Madeleine Bloom is an Ableton Certified Trainer who runs Sonic Bloom, one of the best online resources for music makers who want to expand the way they work with Ableton Live, Max for Live, and Push. Or, as the internet’s Peter Kirn has colorfully described it: “It’s like a spa-slash-university for your Live-using self; you’ll come out refreshed, smarter, and even better-looking.”
One of the things that Bloom does really well is uncover the usefulness of hiding-in-plain-sight devices that are already included in Ableton Live. In response to questions about how to make this or that specific thing / sound / workflow possible in Live, she frequently finds herself explaining that everything needed is already installed.
With this in mind, Madeleine has launched a new series of video tutorials on Sonic Bloom called With A Little Help From Max for Live. The focus is on surfacing new ideas and tools for live performances and jams using only devices that are available for free from the Ableton Packs section.
In this first episode Bloom uses Dr Chaos from the free Probability Pack by Sonic Faction, a Max for Live MIDI effect that generates melodies based on probability, settings and a dose of chaos. Using Dr Chaos she creates a MIDI effect rack that makes jamming melodies easy, musical and fun.