My new album, Psychic Realty, drops April 1st, 2014 on soundvision.bandcamp.com. Until then, check out the preview :
Quiet and busy as we get deeper into the cold part of the year. Been working hard on some new music. Feels good! Until I’ve got something finished to share, here’s a little OP-1 jam from a few weeks ago :
For the last month I’ve dived headfirst back into Cinema 4D with the intention of making a music video for one of my tracks. It’s been a pretty interesting experience, first re-learning the stuff I learned a few years ago and then countless waves of new stuff as ideas came up. This program is truly amazing in it’s capabilities, and it blows my mind that a company like Maxon (or any of the big 3D companies for that matter) can just go and make a tool that lets you basically model reality. And unreality. And pretty much whatever you want. That, and the community for this product is incredibly helpful when you have a question, which is awesome.
I’ll be working on this for another month or so, at least, but for now please have some stills. I’ve been aiming for a combination of biology / technology / and musical devices in various states of unrest. Good times!
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.
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.
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 :