Éclat: Part 4

Avatar eclatcrew | October 16, 2018

The Challenge:
To use source material from a classical MIDI file to generate ideas for a new track.

Download a MIDI file of Debussy's Claire De Lune here.

(Note that this download has two files, a left and right hand, for piano.)

For ideas on how to work with MIDI files, watch the tutorial below:


Here's what we made:

How can I turn some audio I already have into a MIDI file to work with? With this technique you can use any pre-recorded loop to create a new MIDI file to manipulate and turn into new ideas.

What else is possible with a MIDI file?  Listen to Jamie Lidell's fabulous podcast Hanging Out With Audiophiles and his great segment on using midi, from 2:20 below:

I don't know where to start, give me some inspiration...

Editing MIDI clips in Ableton:

Fun with MIDI...

For a more detailed explanation of the various Convert To MIDI modes in Ableton, check out the online Ableton manual here:  https://www.ableton.com/en/manual/converting-audio-to-midi/

For help with getting started with your DAW and more, click on one of the tags on the right for links to more tutorials.