Day two of using the RPS and this time I only used it once during the set and it fit nicely, definitely a good return on investment in time because these phrases can be used with different sounds to achieve different results over the period of several sets (which is always a goal when possible).
I sat down during most of the set. I decided to use the fact that I was pissed off to achieve a more nonchalant expression for the day.
Added the RPS (phrase sequencing) from the jp 8000 into the set. I pre-programmed some phrases, all uninspired but a repetitive process that became second nature over an hour or two. Could easily record phrases live if I could repeat happy accidents. But I reckon I forced the technique and I was not comfortable with the results.
This is one of the classic, early VA synthesizers of the late '90s, together with Clavia Nord Lead, Yamaha AN1x, Korg MS2000, and Access Virus.
First Live Collab
Lisa worked the drum machines while I focused on the synths, primarily the jp8000.
Two people working the live rig is a lot more fun, easier to react to changes and keep things moving. We used some of the WIP projects for soundcloud into the mix, relying heavily on the prepared funky basslines, allowing us focus on the drum grooves and the sugar coating.
Focus on the jp8000 my oldest synth and my go-to bread and butter piece of kit. Will re examine the librarian vst plugin from Mystery Island music I bought last year with this project in mind.
New week, new mix template. This time 100 bpm. Rendered some old tunes expanding them form 3 minutes to 6-8 minutes.
I've made some folders and will be copying and pasting jp8000 presets to come up with an approved set of sounds that I can expand on and eventually turn into a sample bank.
- To put into practice a series of concepts that I've been thinking about for a while that most djs, producers, musicians might not be comfortable with.
- To stream an hour of original (mostly), non-copyrighted material every day at the same time, five days a week.
- To turn the studio from an instrument into a live instrument.
In essence, instead of finding the perfect kick for a tune my job is to find several kicks and ensure they are easily accessible in a live rig over the period of a week or more (before moving onto the next drums et).
Mostly funky instrumental hip hop with some extra weirdness at the end, because I can. This is the second day I haven't used VCVrack. I need to think about how it can serve me best. I'll set one of my weekly themes to vcvrack asap.
I had a few arpeggios from the matrix brute prepared for today's show. It made the show seem much faster, less repetition and a tighter groove, me likes.
Audio was turned down to low so when the Twitch ads come in on playback, it's a fucking shocker. Will make sure the audio is turned up a bit next session.
Today the funky grooves, extended basslines, some vocal and scratch drum racks, my external synths, the ableton push and the two drum machines all worked in tandem to create a techno (if you can do techno at 90 bpm) right thru to some hip hop and breaks onto some ambience and out of time stuff as I had envisaged from the beginning.
Or so I thought.
Apparently the audio stopped streaming after 20 minutes. At least I didn't know or care. I have no listeners at the moment, (that's not the point) so the audio cutting out is not a big a deal as me being late, for example.
I opened with setting up VLC and programming the kick on the drum machine. I started the session view with some Ableton live cells hastily filled with Simon Harris drum loops and a handful of drumracks with vocals and scratches etc. The 303 supplied the basslines and I spend most of the time on the matrix brute and the jp-8000, a lot less time on the drum brute and tr-8. I used vcvrack as a breakdown, my only control being able to raise and lower the volumes of eight channels of the vcvrack console via the novation launch control.