CDR Knowledge events focus on the hands-on technical side of music making, pairing musicians and producers with tech-experts from companies such as Ableton, Apple, Soundcloud and Native Instruments. For Knowledge sessions we’ve been able to assemble a room (or two/three) full of music-making gear from MPCs and analogue drum machines to digital audio workstations and the gizmos that go with them. These sessions have developed into the Knowledge Arena.
A few memorable CDR Knowledge events include one sub-titled “The Beat Innervisions” at Rivington Place (Shoreditch) where Simbad and Floating Points showcased their production processes and musical journeys followed by Morgan Zarate, Guynamite from Twin Cities and Aaran Jerome (later known as SBTRKT) turning a beat into a track in live/real time. Another, “Music of Tomorrow”, involved us setting up a studio inside Whitechapel Gallery. And at the Ikon Gallery (Birmingham) featuring contributions from Morgan Zarate and Danny ‘Red Rack-em’ Berman; shout out to Louis Den Cypher and Blacksmile (who features on the burntprogress album VA 2.1.) too!
Who better to learn from than musicians, producers and technical experts from companies such as Ableton, Apple, Soundcloud or Native Instruments? CDR Knowledge events offer that chance whenever they pop-up in “big white spaces” dealing with the hands-on technical side of music making, the projects in progress.
Each CDR Knowledge is themed differently to bring a range of the latest software and/or gizmos to explore. Apps for mobile devices have recently come to the fore, with Korg’s iElectribe and iMS20, Vogel CMI App, Beatmaker2, Lemur, Animoog, Korg iMS20, iMaschine, Fingerlab’s DM1, and FL Studio Mobile all featuring at iOS-focused events. A vault of analogue delights has also surfaced from time to time including Roland 808s, 909s, Akai MPCs and more synths than you can shake a conductor’s baton at.
CDR Knowledge – Create Music Mobile (Trailer)
CDR Knowledge session featuring production insights from Morgan Zarate, Cooly G and Funkineven.
CDR Knowledge – Beat Innervisions held at Rivington Place, London. Featuring production presentations from Bullion, Floating Points and Simbad. The event also included works in progress from Morgan Zarate, Aaron Jerome and Guynamite.