Ableton announces details of Loop 2016 featuring Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Jazzy Jeff and more

The first program details have been announced for the 2016 Loop summit for music makers – taking place across three days and nights from November 4-6. Launched by Ableton in 2015 as a platform for music makers to meet, be inspired and learn from each other.

This year’s edition of Loop will bring together around 900 attendees at Berlin’s historic Funkhaus venue. Loop 2016 will feature a program of talks, presentations, performances, intimate studio sessions, hands-on workshops and much more. A preview of the events and a list of already confirmed participants are now online. Further additions to the program and line-up will be added over the coming months.

Anyone wishing to attend Loop 2016 can register for tickets until July 20th here.

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Expanding on the themes established at last year’s inaugural summit, Loop’s three-day program focuses on the interlinked themes of music, technology and creative practice. Reflecting the diversity of perspectives and interests among attendees, participating artists this year include:

Lee Scratch Perry is a Jamaican music producer/Inventor noted for his innovative studio techniques and production values. Perry was one of the pioneers in the development of dub music with his early adoption of effects and remixing to create new instrumental or vocal versions of existing reggae tracks. Perry has worked with Bob Marley and the Wailers, Junior Murvin, the Congos, Max Romeo and many others.

From the success of “DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince” with partner Will Smith to the critical acclaim of his production company “A Touch of Jazz”, Jeff proved time and time again that he would always be a force to be reckoned with. And he continues to represent with his solo projects, collaborations, mixtapes and live shows. His love of music shines through in everything he does.

Like his mythological namesake, Daedelus – otherwise known as Alfred Darlington – is an inventor, a creator of sonic labyrinths combining sounds from an eclectic palette into an innovative genre all his own.

Suzanne Ciani, now in her 70’s is an Italian American pianist and music composer, who found early success with innovative electronic music “One of the most influential electronic composers of the last 40 years” – Dazed

Moritz von Oswald, legendary master of electronic experimentalism and technical exactitude, has an unassailable place in the modern history of forward-thinking music. To follow his career is to take a guided tour through some of the most important developments, places and people in the history of electronic music.

Sougwen Chung is an interdisciplinary artist whose work explores transitional edges – where the mark-made-by-hand meets the mark-made-by-machine, where light meets sound, and form meets formlessness. Also announced: Morton Subotnick, Chagall, Yann Orlarey, Georgia Tech’s Robotic Musicianship Group, Deantoni Parks, Jana Winderen, Chino Amobi and many others.

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Discussions and presentations at Loop will cover topics such as the studio as an instrument, the art of sampling, motion technology in music, computer listening and composition, new directions in music education, field recording and much more. Loop workshops and studio sessions will afford smaller groups of attendees the chance to interact with leading technologists, musicians and creators and provide up-close exposure to their creative practices

During Loop Ableton is teaming up with Berlin-based CTM – Festival for Adventurous Music and Art to present an evening of performances across three stages at The Volksbuehne theatre, as well as a club night at Prince Charles in collaboration with CDR Projects – Loop tickets include entry to all of the nighttime events. Other Loop programming partners include dBS music production school, The Wire magazine, Berlin Community Radio, FACT and Song Exploder.

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Full list of artists participants announced so far:

Adam Stark, Alexis Michaelides, Amélie Anglade, Andrea Goetzke, Anna Meredith, AUDINT, Axel Hartmann, Bandish Projekt, Berlin Community Radio, CDR, Chagall, Chino Amobi, Clara Hill, Cora Novoa, CTM Festival, Daedelus, dBs Music Berlin, Deantoni Parks, Demian Licht, Dennis DeSantis, Diva, DiViNCi, Elysia Crampton, Emile Hoogenhout, FACT, Falk Grieffenhagen, Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology, Gudrun Gut, Heart n Soul, Jace Clayton, Jana Winderen, Jason Hockman, Jazzy Jeff, Jem the Misfit, Johannes Taelman, Kimbra, Kirk Knight, Kopenhagen Laptop Orchestra, KUČKA, Kyoka, Lee Scratch Perry, Luisa Pereira, Maria Gkotzampougiouki, Marijke Jorritsma, Mark Zadel, Mason Bretanl, Matthewdavid, Mileece, mi.mu, Mint Berlin, Monolog, Moritz von Oswald, Morton Subotnick, Native Instrument, No I.D., Olivier Gillet, Pamela McCormick, Peder Mannerfelt, Peter Kirn, Philip Sherburne, Quantic, Rasmus Kjærbo, Robert Henke, Rodi Kirkcaldy, Sasha Perera, Skinnerbox, Sougwen Chung, Sound Oracle, Subatomic Sound System, Suzanne Ciani, Tara Rodgers, Tarik Barri, The Wire, Tom Whitwell, Tony Nwachukwu, UMA, Yann Orlarey

About Loop
Launched by Ableton in 2015, Loop is three days of performances, talks and interactive workshops aimed at exchanging ideas at the cutting edge of music, technology and creative practice. Bringing together artists, technologists, educators and other creative thinkers, Loop is a collective exploration of what it is to make music today and what it could be tomorrow.

Tickets and Pricing
Registration for Loop tickets is open until July 20th. Because of limited capacity at Loop, the option to purchase a ticket will be allocated via a lottery. Regular price tickets are 300 EUR, or 150 EUR for full time students. Since not everyone making music can afford these prices, and in order to include as many differing perspectives as possible, we are offering a limited number of subsidised tickets at a reduced price for Loop 2016.