Ableton’s Loop conference has been around since 2015, but this year’s event was the first to take place in the United States. The German company decided to move the conference stateside this year in hopes of providing producers without the ability to travel a chance to network with like-minded musicians. But what exactly can one expect from Loop?
Wired correspondent Michael Calore found himself surprised at Loop’s atmosphere – he remarks that throughout the whole weekend, there were only “a handful of times [he] saw anyone actually dancing.” And, in the context of Loop’s mission, that makes sense. The weekend is intended for musicians who use Ableton’s production products to have a chance to dive into in hands-on workshops and, perhaps most importantly, Loop intends to bring musicians who make similar music together.
This year featured presentations that covered making your own music software, how having a computer as a collaborator affects the musical process, and a historical presentation on musical innovation by music critic Simon Reynolds. Of course, the conference moved outside of merely a presentational format and held discussions on a wide variety of other topics, including a panel on how to transform music education. Yet, more hands-on style listening sessions and workshops offered creators a chance to learn skills from well-versed veterans of their craft.
All of this is exciting, but according to Calore, a large portion of the music-making at Loop focuses on ambient or abstract electronic music. While the program seems diverse enough to appeal to musicians working a variety of styles, it doesn’t seem the largest draw is for dance producers.
Regardless, the number of professional development opportunities being made available to emerging electronic musicians seems to be expanding. With Loop moving to the U.S. and an innovative re-brand of Winter Music Conference, as well as the success of MoPop’s annual Pop Conference, there are now a multitude of ways to hone your musical skills in a wide array of fields.
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