The list of participants taking part in Loop 2017 — taking place November 10th -12th at Berlin’s Funkhaus — has been announced. Ableton’s annual summit for music makers will present Nosaj Thing performing his new collaboration with Japanese artist Daito Manabe, a live performance by Laurel Halo with drummer Eli Keszler, keynote conversations with Ben Frost, Goldie, and Chloe x Halle (the first act signed to Beyoncé’s new label). Also confirmed are Canadian sibling duo Tennyson, Grammy-winning production team 1500 or Nothin', The Roots’ Stro Elliot, Scottish DJ JD Twitch, Japanese dubstep producer Goth-Trad, and Syrian avant-jazz group The Khaled Kurbeh & Raman Khalaf Ensemble (signed to Henrik Schwarz’s label Between Buttons).
The 2017 Loop program also encompasses a large-scale A/V installation by ANTIVJ artists with, a series of Guitar Moves sessions with Matt Sweeney, live performances by Jenny Hval, mobilegirl, Visible Cloaks and Kaki King, a Supercollider presentation by Nick Collins, Andrey Smirnov presenting Leon Theremin's Rhythmicon and a keynote presentation by electroacoustic composition pioneer Trevor Wishart.
The participants just announced will join a Loop line-up that already includes producers Jlin and Machinedrum, African music collective The Nile Project, acclaimed mastering engineer Mandy Parnell, Berklee professor and Prince’s audio engineer Susan Rogers, ambient music luminary William Basinski, and music tech innovators Teenage Engineering.
As with the previous two editions of Loop, the three day program offers not only presentations, discussions and performances, but also a number of participatory workshops and studio sessions geared toward artists, producers, educators and creative technologists who work with music. Workshops at Loop will cover topics such as soldering hardware, learning synthesis by example, working with traditional instrumentation and percussion, “Under the Radar” music theory for electronic music, breaking out of 4/4 time, a bass management bootcamp, as well as series of field recording workshops in partnership with Shure. The artist-led series of Loop studio sessions provides deep dives into the individual techniques and processes of musicians and producers from across genres. Studio sessions will include track deconstruction sessions, studio performance masterclasses, attendee track feedback sessions, a mixing & mastering series, sessions on analog recording and production techniques, and more. In addition, Loop partners Dolby Laboratories will showcase their Dolby Atmos music system with a series of studio mixing sessions. Loop attendees will also have ample opportunity to connect with one another in a number of spaces and formats designed to facilitate interaction. These include open maker zones, jam spaces, meet-ups, open stage performances, lightning presentations and roundtable discussions.
For the full programme, visit: https://loop.ableton.com/2017/program/