- Published on Wednesday, 15 May 2013 11:42
Last month, I did my first live set.
It was at the legendary Copenhagen venue Huset. An event called Maskinrum - litterally machine room.
The club's focus is live electronic music. More in a listening way than a dancing way. So the set is made accordingly. Which works pretty well for the streaming part, as you (or I at least) usually want something to listen to rather than to rave to, when you're listening to a mix or whatever.
Unfortunately, the computer recording the actual live mix crashed during my set. So the first 25 minutes are so are a live re-enactment from the studio. The last 9 minutes are from the live gig though.
For the musicians and gear heads, a couple of details about my set:
I've been working on a live-set for a while. Early attempts were all about cutting up my tracks and re-assembling them using clips in Ableton Live and my Launchpad.
My only problem with this was that it felt sort of pointless. Sort of just playing your tracks as they are, only making it a bit more difficult for yourself (and a tiny bit more "live").
Since then, I got two pieces of equipment that have really helped give the set some life. My Jomox Xbase09 analog dum machine and the NI Maschine.
The Xbase is mainly for drums (of course). But actually, because it's programmable for each step, you can also make something like basslines on it.
The Machine is also mainly for drums, but also one-shot samples and synths.
This all makes the set a lot more live. Because instead of just tweaking the elements that are already in my tracks, I can partially or entirely have drums and other elements live. Melodic and evolving elements are triggered as clips in live, and I have my hands and mind free to do fun stuff with my machines.
So the setups is:
Ableton Live with clips from my tracks, triggered by Launchpad and mixed with a Behringer controller. I use eight tracks and try to keep the same elements in each track (kick, bass, snare, hats, percussion, melody, vox and atmosphere) though it doesn't always work out like that. I have one send (delay) and one effect (or effects chain) that fits the track (low-cut for kick, delay for hats, chorus for bass) on each track.
On the master, I have a couple of master-type effects. One called supa-trigga.
One track in live for Machine, which I treat as a whole sepperate machine.
And my Xbase on the side with a couple of pre-programmed patterns.
At one point, I want to hook up a synth as well. And, allthough I'm on a gear-buying break, I sort of want to buy some cool guitar pedals or other effects to hook up on the Xbase. It has three outputs (kick, snare, hats). So I could have something on each. We'll see.
Anyway. Hope you enjoy the set. And I really hope to play a lot more live soon! Feels like I've really found my niche here, and I'm mad hyped to play some more.
Next gig is July 6th at Raahuset, Copenhagen.
- Published on Tuesday, 16 April 2013 07:03
Mid Week Electronics
I'm playing my first live set tommorrow!
It's at a new monthly club night called Maskinrum. That means "machine room". As you may have guessed, it's all about live electronic music. People tweaking machines.
I'm mad busy preparing my set, which will consist of me, Jomox Xbase09, Maschine, Launchpad launching clips from Ableton and a controller. I'd love to include a synth and some keys as well, but my physical desk space and USB-ports have been maxed out!
Joining me on the lineup is Aebeloe, an indcedibly productive producer, remixer and label owner from Aarhus, Denmark.
Both sets will be recorded and available for stream on the super cool headphone producers AIAIAI website. I'll post about when it's up!
Check out the event on Facebook here (Danish language).
Here's a semi-live set I played a couple of years ago:
- Published on Tuesday, 02 April 2013 17:06
Pattern Abuse 002
Between all the Easter and April Fools shenanigans, the Asian Ganja Crew record has been released.
As you may know, this is the second record I'm releasing in my life. Slowly catching up on everything, learning about the releasing music thing.
For this release, I've added the soon-to-be-retro "compact disc" to my format roster.
If you want the CD, the all new Pattern Abuse bandcamp is the place to be.
Alternatively, there is:
And if you REALLY don't want to use one of the services where a bit of money comes back to the artist, here's the album on Soundcloud. More tracks will be added to the set eventually, until the whole thing is up there for free listening.
But of course, I'd say get the CD. The artwork is amazing, it's limited edition and it's a great listen driving in your car!
- Published on Friday, 29 March 2013 15:43
Signal to Party
It's time to release music again, and that means time for a release party!
As you may know, Asian Ganja Crew aka AGC aka Jack Rock has made an album. It's called Signal to Noise, and it will be released Monday.
I've just uploaded yet another preview from the album. Horn - my absolute favorite track.
This time, I've printed 250 CDs. Hopefully there will be vinyl as well, but not yet.
The release party tonight is at Underhuset, Halmtorvet 9 in Copenhagen. That's a cool little basement bar under a theatre. Stop by if you're in Copenhagen and get your very rare and limited and pre-released CD.
Hope to see you there! Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/375184092597534/
- Published on Monday, 18 March 2013 09:49
I've mentioned Hiatus a couple of times on this blog.
He's a London based musician and producer. Cinematic with that UK bass music background. An amazing combo, methinks.
I've been a huge fan since I bought his album Ghost Notes, and I'm glad to have him as a sort of musical email pen-pal. A correspondence I was extra stoked about Thursday, when he sent out the video for his new track (feat. Shura), We Can Be Ghosts Now.
Hiatus has this amazing way with melody and harmony. Using notes that are just perfect, but never predictible or banal. Ghost Notes I guess. Shura's delicate delivery fits the mood quite handsomely as well. This is me trying to be as cool and understated as the track's general vibe.
The video is a stop motion love story between triangles. Which is pretty cool and nice as well.
Here's some more music from the Hiatus/Shura collab. It's a nice collab.
Check out some of Hiatus' favorite tracks from when he did a Secret Selector Selection for more of that sweet blend between cinematic and bass music.
Finally, Hiatus says the album will be out "May 13th, I think... definitely early-ish May". More to come.