Ableton Live Tutorial - Creating a Beat with Found Sounds from Japan

Click here to view the main video menu page.

Artist Name: 
Ski Oakenfull
Video Date: 
August, 2012
See video

I've been coming to Japan quite regularly for over 20 years, and one of the things I love doing while I'm here is collecting sounds to take back with me to London. In the old days I would take a portable DAT recorder... later a Mini Disk recorder, but this year I was lucky enough to have a brand new Tascam DR-07 MkII. The advantage of this is that the audio is recorded straight to an SD Card, so I can transfer the files to the computer very easily using a USB cable.

So I thought I'd make a video for Point Blank demonstrating how I go about recording and organising the sounds, and then start using them creatively in Ableton Live.

Collecting 'found sounds' for your production palette is a great way of stepping away from the sample libraries and plugin presets, and moving towards organic sounds that are completely unique to your music.

I have made all the sounds (and more) featured in this video available to download for a limited period.

You can download and preview them individually from my Soundcloud page:
http://soundcloud.com/skioakenfull/sets/japan-found-sound-2012

...and they can also be downloaded as a bundle from my website..
http://www.skioakenfull.com/sounds/japanese_found_sounds_summer_2012

Hope you enjoy the sounds and the video too!