MMiX FESTIVAL – Schedule of Events

The MMiX FESTIVAL of Interactive Music Technology
October 8-11, 2009 at Theaterlab
137 W 14th Street, New York City
(212) 929-2545

Tickets: $20 / $15 students & seniors
Available online at:


6:00-7:45 PM Thursday through Saturday
Free and open to the public in Studio C

Interactive sound installations by
Chronotronic Wonder Transducer
led by sound inventor Steven Litt

8:00 PM – Performance
Bora Yoon +
Luke DuBois +
Todd Reynolds +

6:30 PM – Free Event
Ableton LIVE 8
Demo/workshop by DubSpot NYC
led by Chris Petti
8:00 PM – Performance
Dan Trueman and his Mini Laptop Orchestra
Jon Margulies / Hobotech
Joshua Fried / Radio Wonderland

6:30 PM – Free Event
– Ableton & Cycling ‘74 present: MAX for LIVE
with Todd Reynolds & Luke DuBois
8:00 PM – Performance
Patrick Grant Group
Kathleen Supove / Exploding Piano
Elliott Sharp / Janene Higgins

6:30 PM – Performance
Chronotronic Wonder Transducer
Ben Neill & Bill Jones
DJ Rekha / Basement Bangra

PLUS product giveaways of Ableton LIVE 8 and Cycling ’74’s MAX 5

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The MMiX Festival of Interactive Music Technology is produced by Theaterlab, radio producer Jocelyn Gonzales, and curated by composer/performer Patrick Grant.

All events take place in the studios of Theaterlab which is located at 137 West 14th St., between 6th and 7th Ave., New York City. For more information (ticket info, directions, etc.) visit Theaterlab’s web site at

Software and laptop improvements present new possibilities for composer/performers to create complex soundscapes in real-time during live performance. The focus of the festival is to demonstrate that these emerging audio technologies are instrumental in new artistic creations, and to inform the public regarding the current state of this art form. The artists presented in MMiX have set a new bar in that discourse and will provide live performances, media installations and workshops.

Ableton, creators of LIVE 8 and Cycling ’74, creators of Max/MSP/Jitter are primary sponsors of the festival with additional support by DubSpot NYC and Eventide.

Media sponsorship for the festival is generously provided by WNYC 93.9 FM and 820 AM, New York City listener supported radio.



Last Monday, we visited Dan Giove and Adam Sellers at DubSpot, the DJ and electronic music production school here in Manhattan.


Sitting on the couch, sandwiched between a class going over the finer points of filtering a buzzy bass, and a giant mixing console with lots of controllers, we were investigated by one large curious dog and one small energetic dog. I wondered if these pups could rock the decks too, but who knows. Maybe they’re DubSpot admissions officers.

Dan Giove founded DubSpot as a place where musical novices, experts and everyone in between could get a solid grounding in music production, as well as training in the latest software and hardware tools for creating music. At their studios in the Meatpacking district, they offer DJ tutorials, lessons on mixing and mastering, sound synthesis and workshops with Ableton, Reason, Logic and others. Students can attend intense weekend training sessions and there’s even a youth program. Start ’em young, I say, start ’em young.

Why there’s even DubSpot Cafe downstairs, where Ableton instructor and upcoming MMiX Festival performer, Jon Margulies did a set during this year’s Make Music Fest back in June:

Perhaps the most important part of DubSpot’s mission seems to be community, a community of beginners and experienced artists, producers and DJ’s that’s much much larger than the studio space DubSpot is quickly outgrowing. The vibe we got is that everyone is cool at DubSpot, everyone’s musical point of view is valid and supported, and everyone can work together to push music technology in ever more creative directions.

Members of Dubspot have spent the summer on the DubSpot LIVE 8 U.S. Sessions Tour, and these guys are so money, they’ve put together video recapping some of what went down. This is one of those clips:

We’re so pleased the folks at DubSpot will be doing LIVE 8 workshops at the MMiX Festival this October. In the meantime, dust off that old Rakim 12-inch & get thee to DJ school!

Jocelyn Gonzales

The LIVEs of Others

While I’ve always told my students that in the end, it doesn’t really matter what audio software you use, just make sure it works for YOU…a lot of the music folks we’ve been talking to are fans of Ableton LIVE. Though yes, Ableton is involved with our MMiX Festival later this fall, this ain’t no commercial. There’s a reason we mention LIVE. We’ve come across fellow musicians and producers who will use nothing else but Ableton to create their songs, DJ sets, or live arrangements. It’s like a religion or something. Since their first appearance at AES several years ago, when I think their demo booth was basically the size of a Ms. Pac Man arcade game, they’ve amassed a large number of users numbering in the hundreds of thousands. Having just released LIVE 8, they’re like the little-German-loop-based-audio-software-company-that-could.

The company’s been nimble about organizing and responding to their online community of users, quite similar to the hive mind of Linux folks who help keep programs on that platform constantly evolving in the spirit of tech geek fellowship. Although some of us aren’t quite so nimble on LIVE yet…(meaning me, because I’m still not done listening to all the Combinator patches in Reason 4.0) we always like seeing how artists use different tools in their particular music genres. Luckily, there’s a YouTube playlist where bands, producers and composers share their tips for harnessing the LIVE 8 mojo. We pick out some favorites after the tag…

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