played last night with metaArclight.
Went pretty well. Turnout wasnt too bad considering Sonic
Youth was playing in Chapel Hill last night as well.
Myself, badger, and Anthony make up metaArclight.
I played a a usb game controller hooked up to my powerbook
running the “grainstates” instrument from the app Reaktor.
This is basically a granualar resynthesizer (aka, it
takes bits and pieces of a sample and plays back several
chunks at the same time). The controller was setup so
I had control over pitch, volume, grain size, and what
part of the samples the grains were extracted from. I
also had a midi footswitch setup to let me select different
samples and to control the feedback on two delay lines.
The samples themselves were pulled out of various recordings
of Phasmatodea practices.
Anthony had a cd player and various cd’s, a reverse delay,
and a looper. He was also playing the roland handsonic (essentially,
an electronic handdrum) on a tubular bells setting. He was feeding
the handsonic and the cds of chants and other sounds into the delay
badger was setup with the zeta electric upright and
his usual pedal array (well, a good size subset of it anyway…).
We also had two folks (Carlos and Todd) during abstract projections
(custom slides and hand tweaking and manipulation of slide projectors)
during the show. Very cool.
I think it turned out well. I wasn’t should what to expect since
I think all three of us were performing in a fashion we hadn’t done
before live (me on laptop, anthony on samples, steve on bass).
Very swirly churning noises. Fun.
Things I screwed up: I forgot the usb cable I need to hook up
the midi interface and had to run home to get it.