Gerhard Behles

CEO of Ableton

Gerhard Behles grew up in Munich and developed an interest in electronic music as a teenager. After a year at the Institute for Sonology in The Hague, he moved to Berlin to study computer science, where he also worked as a freelance electronic music writer, researcher, and computer music teacher. Behles later started the electronic music project Monolake with his fellow student Robert Henke. They also worked together with computer scientist Bernd Roggendorf on a new music software application, which eventually became Ableton Live.

Behles and Roggendorf founded Ableton in 1999, and Live rapidly became one of the most popular sequencer programs for electronic musicians.

Today, Behles continues his role as Ableton’s CEO and chief visionary, where he oversees the work of more than 200 employees as they develop the future of Live, Push, and more.

On September 16 at Reworks Agora 2018, he is going to share with us his own experience in the making of some the most influential softwares in electronic music production.

About Ableton

Ableton makes products for music makers to create, produce and perform music. These include Live, a software that combines traditional studio technologies with the freedom of working without a timeline; Push, a hardware instrument for hands-on playing and composing with Live; and Link, a technology that allows multiple devices to play in time together over a wireless connection.

Ableton was founded in 1999 by musicians in need of new creative tools. The first version of Live was released in 2001. The company is led by its founders from its headquarters in Berlin, and has additional offices in Los Angeles and Tokyo. About 300 people work at Ableton across the world. www.ableton.com