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Ableton Summer Music Challenge

Ableton challenges students around the world to get creative with music and technology this summer

Berlin, Germany, June 17th, 2010

Over the years, technology-assisted musical learning has become more and more accessible to an ever broader audience. This could not be more true in schools all around the world, where the integration of creative music technology is giving students even more ways to develop and express their ideas. The Ableton Summer Music Challenge is an attempt to support this cause by asking students to get creative with music over their summer vacations and perhaps help their school out in the process.

Taking the Ableton Summer Music Challenge is easy: First, students upload their tracks to SoundCloud to enter the competition. Then, they share their track with the world via their favorite social networks. The tracks with the most plays by August 31, 2010 will be presented to the official Ableton Summer Music Challenge Jury. The Jury will then select the grand prize winners. There will be two competition age groups in the Ableton Summer Music Challenge: under 15 and 15 to 18.

Prizes for schools and students include:

  • Ableton Live Intro audio production platform
  • Novation Launchpad midi controller
  • Novation NIO 2/4 audio interface
  • SoundCloud pro account (1 year)
  • Loopmasters sample collections

The Ableton Summer Music Challenge runs until August 31, 2010.

To take part, or for more information, please visit:

About Ableton

Ableton makes Ableton Live, a unique product for writing, recording and performing music with a computer. Since the company started in 1999, Ableton has attracted an extensive and highly committed community of musicians, composers and DJs worldwide. The company has received outstanding press, awards and customer feedback since the unveiling of Live in October 2001. The company headquarters are in Berlin, and there is an additional office in New York. Ableton currently has about 100 employees.

About Novation

Born in 1992, Novation has grown to be one of the world's leading manufacturers of MIDI controllers, digital DJ tools and synths. From the much-loved Nova synths of the 1990s to the music software controllers of today, Novation's aim has remained unchanged: to empower music makers with the necessary tools to create, innovate and push boundaries.

Educators are increasingly turning to Novation because of its build quality and usability. Students also associate Novation with their musical heroes as our hardware is used by music makers across the globe, from bedroom producers to chart-topping artists. We continue to interact with the people who have shaped Novation--the music-makers, performers, producers and DJs who rely on our equipment--in order to design the best hardware for making and performing music.

About SoundCloud

SoundCloud, founded in 2008 by Alexander Ljung and Eric Wahlforss, is an online audio platform catering to music professionals, enabling them to collaborate, promote and distribute their music online in a simple, accessible and feature-rich way. SoundCloud allows music makers to upload large audio files, embed those tracks on websites and blogs, share them publicly (including via Twitter) or only to specified contacts, and gives listeners the ability to comment on specific parts of the recording directly from the SoundCloud player.

About Loopmasters

Loopmasters is a leading website dedicated to providing 100% royalty free sample libraries for producers worldwide from the best sample labels on the planet. Search, audition, download and buy samples and loops with confidence, and use the inspiration supplied from some of the world's Top DJs and producers to take your music production to the next level!

For more information, contact:
Ableton Public Relations
Schönhauser Allee 6/7
10119 Berlin