SHOCKLEE @ SXSW 2016

shockwebpic_shockleesxsw2016SHOCKLEE will be all around Austin, Texas for this year’s SXSW music, film and interactive festival so if you’re around town give us a shout and stay tuned to this space and our social media channels for more updates on special events and appearances from our friends and partners.

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Enter To Win A Free Copy Of The Music Producer’s Survival Guide

shockleewebpic_brianbookcontestWe are giving away 3 copies of the The Music Producer’s Survival Guide: Chaos, Creativity, and Career in Independent and Electronic Music a new book by Brian Jackson, which offers tips for today’s music producers. The book covers a variety of topics and features some wisdom from our own Hank Shocklee on creating the right environment for developing your projects.

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The Music Producer’s Survival Guide: A New Book On Chaos, Creativity & Career Features Interview With Hank Shocklee

shockleewebpic_brianjacksonbookThe Music Producer’s Survival Guide: Chaos, Creativity, and Career in Independent and Electronic Music is a new book by our Ableton Advanced Users Meetup collaborator Brian Jackson, which offers tips for working creatively and successfully in today’s computer-centric music production environment. As a bonus, the book also features a lengthy interview with our own Hank Shocklee with additional thoughts and advice on creating the right environment for developing your projects. The book is available now and would be a great addition to your book collection. Check it out!

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Create An Environment For Innovation: 6 Characteristics Of Truly Creative People

shockleewebpic_tinaseeligcharacteristicscreativityAccording to best selling author and Stanford University Professor Tina Seelig, ‘Workers are puzzle builders, stuck when missing a piece,’ she says. Truly creative people ‘are quilt makers — they can fit anything together.’

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100 Things To Watch In 2014

shockleewebpic_100things2014If you’re wondering what will be trending or gaining popularity in the year ahead check out this list from JWT.

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How To Be Creative: Navigating The Creative Process

shockleewebpic_howtobecreativePBSThe mysteries of creativity are similar to the mysteries of the universe; seeking to understand these require constant exploration, open-mindedness, constantly chasing down leads that may not go anywhere, sometimes you come across a great discovery, achievement or ‘happy accident’ and sometimes it’s the journey of the experience which teaches or enlightens you to things you may not have discovered otherwise.

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Research Finds Music Is Getting Sadder As The Years Go By

Researchers at the University of Toronto have found that since 1965 the mood of pop songs has gotten sadder…is it a sign of the times or do we just prefer our music darker? Listen to this piece below from Studio 360 on what this new research means.

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Be An Artist, Right now!…Just Do It

Some inspiring advice for the creator in all of us! Filmed at TEDxSeoul, Korean writer Young-ha Kim makes a case for how our society is filled with ‘oppressors of art’ who are responsible for the artistic impulses inside of us being suppressed, killed off at some point while we are growing up, but how this artistic side in us is not gone.

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The Alchemy Of Light: Live Projection Mapping Performance Art

Take a look at this clip of excerpts from a one-man live performance piece by a Dandypunk. The Alchemy of Light is a magical performance that shows the potential of using projection mapping in a performance art/experimental theater scenario whereby the artist interacts with the mapping in a dynamic choreographed way.

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The Fire & The Ash: A Short Documentary On Burning Man 2012

Check out this short documentary by Aaron Freeder as he travels through the recent 2012 Burning Man Festival, an 8-day event in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert where a city is built from scratch and torn down immediately after.

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