Welcome to SNED Music

I’m John – a musical creator, educator and explorer – I help musicians evolve their creative output through courses and mentoring that harness the new generation of electronic music production software.

Please enjoy my music and videos, and see below for info on Ableton Live courses and training.


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I am a multi-genre multi-instrumentalist specialising in Ableton Live electronic production, live electronic fingerdrumming, electric bass, upright bass, and guitar.

Once upon a time I graduated from a Bachelor of Music (Jazz) at the University of Canterbury, as a bass guitar major, and have since been performing as a bass player and electronic producer in numerous projects across a great diversity of genres both in my original home Aotearoa, and my new home of Melbourne.

In recent years I have embarked on a great adventure of exploring a profound lifelong fascination for electronic music. In particular, this exploration has been geared around limit-pushing forms of live electronic music performance – new forms of electronic controllerism that allow music to be created and performed in ways that were not possible just a few years ago.

The vehicle for this exploration has been Ableton Live – which is, in my opinion, one of the most fundamentally groundbreaking pieces of musical technology yet invented. This software truly is an instrument – a tool which allows users to not only fluently create music with ease in previously impossible ways, but also invent and develop their own unique instrument systems and methods of performance. We live in a golden age of music right now, and as always, our technology helps us reach forward towards new horizons.

I am passionate about sharing knowlege of this incredible tool, and have been teaching Ableton Live for many years.

I run group courses from VICSEG New Futures in Coburg, tutor an Ableton Live CertIV course at Oxygen College in Geelong, and take 1:1 students for private tuition from my Hawthorn Studio. See above for information about upcoming courses.

                     Tutoring Ableton Live @ Oxygen College


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