Moldover, often referred to as the “Godfather of Controllerism” joined us for a special artist workshop where he talks about the major evolutions in his own performance rig including building custom hardware, hacking Live with Max for Live, and finding a balance between authentic expression and pre-planned moments. He discusses the consulting work he does for other artists, helping them choose, configure, and build custom performance tools for shows of all kinds. Moldover gives away some of his personal Ableton Live racks, designed for simple and intuitive control of expressive effects for FREE!
…What Bach was to the keyboard and Hendrix was to the guitar, Moldover is to the controller. Growing up, Matt wrote songs, played in bands, and taught himself the recording arts with a basement full of second-hand instruments and a four-track tape machine. In 1998 he moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music where he abandoned pop songwriting and shifted his focus to classical composition, jazz arranging, and electronic music production. Moldover graduated summa cum laude from Berklee and moved to New York City to work as a freelance musician. Intent on merging his love of playing in ensembles with his electronic compositions, he wove his way through a series of live electronic bands, eventually becoming disillusioned with New York’s exclusive and socially complex live music scene. At the same time, he began seeing his favorite electronic music artists play live but found that their stage performances lacked the creative fire of their recorded works. Seeing an opportunity, he ventured out as a solo artist, relocated to San Francisco, and set about creating performances that would bridge the gap between traditional musicianship and modern electronic music culture.
Matt is a former mentor on Pyramind’s Mentorship Network and an instructor in our ground-campus classrooms teaching Ableton Live.
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