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Ryan Lott of Son Lux Unveils His Secrets for Making Evocative Music with Unplaceable Sounds

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Online music school Soundfly has joined forces with Son Lux founder and bandleader, Ryan Lott, to release a new, in-depth course exploring Lott's unique approach to making emotionally compelling music by starting with custom-built digital instruments. "Ryan Lott: Designing Sample-Based Instruments" is available today as part of Soundly's subscription library of creative music courses.

Fresh off the release of his widely-acclaimed score for the A24 hit "Everything Everywhere All at Once" (composed in collaboration with his Son Lux bandmates), Lott opens up about how he achieves his "otherworldly" sonic signature by building and altering digital instruments to create music driven by unplaceable sounds.

In his first-ever online course, Lott explores the techniques he uses to identify sounds that will make compelling digital instruments, recording and processing those sounds to their fullest effect, and transforming them into a custom virtual instrument using a digital audio workstation, Native Instruments' Kontakt, and a MIDI keyboard.

Lott uses these instruments as creative catalysts - beginning songwriting projects with an intriguing sound, rather than a traditional melody, harmony, riff, or groove. Students will learn not only the technical elements of building instruments, but also how to radically transform their compositional process with a new source of inspiration and approach to writing and arranging.

Lott is a frequently sought-after collaborator, in part for how he uses the interplay of familiar and novel sounds to evoke intense emotion in audiences. He has worked with new music ensembles including Grammy winners Eighth Blackbird, Third Coast Percussion, and yMusic, as well as with dance companies and choreographers Stephen Petronio, Travis Wall, Gina Gabney, Jodie Gates, Ballet de Lorraine, Ballet X, and the National Dance Company of Wales. His work on feature film scores includes "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby" and "Looper," among others. Pitchfork recently called Son Lux's score for "Everything Everywhere All at Once" "a total achievement in ingenuity."

Ryan expressed his enthusiasm for sharing the techniques in the course, saying, "When you can design your own sounds from the ground up, you're unlocking this entirely new potential for a way forward. I hope folks come away with a new set of skills that will continually bring a new creativity to their music."

"Ryan Lott: Designing Sample-Based Instruments" features 40 videos and more than 70 lessons, as well as graphics, demos, activities, downloadable learning materials, samples, and access to Soundfly's Slack community where students can ask questions and get feedback on their work.

The course is available today at https://soundfly.com/courses/ryan-lott-designing-sample-based-instruments

About Soundfly:

Soundfly offers creative courses for curious musicians looking to spark their creativity, expand their skill set, and discover new sounds. Students can subscribe to Soundfly's library of in-depth courses taught by some of the most exciting musicians and artists working today. Or they can take their music learning to the next level with Soundfly's custom mentorship program, which offers one-on-one coaching with an expert to achieve a personal goal.

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Soundfly Debuts New Course with Synthwave and Electronic Music Icon Com Truise

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Online music school Soundfly has teamed up with dynamic producer Seth Haley, more popularly known as Com Truise, to release a new course on creating sci-fi-inspired electronic music. "Com Truise: Mid-Fi Synthwave Slow-Motion Funk" is available today as part of Soundfly's premium course subscription program, where students get unlimited access to a full library of creative music courses.

Haley opens up his creative process, starting with the sparks of inspiration he finds in retrofuturistic storylines, like the sweeping android astronaut narrative that's driven many of his albums. And he demonstrates the techniques he uses to pull a track together, building synth patches, sampling retro drum machine sounds, and leveraging '80s production techniques to create music that feels both nostalgic and novel.

Students will look inside the sessions of some of Com Truise's biggest hits, and follow along as he creates a brand new track from scratch. The unreleased song, "Dynetics" is available exclusively to Soundfly subscribers.

The course features more than 30 videos, as well as readings, downloads, stems, and more, and subscribers get access to Soundfly's Slack community of instructors, artists, and experts, where they can ask questions and get feedback on their work.

Heard most recently in his Super Bowl commercial with Coinbase, Com Truise has released three full-length albums, four EPs, and two compilations with famed electronic indie label Ghostly International. He's also done remixes for Daft Punk, Maroon 5, Tycho, deadmau5, and Neon Indian, among others.

"Com Truise's music is full of powerful contradictions - ambient textures with driving beats, vintage synths composing modern-sounding melodies, '80s production techniques but with all the power of the modern DAW," said Soundfly CEO Ian Temple. "The thing I've loved most about seeing inside his process is learning how to create entire worlds with your music, almost like you're making a film rather than a song. I'm so excited for the sounds that our students are going to be able to unlock within themselves after taking the course."

"I've stumbled across so many tutorials on YouTube of people trying to recreate my sounds over the years, and my reaction to that used to be to hold my techniques as closely guarded secrets," said Haley. "But I was never classically trained, and I had to figure out so much of what I do on my own. And so I think it's finally time to pass the torch to anyone who's willing to learn, and I hope other artists are able to take inspiration from the way I make music."

"Com Truise: Mid-Fi Synthwave Slow-Motion Funk" is available now and can be previewed for free at: https://soundfly.com/comtruise

About Soundfly:

Soundfly offers creative courses for curious musicians looking to spark their creativity, expand their skill set, and discover new sounds. Students can subscribe to Soundfly's library of in-depth courses on topics ranging from songwriting to hip-hop production, or take their music learning to the next level with Soundfly's custom mentorship program, pairing students one-on-one with an expert to achieve a personal goal.

Learn more at https://soundfly.com/

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Experimental producer Jlin releases new course on rhythm and creativity with online music school Soundfly

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Music education platform Soundfly and experimental producer and composer Jlin have teamed up to launch an online course covering Jlin's artistic process and approach to creating groundbreaking rhythmic music. Jerrilynn Patton, who performs as Jlin, came up through the Midwest's footwork scene, and has evolved into one of the most innovative electronic producers working today. "Jlin: Rhythm, Variation, & Vulnerability" is available as part of Soundfly's subscription library of creative music courses. The course provides an inspiring look at how Jlin thinks about music production and seeks to help upcoming artists pinpoint and nurture the unique elements in their own sound.

Jlin is a constantly-transforming electronic artist whose work carries a complex, unpredictable rhythmic signature. Music publication Pitchfork has called Jlin's work "a gorgeous and overwhelming piece of musical architecture, an epic treatise on where rhythm comes from and where it can go," and Spin magazine described it as "the future of progressive club music."

Pitchfork has put all three of her full-length releases on their Best New Music and Best Electronic Music lists. Jlin's collaborators include musical artists Björk, St. Vincent, Martin Gore, Max Richter, choreographer Wayne MacGregor, and many more. Her driving, percussive music is used extensively for dance and fashion, with placements in Paris Fashion Week shows for Rick Owens, Chanel, Burberry, and Adidas.

"Jlin: Rhythm, Variation, & Vulnerability" features 16 videos, along with readings, practical exercises, creative prompts, and a Slack group for feedback and support. The course takes a high-level look at the role that vulnerability plays in Jlin's music-making and how embracing difficult creative moments can fuel originality. Students will come away with a more profound understanding of rhythmic variation and the inspiration to make their own music less predictable.

Soundfly CEO Ian Temple said of making the course, "Jlin's mindset and approach are unlike any we've presented on Soundfly before. Her process is deeply vulnerable and painstakingly precise, which leads to a sound that's brimming with complex ideas. I hope students will walk away with a new perspective on how to keep their music fresh and surprising."

Describing her intention behind the course, Jlin said, "I want to share my journey with other artists as honestly as I can. I see the hurdles you encounter in making music as some of the most important parts of the process. I think it's crucial to share that struggle. In this course, I'm exploring my process as vulnerably as I can. I hope that something in my journey helps other artists in their own."

Learn more: https://soundfly.com/courses/jlin-rhythm-variation-vulnerability

About Soundfly

Soundfly offers creative courses for curious musicians looking to spark their creativity, expand their skill set, and discover new sounds. Students can subscribe to Soundfly's library of in-depth courses on topics ranging from songwriting to hip-hop production, or take their music learning to the next level with Soundfly's custom mentorship program, pairing students one-on-one with an expert to achieve a personal goal.

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Online music school Soundfly and Grammy-winning artist Kiefer team up on innovative piano course

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Award-winning pianist and producer Kiefer and online music school Soundfly have developed a comprehensive new piano course that bridges the world of jazz and hip-hop. Kiefer: Keys, Chords, and Beats is available today in Soundfly's subscription library of creative music courses and offers an in-depth look inside Kiefer's creative process, giving students the tools to transform their own piano skills.

Kiefer Shackelford (who performs as Kiefer) is part of a new vanguard of progressive musicians, pairing deep instrumental skill with an electronic sound and hip-hop beats. In 2018, Kiefer joined legendary music label Stones Throw Records, home to such hip-hop heavyweights as J Dilla, Madlib, and MF Doom, as well as Kiefer's collaborators Mndsgn, DJ Harrison, and Knxwledge. Kiefer won a Grammy(R) in 2020 for his production work on Anderson .Paak's "Ventura."

The launch of his new course comes as he wraps up a North American tour in support of his latest album, "When There's Love Around."

Kiefer: Keys, Chords, and Beats features over 40 videos of Kiefer as he walks students through his artistic and technical approach to a series of creative challenges on keyboard and piano. Students will learn how to craft sophisticated chord progressions, write and harmonize melodies, develop their improvisational skills, and bring full, piano-based tracks together with beats and electronic elements. The course features 57 lessons made up of readings, audio examples, downloads, sheet music, activities, writing prompts, and much more.

Soundfly CEO Ian Temple said of making the course, "This is the kind of course I dreamed of one day making when we were starting Soundfly. I've never encountered an instructor who has inspired my own piano playing more than Kiefer has over the time we've spent making the course. I know that this course is going to be a game-changer for both pianists and producers."

A seasoned instructor, Kiefer has taught over Twitch and through private master classes for many years, but this is the first time he's putting his approach to music making together into an overarching course. Describing his motivation for filming a course, Kiefer said, "A lot of people make the mistake of thinking that great musicians were just born different or that they have access to some sort of divine inspiration. But over the past 10 years, I've learned so much that has changed that idea for me and taught me that anything can be learned. Anything can be studied. Anything can be improved. And those are the lessons that I've put into this course."

Learn more at: https://soundfly.com/courses/kiefer-keys-chords-beats

About Soundfly

Soundfly offers creative courses for curious musicians looking to spark their creativity, expand their skill set, and discover new sounds. Students can subscribe to Soundfly's library of in-depth courses on topics ranging from songwriting to hip-hop production, or take their music learning to the next level with Soundfly's custom mentorship program, pairing students one-on-one with an expert to achieve a personal goal. Learn more at: https://soundfly.com/

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Sampling innovator RJD2 and online music school Soundfly team up to release transformative new course on sampling and arranging

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Instrumental hip-hop producer RJD2 has launched his first online course, made in partnership with music education platform Soundfly. This in-depth course guides students through RJD2's unique approach to chopping and flipping records, and how he arranges samples into fully realized songs.

Known for his groundbreaking albums including "Deadringer" and "Since We Last Spoke," as well as for composing the theme song to AMC's "Mad Men," Ramble Jon Krohn has long been heralded as one of the pioneers of instrumental beat making, helping to bring the art of sampling to new genres and audiences.

In his course, "RJD2: From Samples to Songs," RJD2 opens up his creative process - sharing his perspectives on crate digging, listening, and finding samples, and walking students through the process of turning chops and loops into sequences, and arranging those parts into thoughtful, dynamic tracks. He demonstrates how he works with the AKAI MPC2000XL and how to achieve similar effects in the DAW. And he opens up the Pro Tools sessions of some of his most iconic tracks, including 'Smoke and Mirrors' and 'Let There Be Horns,' going into elaborate detail about how the songs came together.

"RJD2: From Samples to Songs" features over 35 videos, filmed in RJD2's home studio, as well as readings, downloadable tracks, creative prompts, and access to Soundfly's online Slack community where students get feedback on their work. It joins Soundfly's extensive subscription library of creative music courses for both amateur and professional-level musicians.

"I think one of the most common obstacles that artists fall prey to is being too delicate with their own music. I hope that one of the things I can do with this course is to provide the encouragement for students to think big, be bold, and be drastic when it comes to their recordings. I'd encourage students to find that boundary at which they might think something is 'acceptable' and blow right through it," said RJD2 about the inspiration behind the material. "By the end of the course, I hope you're excited to sit down and make music."

"Creating this course has changed the way I think about the building blocks of music," said Soundfly CEO Ian Temple. "I've shifted from focusing on notes and pitches to considering music to be chunks of manipulable sound. It's been a fascinating change of perspective and I'm excited for the music it inspires in our students."

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ABOUT SOUNDFLY

Soundfly offers creative courses for curious musicians looking to spark their creativity, expand their skill set, and discover new sounds. Students can subscribe to Soundfly's library of in-depth courses on topics ranging from songwriting to hip-hop production, or take their music learning to the next level with Soundfly's custom mentorship program, pairing students one-on-one with an expert to achieve a personal goal.

Learn more at: https://soundfly.com/.

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Groundbreaking Online Music School Soundfly Launches Leading-Edge Ableton Live Course

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- As musicians around the world await the imminent release of Ableton Live's latest version, Live 11, Brooklyn-based music education platform Soundfly today launches one of the first and most comprehensive online courses on making music with Ableton Live, exploring the cutting-edge features that will be available in the upcoming Live update.

Intro to Music Production in Ableton Live is led by Ableton Certified Trainer Claire Marie Lim and offers a research-backed curriculum to effectively teach the fundamentals of the digital audio workstation for students from beginners to seasoned producers looking to change software. Lim, a professor at Berklee College of Music and Brooklyn College, performs as dolltr!ck and specializes teaching music technology for live electronic performance. The course also features interviews with artists Antonio Sage, Brandon Miranda, and Sam Friedman, who rely on Ableton Live for their work in composition, production, sound design, and more.

"We're excited to be able to give students a sneak peak of the new capabilities Ableton Live 11 has to offer, while giving them the tools to start making music right away using any version of the software. This isn't just a collection of software tutorials; this course will help students make polished, interesting tracks and help them take their music to the next level," said Soundfly CEO Ian Temple.

Intro to Music Production in Ableton Live is available starting today as part of Soundfly's course subscription at https://soundfly.com/courses/music-production-in-ableton-live.

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About Soundfly

Founded in 2014 by Ian Temple, Soundfly has pioneered the most effective online learning model for musicians at a variety of levels by developing high-quality, interactive content with a focus on the science of how people learn. Soundfly offers a range of options to meet students' needs, including a subscription to their full library of music courses on topics from songwriting to hip-hop production, as well as a custom mentorship program, pairing students one-to-one with an expert to meet their unique learning goals.

Soundfly also hosts the online magazine Flypaper, one of the most reputable sources of daily music education on the internet with over 300,000 monthly visitors and articles on songwriting, production, music theory, career advice, and more. The company is home to the biweekly podcast Themes and Variation, which discusses the music theory, lyrics, history, and impact of a collection of songs picked around a new theme each episode.

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