シリーズ「インプット/アウトプット」では、Abletonコミュニティに属するプロデューサーのスタジオを訪ね、彼らの制作プロセスに取り入れられるインスピレーション、テクニック、技術と、そこから生まれる最新の音楽作品に光を当てていきます。 Second Storeyは、ロンドンを拠点に活動するプロデューサーでこれまでAl Tourettesとして活動していたAlec Storeyの新名義です。FabricのサブレーベルHoundstoothからの新作『Double Divide』は、Storeyを取り囲むジャンルと、才能とディテールへのこだわりが垣間見える作品です。個性の強いこのLPは、独創的なサウンド・デザイン、直感的な構成、衝撃的な音装飾が特徴的です。Storeyは、この記事をお読みの皆さんもお持ちであろうツールと手法を使用してこれを実現しています。ワークフロー、トラックの全体像を見失わないようにする方法、超高温の金属が面白いサウンドを生み出す様子について、彼に話を聞きました。 In our series Input/Output, we pull up a chair in the studios of producers from the Ableton Community, inviting them to shed light on the inspirations, techniques and technologies that feed into their production process, and the latest music to come out of it....
Not far from the headquarters of the famed label Underground Resistance, and just around the corner from the timeless Motown Museum, is one of Detroit's lesser-known treasures. Tucked away in the heart of inner-city Detroit is YouthVille, a multimillion-dollar facility run by the Detroit Youth Foundation, whose mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of youth in Detroit and its surrounding communities. In the words of Mike Huckaby, Detroit-based House and Techno legend and YouthVille instructor, "YouthVille is the most significant thing to occur in Detroit since the birth of the Detroit Electronic Music Festival."
And Huckaby should know. Highly respected in Detroit's scene, Huckaby's name is synonymous with all things DJ in Detroit. Over the last two decades, Huckaby has been performing in front of audiences all over the world and, for a good amount of that time, using Ableton Live. However, Huckaby's touring and music production with Ableton Live are just the beginning. A few years ago, Huckaby took his expertise to YouthVille to develop a one-time audio demonstration, and it didn't take long before the sparks flew.
Speaking of his first visit, Huckaby notes, "I was extremely impressed by the wealth of opportunities available at YouthVille. Right in the middle of the tour, I asked if I could start right away."
For an incredibly low annual fee of twenty-five dollars, students at YouthVille can take advantage of music production courses with Huckaby. The goals of Huckaby's music production program, however, go far beyond the simple creation of musical tracks. The overarching goal at YouthVille is to show each student that success can be achieved through discipline and perseverance, and Huckaby uses Ableton Live to demonstrate this.
"Of course I want to show each student that their musical ideas can be achieved with the help of Ableton Live. However, the real message to my kids is that the same creative values can also be applied towards non-musical activities, such as their school work--to get them to say 'Hmmm, you know what? All I have to do here is apply myself at school just as I do when using Ableton Live, and I could be just as successful.'"
And Ableton Live has turned out to be a great fit for the kids at YouthVille. Huckaby explains:
"Most students want to produce music similar to that of their favorite musicians or producers from the radio or television. They often want to start by creating a remix of their favorite songs. Live is a perfect, if not necessary, tool for doing this. So, being able to teach Ableton Live at YouthVille is a blessing. Compared to the leading DAWs on the market, Live's features are really best suited for today's young, energetic, and cutting-edge producer."
Huckaby recently established the Detroit Electronic Scholarship, a self-funded scholarship for any student serious about learning how to create music with Ableton Live at YouthVille. The scholarship pays one year's tuition at YouthVille. This deep-seated commitment to Detroit's youth has already led to some success. One student in particular who attended Huckaby's course produced a mix that was selected for a UK-based DVD project called No Go Zones. "I helped him transform his ideas into reality," Huckaby said. "It was such a remarkable feeling to be able to do this." The track was completed exclusively using Ableton Live.
Another rewarding experience for Huckaby's students was the Red Bull Music Academy's "Big Tune" showcase, held recently at YouthVille. Students we able to showcase their beats made in Ableton Live in front of real industry professionals and producers. Students received pointers and encouragement from renowned artists such as Vitamin D and Jake One. Huckaby elaborates, "The students stood by as Vitamin D and Jake One critiqued each beat. Both were equally surprised as their eyebrows were raised by the talents of each YouthVille student.