Ableton have released their book, Making Music: 74 Creative Strategies for Electronic Music Producers, for free. The book, by composer Dennis DeSantis, is a collection of strategies designed to overcome a series of problems that may arise in the creative process, mostly tailored to an electronic music production context.
The strategies, while using examples from electronic music production, also have the potential for wider application in other creative contexts.
Making Music: 74 Creative Strategies for Electronic Music Producers, a book from Ableton, is now free to download for a limited time.
DeSantis, a classically trained composer and percussionist from Detroit, now primarily writes house and techno style electronic music from his base in Berlin. As a result, he has a pretty good grasp of a variety of different scenes, and uses his background to inform the strategies presented in this book.
Making Music presents each strategy as a series of ‘patterns’ to apply in the creative process. Each pattern is structured the same way: first a ‘problem’ – a real-world situation – is stated, then it’s broken down, then a concrete ‘solution’ is provided.
As mentioned before, most of the examples come from an electronic music production perspective and deal with issues arising from working with machines, rather than instruments or other people. That being said, since the book naturally deals with problems in starting, developing, and finishing projects, there are a lot of different ways to apply these strategies in a broader creative sense.
Making Music joins a series of other free or discounted offerings from Ableton, including a previously announced 90-day free trial for Ableton Live 10, Ableton’s Learning Music and Learning Synths websites, and a 30% price reduction in all editions of Live.
For information on all of the above and more, head to Ableton.