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Ableton and SoundCloud’s ‘Beat the Clock ‘ competition opens

By editorMay 19, 2012


Only until May 28…the clock is ticking

Ableton and SoundCloud’s collaboration enters a new stage with Beat the Clock, a contest that’s all in the timing. Atmospheric pop specialist M83, indie electronic stars Junior Boys and eclectic Los Angeles beat maker Nosaj Thing have contributed a Live Pack of samples and sounds to be used to create an original piece of music. Participants can combine the sounds from the Live Pack with their own sounds, plug-ins and instruments.

The catch: participants must work against the clock and submit their entries within 24 hours after downloading the Live Pack. SoundCloud and Live users will vote for their favorites entries, with the top 25 then judged by the three artists who will pick the ultimate winner.

Winners of Beat the Clock will take home substantial prizes, including a trip to Berlin, lifetime upgrades to Ableton Suite, 5 years of a SoundCloud Pro Plus account, and more.

The contest has just begun! To participate in Beat the Clock and look at the entries so far, head to:


About the Artists

M83 – Anthony Gonzalez of M83 has been perfecting his luscious blend of sophisticated pop songwriting, shoegaze aesthetics and driving rhythms since 2001. The widescreen scope of his albums and undeniable knack for making the sounds of the 1980s shine with a modern-day freshness make M83 mainstays of the modern pop playlist.


Junior Boys – With their singular synthesis of pop, electronica, and house, coupled with delicate vocals, Junior Boys have earned worldwide acclaim and a permanent place on both festival stages and dance floors. Bringing together emotional intimacy with musical intricacy, they have mastered the art of moving bodies while also tugging at heartstrings.


Nosaj Thing – Nosaj Thing is among the new generation of Los Angeles electronic musicians who have their roots in hip-hop but are constantly branching out into new sonic territories. Since his album debut in 2009, Nosaj Thing’s low-end bump and kaleidoscopic sound palette has won over thousands of fans and has led to remixes of The xx, Portishead, Flying Lotus and Radiohead.

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