A few posts back, I mentioned I had an idea for a new set to compliment my current set. The current set is based around computers, virtual instruments, and controllers. My idea for the new set is a new workflow based around hardware-based instruments to compliment that virtual rig.
To this end I’ve added the beautiful Analog Four Synthesizer which will be the center of the workflow. It’s essentially four monophonic analog synths in a box + sequencers + digital effects. You can also play it from a controller keyboard. This instrument will of course come in handy in the studio and as a live jam synth as well.
In the short time I’ve spent playing the instrument I’ve been very impressed with the sound and tweakability. Now I’m off to learn this deep instrument and consider the creation of the new set.
Have a great weekend!
Electronic Musician | Composer | Performer
I’m very happy with my new “Dark SciFi Controllerism” set that I started performing in 2013. It’s a solid 45 minutes of music with interactive visual with live camera input and the feedback from people who attended previous shows has been great. My next goal is to add second set I could perform after a short intermission. This would be a brand new 25 minute show using a completely different approach to the music and visuals – yet remain in the same “universe” as the first set.
I laid down for a nap nap today and just before I dozed off, the the whole concept came together for me. Afternoon nap FTW! I’ll let you know how it all works out when I get further along with the show idea.
Now time for a walk.
Electronic Musician | Composer | Performer
After the show with event student Jose Lamp (organizer, dancer, computer science fanatic)
Here are some photos from last night’s Future Fest Show (see invite for this event for more details on the show). What a great experience. Lots of enthusiastic questions by computer science students after the show. Student Jose Lamp joined me on stage to dance during my song “Arrival”. I’ll post a video of that performance soon.
My rig is my instrument – and – I added two more AudioCubes to my setup. This is a lights up photo of rig at a recent video shoot. AudioCubes on hacked TheGigEasy mounts thanks to Darren Kramer, Maschine, Tenori-On, Moog Ehterwave, Ableton Live 9, Resolume. So, 6 cubes live + 2 backups (in case I drop a cube which is rare, but does happen).
Only thing missing in this shot is my Remote SL MKII which I didn’t need for the song I was playing. With the exception of recent addition of Maschine, I’ve been running the same config for 3.5 years. Still working great after hauling it on airplanes and such.
If you’ve been following along, you know I spent a good 9 months experimenting with ways to add interactive visuals for my 2013 show. I then spent a month and half programming the show. I debuted the show in March at the Pacific Northwest Synthfest and added photos and videos of this event here.
While the previous post shows a nice mixture of live performance footage plus projected visuals, this post isolates some video that would normally be played on the projection screen. In other words, video is completely from a capture of the output of the interactive video software with audio beng captured from my sound card as I played live.
I finally got around to gathering and posting photos from my trip to Seattle. There are videos popping on YouTube of my performance as well. I also wanted to give a shout out Lunchbox Audio who were kind enough to loan me a Theremin for the show!!! Definitely checkout their store and web site.
I debuted my new 2013 rig and show based on interactive Resolume visuals with live camera input at this event so it was great to see these videos from others on YouTube.
Here is a video of my song “Dormant” which will be on my upcoming album. This video was shot by Matrixsynth who has been kind enough to do multiple posts on my work. It’s played mostly on Maschine (which replaced Launchpad in my 2013 rig) and on keys (Remote SL 25 MKII). Only the drums are sequenced. Everything else is performed live.
Here is video for my song “Stealth” from my album REBOOT. This is a very cool edit from Brad Marvin. He captured the show with two cameras – one camera on me, the other on my new projected visuals which include my human-alien hybrid alter-ego projection. At the 1:10 mark, he superimposed the hybrid so it appears right next to me!!!
Synthfest Was Great and Worth Checking Out
This was my first time at this event in person and there were probably 150 people between the performance room, jam room, vendor area, and petting zoo. It was a really fun event with some very interesting artists, presenters, and manufacturers. They have a few of these a year and I recommend you checkout the event if you get the chance. Watch the http://www.mostlymodular.com/ site and their Facebook page for future events.
The MMTA Spring Synth Fest 2013 is scheduled for March 16, 2013 at Shoreline Community College just north of Seattle. It runs from 10:00am to 5:00pm.
There will be four rooms this year:
The Petting Zoo: Show off your gear. See other people show off their gear. Touch it. Pet it. Love it.
The Performance / Telepresentation Room for performances and presentations that run throughout the day.
The Trade Show Room where manufacturers will be able to give demos on their gear. This is similar to The Petting Zoo but will likely be a quieter setting where you can go one on one with individual manufacturers.
Jam Session Room. This room will be one big day-long jam session that you can join and leave as you please. Everyone welcome!
Synthesist, Composer, Performer