When reinventing the wheel, don’t neglect the chassis.

last show
Nothing left but the bottle-caps

So i’ve made a decision that next Friday’s gig (April 4) at Vision Gallery will be the last solo gig I play… in the foreseeable future.  The reason behind this choice is not directly related to the hell-gig I had last week.  I say more after the jump…

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A Study in… Failure!!!

Permission to fail

So the gig I just played last night is a near text book example of vision and process crowding out reality.

I started playing and the NanoKontrol immediately stopped communication with Numerology.  I stopped the performance, apologised, restarted Numerology and then went for it – realising after 5mins that it had happened again.  On my Macbook i’ve got a number of MIDISERVER crash messages that mention the Korg drivers and i’ve read that it may well be an issue with them not being truly 64bit compatible.

I forgot the rules – always have a safety net and never trust a computer with the final output.  The NanoKontrol was crucial for mixing the CUE and Output channels as well as recording, manipulating and clearing the loops.

It really was the worst gig i’ve had since the terrible This Is Not Art / Electrofringe gig in the park where a 5min setup was not adequate time to plug my loop-station correctly.  At least this time I only embarrassed myself in front of my co-workers and students :/   

On the way home from the gig I was listening to some good music I made in the past to make me feel a little better.  It reminded me why I like jamming to create tracks but lately i’ve been wondering if sharing this process with an audience is the best way to go.  At the gig Matt Hitchcock entranced us with some lovely surround work that reminded me I could be fulfilling my musical ambitions making tracks rather than stressful live appearances to dwindling crowds.

One more gig on the horizon (April 4 – Vision Gallery West End) and for safety sake i’m taking a different approach – using a mixer for starters!  Then I shall revert to shut-in mode in order to multitrack my opus…maybe coming out for collabs.  

Soon Outings and New Softings

Yvan Volochine gig More gigs are on the horizon.  For both I will be performing a new work entitled “A Study In Time Lag” for which I have composed this blurb:

The solo synthesist often straddles a gulf between the relative comfort of prepared clip triggering and improvised anxiety of unstable electronic systems.  While the urge to be in the moment is strong there are only so many appendages a musician can rely on to generate intricate musical depth in real time.  The radio or club DJ rarely has this worry.  They know they have 3 minutes to expertly cue the next track and have all this time to prepare the perfect transition and check their fashionable chin in the nearest mirror. This work is an experiment in applying this approach to live synthesiser improvisation.  Using a Nord Modular, a custom iPad/Lemur interface, a number of loop recorders/players and a pair of headphones the performer builds and mixes complex loop based material staying 3 minutes ahead of audience expectation.

The first performance is on a bill with Matt Hitchcock – Friday May March 21st at Griffith Conservatorium from 6pm.   Matt will be performing “Sonic Tectonics” with surround sound spatialisation.  Should be yummy!  Will cost $5

The other performance is at the awesome Vision Gallery with Yvan Volochine, Browning Mummery and Wonderfuls.  Friday April 4 from 8pm.  Not sure how much it will be – guessing around $10.  It’s a really nice venue in West End’s Absoe Building.

After the jump – review and commentary on some recent software acquisitions…

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