Nepal Instruments – Musicians Helping Nepal

The news of what is happening in Nepal really hit my heart. My thoughts are with the Nepalese people and everyone affected.  As a musician and music producer I wanted to help in the way that I could.

Years back, I was working with Tibetan music for some ambient albums I was working on. On the way I got a lot of recordings from instruments traditionally found in Nepal.  I have now gone back to these recordings and turned them into Ableton Live Instruments. These instruments will be available for By Donation. I set up a new Gumroad account just for this, so all donations will go directly to relief funds to help the people of Nepal.

Donations will go to UUSC organization as well as some organizations on the ground doing direct food and rebuilding projects.  I am working directly with organizations that work to help the people of Nepal.

Download the Pack

I wanted to put this pack togeather to both share the beautiful culture of Nepal, but also give resources to musicians making compilation albums or tracks for sale to help the Nepalese people (like I am working on).
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Why Teach Ableton Live?

Teaching Ableton Live can be a really rewarding experience. It can not only let you distill your knowledge, but it can help propel your career in a whole new way.

isaac Cotec teaching ableton Live

Here is a list of benefits of teaching Ableton Live:

1. Better Learning Through Teaching

As any teacher will tell you, when you have to teach somebody something you become way more proficient at it.  You have to know the in and outs of the subject so it opens up whole new avenues you might not ever have known about.  Also, because your students ask questions it opens up new learning opportunities for you.

2. Added Income

Teaching has definitely helped me as a musician. It’s helped me turn to a full time musician a lot faster than if I was 100% depending on the gigs. It gives a nice side income to help support any level of musician.

3. Deeper Connections in the Industry

Being a teacher will open a lot of opportunities.  You might find your local community college asking you to teach. There you could run into professors that do art grants, or students that are going to be the next Skrillex or other connections. In the last 7 years I have connected with MIDI controller companies, software developers, schools, festivals, and you name it.

4. Added Bonus to your Booking

Getting booked can be quite hard these days. There is a lot of competition. Anything you can do to stand out will help. I have found offering a workshop has been something that tipped the scale. In some cases it was mine in on a festival that wouldn’t have me to begin with, but after they have me as a teacher they booked me as an act.

Don’t get me wrong, teaching takes a lot of effort, but I think it’s worth it.  There are over 2 million Ablation Live Users out there and new users every day looking to pick it up.

If you are interested in connecting with other Ableton Live Teachers and learning about the industry, then check out the new Facebook group I put together: Teaching Ableton Live and Music Technology

Join the group and share you experience or questions around Teaching Ableton Live.

Join the Club with AfroDJMac

I’ve been a long time fan of AfroDJMac. For years he has been pumping out amazing videos on Ableton Live. He has hundreds of free articles and devices up on his site. I really love his creations. I was fortunate to meet him at the Ableton Live Certification Event we were both at. Really awesome guy that is full of integrity and Ableton genius.

Just the other day AfroDJMac stepped it up another notch. He released a membership side of things for his website. This way you can sign up and get his packs sent to your inbox. When you sign up you also get some amazing packs to start. I am always looking for cool new sounds, so I went ahead and joined the club.

Check out his site and read more about it.  Thanks for continually pushing the boundaries AfroDJMac.

Ableton Live Producer Club

10 Free Ableton Live Templates – Tides of Twililght

I just released the remix album, Recreate, a week ago and wanted to take this to the next level. I wanted to not only share the music, but make it easier for others to make remixed and learn how I go about things as a musician.

When making music there are so many possibilities. To get the same exact bass growl you could go about it in 10 different ways. This is one of the most amazing things about Ableton Live and the most daunting  What can be really helpful to starting musicians is seeing how someone else went about things.  Even if you have produced for years, seeing how someone else makes a track can be really helpful.  That is why I spent countless hours putting together this collection of my tracks as Ableton Live Packs.

I took all 10 of the tracks from the album Tides of Twilight and turned them into Live Packs.  This way you can open them up and explore who I went about and made the music. This is designed to help inspire you with new production ideas, organization, and show you what a finished Subaqueous track might look like.



To give you an idea of what is in the Templates, here is a walk-through video.


New Re:Create Remix Album Out!

I am excited to share with you all my newest album coming out March 24th 2015. The album is a collection of remixes made from the original album Tides of Twilight came out on Merkaba Music late last year. It got amazing traction with the art / story book that came with it. Even before that album came out though I was talking to musicians about collaborating on a remix album. I knew I wanted to work with some musicians to see how they would blend my concepts into new works. It helps you see through a different lens a wider story.

I am absolutely thrilled at every remix. I love the wide range of genera’s in this album. I love how Bogtrotter took it to the deep dark glitch hop realms. In contrast Drumsyder brings a sold world influenced vibe that makes me think of a candle lite belly dancer. I cannot express how deeply I appreciate all the artists.


If you like the music and want to support, then share the album with friends. Share a link on Facebook and lets help spread the word.  Thanks so much to everyone involved. I hope you enjoy the new remixes.

Free Online Class on Mixing With Ableton Live

On March 9th I am doing a free class on Mixing with Ableton Live. I am working with Creative Live and will be streaming the class.  This class is 6 hours long, studio audience, online Q&A’s, and at a professional studio.  This is going to be an epic class, so join us.



Sharing your Tracks and Creating Live Packs

Collaborating with your music is such an amazing experience. It lets you bring new perspectives to your tracks, outsource to other musicians to use their strengths, and it’s just straight up fun as hell. Ableton Live is a great platform to collaborate with, but it takes some knowledge. It’s really frustrating when you get that “Media Files Missing” or  “Missing external Plugin” notification when you open a file. That’s why I made the (aq) Sharing Files PDF.

Here are some example pages from the Free PDF.

 (aq) Sharing Live Sets eBook4(aq) Sharing Live Sets eBook


Tides of Twilight is out now!

 am happy to announce the new album, Tides of Twilight, was just released! Tides of Twilight is a deep journey that moves from soft caressing waves to undulating currents. The album takes the listener on an immersive journey through their own mythos.

Album now released world wide on Kalya Scintilla’s record label MERKABA MUSIC!

Stream and Download it here:

The album is also a part of an online epic. The album was created hand in hand with a story that moves the listener on a tale of strife and renewal. You can read the full story, experience the art, and stream the whole album here:

Artwork below from the Tale of Tides of Twilight.


Here are some links to what people are saying about the album:

The first thought I had as the bass in “Insistent Shades” entered was that this might be a lost Pink Floydtrack from the Meddle sessions. Then the dub infused beats dropped, and the complex modulation routings took me away from the stale office I was sitting in to a sunny and joyous place. – Frank Heiss from Lost in Sound

The album opens up with ‘Insistent Shades’ featuring Kalpatura Tree it switches between psy-dub and world music creating a wonderful dream-like ambience. ‘Depth of Field’ leans more towards IDM but retains the soothing ambience and eastern instruments…  Reviewed by Woodzee

Watch the trailer video to learn more about the release. Or see what people are talking about on the Facebook Event Page.

By | 2017-06-28T19:55:44+00:00 November 17th, 2014|Producers Blog, Subaqueous News, Events and Music|0 Comments

Numatik Remix Winner Announced

2 months ago I joined up with Mycelium Music for a remix competition for Numatik, an amazing up and coming artist. I helped support with some prizes and help with the event. Today the winner was announced.


The winner of the contest was Charlie Bartlett, aka False Identity

I asked Charlie about his music and here is what he said:

I’ve been playing instruments and into music since I was about 5, both my parents are musicians, early influences were pink Floyd, the doors, and led zep. I discovered electronic music through Ott and Shulman when I was about 17-18 and instantly fell in love and had to learn how to make music like that and so about 6 years on now it’s working out pretty well and still learning loads of sweet new things and tricks

I also asked him about his process with this particular remix. He had some awesome words to share:

As for the remix, its the 3rd one I’ve done. I only started giving them a go earlier this year and it was sooo much fun. Loads of awesome sounds to chop up, warp, mangle and recreate as well as all totally usable in their original form. Basically, started off just throwing a few of the stems in, seeing which bits I wanted to use and arranging them with a simple beat and bassline. From there was just a matter of playing around with extra sounds, different beats, etc til I had the whole tune. The double speed dnbish bit at the end was intended from the start really, had been wanting to do that for ages! And finally, it took me about 2-3 weeks to write (as I work a full time job) maybe 60-70 hours actually writing and mixing.

This was a great remix event and I am glad to help out and be apart of it. Check out Numatik music and False Identity. These guys are making some deep and trippy music.

By | 2017-06-28T19:55:54+00:00 October 13th, 2014|Producers Blog, Subaqueous News, Events and Music|0 Comments
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