Men Imitating Machines

Machine Craft workshops focus on using the MIDI bass guitar, MIDI guitar, MIDI drums, vocoders and other controllers to play electronic music live using Ableton Live. Workshops also explore the live control of projections with MIDI, where it is possible to ‘play’ your projections with your guitar or drums.

Workshops include:

• Use of the Australian built Industrial Radio MIDI guitar and bass guitar
• Roland V-drums and percussion pads
• Ableton Live
• Max for Live
• Resolume VJ software
• Trouble shooting for live performance and what to do if all the gear stops!

People who might be interested in a Machine Craft Workshop are:

• Guitar and bass players interested in effects and the possibility of using MIDI for live performance.
• Drummers interested in using MIDI to expand their playing beyond just beats.
• Ableton users who use or are interested in using the program specifically for live performance using instruments.
• Music technology students at high school, graduate or post-graduate level.
• Anyone interesting in cutting edge music technology.

Men Imitating Machines have conducted Machine Craft workshops in collaboration with:
City of Melbourne (Aus)
City of Darebin (Aus)
North Melbourne Institute of TAFE (Aus)
Ableton User Group Melbourne (Aus)
Wavemaker (UK)
Ashfield School (UK)
Riff Factory (UK)
Panke (Germany),
Odradek (Germany)
Pohoda Music Club (Czech Republic)
The Grape Sound Collective (Luxembourg).

M.I.M believe in openly sharing knowledge in order to mentor and help grow up and coming as well as established musicians.


Below: M.I.M school workshop at Ashfield School, one of the UK's largest schools.

Below: M.I.M Melbourne workshop, Australia

Venue: Library at the Dock, Docklands (with City of Melbourne)

Below: M.I.M Plzeƈ workshop, Czech Republic

Venue: Pohoda Music Club

Below: M.I.M Stoke workshop, UK

Venue: Riff Factory, Stoke

Below: M.I.M Darebin Music Feast workshop, Melbourne

Ableton User Group Melbourne

Below: M.I.M Decibels Records Workshop

City of Darebin