they often steal and spy instead of offering legitimate career boosting opportunities like these, ya know, building a positive healthy community feel… instead they pillaged me to death essentially doing just that and then used it as a means to come back at me and attack me…. have to lay it down and that’s one of the big reasons why, not interested in continually being raped and stole from and spied on and tracked…. so thanks again! awesome biz, awesome, well done, bravo! no wonder tech wins…

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          • Justin Mayer

            oh i don’t know…

            it’s one of those things, while visualizing and talking about something can help to manifest it, without taking the proper action steps to physically and tangibly make something happen in the real world, no amount of belly aching will actually fulfill a prophecy… 🙂

            I’m just stating simple facts…

            We all know buddy got greased up real hard with his windshield wiper idea, and then had to fight real hard for many years to get what he rightfully deserved, in court, on his own, cause no one wanted to battle the big bad corporate wolf, cause most people seem happy with being raped constantly and then paying them for garbage afterwards, their legal goody two shoe supposed honest custodian corporations, and now with the advent of technology and tracking algorithms and satellites etc. we can watch and see them all doing it in real time live action baby baaaabbbbbbaaaaayyyyyyy….

            The problem is that the evidence is mostly INADMISSIBLE still because guess what, that’s right, the ruddy evidence itself is obtained illegally for the most part or at least so much as to not be likely to stand up in court, jurisdictions, rogue ballers renting sats and bigger entities breaking rules to find terrorists, because they slept on the likely cause and affect of their oil wars, and stuff like that, but never the less, i wouldnt want to like solo out the states or anything in this ploy…

            Anyways…

            My unfinished song gets put on a jumpdrive and inserted into my laptop and thats it, see ya, and they take it share it around and use it as motivation and inspiration in their studios or whatever to come up with their next big chart hit that they can flog to their 12 year old girl fans who can tug on mommies pant leg for the poster and lunch pale or whatever and essentially scuttle me in the process. So then i get to sit back with an unfinished unmixed unreleased song thats incredible and watch some douchey team of wannabe chop shop popsters grease me with their bullshit and make a killing off it…

            Never once has any of those pricks ever stepped up and paid for anything!!! And guess what?? Yeah they are now trying to rain on my parade, still, after doing all that… Like isnt that enough boys????

            We will see how it plays out, it could go any way still… Playing the game is fine, they don’t play the game with any honor or respect, and when their industry rewards them for it and punishes me for it, then it’s not my industry!!!!! They need to understand im a professional golfer still, there are certain rules we play by and we retain a certain level of class when playing. Those golfers who game get called out and outted real quick. Music man, it’s got zero honor, and i think its that way because guys like that, that whole crew, they arent in it for the music, for the love of the music and the game, they in it for ego satiation and to rich and famous, nothing more, and of course are rewarded for it…. I can take a hint pretty good, doesn’t mean i’m going to forget what went down though…

            So Anyways, thanks for covering some of their new software a little while ago, nice to see you guys also support rape and pillage and huge property theft, thanks for turning your readers into beliebers of their genuine goodness and kind hearts… They going to steal so much from that set up they got going on it wont even be funny!!! Evil labels are the sticky fingered ones?? Idk, Scooter and Usher and Bieber and that whole team seem to have fucking gorilla glue hands…. Anyways i would certainly shove a telephone pole up their asses so hard and fast and track every move they ever make especially with that new piece of creation software, their sharing savior play… They are huge thieves, and yes, they are academied up and grammied up and rich kidded up and banked up and all balling out of control….

            What exactly is someone supposed to do? Alone? Against that whole crew who are supplanted and have the public’s unwavering support and love due to their what appears like good hearted sharing freedom philanthropic ways…

            Thats your precious industry…. I just came in cause i loved music and wanted to contribute and to help and try and do cool stuff and maybe make some money for everybody, and that’s how i got and get treated, constantly….

            And it’s all good, we all know how the show works so it’s not like any of this will ever make it to the public’s knowledge because it’s mostly a he said she said type scenario with only some insiders knowing exactly what’s going down…

            And people want to use the cloud??? Wow…. See how easy it is to manipulate and dupe people, you can tell them to their face and then minutes later dupe them… It’s no ones fault, it’s just how the human brain works…

            So it’s still very much in favor of the one stealing and tracking and spying.

            I’m currently working multiple jobs against my will and not being paid for any of them because of all this and then having to watch the people who stole from me drive around in Mazaratis and live in Mansions picking up any girl they want with the simple snap of the fingers cause they made so much money from it and are all famous and everything…. And the best part of it is, they are the heroes, the saviors, the worlds superhero deities, and i’m the evil bad guy…

            It’s like living the dream and then suddenly waking up in a nightmare… It’s crazy…

            It’s not self fulfilling if someone else forces something upon you and you react in self defense…

  2. Rusty Hodge

    This was great. Wish I had been at Decibel Fest to see the whole session. (I think that’s where it was recorded).

    Really awesome to see what people are doing with music tools these days. Very inspiring.

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  3. Bizarro World

    Apparently, nobody has ever seen Thomas Dolby live. He builds the loops live for Blinded Me With Science, until it all comes together where he plays the solos, filler samples and sings.

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