Elite Session with Mr. Bill

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UPDATE:

Mr. Bill has created a custom Ableton Live session template designed for generating metric modulation ideas. Fill out the form at the bottom of this page to receive the free download link for the template. 


Watch the three-part video recap of our Elite Session with Ableton Guru and electronic producer, Mr. Bill.  

Mr. Bill has been a leader in the audio production world for years. Beyond producing dazzlingly intricate originals, remixes, and collaborations in the glitch and IDM realms with other stars of the industry, his eagerness to share his massive library of technical know-how has made him just as sought-after for studio work as he is for highly energetic and crowd-pleasing live performances.

Bill Day has released six full-length studio albums, to-date, including 2013's double album, The Collaborative Endeavours, and 2014's Settling for Mediocrity. He has just released his most recent album Corrective Scene Surgery, a sprawling 28-track collaboration with longtime associate and graphic designer Funilab, which is being released as one single at a time. You can catch him on his biggest North American tour to date this fall with Circuit Bent.


Part 1

00:00:25 - Live Electronic Music Performance
00:06:30 - Building Live Sets
00:11:51 - Question - How do you automate your tempo changes?
00:14:03 - Question - How are your performances structured?
00:19:22 - Building Instrument Racks for Live Performances
00:21:50 - Blending Live Drums with Electronic Drums
00:24:45 - Why do you automate pitch this way?
00:33:34 - Inflatable Mr. Bill | Mouth Changes
00:38:04 - Question - Do you quantize your audio when you play live?
00:41:36 - Optimizing Shared Live Sets for Visuals


Part 2

00:00:26 - Question - Has your live set changed how you produce?
00:03:49 - Question - Do you tweak effect parameters live?
00:08:18 - Question - How do you create your glitch sounds?
00:14:17 - Question - How can you achieve this with Ableton devices?
00:19:01 - Question - What if your computer crashes?
00:28:24 - Question - What is your synthesis / sound design workflow?


Part 3

00:01:40 - Blending Sub Frequencies with Midrange
00:06:51 - Question - How do you process your midrange bass?
00:09:58 - Collaboration Workflow
00:18:47 - Philosophy on Future of Electronic Music
00:21:04 - Question - Do you have an arrangement formula?
00:23:08 - Question - Do you mix as you produce?
00:32:02 - Question - What gear are you using right now?
00:32:58 - Question - Do you do your own mastering?
00:34:54 - Question - What are your thoughts on dynamic range?


To receive the Metric Modulation download link:

"Music is always the most important thing. There's enough sound-packs & tutorials online at this stage, so I made a project file which displays metric modulation, a musical idea I've been interested in lately. (More information about metric modulation here - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metric_modulation)

This stuff can be useful for implied tempo changes or feel in tracks, like in The Flashbulb - Cherokee Scripts, Reso - Axion (Koan Sound Remix), Mr. Bill & Hypnagog - Swish, Mr. Bill & Kilowatts - Twind Murkah, etc. It can also be used really nicely for fills I believe, because it's a very obvious detraction from the initial beat." - Mr. Bill


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