The goal of several recent experiments in the sweltering third floor studio was to test a performance concept: playing live on steel guitar against generative content streaming from an iPad track and an iPhone track (into Logic on a laptop.)
I have been spending most of scarce studio time with Gestrument, a terrific generative sampler for iPad. There are any number of generative audio apps for IOS. On the iPhone’s side of the equation, I reached first for Mixtikl, Immersion Station, and the trio of Eno-associated apps, Bloom, Trope, and Air. Once I imported a slew of Camel Audio Alchemy patches from the laptop and, instantly, Alchemy became part of the potential mix.
This process of trial and error resulted in an initial upload to Vimeo because I exceeded Youtube’s time limit. To my bemusement I realized I didn’t record the live mix into Logic because in all the excitement I didn’t punch the recording in. Fortunately the camera’s mic did a good job of picking up the monitors and also some of the pedal sounds from the Fender steel guitar and buzzing strings from the eBow.
It is not possible in the current physical set-up to mix live as well as play live. Because this is all oriented to my slow music you’ll see in the video how shifting back and forth works out.
Kamelmauz is on Bandcamp and now Steve Roach is too. The prolific ambient musician–and influence on my own music–has always maintained a stellar DIY web site, but the move to the egalitarian territory of Bandcamp is a big transformative move.
I write and record music on my iPad. It is equally a source of peace and frustration. I write under the name of Cult of Janelle as an artistic outlet from my other life.
An earlier post, AppAddiction, a reply to Pants of Death’s iconic confession, AppRegret and AppForgiveness, got passed around a lot. (Also, see PoD’s app regret series; December edition.)My own view is: it’s okay to stockpile apps as long as you don’t, for example, starve the cats.
April 1st he offered a nicely controlled Gestrument piece via Soundcloud. I’ve been using Gestrument a great deal over the past weeks.
My raw sonic load depicted above was SCAPE on the iPad; DrumJam on the iPhone; meeblip se synthesizer controlled by a PCR-M80; and, an Industrial Rail lap steel sounded using a cello bow. Experiment: combine programmed, and generative, and, ‘through’ sound designed, audio in real time. My Focusrite Saffire interface was out of commission, so I routed the four track mixer right into the single stereo input of my back-up single input interface.
Under the Seat I & II
1. Release lots of music,
2. Conquer your backyard.
3. Skip the middleman.
4. Work with people who ‘get it.’
6. Own your publishing.
7. Learn the skills people want to rent to you.
8. Use the internet
9. Seed interest with freebees
10. Get everybody’s name/email and give them something free in return.
11. Use your artistry to educate.
13. Have fun; if you’re not having fun you’re not fully honoring your blessed talents and good fortune.
14. Plan and Be Attentive to Lucky Moments
15. Three decade + long careers almost always require one to be healthy