Performing Generative Music with Ableton Live

Friends! As most of you know, I’m into somewhat infatuated with generative music. Generative music is exciting to me because it allows us to do things that would be almost unimaginable with conventional instruments, but it does so without getting rid of the excitement of live performance: it is truly technological music.

But getting a consistent live setup for my generative sets has been tough, since it has to fulfill two criteria: Maximum control over musically pertinent parameters and enough randomness to make new things possible. It also must be optimized for radness. But after months and months in the lab (my bedroom), I’ve been able to whittle the setup down to what I demonstrate in this video.

I’m really happy to share this with y’all because it incorporates several different MIDI FX and demonstrates some cool routing techniques. It also employs a technique that I explored here. Enjoy!

Make sure to let me know in the comments if you have any questions!

3 Responses to “Performing Generative Music with Ableton Live”

  1. clement April 26, 2012 at 6:25 pm #


    thanks for all your videos

    Are those devices avalaible anywhere ? i d like to use them



    • Anthony April 26, 2012 at 11:43 pm #

      Clement! You read my mind. One thing that I’m working on is getting all of these devices up on the internet somewhere. Hold tight!

  2. jim May 8, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    great tutorial. very cool devices, both the rhythm and chord/scale one. nice way to really explore various scales and keys quickly. i’ll have to check out the other tuts. thx.

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