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Winter Cycle Starts: February 15th 2021

  • 6 x 90 minute group sessions, Mondays and Thursdays

  • Interactive live video format, including demonstrations, exercises and discussions

  • Exploring a different topic every session, from both practical and philosophical perspective

  • Every session concludes with a Q&A and opportunity for participation

Mentorship Schedule

  • 1

    Session 1 - Playing Live Setup Hard- and Software

    • LIVE - Group session [15th February; 20:30 CET] - Playing Live Setup Hard- and Software

    • Improvisation as the core of Sebastian's approach to music, a philosophical introduction to the concept and its importance to tapping into your creativity.


      We look at improvisation & creativity as something innate within human nature:

      • Improvisation is to listen; what is listening?
      • Sebastian's approach to improvisation
      • Similarities between improvisation and meditation.
      • Improvisation; the creative expression
      • Improvisation; openness and awareness
      • The importance of improvisation - healing and acceptance
      • Different improvisation exercises
      • Improvisation with Circle of Live
      • Let improvisation flow into your general life; Is improvisation our natural expression?

      Frank will talk you through his studio set up, what decisions lead him to his current set up. Specific talk about several topics such as cabling, workflow, software and hardware and “real instruments” and acoustics.


      • Hardware set up, cabling and workflow
      • Software set up and configuration
      • Analog synths, drum modules and drum machines
      • Effect units and Pedals
      • Hardware vs. Software
      • Preamps and Converters
      • “Real“ instruments
      • Some thoughts about monitors and acoustics

      Erika will introduce the course and platform, share with you her experience and background, and discuss the concept of making live music.


      • Welcome!
      • Housekeeping
      • What is playing live?
      • From pure improve to live playback
      • Alone or together?
      • Content that isn’t music
  • 2

    Session 2: Playing Live / How I Play

    • LIVE - Group session [18th February; 20:30 CET] - Playing Live / How I Play

    • The topic of improvisation naturally leads to the idea of collaborations, their role in the creative process (and of improvisation), listening and paying attention to other artists.


      • Improvising alone vs with others 
      • Openness / inspire & get inspired 
      • Different collaborations / unlocking different things. 
      • Invite / sharing your ideas
      • Temporary roles 
      • Listen 
      • Non violent communication 

      Frank will discuss the different mechanisms (pre-sets, tools, tricks) that he uses to help him improvise, capture valuable moments, condense the material, arrange his ideas, and finishing a song.


      • How to start creating a song
      • How to start a remix
      • Some tricks I use
      • Finding ideas through experimenting
      • Recording a good signal
      • Jamming in the studio
      • Sequencing

      During these 3 gear sessions, Erika will walk you through her setup, discuss the roles that different machines play, and show how they work together. She will also address options and ideas beyond her current build.


      • Sequencers
      • Live playing & Looping
      • Drum machines
      • Synthesizers
      • Effects
      • Samplers
  • 3

    Session 3 : Studio / Set Up

    • LIVE - Group session [ February 22nd; 20:30 CET] - Studio / Set Up

    • Discover how reconnecting with nature and meditation can be used as tools to unlock your own creativity.


      Meditation:

      • Different meditation techniques and exercises. 
      • Daily practice / retreat 
      • Meditation -  non state 
      • Reminding, not teaching. presence is not something you learn, it's you! 

      Nature: 

      • The natural expression of the wild 
      • Just be in nature, no activity. 
      • Different exercises in nature. 

      In the first session of the second week. Frank will lead you through his live-set-up. When you have watched this video, he will go into further details on the set-up, introduce you to his workflow on stage and answer further questions you may have.


      • Planning a live set and initial thoughts
      • What equipment I use and why I choose it
      • Bringing your own gear vs. renting
      • Centerpieces: Computer and Mixing desk
      • My workflow on stage
      • About travelling with gear

      In the second gear session, Erika will show you what you need besides your instruments to make your setup work the way you want it to, and talk about the many practicalities of live setups.


      • MIDI and control voltage
      • Mixers
      • Cables
      • Your Phone
      • Electricity
  • 4

    Session 4: Studio / Making Music

    • LIVE - Group Session [25th February ; 20:30 CET] - Studio / Making Music

    • Sebastian will talk through his studio set up, what decisions lead him to his current set up and his advice. Specific talk about several topics such as Software, Hardware, Soundcards etc. 


      • Software set up and configuration
      • Hardware configuration
      • Soundcards
      • Tape Machine (and why would you consider using it?)
      • Midi controllers / control surface 
      • Loopers
      • Issues of noise and hum, how to avoid and how to live with it
      • Stomp boxes and pedal trains
      • Cables 
      • Sequencers 

      In the second part of Frank’s introduction to his live-set, he will share more of his experiences on stage. He will give you background information on his approaches and solving issues on stage


      • Song selection
      • How i create a live version of a song
      • Jamming and improvisation
      • Reacting on problems, dropouts etc
      • Attaching to the room and audience
      • Respecting the people playing with you

      In the second gear session, Erika will show you what you need besides your instruments to make your setup work the way you want it to, and talk about the many practicalities of live setups.


      • Including a laptop
      • What goes with a laptop
      • Making choices about your gear
      • Setting up your studio for live
      • My home-live set up
  • 5

    Session 5: Collaborations

    • LIVE - Group Session [1st March; 20:30 CET] - Collaborations

    • With improvisation as a technical aspect, Sebastian will discuss the different mechanisms (pre-sets, tools, tricks) that he uses to help him maintain a clear mind and therefore more open to the flow of creativity.


      • Express and write without a specific purpose
      • What is your intention with making music? Allow that intension, don’t work against it
      • Meditation as a tool, why does it help your studio work? 
      • Spend time with an instrument without recording, just for the pleasure of playing/feeling music. 
      • Different angles to approach the expression. Layering / free improvisation / arranging / looping / 
      • Use your feelings as a starting point
      • Define your temporary frame and express from that
      • Accept yourself, honour yourself, allow all feelings also the ones that are harder to accept

      Touring as a solo-act is one part of Frank. However the integral part of collaboration has been present and vital to Frank also before his electronic music career. He will introduce to the different forms and aspects of his collaborations and how you can grow / develop through these team efforts.


      • Opening up for making music with others
      • Improvising
      • Sharing
      • The importance of listening
      • Studio collaborations
      • Collaborations on stage
      • About touring with a band

      Erika will talk about her creative process, which begins with live jamming, and show you some techniques and ideas for writing music that will ultimately become part of your live performance.


      • Live creative process vs studio creative process
      • What is jamming?
      • Jamming ideas
      • Listening
      • Technical & creative goals
      • Saving as you go (or not)
  • 6

    Session 6: Beyond Making Music

    • LIVE - Group Session [4th March; 20:30 CET] - Beyond Making Music

    • Sebastian will talk you through the various software programmes he uses, plugins and software synths (and why).


      • Computer 
      • Ableton
      • What software synths and plug ins
      • Soundcard
      • Midi controllers & control surfaces 
      • My template 
      • Mapping 
      • Push & Midi looping 

      In this last episode Frank will give you an insight of how his story went so far. Here you will learn about his thoughts on communicating and relations, mistakes and decisions.


      • Building a team
      • Travelling
      • Treating people
      • My way
      • Motivation and goals
      • My way / your way
      • Mapping 
      • Push & Midi looping 

      Molding jams into a solid live performance requires both intention and organization. Erika will show you the tools and techniques she's developed for turning sounds and sequences into a set that flows well.


      • Define your intention
      • Organise your music and ideas
      • Refine your technical approach
      • Creting notes and /or a set list
      • Being mentally prepared

Full Programme Pricing

6 Group Sessions

  • €400,00

    Regular one-time price

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  • 6 x €80

    Split into 6 monthly payments

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FAQs

  • Is this course suitable for beginners or advanced?

    This course is not so suitable for beginners, but rather intermediary creators. A certain level of experience with music production is recommended.

  • What do I need to set up for the course?

    The sessions are hosted on Zoom. Once you have signed up to the course it will appear in your student dashboard, there you can access the links every week. You do not need to have a Zoom account to access this link on your browser, however to use it on Desktop you will need to create an account (free).

  • Will you be sharing the session recordings with participants?

    No, we are not sending recordings to participants after the sessions. The intention is to practice presence, and experience the course in the moment, focusing on improvisation and real-time feedback. One-on-one sessions will be recorded however and shared.

  • What if I cannot make it to a session?

    This can happen, such as in real life things sometimes come up. We look at this case by case, if someone has considerable changes in their schedule and is absent to more than 1-2 sessions then we speak directly to the student about the possibilities.

  • Is the course in English?

    Yes, the course is in English.

5 star rating

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Geordie Piseri

Hi Circle of Lives, First i want to thanks you all to make it real. Franck gives us a sincere approach of what he is as a music producer and he did so well....

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Hi Circle of Lives, First i want to thanks you all to make it real. Franck gives us a sincere approach of what he is as a music producer and he did so well. I have learnt a lot from my side. And i really enjoy the proximity we get through the environment, the process, the grow-up, and the life of Franck. So, i would confirm "Circle of Life" is the right name :). Take care Geordie - Presia

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Elnaz Nfard

I have gained a lot in this course and experienced a lot of important points in this mentorship

I have gained a lot in this course and experienced a lot of important points in this mentorship

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