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Friday, May 19 • 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Instrument Design: New Ways to Play

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40 000 years of musical instrument development has led us to a pivotal moment. For the first time in history, an individual artist is able to take control of the entire creative process from conception to distribution. Gerhard Behles discusses the aesthetic, emotional and political implications of this paradigm shift and how it influences Ableton’s current and future contributions to music making.

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Gerhard Behles

Gerhard Behles co-founded Ableton in 1999 with Robert Henke and Bernd Roggendorf. Prior to this he had been part of electronic music act “Monolake” alongside Robert Henke, but his interest in how technology drives the way music is made diverted his energy towards developing music software. He was fascinated by how dub pioneers such as King Tubby ‘played’ the recording studio, and began to shape this concept into a music... Read More →

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Instrument Design

Since the first humans stood upright, people have been compelled to make sounds and compose them into rhythm and song. Humanity progresses, societies evolve, and expressions, representations, and tastes shift wildly, but the drive to make tools that produce music will always permeate all cultures. Once instrument builders first began to harness electronic technologies into new possibilities for instrument design, the door opened to radical... Read More →


Friday May 19, 2017 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Full Frame Theatre 318 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701

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