Performing this Saturday as part of the open source acid night at Ginlick in Shepards Bush – more info . Going for an all hardware setup as a bit of a tester for Kendal Calling. Setup is Â – Korg Electribe SX, Roland 707 Drum Machine, Roland Sh-101 Synth and newly acquired Boss Dr.Groove DR-202. The Electribe has the master clock, with the 707 and 202 as slaves. The 707 sends sync pulses to the 101’s clock for arpeggiator and sequencer. Audio wise I have everything going to a small Yamaha mixer and an fx send to a Boss RF-1 effects unit. The RF-1 is running a hall reverb, bit crusher and some BPM effects that are quite mental.
This setup is amazingly flexible with room for improvisation and live tweaking. Â I actually much prefer moving from each machine to tweak and adjust rather than flipping menus in a midi controller. Â The style I am doing is simple electro/ techno but it gets quite nasty and wig out at times, even with one pattern going. The 707 cuts through everything like a champion, and although a very simple machine has a great sound and is fantastic for live setups. I was unsure of the DR-202, but the sounds are great, with some lovely lo-fi scratches and hits, also the roll function is incredible allowing you to change the speed of rolls mid roll. Will post an mp3 when i done my set.
Working on an album with the Diamond Sea, my new band with Matthew Robson from Random Number, and Lee Hooper from Inecto School. The rough mixes are sounding good and we did our first gig the other day and the general reaction was positive. Some vocals and guitars need recording, then we gotta mix it and hopefully find a deal for the release.
Kelpe has asked for a remix in return for remixing the Diamond Sea so that should be going ahead soon.
Also getting my “festival set” together for the summer months. Expect large bass lines, beats and lots of synths. LOTS of them.
I was lucky to attend the Richard Devine workshop hosted by Centrifuge and Jazz Mutant at futuresonic. Truely inspirational, the workshop focused on his use of the Lima touchscreen interface. He also talked about his working practises and showed of some of his favourite techniques. He was really approachable and hosted a great session.
Very privileged to be asked to play on the mighty Traffic stage at Kendal Calling this year. Will be bringing over the hardware and scratch technician Replete for this gig. Hardware in the form of my new Roland 707 and the SH-101. Expect slow techno nod outs to warm up the crowd for Skream et al. This is a nice gig as the North West is best, and I can go downhilling at the very cool Whinlatter trail centre in the day.
Furturesonic – The Centrifuge Club Event
The Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street
Cost:Â£5 or free with festival pass
Description:Day events free. Club event Â£5 or free with Delegate Pass Workshop and live set from me and… Three events in one: A unique street rave with NeuTek performing chip-glitch music on a portable device fed wirelessly to Boombot Soundsystem speaker workshops and seminars in association with touch-screen control interface innovators Jazzmutant; and internationally renowned sound artist Richard Devine.
This gig was fantastic. Played in the lovely Bluecoat centre in Liverpool. Binary jam was invited along to play and all the acts were amazing, Wrongbot, Jaqs Malchance and the headliners Tim Exile and Sarah Elliot.
If you get a chance to see these two play together do so. Sarah has a great big piano rigged with motors and little hammers to trigger sounds on the piano, her playing is fantastic and with Tim’s trademark hyper fx and edits. The two managed to improvise a half hour slot of explosive sound design and beats that never flagged in energy or ideas.
All in all a really inspiring night of music and performance and radically different to the usual laptop yawns.
Went to see Matt Elliot the ex-third eye foundation producer tonight at the Brudenell Social Club.
Was pretty good to see someone singing, playing a guitar and looping with imaginative use of effects and some beats.
He also had a good voice too. Which helps. His songs are quite dark, and remind me of old laments or sea shanties. Thats not to say they are retro in any sense, but more the content and lyrics are of the sea and some kind of gallows humour.