Here's some cool news for DJ and producers: music production software maker Ableton has teamed with electronic music institute Dubspot to present a series of interactive workshops utilizing Ableton's newest app, Live 8, and its dedicated controller, the Akai APC40.
The tour, which travels through eight major U.S. cities, hits San Francisco next weekend, beginning with a kick-off party May 7 at the Elbo Room's Afrolicious--in honor of the national release of FunkAid, the first in a series of Dubspot-produced compilations benefiting African children affected by the AIDS crisis. The Live 8 sessions also include free public clinics at Robotspeak May 8 and Guitar Center May 9; two full days of paid workshops with hands-on seminars and Q&As featuring Dub Gabriel, Jason Short, Jon Margulies, Barry Cole, Christopher Willits, Matt Moldover, and a "special guest performance" TBA. Nighttime events including the Spring Pajama Jam at Mezzanine May 8 with Justin Martin, Worthy, J. Philip, Claude Von Stroke, and Christian Martin and May 10's Dubmission, also at the Elbo Room, with DJ Sep, J-Boogie, and DJ Sabbo. RSVP here.