At the moment I’m prepping material for my next couple of live performances – a short radio set for Radio Adelaide on September 16th and a Dunedin solo show during my New Zealand excursion in October. As my thoughts turned to the NZ show awhile back it became obvious that I wouldn’t be carrying my laptop with me since I’ll be living out of a 60 litre backpack for two weeks and tramping for four days in Fiordland prior to hitting Dunners. The lappy would be a bit too exposed to the elements for my liking so it had to be removed from the equation.
So how to fill the void? Since 2007 I’ve been performing with a laptop – the epicenter of my performance set-up, which performs the role of an audio processor and sample bank. I decided to approach the challenge of going laptop-less as a possible launching pad for working without the laptop occasionally – in the conception of work, studio composition and live performance.
So here’s the proposed set-up for both the upcoming shows…the September performance will provide a good testing ground for the NZ show:
2 iPod Touches
I’m still a bit thrown by how powerful these things can be as interfaces, sound generators and sequencers. I’ll be relying on the device as both a sound generator and sequencer, probably using one as a basic signal generator and the other as a sequencer.
An awesome acquisition. I got this a couple of weeks ago and I’m still having a great deal of fun with it. Aside from being able to (very) faithfully sound like a traditional Korg analog synth (well, a very simplistic one!), the auxiliary input allows the processing of an incoming signal – i.e. using the LFO in tandem with the Voltage Controlled Filter.
Another recent acquisition. This is a hard disk recorder that is absolutely wonderful to work with for field and studio recordings. I’m still undecided what role it will play in the set-up, maybe I’ll just record the performance with it! Alternatively, I could use it as a microphone or audio playback device. We’ll see.
Boss DD-7 Digital Delay
Suprise, another recent acquisition. I’ve been after a new delay pedal for a long time and decided it would be best investing a good amount of cash in one of these. It’s great a simple delay pedal (50-6000ms) but it also has some nice additional features such as a modulator, reverse and hold function. This will be an ideal device for sustaining and looping material.
So, it’s going to be pretty straightforward – a couple of sound generators and processors, the challenge now is to get something substantial out of it. More soon.