Limited to 35 Participants (SOLD OUT)

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

      • The introduction is an extra session to the complete programme, it is not mandatary to attend. However this is where you will get the opportunity to introduce yourself to the group and hear a little about the other participants. Sebastian will also go over some frameworks for the course, these will also be emailed to everyone after the session.

      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

      Neel will talk you through his studio, explaining how it evolved over the years, what does the studio represent in his life and what decisions lead him to his current setup. In this session we will have specific talks on different topics such as the importance of our listening environment, speaker positions, hardware and digital setup, AD/DA conversion.


      • Setting up a studio: what is important to know
      • What does a studio represent to us?
      • Listening position
      • Home studio, considerations, pros and cons
      • Introduction to my music production workflow. Hardware and digital configuration, my instruments, DAW, effects
      • AD/DA conversion, sound card
      • Matching the signals, avoiding ground loop, latency issues
  • 2

    Session 2: Playing Live / How I Play

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

    • 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 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

      The second session will be focused on different aspects of music production. Neel will show you his approach to music creation, the different techniques he uses and how his setup is important for his workflow. Moreover, he will talk you through his inspirations, methods and expressive intentions that lead him into making music.


      • The importance of having a ready-to-go setup (are you able to quickly record a musical idea?)
      • How to get inspired when we feel we are not
      • How to make the sound we have in mind
      • Exploiting the most from our instruments, the importance of limiting and disciplining ourselves
      • Experimenting with tools (Unconventional ways of making sounds)
      • Making movement in a sound (How to avoid flattened sounds)
      • Hardware synthetisers and drum machines; which ones do I use the most and why I love them.
  • 3

    Session 3 : Studio / Set Up

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

    • 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 

      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

      This session will be entirely focused on mixing concepts and techniques. Neel will treat this key topic from both theoretical and practical sides. He will share his experience in the field with tips and demonstrations, and help you with any doubts or questions.


      • What does mixing mean, what is your final goal
      • How to start a mixdown, how to prepare yourself for a mixdown
      • Mixing fundamentals, principles and tools that will always be valid
      • Different ranges of frequencies, how to make the best choices and find the right balance
      • Dynamic processing: how to treat your sound properly
      • Spatialisation: the importance of creating a sound's image and its depth
      • Differences between an analog and digital mixdown, & the power of combining the two
      • Final test, master chain, general considerations and tips
  • 4

    Session 4: Studio / Making Music

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

    • 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 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

      It's been now more than ten years that Neel started his professional activity with mastering, working and contributing to define the sound of some of the best labels and artists in the scene. This session will be fully dedicated to mastering both from the conceptual and the technical point of view. Neel will treat all the main topics of it, sharing his direct experience on field and showing some of his favourite techniques and methods of work.


      • What is important to understand when you listen to someone's music. What is the purpose of a mastering engineer.
      • Critical listening: why it is a main step of the mastering process
      • Enisslab: The beginnings, how Neel built it's identity and improved it
      • Being a music producer and a mastering engineer at the same time: the challenges and benefits
      • Outboards and plugins: my setup
      • What is the difference between a professional mastering and a self made/software/algorithms mastering
      • How to understand the right hardware or plugins to use for our purpose
      • Mastering chain. Aspects to consider.
      • Multiband compressing: what it is and why is it used on mastering.
      • Loudness protocols
      • Differences between digital, vinyl/tape and streaming platforms
  • 5

    Session 5: Collaborations

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

    • 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 

      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)

      Playing live has always been an important part of Neel's musical life. During this session he will show you how his live setup works and how it changed and evolved in the years. Additionally, he will share with you some of the experience he gained over the years through practical tips and anecdotes from his shows. Last part of the session will be dedicated to a live improvisation where Neel will show you and explain progressively all the decisions he takes.


      • Different approaches and possibilities when you build a live session
      • Being able to improvise, listening what we do, feeling confortable with it
      • My personal way to approach live performances. Why I keep on changing my setup.
      • Modular synthesizer: how I use it to perform and how I combine it with other machines
      • Technical issues and problem solving: before or while playing.
      • Circle of Live: Setup, interaction. How it works, why every time it's different.
      • Live jamming
  • 6

    Session 6: Beyond Making Music

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

    • 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

      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

      During this session Neel will talk you through his life experiences in making music with others artists. How he approached it from the creative and technical side, how the different projects evolved in the years and what do they represent to him.


      • What does collaborating with another artist means? The importance of sharing.
      • How to merge two different artistic personalities into one
      • My collaboration experiences (Voices From The Lake, LF58)

Full Programme Pricing

6 Group Sessions

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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.

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Geordie Piseri

Hi Circle of Lives, First i want to thanks you all to make it real. Frank 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. Frank 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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