Detroit-born Stefan Lipson started playing drums when he was 5 years old and began working professionally at 13. Influenced by Detroit’s rich musical community and inspired by promising new technologies, Lipson began exploring ┬áthe world of music performance software, eventually creating Sybil, the first program intended specifically for performing musicians.

20 years later, Lipson has revisited the world of real-time performance tools. Kaleido, his newest performance software, allows a performing musician to reconfigure and redefine the capabilities of any MIDI capable musical instrument with the click of a button.

“As a musician who spent many years shedding and developing my skills, I just want to play. I want to apply the skills and technique I’ve developed on my instrument to express myself and so I’m not interested in technology for technology’s sake. That’s why I love using Kaleido…because it’s not about technology, it’s about extending and redirecting the instrumental technique and ideas I have. With Kaleido, I don’t give the computer any creative control and I don’t surrender any of the creative decision-making process to my gear. Kaleido just frees me to redefine the capabilities — to reconfigure on a tune-by-tune basis — what my axe can do so that I can be expressive in ways that were previously unimaginable: I can play melodies, solo over changes, play complex, multi-instrumental arrangements employing a 10+ octave range — relying solely on my instrumental technique as a drummer to achieve some amazing live performance results. I couldn’t do it without Kaleido and I can’t do it without my instrumental technique. The technology allows me to apply my musical skills and knowledge in totally transformative ways.”

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