Tagged: house

New Album — In Control

I’m very proud to announce the release of a new full length album, In Con­trol.

In Con­trol is an hour-long seam­less mix of orig­i­nal house-centric dance music. It began life as many dif­fer­ent tracks, pro­duced at dif­fer­ent inter­vals through­out the last 5 years. Ear­lier this year I scoured my projects archive to stem every­thing out for live per­for­mance, and spent a few months prac­tic­ing and tight­en­ing every­thing up. In Con­trol is the cul­mi­na­tion of those efforts.

From a two-hour Live jam ses­sion (Able­ton + Behringer BCR2000 + Nova­tion Launch­pad) I whit­tled and pol­ished and huffed and puffed (my eardrums) until you get what you hear here.

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Mostly house, some­times not. Mostly nice, some­times nasty, this album is avail­able for “free” (pay what you want) over at Band­camp.

You can stream a seam­less ver­sion from Sound­cloud.

Thanks, and happy listening.

Performing with Ableton (Part 1)

I spent the last few months get­ting together a live PA of some of my tracks and recently got around to record­ing some video per­for­mances. This is some­thing I’ve been mean­ing to do for­ever, and even though it was a lot of work, it was def­i­nitely worth it.

Using a method out­lined by Tom Cosm, I exported all my tracks into 8 stems (Kick, Drums, Bass, Synths, Leads, Pads, Vox, FX). I chopped up every­thing into log­i­cal sec­tions and pasted it into Ses­sion view in Live. From there I refined the sec­tions, adding oppor­tu­ni­ties for more live per­for­mance and switch­ing things up on the fly. Some tracks are very free-form in that they can be per­formed how­ever I want at the time. Oth­ers are more rigid and give an oppor­tu­nity to breathe a lit­tle dur­ing the set. It’s def­i­nitely dif­fer­ent than DJing : you have to really pay atten­tion and can’t take a break to chat with peo­ple while you’re play­ing. That’s OK with me.

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The Launch­pad obvi­ously takes the helm in terms of launch­ing clips and sec­tions, while I ded­i­cated a Behringer BCR2000 to mix­ing and effects. It’s fully cus­tom map­ping on the Behringer, as I didn’t feel the Automap pre­set in Live really did what I wanted (as usual, it seems).

Each chan­nel was a cou­ple basic send effects of reverb and delay. Then there are a few rack devices that are mapped ver­ti­cally for each chan­nel on the Behringer, with the excep­tion of Kick and Bass which don’t really need a lot of man­gling dur­ing a set. The FX racks are basi­cally a heav­ily mod­i­fied ver­sion of the 8 Knobs Effect from 4liveme plus some odds and ends from the Aurex MFX racks. There’s also a cus­tom glitch rack I made that increases stut­ter while decreas­ing tonal­ity. It works great on drums.

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The top row of the BCR2000 han­dle the effects for Synths, Leads, Pads, and Vox using the bank selec­tion but­tons. This gives me instant con­trol over the major ele­ments of each song. The BCR is great because the top knobs are actu­ally also push but­tons. You have a huge array of options at your hands when it comes to map­ping effects.

That’s about it! It’s a giant work in progress, but because it’s so mod­u­lar I can really mess around with it and move stuff around with­out fear. The few times I’ve used it to play out have been really fun. Another per­for­mance below :

DJ Set — Fall 2012 Promo Mix

FC 2013 Demo by Jeremy Blake on Mixcloud

1) Touch Too Much (Fake Blood Remix) — Hot Chip
2) Can’t Get Bet­ter Than This — Para­chute Youth
3) Can’t Take That Away (Orig­i­nal Mix) — Greg Stainer Feat. Roland Clark
4) Don’t Fuck With My Money (Dave Aude Club Mix Extended) — Pen­guin Prison
5) We Are Now Con­nected — Mord Fus­tang
6) Change (Feat Nola Dar­ling) — Yolanda Be Cool
7) Solid Ground (Adrian Lux Vs Blende Remix) — Pnau

Down­load (right-click-save-as) HERE

The Big Music Post : Part 2