Supporter Session

Tension & Release

Automation & Arrangement in Transition

Mar 6, 2024

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Event Details

Schedule: Wednesday, March 6, 2024, 2:00pm–3:30pm ET

Fee: Free for Soundial Supporters

Location: Virtual



In this workshop, you will learn how to use automation to create musicality in your mix, focusing on creating compelling transitions for popular, electronic-based music.

Resident teaching artist Kate Siefker will demonstrate how to transition smoothly from pre-chorus to chorus to verse and other parts of a song, and how automation and arrangement can help make these transitions seamless and engaging.

Using Ableton Live, Kate will cover the basics of automation and teach you how to create builds, drops, and other dynamic changes in your mix. Together, we will also look at how automation can be used to create tension and release.

During the workshop, you will have the opportunity to apply what you've learned with a hands-on exercise. You can either work with a session that we provide or bring your personal work to apply the techniques. Kate will be on hand to offer guidance and support.

This workshop is suitable for those with basic knowledge of Ableton Live.

About Supporter Sessions

Held on the first Wednesday of the month, Supporter Sessions are exclusively available to Soundial Supporters.

In each hour-long workshop, a lecture on an aspect of experimental music production is followed by hands-on exercises.

Sessions are designed to provide our Supporters with dynamic opportunities for both creative and professional development.

Become a Supporter for $10/month here.

Hardware & Software Requirements

Instructor Bio

Kate Siefker is an audio engineer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. They create music and sound design for a variety of mediums including documentaries, podcasts, video games, music production, commercials, and more. Their love of electronic dance music is at the center of their production practice.

Kate is a Resident Teaching Artist at Soundial, leading programming for the Supporter Sessions.

Kate's instagram, bandcamp, soundcloud

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