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Musicians and budding music producers can learn about production software for free whilst being supported by Shetland Arts, in the latest part of the organisations’ online activity.

Ableton – a software company well known in the industry – have made their flagship package Ableton Live free for a 90-day demo period. To make the best of this opportunity, Shetland Arts are inviting interested musicians and makers to sign up for this free course from Berklee College of Music on Coursera and join a weekly online study group on Shetland Arts Facebook page. The course will introduce many of the features of this powerful Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). Shetland Arts will support participants via a closed group hosted by Ableton user and Shetland Arts Head of Creative Opportunities, Bryan Peterson.

Participants will explore some of Live’s most powerful and useful functionality: MIDI programming, audio recording, warping and processing, looping editing, mixing, performing, file management, and troubleshooting. As a springboard for those who are new to Ableton Live and/or DAWs in general, this three-week course will provide participants with a strong knowledge base for using Live to take your musical ideas from conception to final recording. The course breaks down the many barriers of entry into music technology and encourages all those who wish, to create fearlessly. Bryan Peterson will provide support, signposting to additional learning resources on a weekly basis and encourage online collaboration between group members. Participants will also have the option to pay Coursera to take online exams to gain certification.

Elsewhere at Shetland Arts:

  • Creative Lab: Writing with Grace Barnes has been meeting for a few weeks. Participants are working towards short scripts with Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s online program #PFTLightHopeJoy, which will see the company’s troupe of actors perform the pieces to camera. It is hoped the pieces will also tour to Shetland in future.
  • Artist Gilly B has been creating short tutorial videos on sketching from life, which will be released over the next few weeks on the Shetland Arts Facebook Page.
  • Wellbeing Craft with Jane Cockayne next takes place on Thursday 30 April at 7pm, via Zoom. This week, participants will be tattie printing. The sessions are free but ticketed.
  • Storytime for under 5s with Shetland Library takes place on Mareel’s Facebook page at 10am every Thursday.

Find out more about joining the Ableton Live Shetland group here.


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