Next Gig – 16.02.2012

My next show will be in Newport’s venue Meze Lounge.

This is going to be an evening of experimental delights.  The night is going to be hosted by Newport University’s Creative Sound and Music students.  Being a graduate from this course myself I’ll get to see how the current students are pushing the boundaries of formulaic music, exploring sound, performance techniques, composition approaches, or any other variable you can think up.

I have played a Salon night before, last time I played it was held in Cardiff Arts Institute

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Cardiff Arts Institute – February 2011 – Photography Nic Finch

The set up I will be using at Meze Lounge, Newport 16.02.2012

I was very kindly donated the APC40, and have enjoyed getting to know it.
The APC40 is a control surface designed to work with Ableton Live, the program I use to create my live sets.  Its very easy to map keys on the device to effect variables with just a few clicks.  This bit of kit enables some really exciting experimentation with effects, looping and chopping up clips.  Something which I love about Ableton is the ability to switch between aspects of one track and another with everything sounding smooth and professional.  This is down to Ableton Live being a piece of software that snaps everything to a tempo you set it to.  Of course you can alter this as well, if you wanted to have the tempo jumping all over the place you could.  The beauty of things staying in time is the freedom you get to mash up your own tracks, which when doing live gives you a chance to be really creative and compose a new song out of your existing songs.  This is a very rewarding process for me, and it means the audience get a unique version every time you play live.  I have probably only just scratched the surface of possibilities with these two things.  But I am always exploring and accidentally stumbling upon new things you can do.

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