Date: Friday, April 26th, 2002, 09:59
There was a time not so long ago when live interactive electronic music meant carrying a Hammond organ the weight and proportions of a Volkswagen — or, more recently, turntable musicians who could be mistaken for pallbearers. No more. Ableton‘s new Live software means entire gigs can be performed on a PowerBook or iBook. It’s simple and streamlined enough that musical newcomers will be creating their own tunes — and simple enough for us more advanced computer musicians to abuse to create wild, unpredictable new noises. Like much revolutionary version 1 software, it’s not without flaws, but even some of its bugs are fun.